Science

Overview

Science develops knowledge and skills of chemical, biological, physical and earth and space sciences. It explores the interrelationships between science, technology and society. Students can choose to do either:

  • A half year general course of science (semester long)
  • A year long course, for students who intend studying a VCE science


Half Year Science

Chemistry: The periodic table

  • Describe the structure of atoms
  • Explain how the electronic structure of the atom determines its position in the periodic table and its properties
  • Write and balance symbol equations to represent chemical reactions

Biology: Genetics

  • Understand the relationship between chromosomes, DNA and genes
  • Use Punnett squares to predict the results of dominant-recessive inheritance
  • Mitosis/meiosis

Physics: Forces/motion

  • The Law of Conservation of energy
  • Newton’s 3 Laws
  • Collect and record data on distance, time, speed and acceleration

Assessment Tasks

  • Science Inquiry skills – practical work
  • Science Understanding – unit tests
  • Science as a human endeavour – research activities
  • Assignments
  • End of semester exam


Full Year Science

Chemistry: The periodic table and chemical reactions

  • Describe the structure of atoms
  • Explain how the electronic structure of the atom determines its position in the periodic table and its properties
  • Write and balance symbol equations to represent chemical reactions
  • Experimental design, investigating how reaction rate is affected by factors such as temperature

Physics: Forces/motion and alternative energy sources

  • The Law of Conservation of energy
  • Newton’s 3 Laws
  • Collect and record data on distance, time, speed and acceleration
  • Distinguish between renewable and non-renewable energy sources

Biology: Genetics / Evolution / Coordination and control

  • Understand the relationship between chromosomes, DNA and genes
  • Use Punnett squares to predict the results of dominant-recessive inheritance
  • Mitosis/meiosis
  • Natural selection and Darwin’s discoveries
  • Human evolution
  • Multicellular organisms respond to their environment
  • Animals respond to stimulus by its nervous system and endocrine system

Assessment Tasks

  • Science Inquiry skills – practical work
  • Science Understanding – unit tests
  • Science as a human endeavour – research activities
  • Assignments
  • End of semester exam