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

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

Unit 3 & 4

Learning Area Contact

Technology Learning Area Leader

Simon Hampton

Engineering (VET)

Engineering (VET)

Course Summary

Do you like working with metal? Are you creative? Like seeing projects to completion? By studying Engineering you will work with machines, solve problems, interpret technical drawings, and safely use a variety of hand and power tools. This will include a mixture of learning through theory and practice, as well as, Structured Workplace Learning. Studying Engineering we enable you to progress into careers in the metal and engineering industries.

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

ATAR Contribution: Unit 3 & 4 students complete scored assessments and an exam to attain a Study Score that contributes to an ATAR

VET: 22632VIC Certificate II in Engineering Studies 

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

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Develop welding and thermal cutting skills
  • Learn how to complete Engineering CAD drawings
  • Complete basic fabrication techniques
  • Identify and use hand and power tools

This program is run as part of an Auspicing arrangement with Australia Institute of Education and Training Pty Ltd, a Registered Training Organisation.  TIOD: 121314

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Approximate Costs

Unit 1 & 2

N/A

Unit 3 & 4

N/A

Learning Area Contact

Technology Learning Area Leader

Simon Hampton

Creative & Digital Media (VET)

Creative & Digital Media (VET)

Course Summary

Are you interested in 3D modelling and game design? VET Creative & Digital Media will teach you how to develop 3D environments, characters and animation for interactive games. Game art development is an exciting and dynamic entertainment medium that is quickly being adapted into traditional areas such as architecture, product design and filmmaking and emerging technologies such as VR and AR. This course teaches best practices for a creative and iterative pipeline with the importance of developing quality 3D artwork for games. You will work with real-time game engines to showcase your creativity and build your technical knowledge in order to maximise your artwork within a fun and engaging game environment.

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

ATAR Contribution: Unit 3 & 4 students complete scored assessments and an exam to attain a Study Score that contributes to an ATAR

VET: CUA31020 Certificate III in Screen & Media

Learning Activities & Assessment

  • Creating animated game characters
  • Creating interactive environments
  • Learn about Concept art, 3D modelling, texturing, animation, Lighting and grayboxing

This program is run as part of an Auspicing arrangement with The Academy of Interactive Entertainment Ltd, a Registered Training Organisation. TIOD: 88021

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Approximate Costs

Unit 1 & 2

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Unit 3 & 4

N/A

Learning Area Contact

Technology Learning Area Leader

Simon Hampton

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

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.

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

Learning Area Contact

Science Learning Area Leader

Terri Gregotski

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

Unit 3 & 4

Learning Area Contact

Technology Learning Area Leader

Simon Hampton

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

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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Approximate Costs

Unit 1 & 2

Learning Area Contact

Technology Learning Area Leader

Simon Hampton

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

Simon Hampton