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Thinking Scientifically (EDN115)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2E-internal, S2E-external
Description For students intending to be early childhood, primary or lower secondary school science teachers, or for those who wish to strengthen their knowledge and skills in science and scientific reasoning. Students study key unifying themes of science including: working scientifically, chemistry, earth science and, physics. Emphasis will be on understanding the conceptual bases of science. The unit will concentrate on developing skills in investigating, communicating and evaluating the relevance and importance of scientific literacy.
Unit Learning Outcomes This unit places considerable emphasis on the relationship between practical activities and the concepts that underlie them. On successful completion of this unit you should be able to:
1. Critique claims made on the basis of their scientific validity, reliability and coherence to the wider body of scientific knowledge.
2. Use accepted chemical models and concepts to explain the properties, changes and uses of substances.
3. Understand the principles and concepts used to explain the transfer of energy in systems.
4. Describe the role of cycles in earth science.
5. Develop and execute a scientific investigation that is a fair test.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; laboratories: 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences Students attend or view a one hour lecture and complete a two-hour lab each week. Lectures in this unit are interactive and involve demonstrations and learning activities. The laboratory sessions are designed to use everyday materials that are safe to use in a primary classroom. The lab activities are designed to facilitate learning the science concepts and to model appropriate pedagogy in the primary classroom setting. Externally enrolled students need to provide their own lab supplies including flour, cornflour, bicarb, vinegar and other ingredients commonly found in grocery stores or pharmacies. Externally enrolled students will also need to source thermometers. This unit has been designed to rely heavily on small group and interactive learning activities in both the internal and external mode of study.
Assessment Fair test investigation 35%: Students identify a research question about an everyday science event, conduct and evaluate a controlled variable investigation (a fair test) to answer the question. Science Content Quizzes 35%: Multiple online assessments are held that assess the content of the laboratory sessions. These assessments help students stay on task and complete the lab activities and readings. These assessments allow access to the science laboratory book. Examination 30%: The multiple choice and short answer examination addresses all aspects of the work in the unit including readings and lecture activities. Students are expected to know the content and apply it to everyday examples.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed EDU113 Introduction to Science may not enrol in this unit for credit. This unit is not available to students enrolled in a Science major and is not suited for students who are enrolled in Principles of Physics or Introduction to Chemical Concepts.
Notes Primary teacher education students may seek credit (meaning that another Part I unit of the same point value will be necessary) if they have completed ATAR Physics and Chemistry with an average of more than 65%. Students need to consult their Academic Chair to gain this credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary Teaching) (BEd(EC&PrimTeach))
Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching) (BEd(PrimTeach))
Bachelor of Education (Primary, 1-10 Health and Physical Education) (BEd Primary 1-10 HPE)
Primary, 1-10 Health and Physical Education (BEd) [New in 2014]
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.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Amanda Woods-McConney
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6467
e: a.woods-mcconney@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.021 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S2E-Internal
Dr Amanda Woods-McConney
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6467
e: a.woods-mcconney@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.021 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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