Integrated Einsteinian Science for School Teachers - PHYSN410

This micro-credential introduces modern Einsteinian concepts related to the themes of the national curriculum. These concepts are
rarely taught to school students despite their enormous explanatory power for understanding the world around us, as well
as their central importance to modern science, technology, and industry.

The following four modules are covered in this micro-credential:
 (1) Atoms, Light, Space, and Climate
(2) Gravity, Energy, and Quantum Mechanics
(3) From Climate to Cosmology
(4) Modern Science in the Real World

This micro-credential course was developed with the support of the Australian Government's Micro-credentials Pilot in Higher Education.

Upon successful completion, you'll receive:

  • Twelve (12) PD Points
  • A Certificate of Achievement
  • A UWA Plus Professional Development Transcript, listing all successfully completed micro-credentials
Delivery mode
This micro-credential will be delivered online, with pre-recorded lectures and scheduled online tutorials and workshops.
Course date
Registrations for the first teaching period in 2024 have closed.
This micro-credential may be offered again later in 2024.
24 weeks
300 hours
Academic lead
Professor Li Ju
Thanks to a Microcredentials Pilot in Higher Education grant, eligible domestic participants who enrol this 12 point micro-credential will be offered a fee-free position (for the first 60 participants). 
All fee-free positions for the first teaching period in 2024 have been filled.

If you do not meet the eligibility requirement for a fee-free position you can register for the 12 point micro-credential at a cost of $1,600 incl. GST

All fee-paying positions for the first teaching period in 2024 have been filled.

Critical information summary
PHYSN410 - Critical information summary (PDF, 245KB)
Each of the modules that form the 12 point micro-credential can be taken individually as follows:

PHYSM411 - Einsteinian Science for School Teachers I:  Atoms, Light, Space, and Climate
PHYSM412 - Einsteinian Science for School Teachers II: Gravity, Energy, and Quantum Mechanics
PHYSM413 - Einsteinian Science for School Teachers III: From Climate to Cosmology 
PHYSM414 - Einsteinian Science for School Teachers IV: Modern Science in the Real World 

What you'll learn

Explain the basic concepts of the modern concepts of space, time, gravity and radiation

Explain the quantum nature of matter and radiation at the appropriate school level

Teach key topics in modern physics using simple models and analogies

Explain the physical mechanisms which are fundamental to the Earth's climate and renewable energy technologies

Notebook and a workspace 

Why study this course?

  • Gain a broad understanding of the beautiful revelations of modern science
  • Learn to teach this understanding through a series of in-class activities designed to reveal Einsteinian concepts
  • Become equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to adopt Einsteinian physics lesson plans, or create your own lesson plans for your own classes.

Who should study this course?

This micro-credential is ideal for all primary school teachers and secondary school science and technology teachers and other educators.

Recommended prior knowledge:
A teaching qualification.  No further prior study is required but for those wanting a head-start, we recommend the books and research papers listed on www.einsteinianphysics.com

How does it work?

This micro-credential will consist of online lectures, live tutorials, and training videos. The course will also incorporate fortnightly two-hour interactive online workshop sessions with demonstrators running through the activities live with active audience participation. This course will require a weekly commitment of 3-5 hours per week. All sessions will be recorded if you cannot attend live.

What's next after this course?

This 12 point micro-credential can contribute to future study credit for a Physics Major as part of a Bachelor of Science.

This unit will provide opportunities for school science teachers to upskill to higher level science teaching.

Applications are now closed for the current teaching period