University Handbook 2016

Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Science Education

Course code/s: SZSSE

Course details
Location Bundoora
Course code SZSSE
Course coordinator Dr Katherine Seaton
Available to international students Yes
CRICOS 042838F
Course duration 4.5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent
Credit points 540 credit points
Exchange opportunity Students who wish to undertake an overseas student exchange in this degree need to get early advice from the course coordinator as to the possible timing of such an exchange in order to satisfy core degree requirements. In particular, students are not able to undertake exchange in the fourth year of their degree.
Leave of absence available Yes, for a maximum of 12 months
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Notes This degree is being phased out. No new enrolments will be permitted from 2015.  Prospective students should refer to the Bachelor of Science/Master of Teaching.

This innovative double degree was developed in response to the Federal Government’s ‘Innovation Statement’ and aims to integrate full science degree studies with a complete teaching qualification, with a particular emphasis on mathematics, statistics (taught as part of mathematics in secondary schools), physics and chemistry. Graduates of this double degree will develop a deep understanding of their teaching specialties and will be equipped to adapt their teaching to engage with the needs of their teaching settings, including their own students and the nature of the areas of knowledge and behaviour that constitute the discipline. In this program, emphasis is placed on the teacher’s ability to adapt teaching to continuously changing circumstances while fostering deep understanding of relevant areas of scientific disciplines.

Please note: students must complete a Working with Children check form, available from Australia Post offices. Students must provide a certified copy of their valid Working with Children card prior to undertaking teaching placements in schools.


Some scholarships may be available for this degree. Prospective applicants should contact the College of Science, Health and and Engineering.

Course structure

This double degree is of four and a half years' full-time or equivalent part-time duration and requires the completion of 540 credit points overall. Students may complete this double degree in four years as part of an accelerated study program.

Students will gain a foundation in science in the first year. Combined studies in science and education will commence in the second year and continue during the third year. Two science disciplines must be studied through to third year: the ‘major’ discipline comprising subjects to the value of 60 credit points in the third year and the ‘minor’ discipline 30 credit points. One of the ‘major’ or ‘minor’ disciplines must be chosen from mathematics, biology, statistics, physics, and chemistry. The other discipline may be chosen from any other science discipline offered. The science disciplines are those defined for the Bachelor of Science degree. The final year will consist of full teacher training, including the practicum requirement plus one further elective. Normally, students would be expected to have satisfactorily completed all of the requirements for the first three years before progressing to the fourth year.


  • Your subject choices at first and second year must ensure that one of mathematics, biology (including biochemistry*, botany, genetics, microbiology and zoology), physics, chemistry (including biochemistry*) or statistics can be taken as a ‘major’ or ‘minor’ at third-year level. You cannot have a major/minor combination of mathematics and statistics as double mathematics method is not offered in the fourth year. (Note that the first year statistics discipline requirement may be satisfied by enrolling in MAT1DM.) * Note that biochemistry can only be treated as either biology or chemistry not both.
  • You will be qualified to teach subjects corresponding to your chosen major and minor disciplines, but not subjects corresponding to your terminating first year science discipline. If your major or minor is in physics or chemistry, you will also be qualified to teach secondary school general science. As general science also covers biology, students not planning on majoring or minoring in biology should consider taking a first year biology subject as a first year level elective. Conversely students majoring in biology should consider an extra, non-biology science discipline as their first year level electives.
  • All subjects must be chosen in consultation with, and approved by, the course adviser.

First year (120 credit points)

Subject name Credit points
30 credit points in each of three different science disciplines 90
First year level electives (education subjects excluded) 30
Note: the maximum number of credit points in any one science discipline is 45.  

Please note: SCI1AIM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity. 

Second year (135 credit points)

Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points

One education elective chosen from the list below

15 May – 15 Nov Teaching Practice A EDU2TPA 15
  30 credit points in each of two different science disciplines   60
  30 credit points second year level elective(s) (chosen from any discipline except education)   30
  15 credit point education elective (any level) chosen from the list below or second year level science elective   15

Third year (150 credit points)

Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
Week 05-07 Creating Positive Learning Environments EDU4CPL 15
Intensive Science and Technology in Contemporary Society EDU5STC 15
15 May – 15 Nov Teaching Practice B EDU3TPB 15
  60 credit points chosen from a single science discipline   60

30 credit points chosen from a science discipline which differs from that already chosen as the ‘major’ discipline and must include one of mathematics, biology (including botany, genetics, microbiology and zoology), physics, chemistry (including biochemistry) or statistics if one of these has not already been selected as a major.

  15 credit point education elective (second year level or higher) chosen from the list below or STC3SIM: Science in the Media   15

Fourth year (135 credit points)

Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
Week 8 - 21 Managing Learning Environments EDU5MLE 15
Week 8 -21 Planning for Learning EDU5PFL 15
TE-SEM-1 or TE-SEM-2 Education elective   15
Week 22 - 34 Contemporary Education EDU5CED 15
Week 22 - 34 Professional Experience Secondary A (20 days) EDU5PSA 15
Week 22 - 34 Secondary Method Cluster A1 EDU5MA1 15
Week 22 - 34 Secondary Method Cluster A2 (or EDU5MB1) EDU5MA2 15
Week 35 - 47 The Professional Educator EDU5PED 15
Week 35 - 47 Professional Experience Secondary B (20 days) EDU5PSB 15

Full list of education electives available for all years of the degree

Note that subjects may vary from year to year according to availability.

Teaching period Subject name Subject code Credit points
TE-SEM-2 Child and Adolescent Development EDU1CAD 15
TE-SEM-2 Understanding Self and Others EDU1USO 15
TE-SEM-1 Learning Multimedia Strategies EDU2LMS 15
TE-SEM-1 Language, Literature and Literacy: supporting reading and writing EDU2SRW 15
TE-SEM-2 Cultural and Indigenous Perspectives EDU2CII 15
TE-SEM-1 Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting EDU3CAR 15
TE-SEM-2 Developing Multimodal Literacies EDU3PWR 15
TE-SEM-2 Project Based method EDU3PBM 15
TE-SEM-1 Curriculum focussed Method EDU3CFM 15
W40 - W42 Communication and Interpersonal Skills EDU4IS 15
TE-SEM-1 Curriculum Development and Design EDU4CDD 15
W32 - W42 Pedagogical Principles and Practice EDU5PP 15
W14 - W19 Person-centred Approach in Teaching, Counselling and Nursing EDU5PCA 15
W41 - W47 Gender and Education EDU5GE 15
TE-SEM-1 Teaching and Learning in a Virtual Environment EDU5TLV 15
W30 - W30 ‘At Risk’ Students: Critical Considerations EDU5ARS 15

Please note: Some of these subjects may not be offered in the current year. For a full description of subjects, including the subject name, subject code, credit points, campus/location, teaching period and availability, subject coordinator, class requirements, assessment, prerequisites and readings, please click on the appropriate subject code.


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