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Courses Handbook 2014

This handbook contains information for courses and units at Curtin in 2014.
Information for the previous year's courses and units is available at Courses Handbook 2013.

312818 v.1 Master of Science (Science and Mathematics Education)


Course CRICOS Code: 070837G
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 1 Year

Course Overview

Master degrees (coursework) prepare students to apply advanced knowledge for professional practice, scholarship and further learning corresponding to AQF level 9 qualifications.

The Master of Science (Science and Mathematics Education) consists of coursework units in science and mathematics education plus a minor project in an area relevant to the student's own teaching situation.

Additional Course Expenses

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

Course Entry and Completion Details

Applicants are required to meet University academic and English language entry standards; details are provided at Subject to the duration of the course applicants usually require a bachelor degree or equivalent (and may require relevant work experience), bachelor honours degree, graduate certificate or graduate diploma.

Specifically, applicants require four years of relevant university qualifications and teaching experience.

Credit for Recognised Learning

Applications for credit towards a course are assessed on an individual basis. Credit reduces the amount of learning required to complete the course and may be granted for formal education qualifications, non-formal learning from non-award programs of study and informal learning through work experiences. Further information can be found at

Intermediate Awards

A student who has successfully completed the requirements of an approved intermediate award may apply for graduation in that award subject to approval of Head of School/Department. Fees apply. Intermediate awards approved for this course:

Graduate Certificate in Education (Science and Mathematics Education)

Pathway to Further Study

Graduates may qualify for entry to doctoral degrees. For further details, see the University website

Course Organisation

Master degrees (coursework) contain a series of units in a specialised area of study which may include compulsory (core), optional or elective units to cater for student preferences. They may also contain a range of majors/streams for students to choose from.

The Science and Mathematics Education Centre's Course Coordinator will advise on an appropriate mix of units depending on individual needs and circumstances.

Course Learning Outcomes

A graduate of this course can:

1. apply knowledge and understanding of science and mathematics education research to improve their professional practice

2. think critically, creatively and reflectively to identify and generate solutions to issues in science and mathematics education

3. access, synthesise and critically evaluate data from a range of sources related to science and mathematics education

4. use appropriate written, visual and oral communication skills in interactions with others in a professional setting

5. select, access and use appropriate technologies to improve science and mathematics education

6. sustain intellectual curiosity and take responsibility for ongoing professional learning and personal development

7. recognise and appreciate the contribution of the global community to advances in science and mathematics education

8. demonstrate respect for individual human rights and cultural diversity

9. work independently and collaboratively with colleagues and demonstrate leadership and guidance in professional practice

Duration and Availability

This fee paying course is one year full-time or equivalent part-time study. Both printed and Internet material is available.

Location and delivery Mode

Year Location Period All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2014 Bentley Campus Semester 1 Y        
2014 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.

Course Structure Hrs/Wk Credit
Year 1 Semester 1
306506 v.2 **   Science and Mathematics Education Research Methods 627 3.0 25.0
311996 v.2 **   Science and Mathematics Education Project 691 2.0 25.0
Year 1 Semester 2
311997 v.2 *   Science and Mathematics Education Project 692 2.0 25.0
Optional Units to Select from in Year 1 Semester 1 Hrs/Wk Credit
6471 v.5   Science and Mathematics Education Special Topics 693 3.0 25.0
12337 v.4   Science and Mathematics Education Classroom Climate 622 2.0 25.0
6332 v.8   Science and Mathematics Education Teaching and Learning 611 2.0 25.0
Optional Units to Select from in Year 1 Semester 2 Hrs/Wk Credit
6471 v.5   Science and Mathematics Education Special Topics 693 3.0 25.0
12987 v.3   Science and Mathematics Education Evaluation Issues 624 3.0 25.0
13582 v.3   Science and Mathematics Education Multimedia 625 3.0 25.0
6331 v.9   Science and Mathematics Education Curricula 612 3.0 25.0

*    This unit may also be taken in Semester 1.

**    This unit may also be taken in Semester 2.

Further Information

For more information about the course, please contact the Faculty of Science and Engineering on telephone (08) 9266 4600, email, or visit our website:

Course Structure Disclaimer

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