Prerequisites: Successful completion (C grade or better) of General Units 1&2 or the equivalent. Good reading, writing and comprehension skills.
In this unit you will investigate and describe a number of diverse ecosystems, exploring the range of living and non‐living components, to understand the dynamics, diversity and interrelationships of these systems. You will work together to collect first‐hand data and to experience local ecosystem interactions.
This unit includes the knowledge, understandings and skills described below.
You will learn:
• that differences in geographical and physical conditions result in a wide variety of ecosystems
• how abiotic factors, including temperature, pH, salinity, light, water and atmospheric gases, impact on the survival of organisms within the environment
• how food chains and food webs show the feeding relationships between organisms within a community
• the structure and function of biological systems
• how human interference is threatening biodiversity through deterioration of ecosystems and diminishing habitat areas
• that environmental changes may lead to selection of advantageous biological characteristics within a species
• how to represent data in meaningful and useful ways; organise and analyse data to identify trends, patterns and relationships; qualitatively describe sources of measurement error and use evidence to make and justify conclusions
You will explore the properties of chemical substances that determine their use, and the techniques involved in separating mixtures and solutions. You will investigate forces acting upon an object and the effects of kinetic, potential and heat energy on objects.
This unit includes the knowledge, understandings and skills described below. You will learn about:
• physical and chemical properties of matter
• the use of materials depends on the physical and chemical properties of that material
• the different elements and chemicals that make up materials such as metal alloys, plastics and rubber
• relating energy production or consumption to chemical reactions
• the application of Newton’s laws to vehicles and drivers
• types of forces acting on a vehicle and the driver
• the effect of drugs and alcohol on the central nervous system
• the breakdown of drugs and alcohol by the human body
• examples of kinetic, potential and heat energy in vehicles
Unit Pair Cost: $50.00
These units give an excellent background in science for many courses at TAFE.
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