Year 11 Campus Based Science – CBSCI

    These units are suitable if you have had little schooling in curriculum science and your English language skills are still developing.

    With the focus for these units being science in everyday life, they are designed to give students with little or no scientific training the skills and language necessary to allow them to study science subjects with a degree of confidence.

    You will engage in practical activities that are relevant. Learn by applying science and you will be better able to investigate the world around you. An emphasis is placed on the safe and responsible use of equipment as well as the development of basic science understanding. You will learn that scientific knowledge is applied in everyday situations such as work and many of our other activities.

    You will also learn that scientists are people who work in our community to protect the environment, who design new ways of doing things and produce new things to improve our lives.

    Where possible you will be involved in learning contexts that cover all three of the learning areas biological science, physical science and environmental science. In this way you will be prepared for courses in several areas of science not just one.

    Unit Cost: $25.00

    Year 11 General Chemistry – G1CHE & G2CHE

    Unit 1

    Prerequisite: This unit is suitable for you if you have limited formal training in chemistry. If you have had only a little schooling in science, you will find this course difficult.

    The focus for this unit is chemistry and me. Within this very broad focus, you will:

    • be introduced to some models and theories in chemistry.
    • know the structure of matter can be modelled in terms of particles called atoms composed of protons, neutrons and electrons
    • develop an understanding of phase properties and changes with reference to the particle theory.
    • use appropriate chemical language including the use of chemical symbols for common elements and compounds.
    • understand the differences between physical and chemical changes
    • understand that different solute/solvent combinations that form different types of solutions
    • understand that chemical reactions appropriate to the chosen context(s) can be represented using word equations
    • construct questions for investigation; propose hypotheses; and predict possible outcomes

    Unit Cost: $25.00

    Unit 2

    Prerequisite : Successful completion (C grade or better) of Unit 1 or equivalent.

    The focus for this unit is chemistry in the community. Within this very broad focus, you will:
    • learn about acids, bases and neutralisation
    • know the physical properties of water, for example, surface tension and adhesion, responsible for the formation of a meniscus
    • understand that human activity impacts on waterways. Chemical monitoring and management assists in providing safe water for human use and to protect the habitats of other organisms
    • show how physical and chemical analysis of solutions can be conducted, for example, pH, precipitation, conductivity, dissolved solids, turbidity and salinity
    • explain the cleaning action of soaps, detergents and shampoos
    • investigate the biodegradability of soaps, detergents and shampoos
    • investigate eutrophication, for example, fertiliser use and sewage

    Unit Cost: $25.00

    Year 11 ATAR Chemistry – A1CHE & A2CHE

    Chemistry: ATAR Units 1 and 2 (AECHE) – Studied as a year-long course

    Prerequisite: Previous background in Chemistry and good mathematical ability.

    Unit 1 – The focus for this unit is chemistry fundamentals : structure, properties and reactions. In it you will:

    • learn and apply bonding theories, atomic structure and electron configuration.
    • distinguish between atoms, molecules, ions, metals, ionic substances, covalent molecular substances and covalent network substances.
    • explain that nanomaterials are substances that contain particles in the size range 1 – 100 nm and have specific properties relating to size of these particles which may differ from those of the bulk material.
    • understand and be able to apply the collision theory in relation to reaction rate.
    • read, write and interpret formulae and balanced equations and learn that mass is conserved in chemical reactions.
    • understand the differences between, and give examples of, endothermic and exothermic reactions and use energy profile diagrams.
    • investigate the factors affecting the rate of a chemical reaction
    • identify that the mole is a precise quantity of matter and use with the Law of Conservation of Mass to calculate the masses of reactants and products in a chemical reaction
    • perform calculations relating to the number of moles, mass, molar mass and concentrations of solutions.

    Unit Cost: $30.00

     

    Unit 2 – The focus for this unit is molecular interactions and reactions. In it you will:

    • understand how models of the shapes and structure of molecules
    and intermolecular forces can be used to explain the properties of
    substances
    • understand how kinetic theory can be used to explain the behaviour of gaseous systems, and how collision theory can be used to explain and predict the effect of varying conditions on the rate of reaction
    • understand how models and theories have developed based on
    evidence from a range of sources, and the uses and limitations of chemical knowledge in a range of contexts
    • use science inquiry skills to design, conduct, evaluate and communicate investigations into the properties and behaviour of gases, water, aqueous solutions and acids and bases, and into the factors that affect the rate of chemical reactions
    • evaluate, with reference to empirical evidence, claims about chemical properties, structures and reactions

    Laboratory work plays an integral part in this course and as part of the program you will explore an important biological, environmental or industrial process associated with the course context.

    Unit Cost: $30 | Approximate cost of textbook: $120

    Year 11 General Human Biology – G1HBY & G2HBY

    Unit 1 – Prerequisite : Competency with the English language.

