There is no textbook recommended. Instead Mols3002 makes use of web-based teaching resources on the unit iLearn web site (see below for more information). This includes resources especially designed for PACE units.
iLearn Unit Web Page and Other Technology
The web page for this unit can be found at ilearn.mq.edu.au. Just login and follow the prompts to Mols3002. You can use any web browser such as Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari to login.
It is essential that you login to the unit iLearn web site on a regular basis. As well as web-based teaching resources, the iLearn web site will also provide other support for this unit, including an Announcement board for important notices, Discussion Forums, and access to your grades.
Please note information will also be sent by email to your student email account so please look at your email account on a frequent basis.
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Mols3002 will consist of a mixture of face to face training workshops and group discussion sessions, presentations, online discussions and interactive science activities. There will be a 2 hour dedicated session most weeks of both semesters for training workshops, seminars, discussion sessions and reflections and critiquing. The community engagement activities – the experiential science activities component of the unit – will be timetabled once the dates are known. Enrolled students will identify which activities they can be a part of. The range of activities provided over the year will allow sufficient choice for all students to be a part of many wonderful science outreach events.
Introduction: Week 1 will be a meet and greet session to get to know everyone's interests in the unit, the strengths you bring to the unit and the potential areas of growth and will also include discussion on reflective practice.
Meetings/group discussions: From weeks 2-8, the focus will be on workshops related to mentoring, working with children, working with Indigenous people and reflective practices, and an introduction to the overall science outreach activities to be undertaken and appropriate safe practices. These sessions will also be used throughout the year to discuss about upcoming activities, including with other teaching staff and community partners, to prepare and plan for the actual activities and evaluate and improve on resources; and following activities, to critique their effectiveness and consider changes needed for improvement. These sessions will also be used to reflect more broadly.
Online Discussion: You are expected to participate regularly in online discussion using the iLearn Discussion forum about the unit content, science activities and methods of presentation, and issues that may arise, as well as reflect more broadly.
Experiential Activities: The experiential component will involve engaging community (eg school students) in science activities including those of relevance to everyday life (eg examining the microscopic world, extracting DNA from fruit, making slime from wood glue and borax). The activities will be spread throughout the year. At least 40 hours of direct interaction with the community with the science activities will be expected from you and at least an average of 10 hours committed to the preparation and 10 hours to reflection on these activities.
Reflection: Reflection will be a particularly important tool for you in this unit. The participation activities will inherently challenge your approaches, ideas, and understandings about the communities around us and the communication of science therein. You will keep an on-going journal reflecting on your experiences and at the end of each semester, be required as a part of your assessment to present to fellow students and staff about the key achievements and the impact of the science engagement activities on you.
Workload expectation: Your overall workload across the unit is 150 hours in total.
Who to Contact
A/Prof Joanne Jamie is the convenor of this unit and should be your main point of contact. Ian Jamie is co-convenor and will also be involved in most of the classes and experiential components. You will get to meet the other staff during scheduled sessions and/or during the various activities. They will all be happy to help in answering questions relevant to their expertise throughout this unit. You are encouraged to direct any questions or queries first to A/Prof Jamie, who will pass them on to the other teaching staff as needed. A/Prof Jamie has an open door policy, but you are encouraged to phone or email to organise a meeting. You may also wish to ask questions using the discussion board on the ilearn website.
We are always open to suggestions for improving the content and delivery of this course. We are very happy to receive any constructive criticism that you may wish to provide. We hope you find this course both educational and fun!