OnlineSession 2N/A

Unit description

This unit builds on Advanced Secondary Curriculum & Pedagogy I to extend students’ understanding of secondary teaching and learning in Science, HSIE or Performing Arts. Students acquire a deeper and more comprehensive theoretical basis for understanding teacher development and learner differentiation in their discipline. They critically evaluate assessment practices and construct innovative and differentiated solutions to respond to social and cultural diversity. As a capstone curriculum and pedagogy subject, students reflect deeply and individually on theory and research to position themselves as a beginning teacher in their chosen discipline.

Unit content

1. Implications and applications of contemporary philosophical and theoretical perspectives in Science, HSIE or Performing Arts

  • Examining evidence of mechanisms that allow discipline-specific developments to impact upon secondary Science, HSIE or Performing Arts teaching
  • Appropriate professional responses to discipline-specific advances.

2. Assessment of 21st century knowledge: evaluating, judging and justifying contemporary assessment practices

  • Deploying current pedagogical theory in the development of assessment
  • Integration of new and emerging ICT for ongoing formative assessment
  • Strategies for assessing students with different learning needs
  • Strategies for assessing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Strategies for assessing culturally diverse learners
  • Strategies for assessing students with challenging behaviours

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning 3 hours (10 weeks)
Module Engagement Tasks10%
Assessment Design50%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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