Killer Depth Studies and SRPs

Jim Sturgiss
Aligning practice for better outcomes.
Improve student depth studies. Engage in working scientifically skills. Align assessment and feed back to the NESA standards. Create a killer depth study!
Target Audience
Science teachers 7-12
21 reviews

Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

Investigating science is centre stage of the new science syllabuses. You can create killer depth studies and SRPs. Create a universal rubric, based on syllabus standards, to support students and make consistent judgements about learning.


Science teachers 7-12

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

24/7 lifetime course access


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Teaching Standards

5.1.2 Proficient Level – Assess student learning
5.3.2 Proficient Level – Make consistent and comparable judgements
6.3.2 Proficient Level – Engage with colleagues and improve practice

Are you in NSW? If so, this is relevant for you

Completing this course will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (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.

TTA (Teacher Training Australia) is endorsed to provide the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient and Lead Level Teacher.

This course contributes to 5.0 professional development hours.


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Investigations in the Science syllabus

1 hour and 30 minutes

Presentation and reflection
An exploration of the nuances of Working Scientifically skills.

Depth Studies and student research projects

1 hour and 30 minutes

Presentations and reflections on:
Limiting achievement
Assessment frameworks
Assessment task and rubric
Moderating exercise
Poster competition

My depth study

2 hours

Participants work individually or collaboratively to produce a task suitable as a depth study or SRP.
The product will include:
Task description
Task criteria
Syllabus validity
Standards-based rubric

User Rating


Latest Reviews

Please note the feedback listed here is unfiltered, and includes all comments and ratings collected.

Killer Depth Studies and SRPs - Jim Sturgiss

High quality information that I believe is high;ly relevant to the marking of HSC Depth Studies. Offer gratefully declined , thank you.

Killer Depth Studies and SRPs - Jim Sturgiss

Some of the course content was difficult to access due to technical difficulties

Killer Depth Studies and SRPs - Jim Sturgiss

Did not find the content overly helpful in writing depth studies.

Killer Depth Studies and SRPs - Jim Sturgiss

The course content was good, it had lots of examples that assisted in understanding the ideas presented.

Killer Depth Studies and SRPs - Jim Sturgiss

The course was highly relevant however did not extend my current understanding of depth studies. It allowed for further confidence in my understanding, however, I don’t feel that I am more highly qualified or capable of delivering stronger research based investigations.

Killer Depth Studies and SRPs - Jim Sturgiss

Helpful and reassuring that I’m in the right track re depth studies

Killer Depth Studies and SRPs - Jim Sturgiss

Quality was ok. Completing the online course caused a few issues and was not easy to first follow. Some things didn’t work at first. Relevance was ok. A lot of it was re-iterating the syllabus and NESA. I found it was good to have a comprehensive ‘document’ on depth studies as a whole.

About the team

Jim Sturgiss


Improving outcomes through aligned teaching practice synergies.

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.

Selected NSW Department of Education and Communities appointments
2015                            Analytics, Systems and Development Coordinator 
2012 – 2013                School Assessment Design and Development Acting Coordinator (ESSA)
2007 – 2010                Head Teacher Science, Newtown High School of Performing Arts
2004 – 2005                Senior Assessment Officer, Computer Skills Assessment (CSA6)
2004                            Test Development Officer, Secondary Numeracy Assessment Program (SNAP)
2000 – 2004                Head Teacher Science, Concord High School 
1998 – 2000                Senior Assessment Officer, English Language and Literacy Assessment (ELLA)

Teaching Qualifications
1993 – 1997                M.Ed. (Hons) University of New England (Thesis: Literacy & learning in Science) 
1979                            Dip. Ed. University of Wollongong
1976 – 1978                B.Sc. University of Wollongong (Majors in Chemistry and Bioenergetics)