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

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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

Textbook Hire $32

Unit 3 & 4

Textbook Hire $48

Checkpoints (Optional) $35

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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.

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

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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)

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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

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

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.

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 Fee $70

Unit 3 & 4

Subject Fee $70

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Science Learning Area Leader

Terri Gregotski

Standard Science (Year 10)

Standard Science (Year 10)

Course Summary

Are you looking to be challenged scientifically at an appropriate level? Standard Science prepares you for studying science in VCE, as well as raising your awareness of science being a springboard into different career pathways. You will apply science to everyday life through a combination of theory, research and hands-on investigation. You’ll explore a range of topics relevant to biology, physics, environment and chemistry.

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Explore genetics and DNA, evolution, the structure of an atom, elements and their properties, chemical reactions, sustainability and earth systems, forces and motion, and the universe through theory, research and hands-on investigation
  • Undertake a range of practical and research-based investigations into real-world applications
  • Develop scientific inquiry skills

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Advanced Science (Year 10)

Advanced Science (Year 10)

Course Summary

Do you enjoy Science? Are you looking at studying Science at a higher level? Advanced Science replaces the Standard Year 10 Science. This subject gives you a strong foundation and a broader perspective for future scientific studies and pathways. It is an extension on the content covered in Standard Science. It will equip you with tackling rigorous scientific concepts and problems. All students who select Advanced Science will need to undertake a test

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Rigorous exploration of key scientific concepts
  • Use technology and real-world investigations related to the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)

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Approximate Costs

Semester 1

Excursion $75

Competitions $20

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Science Learning Area Leader

Terri Gregotski