Depth Studies and Student Research Projects for Science 7-12


Design engaging, student-centred depth studies and student research projects that are manageable, support student learning and are standards-based.

This course is suitable for all Science teachers wanting to develop depth studies suitable for Stage 6 and for those Stage 4 and 5 science teachers wanting to improve the quality of Student Research Projects (SRPs).

Participants will

  • develop a deeper understanding first hand and secondary investigations in science
  • participate in a moderating exercise using a standards-framework to assess student work samples
  • collaboratively develop a rich Depth Study task (or SRP) and marking rubric.

Session 1 Inquiry science – This session unpacks each of the “Working Scientifically” outcomes in a classroom context

Session 2 Standards-based analysis of sample depth study responses. - This is a moderating exercise where participants use standards-based rubrics to assess sample responses to depth studies and SRPs.

Session 3 Developing a rich depth study. - Participants will collaboratively develop and share depth study and SRP tasks.

Jim is an educational researcher and independent educational consultant. A recipient of the NSW PTC Distinguished Service Award for leadership in delivering targeted professional learning to teachers, he works with schools to align assessment, reporting and learning practice. He has been a DoE Senior Assessment Advisor where he developed many statewide assessments, (ESSA, SNAP, ELLA, BST) and as Coordinator: Analytics where he developed reports to schools for statewide assessments and NAPLAN. His MEd (Hons) thesis concerned the evaluation of a genre-based literacy program used in the Science classroom. Do improved literacy outcomes lead to improved science outcomes?

Tim Sloane…


Completing a Depth Studies and Student Research Projects for Science 7-12 course will contribute 5 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing: 5.1.2, 5.3.2, 6.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Target Participants

Secondary Science Teachers