UNISA Short Course in Teaching Biodiversity: Life Sciences Grades 10-12)

UNISA Short Course in Teaching Biodiversity: Life Sciences Grades 10-12)

Short Course in Teaching Biodiversity: Life Sciences Grades 10-12) (76952)



At the end of this programstudents will …

  • Subject Knowledge and Learning (Theory): Show improved understanding of environment and sustainability subject knowledge in the context of a specific Subject and Phase.
  • Pedagogical Knowledge and Learning (Practice): Show ability to use appropriate teaching methods and assessment approaches for a specified subject knowledge, skills and values
  • Situated Knowledge and Learning (Context): Relate subject specific environment and sustainability content knowledge to broader issues and contexts
  • Practical Knowledge and Experience (Work Experience): Design, develop, implement and reflectively review a lesson plan / sequence of lesson plans relevant to an environmental and sustainability content focus in a particular Subject and Phase/ Grade.

With regards to Biodiversity Grades 10-12


Target group

The target groups for this training are Grade 10-12 Life Science teacher educators, subject advisors and teachers who have to provide guidance or teach biodiversity in the CAPS curriculum



1 year


Language medium



Registration periods

December 2015, January, February 2016


Tuition method

Distance and workshops(Four days)


Kind of assessment

Learners are assessed as follows:

Aportfolio of evidence comprising the following tasks:

Formative assessment:

  • know your learners pre-course task
  • Know your subject assignment
  • Improve your teaching practice assignment
  • Improve your assessment practice assignment

Summative assessment: A final portfolio of evidence with the following:

4Completed Assignments


Teaching Biodiversity: Grades 10-12 (TBIO102)
Syllabus/Content Topics
  • Introductory Core text
    • A changing environment
    • Know your subject
    • Improve your teaching practice
    • Improve your assessment
  • Methods and Processes to Support Change Oriented Learning
    • Information transfer methods
    • Experiential methods
    • Investigative methods
    • learning by doing
    • Deliberative methods
  • Teaching Biodiversity:
    • Unit 1 – what is biodiversity
    • Unit 2 – the roles of biodiversity

Unit 3 – causes of biodiversity loss and emerging human responses to biodiversity loss


Course leader

Dr S. Shava

BSc Hons, MEd (Environmental Education), PhD (Environmental Education)

Expertise: Environmental Education

Department of Science & Technology Education

AJH van der Walt Building, 7-37

Tel: 27 12 429-4782 Fax: 27 86 659-6865

Cell: 0786954153

E-mail: shavas@unisa.ac.za



Programme administrator(s)

Lynette Ramango

Centre for Continuing Education and Training

AJH Van Der Walt Building  7-16

Tel: 012 429 4627

Fax: 012 429 4800 / 086 548 9968