Courses Handbook 2008 - [ Archived ]

310722 v.1 Doctor of Science Education


Course CRICOS Code: 010565B
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 4 Years


This research doctorate covers the Science and Mathematics Education Centre's areas of research specialisation including gender issues, teaching and learning, classroom environment, constructivism, school leadership, assessment, curriculum and computing and technology education.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

A Master degree in Science or Maths education, or a relevant honours degree (usually first or upper second class) together with a relevant qualification in education and work experience in education, or qualifications and background that warrants special consideration. Applicants may be interviewed as part of the admission process.

Duration and Availability

The course normally requires two to four years equivalent full-time study.

Course Organisation

This course is studied as a research degree. This means that at least two-thirds of this course is undertaken by research and the remainder by coursework. The thesis follows Rule 10: Degree of Doctor by Research. The content of the degree should be determined in consultation with the Postgraduate Coordinator, Science and Mathematics Education Centre. Students without prior studies in research methods and statistical data analysis will be required to undertake relevant preparatory units. This may increase the stated course duration.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

Special Note

The Faculty of Science and Engineering provides facilities and benefits for those studying this research course, including access to suitable computer facilities and office space for on-campus students, and financial assistance to attend appropriate intrastate, interstate or overseas conferences and towards associated research costs.

Course Structure Hrs/Wk Credit
Majors, Streams or Other Core Components
99128 v.3   Doctoral Thesis - Science Education
Optional Units (No Year Level Specified) Hrs/Wk Credit
10608 v.3   SMEC 701 - Teaching and Learning 3.0 25.0
10609 v.3   SMEC 702 - Learning Environments 3.0 25.0
10610 v.4   SMEC 703 - Science, Mathematics and Technology Curricula 3.0 25.0
10613 v.3   SMEC 706 - Constructivism 3.0 25.0
10614 v.3   SMEC 707 - Leadership and Professional Development 3.0 25.0
10618 v.4   SMEC 710 - Special Topics A 3.0 25.0
11591 v.2   SMEC 711 - Special Topics B 3.0 25.0
12338 v.2   SMEC 712 - Assessment and Evaluation 3.0 25.0
302151 v.2   SMEC 714 - Using Multimedia and the Internet in Science Education 3.0 25.0
308559 v.1   SMEC 727 - Research Methods for Science and Mathematics Education 3.0 25.0


Year Location Period All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2008 Bentley Campus Research Term 1 Y        
2008 Bentley Campus Research Term 2 Y        

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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