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1633

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Education

Managing facultyEducation
Partner facultyScience
Abbreviated titleBSc/BEd(Sec)
CRICOS code064780D
Total credit points required204
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details http://www.monash.edu/study/coursefinder/course/1633
Contact details

Education: telephone +61 3 9905 2888; email education.clayton@monash.edu or visit http://www.education.monash.edu.au.

Science: telephone +61 3 9905 4604; email sci-enquiries@monash.edu or visit http://www.sci.monash.edu.

Course coordinator

http://www.education.monash.edu.au/courses/course-advisers.html

Notes

  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Full-time study only. In order to complete the degree within four years it is necessary for students to overload by 12 points in the fourth year.
  • This course requires students to undertake off-campus placements.

Description

Secondary school teachers are specialists in one or more areas within a school curriculum, allowing them to focus on subjects and issues where they have professional expertise and qualifications.This course provides students with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the areas they intend to teach in schools. This approach enables students to develop their knowledge and expertise in science disciplines as well as developing their knowledge and expertise in the discipline of education. Students also learn through practical experiences, completing professional placements in secondary schools and other settings, including opportunities for overseas or remote practical experiences.

Outcomes

These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes. For more information refer to http://opvclt.monash.edu.au/curriculum-by-design/aligning-course-outcomes-with-aqf-bologna.html.

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • display and convey rich and integrated theoretical perspectives on teaching and learning as well as the culture and contexts of schooling
  • link theoretical perspectives to different educational contexts and be able to use these linkages to inform and develop their practice
  • attain a high level of competence as knowledgeable, reflective, research-oriented and articulate practitioners
  • be self-sufficient and independent as beginning teachers in a secondary context generally and in the specific areas of science education they select for study in their Bachelor of Science.

For the outcomes of the Bachelor of Science component of this double degree visit http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2013handbooks/courses/0050.html.

Fieldwork

Students must complete teaching practice which consists of a minimum of 80 days of satisfactory supervised school experience. Students will only be given permission to complete a placement in their place of employment in exceptional circumstances and if they will receive the required level of supervision. Where permission is granted, students will not be permitted to undertake more than 50 per cent of the placement in their place of employment. Students must be available to undertake placements on a full-time basis and attend their placement for full days at times determined by the faculty.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for registration and employment as secondary school teachers in the government, Catholic and independent school systems in Victoria. For interstate and overseas positions, applicants are advised to check with local authorities.

Structure

This course consists of studies in science (96 points) and studies in education (108 points), incorporating compulsory and elective units, and teaching placements.

Areas of study

Science

Students choose from the science sequences and units detailed under 'Science areas of study and sequences - Clayton' at http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2013handbooks/undergrad/sci-aos-clayton.html.

Education

Requirements

Science component

Students must complete:

(a.) a major sequence in a science area of study (48 points)

(b.) a minor sequence in a different science area of study (24 points)

(c.) at least one mathematics or statistics unit from the following (6 points):

  • MTH1020 Analysis of change
  • MTH1030 Techniques for modelling
  • SCI1020 Introduction to statistical reasoning
  • STA1010 Statistical methods for science

(d.) SCI2010 Scientific practice and communication (6 points)

(e.) science electives to complete a total of 96 points of science studies.

Notes:

The Faculty of Science requires science studies to be chosen as listed under 'Areas of study'.

Within the science component students must complete a minimum of four level-three science units (24 points), and a maximum of six level-one science units (36 points) can be taken overall.

The level one mathematics/statistics unit taken will depend on the student's mathematics background and interests as follows:

  • The statistics units SCI1020 (Introduction to statistical reasoning) and STA1010 (Statistical methods for science) are normally recommended for students planning to study areas where experimental design and data analysis skills are particularly important, such as the life sciences
  • SCI1020 is for students without a strong mathematics background, while STA1010 requires the student to have studied VCE Mathematical Methods Units 3 and 4 (or equivalent)
  • The mathematical methods unit MTH1030 is recommended for students with an interest in mathematics and/or physics. MTH1030 requires the student to have studied VCE Specialist Mathematics (or equivalent) or MTH1020
  • Students with a strong mathematics background and a keen interest in the subject could replace the units MTH1030 and MTH2010 with their advanced versions MTH1035 and MTH2015 respectively. Students will need to seek permission to enrol in these units.

For permissions and course advice regarding the science component of the double degree contact the Faculty of Science at http://www.sci.monash.edu/contact/undergrad.html.

Education component

Students must complete:

  • a series of units relating to the theory and practice of education, teaching and curriculum
  • professional placement units.

For the requirements of the education component, refer to the link under 'Areas of study'.

Major and minor studies in science must satisfy the requirements for the study of two secondary teaching method units in their fourth year and the requirements for employment laid down by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT). Students are advised to consult the VIT website at http://www.vit.vic.edu.au in consultation with their course adviser. Generally, to qualify for a secondary teaching method, a candidate will require a minimum of two years of full-time academic study in that discipline. There are additional requirements for some disciplines.

Progression to further studies

Students may apply for admission to an honours program in science, following the completion of an approved combination of at least 144 points of units including all of the science requirements for the double degree course. Students who are considering doing honours in science prior to completing the double degree should consult the Faculty of Science regarding their unit selection prior to re-enrolling for level three.

Alternative exit(s)

Students who wish to graduate with a Bachelor of Science prior to the completion of the double degree course must have completed at least 144 points of studies, including all of the science requirements for the double degree course.

Award(s)

Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
Bachelor of Science