Science in Primary School

EDU70011 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One semester

Contact hours

  • On-campus: 24 hours Face to face Swinburne online – Fully online

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

2021 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

2 Aug 21 - 31 Oct 21

7 Dec 21

Last self enrolment:
15 Aug 21

31 Aug 21

Last withdraw without fail:
17 Sep 21

More teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 1 Teaching Period 3

8 Mar 21 - 6 Jun 21

29 Jun 21

Last self enrolment:
21 Mar 21

2 Apr 21

Last withdraw without fail:
23 Apr 21

8 Nov 21 - 13 Feb 22

8 Mar 22

Last self enrolment:
21 Nov 21

3 Dec 21

Last withdraw without fail:
31 Dec 21

Aims and objectives

This unit prepares pre-service teachers to plan, teach and assess Science in the primary classroom. They will gain knowledge of the principles, practices and curriculum context of teaching Science. Pre-service teachers will explore the relationship between Science and Technology (STEM). An emphasis will be placed on the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) to support teaching and learning within the Science learning areas.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Explain the relevant National and/or State and Territory curriculum content within the learning areas of Science.
2. Analyse pedagogical approaches in teaching and learning of Science in the Primary classroom including the teaching of Science as part of STEM.
3. Evaluate digital science resources with a focus on student engagement and with consideration of safe and inclusive practices.
4. Generate plans of lessons/units of work that reflect relevant current curriculum documentation and contemporary pedagogical approaches including the use of Problem Based Learning (PBL) and Information Communication Technology (ICT).
5. Analyse a range of assessment strategies and record keeping instruments within Science in terms of its purpose, benefits, limitations and implementation constraints.
6. Evaluate appropriate methods to maintain safe and challenging learning environments within Science classrooms.


Courses with unit

This unit replaces EDU70002 Science and Technology in the Primary Classroom
MA-TEAPRI2 Master of Teaching (Primary)
MA-TEAPRI3 Master of Teaching (Primary)