Discipline and Workshop Day The first day of the conference is designated the "Discipline and Workshop Day". Themed workshops will take place in the morning while the afternoon workshops will be dedicated to the discipline networks (see below for details of each workshop).

A tentative program is as follows:
9am-12pm: Morning session – themed workshops
12pm-2pm: SaMnet Scholars Meeting
2pm-5pm: Afternoon session – Discipline Network workshops

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 or ideas exchange program.

Conference dinner – Thursday 27 September 2012. The conference dinner will be held at The Grandstand, No.1 Oval, the University of Sydney NSW 2006.

Discipline and Workshop Day

Morning workshops (9am-12pm unless otherwise stated)

Learning and Teaching Academic Standards: where are we now?
Eastern Avenue Seminar Room 310
One year on from the ALTC Learning and Teaching Academic Standards project for Science, it is time to take stock of how the outcomes of that project are being implemented. In this workshop, we shall discuss the current national regulatory environment, and what it might mean for us as practitioners in science education. We will share examples of how the Science Threshold Learning Outcomes (TLOs) are being used in curriculum review and renewal and how they are being adapted to different disciplinary contexts.
The program for this workshop can be found here.
Contact or for further information.

Learning and teaching in the laboratories: Towards TEQSA using ASELL evaluations
Eastern Avenue Seminar Room 311
An integral part of ASELL, Advancing Science by Enhancing Learning in the Laboratory, is the development and implementation of instruments for gauging student experiences. To date an instrument for individual experiments (ASLE) has been trialled with some 20,000 students and another for laboratory programs (ALPE) has been trialled with some 3000 students. In this workshop, discipline specific instruments for evaluating student experiences for the entire 3 year laboratory program will be broached. How to align such an instrument with the Threshold Learning Outcomes (TLOs) will be considered.
9:00 – 9:30 Do student views agree with staff views? (Prof Scott Kable)
9:30 – 10:00 What does the ALPE tell us about lab programs? (A/Prof Simon Pyke)
10:00 – 10:30 Coffee break
10:30 – 11:30 Is it time to venture into evaluating the entire 3 year laboratory program? (Prof Mark Buntine) – Discussion
11:30 – 11:40 What next, some big picture ideas? (Prof Mark Buntine)
11:40 – 11:50 ASELL in Schools (Karen Burke da Silva)

New media assignments in science: Engaging student creativity (10am-12pm)
Eastern Avenue Seminar Room 312
Service subject engages students? Lab class revitalised?
Develop, refine, and pitch an assignment where students create 'new media'. Have students produce a wiki on a lab technique, a podcast explaining a key concept, an instructional animation.
Guidance on technology, scripting, assignment weighting, marking rubrics. Engagement, graduate attributes, potentially deeper learning of content, a critical eye toward science in any medium.
10.00am Types of new media assignments
10.30am Develop your ideas
11.30am Pitching.
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SaMnet Scholars Meeting (12pm-2pm)

Eastern Ave Seminar Room 405

Afternoon workshops (2pm-5pm unless otherwise stated)

Biology Discipline Projects
Eastern Avenue Seminar Room 310
This year the Biology discipline afternoon at ACSME will be led by the Transitions in Biology project which aims to ‘strengthen the alignment between secondary and tertiary biology education and enhance student transition‘. This workshop will describe how first year biology is taught across Australian universities including curricula, assessment and strategies to assist at-risk students. Please RSVP to for catering purposes.
Vision and Innovation in Biology Education (VIBEnet) will also provide a brief update on progress following on from our workshop (on 15th June) at the University of Sydney.
For more information please contact or .

Biomedical Network – CUBEnet
Eastern Avenue Seminar Room 311
"Competencies and Outcomes for the Biomedical Sciences: setting the guidelines"
Convenors: Philip Poronnik, Yvonne Hodgson and David Saint
This workshop aims to develop a consensus framework to define the core competencies and threshold learning outcomes for biomedical science graduates that can then be subject to wider consultation within CUBEnet.
For more information, please contact .

Chemistry Discipline Network
Eastern Avenue Seminar Room 312
The Chemistry Discipline Network will have its second meeting at the Discipline Day at ACSME on September 26, 2012. We will be focussing on the necessary steps to move from TLOs towards standards for the Higher Education Standards Panel and thus for TEQSA. This was one of the requirements from ALTC-OLT when the network was funded. This meeting is our best opportunity for a face to face gathering of as many University based chemists as possible to further this work. More details will be posted on as we prepare for this afternoon of discussions.
Agenda guideline:
2.00 - 2.15 Welcome and brief summary of CHEMNET activities in the first year: Glennys O'Brien
2.15 – 2:30 introductory comments: Brian Yates and Mark Buntine, a double act.
2:30 – 2:40 Introducing your group work, example aligning possible assessments with TLO 1.1: Glennys O'Brien
2:40 – 3:00 Assigning groups and beginning your discussions
3.00 - 3.30 pm Afternoon tea
3.30 - 4.30 pm Continue group discussions
4.30 - 5 pm Wrapping up our progress, outlining the next steps: Glennys O'Brien
For further information please contact CHEMNET co directors Madeleine Schultz ( or Glennys O'Brien ( (Glennys after 12 Sept).
Please RSVP to James Mitchell Crow, the CHEMNET Project Officer ( for catering and admin purposes.

Mathematics Discipline Network
Eastern Avenue Seminar Room 403
Approaches to improve engagement and learning in first year mathematical sciences courses.
This workshop will bring together academics in the Mathematical Sciences to share ideas around the general idea of improving engagement and learning in first year courses. A small number of ideas will be presented at the beginning of the workshop before participants break out to discuss ways to improve upon and expand the ideas, and to embed them more widely across the Discipline.
Contact for further information.

Physics Education Network (PEN)
Eastern Avenue Seminar Room 404
We are entering a brave new world of standards and acronyms (TEQSA, TLO’s...). We can support each other in this new monitoring environment by developing and using agreed academic standards for physics across Australian universities. A draft of physics Threshold Learning Outcomes has been prepared; your input can ensure that these are truly representative and useful. This will be an ideas exchange, with time for informal sharing of ideas, as well as structured discussions.
Contact for more information.