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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Unit 1 & 2

Subject Contribution $170

Unit 3 & 4

Subject Contribution $170

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Technology Learning Area Leader

Paul McMullen

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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Unit 1 & 2

Unit 3 & 4

Checkpoints (Optional) $35

Learning Area Contact

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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Unit 1 & 2

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Technology Learning Area Leader

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Automotive Technology (VET)

Automotive Technology (VET)

Course Summary

Do you have a passion for cars? Spend your spare time tinkering with motors? By studying Automotive you will develop the skills and knowledge required to perform minor maintenance and repair of an automotive vehicle body. By completing the requirements of this subject you will be able to undertake a limited range of tasks related to identifying and inspecting mechanical and electrical components and systems of light vehicles, heavy vehicles, outdoor power equipment, bicycles, marine craft and motorcycles.

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

ATAR Contribution: Unit 3 & 4 students do not receive a Study Score for this subject. Instead, they receive an ATAR increment of 10% of their fourth Study Score in other subjects 

VET: AUR20716 Certificate II  in Automotive Vocational Preparation

Structured workplace learning advice: 80 hours strongly recommended but not compulsory 

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Develop an understanding of occupational health and safety relevant to the automotive industry
  • Maintain automotive tools and equipment
  • Dismantle and assemble engines
  • Construct and test basic electronic circuits
  • Opportunity to participate in Structured Workplace Learning

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Approximate Costs

Unit 1 & 2

Module Workbooks $100

Unit 3 & 4

Module Workbooks $100

Learning Area Contact

Technology Learning Area Leader

Paul McMullen

Computing – Software Development

Computing – Software Development (3 & 4)

Course Summary

Looking at extending the skills and knowledge you learnt in Applied Computing? In this subject, you will develop a detailed understanding of the analysis, design, development, evaluation and programming language to develop software programs. You will apply this knowledge to design and develop a software program for a real business or organisation.

VCE: Unit 3 & 4 sequence available

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Interpret teacher provided requirements to create a working program
  • Analyse and document the requirements to create a program that meets a need or opportunity for a business/organisation
  • Develop and evaluate a working program that meets the requirements documented for a business/organisation
  • Identify cybersecurity risks and protection that should be considered when developing a program

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Approximate Costs

Unit 3 & 4

Learning Area Contact

Technology Learning Area Leader

Paul McMullen

Beauty (Retail Cosmetics VET)

Beauty (Retail Cosmetics VET)

Course Summary

Do you like putting makeup on your friends? Doing your nails? Interacting with people and making them feel good? The potential of being your own boss? By studying Beauty (Retail Cosmetics) you will develop skills to sell products, practice makeup, apply skincare products and nail techniques. You’ll be trained by current industry trained teachers. Students can undertake Structured Workplace Learning as part of the subject.

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

ATAR Contribution: Unit 3 & 4 students do not receive a Study Score contribution for this subject

VET: SHB20116 Certificate II  in Retail Cosmetics

Structured workplace learning advice: 80 hours strongly recommended but not compulsory 

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Design and apply make-up
  • Apply skincare products
  • Develop communication skills
  • Learn the art of selling products and services
  • Learn eyelash, brow and manicure treatments
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Unit 1 & 2

Unit 3 & 4

Learning Area Contact

Technology Learning Area Leader

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Building & Construction (VET)

Building & Construction (VET)

Course Summary

Do you like building projects with timber or related to the construction industry? By studying Building and Construction you will learn traditional and contemporary skills in the industry. This will include a mixture of learning through theory and practice. You will have the opportunity to undertake Structured Workplace Learning in the building and construction industry. You will be able to put your creative and innovative skills to the test in designing and implementing building and construction projects. This subject can help you pursue a range of careers in the building and construction industry.

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

ATAR Contribution: Unit 3 & 4 students do not receive a Study Score for this subject. Instead, they receive an ATAR increment of 10% of their fourth Study Score in other subjects 

VET: 22338VIC Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-Apprenticeship (Carpentry Stream)

Structured workplace learning advice: 80 hours strongly recommended but not compulsory

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Develop an understanding of occupational health and safety relevant to the building and construction industry
  • Prepare for work in the building and construction industry
  • Identify and handle carpentry tools and equipment
  • Learn how to interpret and apply basic plans and drawings

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Unit 1 & 2

Unit 3 & 4

Learning Area Contact

Technology 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)

Learning Area Contact

Science Learning Area Leader

Terri Gregotski

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 a recommended Year 10 Science choice.

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

Learning Area Contact

Science Learning Area Leader

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Early Childhood Education & Care (VET)

Early Childhood Education & Care (VET)

Course Summary

Do you enjoy spending time with children? Seeing them grow and develop? Early Childhood Education and Care is a stimulating and rewarding career. By studying Early Childhood Education and Care you will develop the skills and knowledge to effectively engage children in their early learning. This will include a mixture of learning through theory and practice, as well as, Structured Workplace Learning.  If you want a stimulating and rewarding career start by studying Early Childhood Education and Care. 

This subject commences in Year 10.   

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

ATAR Contribution: ATAR Contribution: Unit 3 & 4 students do not receive a Study Score for this subject. Instead, they receive an ATAR increment of 10% of their fourth Study Score in other subjects 

VET: CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Structured workplace learning advice: 160 hours of structured work placement is required in this program

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Learn how to provide care for children
  • Learn how to support the holistic development of children
  • Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
  • Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
  • Identify and respond to children at risk of harm

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Approximate Costs

Unit 1 & 2

Unit 3 & 4

Learning Area Contact

Technology Learning Area Leader

Paul McMullen