11th November 2022 Unit 1 Conference Program

9:00am – 9:10am
9:10am – 9:25am
VCAA Overview/Update Erin Wilson, STEM Manager Psychology
9:30am – 10:20am
Workshop 1
10:30am – 11:20am
Workshop 2
11:30am – 12:20pm
Workshop 3
12:20pm – 1:00pm
Q & A Panel

11th November 2022 Unit 1 Conference Outline

This half day conference aims to assist teachers of VCE Psychology to prepare for the new Unit 1 course of study to be implemented in 2023. Erin Wilson, VCAA STEM MANAGER, Psychology will begin the Conference by providing an overview of the features of the new Study Design (2023-2027).

This will be followed by 3 x 50 minute workshops which have been specifically developed to step teachers through what’s new and what has been retained from the previous Study Design. Suggestions of how to teach to and assess the new Learning Outcomes and where and how to integrate the Key Science Skills will be provided. The Presenters will not take questions during their presentations, but teachers will have the opportunity to submit questions throughout the Conference via the Q & A function. These questions will be put to the panel of Presenters in the 40 minute Q & A session at the end of the Conference.

Please note: a 10 minute break has been scheduled after each workshop presentation

11th November 2022 Unit 1 Conference Notes

Information from the VCAA Introduction and all three workshops presented at the 11th November 2022 Unit 1 Conference will be available until February 24th 2023. Details of how to access the Unit 1 Conference Notes will be emailed to registered Unit 1 Conference participants after the Conference.

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Workshop Descriptions

Workshop 1: Unpacking Unit 1, Area of Study 1 & 2
Carly Sparrow, Korowa Anglican Girls’ School, Glen Iris
Ali Dunwoody, Carey Baptist Grammar School, Kew
This workshop will adopt a comparative approach to examining the Key Knowledge of Unit 1, AoS 1 and 2. It will highlight new/altered content and identify content that remains unchanged from the previous Study Design. Suggestions regarding the depth required to meet the Learning Outcomes will be provided. Ideas for learning activities and resources to support the new content will also be presented. A sample timeline for covering AoS 1 and 2 as well as how and where to integrate Key Science Skills specified on pp. 12–13 of the new Study Design will be shared if time permits.


Workshop 2: Unpacking Unit 1: Area of Study 3
Adina Wolters, Mt Scopus College, Burwood
This workshop will provide an overview of Unit 1, AoS 3 by comparing and contrasting the requirements for this AoS in the previous Study Design with the new Study Design. Teaching and learning suggestions for the Key Knowledge as well as possible resources relevant to their delivery will also be provided. Suggestions about which Key Science Skills to cover for this AoS and learning activities to facilitate their development will be presented. Attention will also be given to the use of the student-adapted or student-designed scientific investigation and how best to approach the Learning Outcome for AoS 3 via this task.


Workshop 3: Assessing Unit 1: Area of Study 1 & 2
Alisha Muller, Haileybury College, Berwick
Kate Gallagher, Haileybury College, Brighton
This workshop will explore the assessment requirements for Unit 1 identifying assessment practices that have been retained from the previous Study Design and highlighting new practices and tasks specified in the new Study Design, including the Logbook requirement, and the 9 different assessment tasks prescribed on p. 27. This workshop will also provide suggestions as to where Key Science Skills could be integrated with Key Knowledge to best enable students to satisfactorily complete outcomes. Examples of summative assessment that can be used in the classroom will also be provided.


Q & A Panel
The panel will consist of Erin Wilson, VCAA and the presenters of all three Workshops. Questions can be typed into the Chat Box throughout all presentations. The questions received will be put to the presenters during this session and both the questions and the responses will be available for all participants to view and hear.