Biology

Biology

Course Summary

Are you interested in uncovering the ‘what’, ‘why’, and the ‘how’ of the living world at a macro and micro level? The study of Biology helps us understand humans, animals and plants and their interconnectedness. You will learn how to critically assess the strengths and limitations of science, respect evidence-based conclusions and gain an awareness of the ethical, social and political contexts of scientific endeavours.

Biology is a recommended Year 10 Science choice.

VCE: Unit 1, Unit 2 and Unit 3 & 4 sequence available

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Explore the challenges of sustaining life through theory, research and hands-on investigation
  • Conduct student-designed practical investigations into an area of interest related to the concepts taught
  • Conduct an investigation into an issue related to genetics and/or reproductive science
  • Develop a deeper understanding of more complex biological concepts and theories
  • Conduct a student-designed practical investigation into biological that is reported in the form of a scientific poster

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Approximate Costs

Unit 1 & 2

Excursions $50

Unit 3 & 4

Compulsory Excursions $50

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Science Learning Area Leader

Terri Gregotski

Chemistry

Chemistry

Course Summary

Are you creative and interested in reactions, chemical reactions? Do you want to know what underpins the production and development of energy, the maintenance of clean air and water, the production of food, medicines and new materials, and the treatment of waste? Studying Chemistry enables you to examine a range of chemical, biochemical and geophysical phenomena through the exploration of the nature of chemicals and chemical processes. You’ll develop an understanding of the structure of materials, ionic compounds, periodic table, chemical energy sources, manufacturing processes and much more.

VCE: Unit 1, Unit 2 and Unit 3 & 4 sequence available

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Explore the origin and nature of material through a combination of theory, research and hands-on investigation
  • Conduct research investigations in relevant topics
  • Design a practical investigation into physical and chemical properties of water; acid and base reactions; redox reactions; and analysis of water
  • Develop a deeper understanding of more complex chemistry concepts and theories
  • Design a major practical investigation into an area of interest that is reported in the form of a scientific poster

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Approximate Costs

Unit 1 & 2

Unit 3 & 4

Checkpoints (Optional) $35

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Science Learning Area Leader

Terri Gregotski

Computing – Applied Computing

Computing – Applied Computing (1 & 2)

Course Summary

Are you interested in understanding how computers are used in business? Do you want to work in the Information Technology industry? In Unit 1 & 2 Applied Computing you will develop a deep understanding of computing systems to design and develop databases, programs, digital systems/devices and networks. You will engage in hands on practical experience to develop industry skills and knowledge.

Applied Computing is a recommended Year 10 Science choice.

VCE: Unit 1 and Unit 2 available

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Learn how to use database and spreadsheet software to collect, manipulate and present data
  • Interpret software requirements to design, create and evaluate working programs
  • Create innovative digital devices or systems
  • Understand networks and security to design and build secure network

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Approximate Costs

Unit 1 & 2

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Technology Learning Area Leader

Paul McMullen

Environmental Science

Environmental Science

Course Summary

Are you worried about climate change? Interested in the interactions and interconnectedness between the natural system and the human systems. Environmental Science looks at the practices that impact land/water, energy, pollution and global change. You will investigate the extent to which we modify the environment and the consequences of these changes in local and global contexts with a focus on pollution, biodiversity, energy use and climate change; they explore the conceptual, behavioural, ethical and technological responses to these changes.

Environmental Science is recommended Year 10 Science choice for those students interested in Biology, Chemistry and/or Physics.

VCE: Unit 1, Unit 2 and Unit 3 & 4 sequence available

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Explore how the earth’s systems are connected through a combination of theory, research and hands-on investigation
  • Conduct research investigations in relevant topics
  • Design a practical investigation into a particular form of air, soil and water pollution that is of global concern and communicate the finding to others
  • Develop a deeper understanding of more complex environmental science concepts and theories
  • Design a major practical investigation into an area of interest that is reported in the form of a scientific poster

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Approximate Costs

Unit 1 & 2

Unit 3 & 4

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Science Learning Area Leader

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Physics

Physics

Course Summary

Are you interested in making sense of the physical world? What underlies the laws of nature? Physics provides you with opportunities to explore questions related to the natural and constructed world. You will develop an understanding of the complexities and diversity of physics, and the interconnectedness of the content areas both within physics, and across physics and the other sciences. You will take a deep dive into the physical world, motion electricity, and light and matter.

