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  • Objectives
    The primary aim of this program is to provide graduate teachers who presently do not have the necessary content knowledge in the sciences to teach areas within this discipline. Graduates of this program will have successfully completed the required numbers of courses to satisfy competency levels to teach science in the middle and/or senior years in Queensland. The program is also suitable for primary teachers who wish to improve their understanding of the science curriculum. Persons intending to teach in other states should ensure that the program satisfies the requirements for the relevant authority.
  • Entry requirements
    Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Learning Management or equivalent. * Chemical Sciences stream - Students who have completed year one of the Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) or the Bachelor of Biomedical Science will not be permitted to enrol. * Biological Sciences stream - Students who have completed year one of the Bachelor of Science (Biology) or the Bachelor of Biomedical Science will not be permitted to enrol. * Physical Sciences and Mathematical Sciences stream - Students who have completed year one level Bachelor of Applied Physics (or equivalent) or Bachelor of Mathematical Science (or equivalent) in the prior five years will not be permitted to enrol.
  • Academic Title
    Graduate Certificate in Science (Specialisation)
  • Course description

    About Science (Specialisation)

    Graduates of Learning Management programs may choose to complete this program to further their career opportunities in education.

    This program is designed to equip graduates with skills and necessary content knowledge to teach science to students up to middle year (year 10) of schooling.


    Career Opportunities

    If you currently teach up to middle year (year 10) school in Queensland and you would like to expand your expertise in teaching a science discipline, this program is for you.  It is also an excellent program for primary teachers looking to increase their knowledge within the science curriculum.


    Program Structure

    The program model is designed to allow teachers to prepare themselves to teach physics, mathematics, chemistry and biology as new discipline areas.  Presently available courses have been packaged to provide depth of content and knowledge in the following enabling sciences:

        * chemical sciences;
        * biological sciences; and
        * physical sciences and mathematical sciences.

    To satisfy the requirements of the award students must complete 4 courses in a specialisation.  Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate will meet competency requirements for teaching up to year 10.

    Chemical Sciences stream
    4 compulsory courses
    Course Code     Course Name
    CHEM20064     Introductory Chemical Sciences
    CHEM20065     Essential Chemical Sciences
    CHEM20066     Graduate Chemical Sciences Project
    ENVR20001      Science and the Environment

    Note: The course CHEM20066 Graduate Chemical Sciences Project requires the student to complete the requirements of any Advanced Level chemical sciences course and also prepare a research paper on a current controversy or recent development in the area covered by that particular course, including providing a detailed plan for a class debate on the topic.  The following are recommended undergraduate courses for study as part of CHEM20066 Graduate Chemical Sciences Project:

        * ENVR11012 Environmental Science B;
        * BMED9010 Macromolecules and Cell Function;
        * CHEM10016 Environmental Chemistry;
        * BMED9011 Cellular Metabolism;
        * CHEM12018 Drug Discovery;
        * CHEM12019 Metals in Chemistry;
        * BMED9007 Forensic Chemistry;
        * CHEM13080 Analytical Science;
        * CHEM13033 Green Chemistry;
        * CHEM12017 Industrial Chemistry; and
        * CHEM12020 Energy and Reactivity

    Biological Sciences stream
    4 compulsory courses
    Course Code     Course Name
    BIOL20001      Graduate Biology Project
    BOTN20001     Plant Biology
    ENVR20001     Science and the Environment
    ZOOL20001     Animal Biology

    Note: The course BIOL20001 Graduate Biology Project requires the student to complete the requirements of any Advanced Level biological sciences course and also prepare a research paper on a current controversy or recent development in the area covered by that particular course, including providing a detailed plan for a class debate on the topic.  The following are recommended undergraduate courses for study as part of BIOL20001 Graduate Biology Project:

        * ZOL19002 Chordate Zoology;
        * ZOOL11001 Invertebrate Zoology;
        * BOTN19001 Terrestrial Botany;
        * BOTN12010 Botany of Aquatic Environments;
        * ZOOL19004 Insect Biology;
        * AQUA12003 Aquaculture A;
        * EVST13014 Aquatic Systems;
        * MBIO19003 Introductory Microbiology;
        * MARN13007 Coastal Marine Resources;
        * ZOOL13012 Mammalian Physiology;
        * ZOOL13014 Aquatic Physiology; and
        * BIOL13031 Ecology A

    Physical Sciences and Mathematical Sciences stream
    4 compulsory courses
    Course Code     Course Name
    MATH29003     Mathematical Modelling A
    MATH29004     Mathematical Modelling B
    PHYS29001     Physics I
    PHYS29002     Physics II

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