Curriculum design innovation in flexible science teaching

Nulty, Duncan, Vegh, Victor, & Young, Joseph A. (2002) Curriculum design innovation in flexible science teaching. In Fernandez, Anne (Ed.) Proceedings of Scholarly Inquiry in Flexible Science Teaching and Learning Symposium, UniServe Science, The University of Sydney, NSW, The University of Sydney, pp. 50-56.


In this paper you will be introduced to a number of principles which can be used to inform good teaching practice and rigorous curriculum design.

Principles relate to:

  • Application of a common sequence of events for how learners learn;
  • Accommodating different learning styles;
  • Adopting a purposeful approach to teaching and learning;
  • Using assessment as a central driving force in the curriculum and as an organising structure leading to coherence of teaching and learning approach; and
  • The increasing emphasis that is being placed on the development of generic graduate competencies over and above discipline content knowledge.

The principles are particularly significant in relation to adult learning. The paper will use three specific applications as illustrations to help you to learn how these principles can be applied. The illustrations are taken from a second year subject in supercomputing that uses scientific case studies. The subject has been developed (with support from Silicon Graphics Inc. and Intel) to be taught entirely via the Internet.

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ID Code: 31723
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information:

At the time of publication, the authors were all member of staff at QUT - Nulty TALSS, Vegh and Young - Mathematical Sciences, Faculty of Science.

Nulty and Vegh are no longer at QUT. Young is staff member of TILS.

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Keywords: curriculum design, teaching practice, assessment, learning module development
ISBN: 1864874902
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Technology, Information and Library Services
Current > Research Centres > High Performance Computing and Research Support
Past > Schools > Mathematical Sciences
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Duncan Nulty, Viktor Vegh and Joseph Young
Copyright Statement: © 2002 Duncan Nulty, Viktor Vegh and Joseph Young
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Deposited On: 12 Apr 2010 22:48
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