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.

Fee: $200


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.

Evaluation Comments:

  • The amount of support provided to us today through the sample tasks analysis and rubrics as well as discussion of depth study was excellent.
  • Presenters were very knowledgeable and the presentations were clear and thought provoking.

Target Participants

Secondary Science Teachers


This course has a blended delivery (moodle) where participants engage with each other and the presenter in person, but research and share tasks online.  Participants will need a wifi enabled laptop.

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