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Science is influenced by, and in turn influences the needs and priorities of society. It has a unique way of knowing and operating. However, science is not the only way of knowing. The process of science does not exist in isolation from other disciplines (e.g. other STEM disciplines) and due to its key role in addressing authentic complex and societal issues, it often also draws from and works with other disciplines (e.g. Social Sciences; Ethics; Arts – STEAM).

In this unit, you will hone your scientific understanding, knowledge and skills and enhance your scientific view of the world. You will construct a scientific project which will enable you to learn more about how to conduct scientific research, how to engage with and answer relevant research questions, and to understand your selected area of science in depth. As your research question(s) will be authentic and realistic, your project will draw from other disciplines as appropriate (STEM/STEAM). In so doing you will also gain ‘epistemic insight’ into the various ways disciplines come to know and work together to solve authentic problems. You will research, plan and implement a science research project that is actionable in a primary classroom or a community.

Summary 2021

Unit name Science as a Human Endeavour
Unit code EPR305
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Education
Discipline Education

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify, plan and justify a science research project which will investigate a research question(s) relevant to primary school children or community which includes young people.
  2. Articulate your understanding of science concepts, science inquiry and the nature and development of science as a human endeavour.
  3. Critically reflect upon the unique way in which science operates within its own discipline and its relationship with other disciplines when addressing problems or societal issues.
  4. Communicate in a scholarly and appropriate manner.




Task 1: Science Conceptual Understanding, 1000 words (25%)

Task 2: Science Project Plan, 2000 words (50%)

Task 3: Science project implementation, reporting and reflection, 1000 words (25%)

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