VCE: Unit 1, Unit 2 and Unit 3 & 4 sequence available

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Explore the ideas that explain the physical world through a combination of theory, research and hands-on investigation
  • Conduct research investigations in relevant topics
  • Design a practical investigation into a particular form of air, soil and water pollution that is of global concern and communicate the finding to others
  • Develop a deeper understanding of more complex physics concepts and theories
  • Explore how experiments allow us to understands the physical world

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Approximate Costs

Unit 1 & 2

LearnOn Digital Subscription $55

Calculator $32

Excursions $32

Checkpoint $35

Unit 3 & 4

LearnOn Digital Subscription $55

Calculator $32

Excursions $70

Checkpoint $35 (Optional Purchase)

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Science Learning Area Leader

Terri Gregotski

Psychology

Psychology

Course Summary

Do you wonder what makes people tick? What affects their mood and behaviour? In Psychology, you will study the science of the mind and human behaviour, and be able to apply that to personal and social circumstances in everyday life. Psychology provides students with a framework for exploring the complex interactions between biological, psychological and social factors that influence human thought, emotions and behaviour. This framework applies to children, adults, families and communities in a variety of settings.

VCE: Unit 1, Unit 2 and Unit 3 & 4 sequence available

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Investigate the structure and functions of the human brain and nervous system
  • Develop an understanding of internal and external influences on behaviour
  • Explore mental health and mental disorders
  • Conduct research and psychology experiments

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Approximate Costs

Unit 1 & 2

Unit 3 & 4

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Science Learning Area Leader

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Systems Engineering

Systems Engineering

Course Summary

Do you like solving complex problems? Are you creative? Systems Engineering involves the design, production, operation, evaluation and iteration of integrated systems, which mediate and control many aspects of human experience. You will identify and quantify systems goals, generate system designs, practice trial and error, justify design trade-offs, select and implement the most appropriate designs. In addition, you will test and verify that the system is well-built and integrated before evaluating how well the completed system meets the intended goals and reflect on the systems engineering process to create a satisfactory design outcome.

VCE: Unit 1, Unit 2 and Unit 3 & 4 sequence available

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Build several projects including a simple machine, an electrical system and an integrated system containing a microcontroller
  • Produce a folio containing designs, production, testing and evaluating diagrams, data, notes and conclusions
  • Develop knowledge of electrical, mechanical, open and closed-loop systems to design and build an integrated system and portfolio
  • Demonstrate knowledge of planning, design, hand skills, component identification, testing procedures and safe work practices

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Approximate Costs

Unit 1 & 2

Subject Contribution $170

Unit 3 & 4

Subject Contribution $170

Learning Area Contact

Technology Learning Area Leader

Paul McMullen

Agriculture & Horticulture

Agriculture & Horticulture

Course Summary

Are you interested in the Nature of Science from the primary industries (Agriculture & Horticulture) perspective? Do you think about where our food comes from and how we farm? Are you concerned about looking after the land and sustaining it? Studying Agriculture & Horticulture enables students to develop their decision-making and problem-solving skills by applying scientific methods of testing and monitoring, collecting and analysing relevant data, and researching current issues and best-practice case studies.

Agriculture & Horticulture is a recommended Year 10 Science choice.

VCE: Unit 1, Unit 2 and Unit 3 & 4 sequence available

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Develop an understanding of Australia’s agricultural and horticultural industries both past and present
  • Research the practical realities of working in the agriculture and horticulture industry
  • Undertake a practical task related to the growth and management of plants and animals
  • Examine sustainability in terms of land management, as well as its role in food and fibre industries
  • Undertake practical tasks reflecting all dimensions of sustainable management of agricultural and/or horticultural practices.

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Approximate Costs

Unit 1 & 2

Subject Contribution $70

Unit 3 & 4

Subject Contribution $70

Learning Area Contact

Science Learning Area Leader

Terri Gregotski