Other single subjects

Other single subjects

Introduction to Climate Change Sem 2 Level 1

Availability: Semester 2
Contact hours: Two 1 hour lectures and one 1 hour tutorial per week, plus eight forums on topical subjects
Level: 1

With a comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to all aspects of the climate change debate, you will have the opportunity to interact with Australian scientific and political leaders with expertise and interests in climate change, and consider information within your own local context.

Concepts covered include the scientific basis of the greenhouse effect, the history of Earth’s climate, energy options, economics and public policy and the effect of climate change on food, water and health.

For more information contact the Subject Coordinator Professor Rachel Webster r.webster@unimelb.edu.au or see the Handbook.

Relating Health and Learning Sem 1 Level 2

Availability: Semester 1
Contact hours: 1.5 hour lecture and 1.5 hour workshop per week
Level: 2

Deepen your knowledge of the relationship between health and learning using the life course model. You will explore current research that explains how health influences your success in educational pursuits and how educational opportunities and life-long learning in turn impact your health outcomes.

In the interactive lectures and workshops, you will engage with sector experts and collaborate with each other strengthening your skills in public speaking, presentation, and thinking strategically, critically and creatively to develop interventions that address health and learning issues.

You will learn how to apply theory to practice using your own experiences and real world examples, improving your ability to approach complex health and learning issues pragmatically.

For more information contact Subject Coordinator Mr Timoci O'Connor timoci.oconnor@unimelb.edu.au or see the Handbook.

School Experience as Breadth Sem 1 Sem 2 Level 2

Availability: Semester 1 and 2
Contact hours: Approx. 1 day per week in school, university classes before placement (9 hours) and during placement (6 hours)
Level: 2

Volunteer as a Tertiary Student Assistant (TSA) in a Victorian Government school, and learn about contemporary approaches to teaching and learning.

You will make links between your undergraduate degree and the wider community, and get a taste of working in a school by assisting in one of the two main streams:

  1. Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS)
  2. Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)

School-based experience is supplemented by university workshops and seminars, to give you further support and ideas you can take back to the classroom. This subject is for students with high level skills in mathematics, science, arts or languages other than English (LOTE).

For more information contact Subject Coordinator Dr Daniela Acquaro d.acquaro@unimelb.edu.au or see the Handbook.

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I did this subject because I wanted to explore what teaching is like. I’ve found the subject really fun; doing science in primary classrooms has been great. One girl enjoyed the experiments we did in class so much that she went home and changed the test to make a new discovery – then she came back to school and we discussed what she had learned. It was really exciting to get such a positive response to my lesson from a ten-year-old.

Aaron Osborne, Bachelor of Biomedicine

Communicating Science and Technology Sem 2 Level 2

Availability: Semester 2
Contact hours: One 2 hour seminar, one 1 hour seminar and one 1 hour tutorial per week
Level: 2

Consider the important role of science and technology in society and explore why scientists must learn to articulate their ideas to a variety of audiences in an effective and engaging manner.

You will learn how to create engaging written and spoken science communication, by tailoring your communication to audience needs and using the right type of media. Other topics include giving talks about science to non-scientists, writing press releases, communicating with politicians, how science is reported in the media, as well as effective communication in the context of employability and applying for jobs, including writing a CV and interview skills.

There will be multiple opportunities to receive feedback and improve their your written and oral communication skills.

For more information contact Subject Coordinator Dr Jenny Martin j.martin1@unimelb.edu.au or see the Handbook.