EMS207 Science and Technology Curriculum Studies (8)

This subject examines K-6 curriculum documents for science and technology and requires students to work collaboratively in designing and developing a science and technology program of learning for school students in Years K-6. Students will apply their knowledge of learning theory, lesson and unit design and assessment of, and for, learning, to develop a sequence of learning activities that engage K-6 students in science and technology learning and use pedagogies afforded by scientific and educational technologies. Contemporary theories of learning in science and technology, including constructivist and conceptual change perspectives, will be explored in this subject. The teaching and learning of science and technology through learner-centered approaches and curriculum integration is promoted. Students will be required to integrate scientific and technological concepts, the skills and processes of conducting scientific investigations and designing and producing solutions, literacy, numeracy, and learning across the curriculum content into their science and technology planning and teaching.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Bathurst Campus
Dubbo Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EMS207. 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 Teacher Education

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is not available to students who have completed EMS406.

Assumed Knowledge

Students will have completed SCI102 prior to completing this subject.

Subject Relationships

EMS406 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to interpret Science and Technology K-6 curriculum and syllabus documents for NSW or the Australian Curriculum;
  • be able to design and produce a digital resource and explain how its use will facilitate children's learning of Science and Technology K-6 syllabus outcomes, content and processes;
  • be able to identify opportunities to embed literacy, digital literacy and numeracy in teaching and learning activities for Science and Technology K-6;
  • be able to use a range of assessment for learning strategies in K-6 Science and Technology lessons;
  • be able to apply models of pedagogy within a Science and Technology K-6 program, including inquiry based and project based learning; and
  • be able to design a detailed teaching program that develops childrens' knowledge and understanding in Science and Technology K-6 through the skills of Working Scientifically, and Design and Production.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The role, place and importance of Science and Technology K-6 in the broader school curriculum
  • The NSW Science and Technology K-6 (2017) syllabus incorporating the Australian Curriculum
  • Learning across the curriculum content in Science and Technology K-6
  • Pedagogical approaches and their application to learning in Science and Technology K-6
  • Constructivist views of learning and teaching science
  • Scientific inquiry
  • The 5Es instructional model
  • Teaching and learning strategies
  • Applying the processes of Design and Production
  • Skills for practical problem and project based learning, including computational thinking and design thinking
  • Using digital technologies to facilitate teaching and learning
  • Incorporating literacy, digital literacy and numeracy
  • Assessment in primary Science and Technology
  • Differentiating teaching, learning and assessment to cater for diverse learners and diverse abilities including supporting students with disabilities and gifted students
  • Culturally safe and inclusive resources that promote understanding of and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures within the context of Science and Technology K-6

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EMS207 in Session 1 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Programming for s&t in the primary school
Digital learning resource

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.