Download the program
and list of posters

Discipline and Workshop Day - The first day of the conference is designated the "Discipline and Workshop Day". There will be five workshops (see below).

Presentations - On Thursday and Friday, delegates will have the opportunity to showcase their work via oral and poster presentations. Download the program or posters listing.
Submissions are available at the conference proceedings.

Conference dinner - Thursday 29th September in the Main Dining Room ground floor of the University House, The University of Melbourne


Accreditation of science courses by professional bodies

Accreditation of science courses by professional bodies like RACI and AIP (Dr Ian Potter)

Accreditation is vital for maintaining the integrity of disciplinary education and is becoming increasingly important in view of TESQA. Some disciplines, for example chemistry and physics have accreditation undertaken by professional bodies, the Australian Institute of Physics (AIP) and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI). RACI has been working with Science Discipline Scholars in aligning their accreditation processes and criteria to be better placed for the anticipated standards shaping agenda. This is an opportunity to discuss current and future accreditation requirements and participate in follow-up discussions. These sessions are being organised by Dr Ian Potter in consultation with Dr Bob Loss (physics) and Dr Richard Thwaites (chemistry).

Chemistry Accreditation Session, 10 – 12 pm (Room 513, Redmond Barry Building)
Chair: Dr. Richard Thwaites, Royal Australian Chemical Institute Accreditation Committee

Physics Accreditation Session, 9 – 4 pm (Room 516, Redmond Barry Building)
Chair: Dr. Bob Loss, Curtin University
9–10.30 am - General session.
10.30 -11am - morning tea
11-12pm - Graduate attributes
12–1pm - lunch
1–2.30pm - Graduate Attributes to Outcomes to Assessment
2.30–3.30pm - AIP specific Accreditation Session
3.30–4pm - Wrap-up


Biology: VIBEnet
Japanese Room, Architecture Building.

The Biology Education Network is one of five science-based ALTC Discipline Networks. It is led by Charlotte Taylor (USyd), Pauline Ross (UWS), Elizabeth Johnson (La Trobe) and Sue Jones (UTAS). VIBEnet will work closely with the Biomedical Education Network (Collaborative University Biomedical education Network, CUBEnet). The aims for the Network are:

  • To develop threshold learning outcomes for bachelor level biology graduates;
  • To develop a shared understanding of the core first year biology curriculum;
  • To support development of the next generation of biology teaching academics
  • To create a Vision and Innovation statement which reflects the collective understandings about the direction of the future biological curriculum, especially at first year level

At our first workshop, we will present an overview of our vision for VIBEnet, the Biology Education Network, and we will work with you to discuss and develop the nature of biology as a discipline within science; and a first draft of the Biology TLOs (BTLOs). We look forward to seeing you there, and to receiving your contributions.

The workshop will run from 2-5pm on Wednesday 28th September in the Japanese Room, of the Architecture Building.


Mathematics Discipline Day
Room 135 (Chinese Room), Architecture Building

1.30 - 2.30pm: Australian Mathematical Sciences Learning & Teaching Discipline Network Forum

Assoc Prof Dann Mallet (QUT) will present an overview of the goals of the new Mathematics discipline network in 2012. We are keen to meet with Mathematics and Statistics folk attending ACSME, and also from universities in the Melbourne area. Attendance is free, and we look forward to hearing your comments/suggestions for the national network.

It will be especially useful to gather together the contact details of academic staff who are interested in being part of a broad consultative network with a view to developing Mathematics TLOs based on the LTAS project.

2.30 - 3pm: Please join us for afternoon tea and scones!

3 - 5pm: Australian Maths Curriculum Forum

Dr Deborah King, Director, Mathematics & Statistics Learning Centre,
The University of Melbourne

The proposed senior secondary structure for the new Australian curriculum, encompasses mathematics/statistics subjects at four different levels. The two higher level subjects are aimed at University entry and further study in mathematics and statistics at tertiary level. The content of these subjects will have direct impact on our first year offerings and there is still time to help shape the
way these subjects will look.

  • If you could divide a senior maths curriculum into "essentials", "desirables" and "decorations", what would your lists look like?
  • What are the main issues that you think the ACARA should address in the maths curriculum design?

Science communication and media

New media assignments in science
Room 142, Architecture Building
Dr Will Rifkin, University of Sydney,
Prof Lloyd Davis, University of Otago

Teaching a service subject that begs for student engagement?
An upper level lab class that needs revitalisation?
Here is a chance to PITCH YOUR IDEA for assigning students to create 'new media'.

Have them construct a wiki on a new lab technique, produce a podcast explaining a key concept, create a one-minute instructional animation, or ...
Get guidance on whether it is better for your students to produce a podcast or a video. Discover the essence of scripting, identify a suitable weight to give to an assignment, and determine how to assess it. Creatively tweak an assignment that you already give.

You have attended a conference presentation on ‘new media’ assignments. You see the promise for engagement and development of graduate attributes through authentic assessment, as well as deeper learning of science content. It is time for the next step. Here is your chance to talk with an expert, one to one, and compare notes with colleagues.

We will have a pitching session 12noon-2pm for the curious.
Lunch is on us, but reserve a spot (for catering).

RSVP to:


Chemistry Network
Room 513, Redmond Barry Building

The program for session is as follows:

  • 2:00 - 2:20 pm Introduction to the broad goals of the Chemistry Discipline Network - why do we need a community of practice of chemistry academics? (Madeleine Schultz)
  • 2:20 - 3:00 pm Specific goals of the Network: information gathering, resource sharing and work towards agreed curricula and benchmarking assessment items (Gwen Lawrie and Madeleine Schultz)
  • 3:00 - 3:30 pm The regulatory framework: TLOs, TEQSA, TSF, RACI and how the Network fits in (Glennys O'Brien)
    Afternoon tea
  • 4:00 - 4:30 pm More detailed discussion of the resource repository including IP issues, technical capacities of web (chat, discussion fora, etc) (Glennys O'Brien)
  • 4:30 - 5:00 pm More detailed discussion of implementation of TLOs (Brian Yates (if he can make it!))