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Chemistry for Teaching Secondary (7-10) (CHE540)

Organisational Unit Chemistry and Physics
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit introduces fundamental concepts that prepare teachers to engage in the Chemical Sciences elements of the Year 7-10 SCASA curriculum. The teachers will learn about the nature of matter at the molecular level. This involves learning language, symbols and representations used to describe matter and chemical reactions. They will develop skills in problem solving and calculations related to chemical quantities, processes and reactions. Teachers will develop pedagogical content knowledge in chemistry and demonstrate this through seminar presentation and reflection.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Describe the nature of matter at the atomic and molecular level using appropriate language, symbols and representations
2. Use chemical equations to describe chemical reactions
3. Carry out calculations related to chemical quantities, processes and reactions.
4. Transform chemistry content knowledge to pedagogical content knowledge.
5. Apply chemistry content knowledge to development of science lessons.
Timetabled Learning Activities 5 days intensive on-campus learning activities.
Unit Learning Experiences The unit is presented as a series of sequential modules. Content is delivered online using a range of tools (interactive and independent learning activities, recorded lectures, forums for questions and answers) in combination with a structured programme of reading and exercises from a customised textbook. Each module has a detailed learning guide that outlines the learning activities for the module. The module learning guides also give the recommended sequence for doing the learning activities. Students work through the modules independently with support provided online and at the intensive on-campus learning activities. Laboratory classes consist of a combination of structured learning activities and experiments that facilitate development of understanding of particular fundamental chemistry concepts. The intensive on-campus learning activities provide opportunities for analysis and reflection to propose a science lesson based on content knowledge developed in the unit.
Other Learning Experiences 5 days intensive on-campus learning activities.
Assessment 1) Online quizzes 15%, 2) Online learning activities 15%, 3) Seminar and reflection 30% 4) Final exam 40%
To encourage learning on a consistent basis throughout the teaching period, a proportion of the assessment weighting is allocated to engagement with online learning activities (Mastering Chemistry). The online quizzes provide ongoing assessment at intervals throughout the teaching period. Students can view their quiz results to see where they are doing well and the concepts they need to study further. Development of pedagogical content knowledge and application of content knowledge to develop a science lesson is assessed through a seminar and reflection. The final exam assesses recall of conceptual knowledge as well as problem solving skills.
Prerequisites Enrolment in the Graduate Certificate in Education (Secondary Science (7-10)
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Graduate Certificate in Education (Secondary Science 7-10) (GradCertEd(SecSci))
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Dr Kate Rowen
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2090
e: K.Rowen@murdoch.edu.au
o: 340.2.018 - Physical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S1-External
Dr Kate Rowen
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2090
e: K.Rowen@murdoch.edu.au
o: 340.2.018 - Physical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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