EMS441 Curriculum Method 1: Science (8)

This subject explores science education as a medium for the development of adolescent learning in secondary schools. Years 7-10 syllabi are contextualised within The Australian Curriculum framework. Curriculum materials and research in science education are also explored which provides the context for a developmental framework for science education. The subject promotes skills in selecting, planning and implementing lessons and teaching sequences within a constructivist learning model. These skills are linked to the current secondary curriculum documents. An understanding of the nature of science, diverse learners, safety issues and the application of information and communication technologies in science teaching are explored.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EMS441. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Education

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe the nature of science as a mode of human enquiry
  • be able to apply teaching/learning models in science education
  • be able to utilise learners prior experience of scientific ideas
  • be able to access a range of science resource materials
  • be able to design lessons and lesson sequences
  • be able to Select and apply appropriate assessment and evaluation techniques
  • be able to organise and manage formal learning activities
  • be able to Appreciate laboratory safety
  • be able to incorporate the use of information and communication technologies


This subject will cover the following topics:

  • Learners and Learning in Science
  • What science should students learn?
  • The Australian Curriculum
  • Planning for learning in science
  • Planning for Scope and Sequence
  • Teaching-Learning Strategies
  • Information Communication Technologies in Science
  • Making learning and learners visible
  • Assessment and Reporting in Science


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.