Science behind the Material World

Course code 76302

  Course is not currently open for enrolment

This online course is designed for school teachers intending to become more confident teachers of science. 

It provides you with an enjoyable experience of “doing science” and builds confidence in your knowledge of fundamental chemistry concepts that underpin the science curriculum strand “The Material World”, and your understandings about the Nature of Science. This online course enables you to assess the effectiveness of particular learning resources and learning experiences in extending children’s understandings about Nature of Science and the Material World.

Fee free offer

Courses offered under OP7611 Graduate Certificate in Primary Science Teaching (Curriculum) Level 7 qualifications are currently fee free. Check out the Fee free offer tab on the qualification web page for information.

Please note: This fee free offer applies only to the Graduate Certificate in Primary Science Teaching (Curriculum). The fee free offer does not apply when enrolling in single courses under our Course Only (Certificate of Proficiency) option.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to

  • Narrate enjoyable experiences of doing chemistry and explain what made them enjoyable
  • Plan, conduct and report on a small scale scientific investigation utilizing relevant chemistry concepts, knowledge, facilities and equipment
  • Outline the fundamental chemistry and Nature of Science concepts and knowledge that underpin the science curriculum competencies relevant to the level of students they teach
  • Demonstrate that their knowledge of Chemistry and Nature of Science is sufficient for them to teach the Nature of Science and The Material World to the level of students they teach.
  • Critique the effectiveness with which selected science teaching and learning resources, and learning experiences actually teach chemistry and Nature of Science behind the curriculum


This course is 100% internally assessed


No textbooks are required for this course

Other requirements

Your course is delivered 100% online. To complete this course you will need access to a computer or device, broadband internet and a data plan able to support online learning such as streaming of videos (including YouTube), downloading content and submitting online assessments. If you are unsure if your current computer/device or internet access allows you to complete your online learning with us, please contact us before applying to enrol. 

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