Courses & Units

Introduction to Secondary Science Education EMT530

Minimum enrolment number of 12 applies to this offering. Should enrolments not reach the minimum number required for on-campus study, students may be transferred to the on-line offering and advised of this change before semester commences.


This unit serves as an introduction to the theory, methods and practice of teaching science in the first four years of secondary schools (years 7-10) and the senior secondary school/college (years 11-12). Particular emphasis is given to the consideration of contemporary issues impacting on the teaching of science and to the different approaches used in science teaching that address these issues. The importance of developing scientific literacy in all secondary school students underpins this unit. Relevant curriculum documents are introduced and used to prepare students for planning and assessment requirements of secondary teaching. Formative assessment of school students (or children) is modelled and will be evaluated. Students will learn to appreciate the safety considerations and the role of good organisation in handling practical work in the laboratory and on field trips. As well, the development of information, communications and technological skills that enhance the learning of science will be identified and practiced. Students are expected to understand and perform inclusive teaching techniques that foster a student-centred, inquiry-based approach to science learning.


Unit name Introduction to Secondary Science Education
Unit code EMT530
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Education
Discipline Education
Coordinator Doctor Donna Satterthwait
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • select science content knowledge and skills appropriate for the secondary classroom.
  • design authentic learning experiences in science, taking into account the literature about 'best practice science pedagogy and peer teaching in workshops/online.
  • demonstrate skills and confidence in the teaching of science through experiences of small group instruction and peer teaching in workshops/online.
  • incorporate appropriate inquiry and thinking/questioning skills into science lesson plans and enactments.
  • reflect critically on science pedagogy described in the literature, observed in science classrooms and in own practice.
  • use information technology to support the learning of science in the classroom.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
070105 $555.00 $555.00 not applicable $2,324.00

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Concurrent Prerequisites



AssessmentTest (10%)|Demonstration (30%)|Plan (30%)|Report (30%)
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