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 Fee $170

Textbook Hire $28

Unit 3 & 4

Subject Fee $170

Textbook Hire $40

Learning Area Contact

Technology Learning Area Leader

Paul McMullen

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

Textbook Hire $32

Edrolo Software Subscription $25

Unit 3 & 4

Textbook Hire $48

Edrolo Software Subscription $25

Learning Area Contact

Science Learning Area Leader

Terri Gregotski

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

Food Studies

Food Studies

Course Summary

Are you interested in Food? Do you want to influence people through food? Food Studies takes an interdisciplinary approach to the exploration of food, with an emphasis on extending food knowledge and skills and building individual pathways to health and wellbeing through the application of practical food skills. You’ll study the past and present patterns of eating, Australian and global food production systems and the many physical and social functions and roles of food.

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

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Develop practical food skills in the planning, preparation, evaluation and enjoyment of food
  • Demonstrate principles and practices that ensure the safety of food
  • Apply principles of nutrition, food science and sensory evaluation to food planning and preparation
  • Investigate global and local systems of food production, distribution and governance including what influences food choices
  • Research and discuss issues relating to economic, environmental and ethical dimensions of our food system

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Approximate Costs

Unit 1 & 2

Subject Fee $200

Textbook Hire $30

VCE Food Studies Notes $30

Unit 3 & 4

Subject Fee $250

Textbook Hire $30

VCE Food Studies A+ Notes $30

Learning Area Contact

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.

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

Textbook Hire $27

Excursions $40

Unit 3 & 4

Textbook Hire $41

Excursions $40

Learning Area Contact

Science Learning Area Leader

Terri Gregotski

Software Development

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

Textbook Hire $70

Learning Area Contact

Technology Learning Area Leader

Paul McMullen

Applied 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.

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

Subject Fee $150

Textbook Hire $30

Learning Area Contact

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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Approximate Costs

Unit 1 & 2

Textbook Hire $32

Unit 3 & 4

Textbook Hire $48

Checkpoints (Optional) $35

Learning Area Contact

Science Learning Area Leader

Terri Gregotski

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.

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

Textbook Hire $32

Excursions $50

Unit 3 & 4

Textbook Hire $48

Compulsory Excursions $50

Learning Area Contact

Science Learning Area Leader

Terri Gregotski

Vietnamese

Vietnamese

Course Summary

Are you looking to travel or looking to pursue a global career? Studying a foreign Language has great benefits. You will improve verbal and spatial skills, promotes creativity and improves attention to detail. Practising a language helps the brain more healthy, complex, active and engaged.

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

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • A role play focusing on negotiating a solution to a personal issue
  • An interview providing information and responding to questions
  • Responses to specific questions using written, spoken and viewed texts
  • A written response for a specific audience and purpose
  • A personal, informative or imaginative piece of writing

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Language Learning Area Leader

Lyn Zhang