Courses Handbook 2006 - [Archived]

191905 v.6 Postgraduate Diploma in Science Education


Course CRICOS Code: 042211G
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 1 Year


This course is designed for science teachers, advisors, curriculum developers and administrators in primary, secondary, technical and tertiary education institutions. It is structured to provide for the systematic development of professional knowledge and skills through a substantial core of studies in science education reflecting individual needs and interests.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

A relevant degree or diploma and teaching experience. However, other qualifications and experience may satisfy entry requirements.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.

Duration and Availability

This fee paying course is one year full-time or equivalent part-time study. It is possible to undertake studies through a number of alternative arrangements. Students may elect to undertake the whole or part of their studies on a full-time, part-time or external study basis, and project work may be undertaken in short intensive periods such as annual holidays or long service leave. Not all units are available each year.

Additional Course Expenses

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

Special Note

In some Australian states, this course is considered the equivalent of a fourth year of training for salary and career purposes.

Course Structure



Year 1

6575 v.9   SMEC 501 - Foundations and Issues 3.0 25.0
6576 v.10   SMEC 502 - Research and Evaluation 3.0 25.0
6645 v.9   SMEC 591(S) - Science Education Project 3.0 25.0
6648 v.7   SMEC 513(S) - Trends and Developments 3.0 25.0
6692 v.7   SMEC 592(S) - Science Education Project 3.0 25.0
Optional units to select from in Year 1 Hrs/Wk Credits
6471 v.4   SMEC 693 - Special Topics 3.0 25.0
6473 v.6   SMEC 694 - Special Topics 3.0 25.0
6702 v.5   SMEC 503 - Biology Education 2.0 12.5
6703 v.6   SMEC 504 - Chemistry Education 2.0 12.5
10089 v.3   SMEC 695 - Special Topics 2.0 12.5
10090 v.3   SMEC 621 - Contemporary Issues in Science 3.0 25.0
11095 v.3   SMEC 541 - Primary Science Education 3.0 25.0
11590 v.2   SMEC 509 - Technology Education 2.0 12.5
12337 v.3   SMEC 622 - Classroom Climate 3.0 25.0
12987 v.2   SMEC 624 - Evaluation Issues 12.0 25.0
13583 v.2   SMEC 626 - Information Technology, Science and Society 3.0 25.0
301784 v.2   SMEC 555 - Learning Technologies for Teachers I 3.0 25.0
301792 v.2   SMEC 657 - Technology in the Classroom 3.0 25.0
301796 v.2   SMEC 556 - Learning Technologies for Teachers II 3.0 25.0


Year Location   All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 1 Y        
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 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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