Science Education

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Curtin University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

Be trained to teach your students about the wonderful world of science by taking this online Science Education unit from Open Universities Australia and Curtin University.

The unit has a strong emphasis on an inquiry approach to science, and aims to give primary school teachers the tools and knowledge to effectively engage their classroom in the science curriculum.

The unit focuses on topics such as energy and change, earth and beyond, life and living, and also covers the process of independent investigation.

You’ll walk away from this unit as a better teacher, with the skills and knowledge to encourage your students to engage with science!

Eligibility

To be eligible to enrol in this unit you must be accepted into the following course:

Areas of study

In this science education unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introduction to primary science – science learning area and working scientifically
  • Natural and processed materials – process skills and classroom organisation
  • Life and living, characteristics of living things
  • Earth and beyond, constructivism and alternative conceptions – putting earth into context
  • Investigating energy and change
  • Programming with the 5E model
  • Assessment, energy and change – concept cartoons
  • Planning an investigation – classroom organisation
  • What do we teach now – overview returned
  • Children’s learning in informal contexts – science resources
  • Sustainability in the classroom – energy and change, earth and beyond
  • Integration and evaluation

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

As a primary school teacher, this unit provides you with valuable knowledge and teaching strategies to engage your students in science education. Upon completion of the unit, you’ll be able to:

  • Effectively explain scientific concepts in relation to the physical, biological and technological world
  • Analyse the natural world and understand the importance of evidence in science
  • Effectively present scientific information
  • Apply knowledge of the sciences across a variety of contexts
  • Select effective strategies to engage students in the study of science

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Science Education from Curtin University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP is available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this unit, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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