    The focus for this unit is the healthy body. The unit looks at how our choices such as diet, exercise, alcohol and smoking can affect our health and decisions we can make to keep ourselves healthy. You will be looking at

    • how the body is put together in systems to allow it to function normally
    • how the digestive, excretory, respiratory and circulatory systems work to keep us alive
    • how the body is made of cells and what they do
    • how medical researchers find out about how the body works and how to keep it healthy
    • how advances in medical technology help us in keeping healthy
    • the choices we can make to keep ourselves healthy

    This is an ideal unit for those students wishing to go into Training to study health sciences, for example nursing, aged care or dental technician.

    Unit Cost: $25.00

    Unit 2 – Prerequisite: Successful completion (C grade or better) of Unit 1 or equivalent.

    This unit looks at reproduction, pregnancy and birth and how our choices such as diet, exercise, alcohol and smoking can affect our chances of getting pregnant or having a healthy baby. You will be looking at

    • how the reproductive system works
    • what happens during pregnancy and birth
    • choices mothers can make about their activities during pregnancy, the birth process and how they look after their babies
    • how we can keep mothers and babies healthy before and after they are born
    • how medical science is helping us in understanding how the reproductive system functions normally and ways of treating or preventing problems
    • how medical technology allows us to check the health of babies even before they are born
    • how medical technology allows us to control our fertility by methods that can prevent pregnancy and treatments for people who can’t get pregnant
    • how unprotected sexual activity can increase the risk of sexually transmitted infections and these can be prevented or treated

    This is an ideal unit for those students wishing to go into Training to study health sciences, for example nursing, aged care or dental technician.
    Unit Cost: $25.00

    Year 11 ATAR Human Biology – A1HBY & A2HBY (also available in iLearn)

    Prerequisite: Good reading, writing and comprehension skills.

    This unit looks at how the body works and how our choices such as diet, exercise, alcohol and smoking can affect how it works.

    You will be looking at:
    How the body is made of systems, tissues and cells and what they do
    How the musculoskeletal, digestive, excretory, respiratory and cardiovascular systems work
    Common problems with these systems and how we can prevent or treat them
    Cellular structures and their functions
    How medical science is helping us in discovering how our body works and in finding new technologies to diagnose and treat health problems
    How life style choices such as diet, exercise, alcohol and smoking can affect our health

    Unit Cost: $35

    Approximate cost of compulsory Units 1 + 2 text books = $ 110

    These are ideal units for those wanting to study health sciences or medicine at university level eg nursing, dentistry, and physiotherapy.

    Unit 2

    Prerequisite: C grade or better in Unit 1 or the equivalent.

    This unit looks at how the reproductive system works and how our genes are passed on from one generation to another.

    You will be looking at:
    How the reproductive system works, including the hormones that control its functions
    Cell division for sexual reproduction (meiosis) and growth (mitosis)
    What happens during pregnancy and birth
    Technologies available to control fertility – contraception and infertility treatments
    How unprotected sexual activity can increase the risk of sexually transmitted infections and these can be prevented or treated
    How medical science is helping us in discovering how the reproductive system works and in finding new technologies to diagnose and treat health problems
    How medical technology allows us to check the health of babies even before they are born
    How characteristics are inherited
    The structure and function of DNA

    Unit Cost: $35
    Approximate cost of compulsory Units 1 + 2 text books = $ 110

    These are ideal units for those wanting to study health sciences or medicine at university level eg nursing, dentistry, and physiotherapy.

    Year 11 General Integrated Science – G1ISC & G2ISC

    Prerequisite: This unit is suitable if you have limited formal training in science. If you have had only a little schooling in science, you might find this course difficult.

    The focus for learning in these units is the practice of science. This involves putting into practice the technical aspects of scientific method, so a solid foundation in curriculum science is required. In this unit, you will develop an understanding of the processes involved in the functioning of systems from the macro level (cycles in nature and Earth systems) to systems at the organism, cellular and molecular level. You investigate and describe the effect of human activity on the functioning of cycles in nature.

    Within a substantial list of learning contexts you will:
    Learn how science impacts on the community in many varied ways.
    Learn different methods of scientific investigation
    Learn the skills necessary to use specific scientific equipment
    Learn the skills required to collect, record, display and analyse data in different forms including tables and graphs
    Extrapolate your knowledge and skills in methods of investigation to encompass new situations
    Learn the safe handling of chemicals, samples and equipment as well as the ethical handling of organisms
    Learn the appropriate use of relevant scientific conventions and terminology.

    Unit Cost: $25

    UNIT 2 

    Prerequisite: C grade or better in Unit 1 or the equivalent.
    In this unit, within the context of forensic science, you will develop an understanding of the processes involved in the transformations and redistributions of matter and energy in biological, chemical and physical systems, from the atomic to the macro level.

    Within a substantial list of learning contexts you will:
    Be introduced to some models and theories in chemistry
    Know the structure of matter can be modelled in terms of particles called atoms composed of protons, neutrons and electrons
    Develop an understanding of phase properties and changes with reference to the particle theory
    Use appropriate chemical language including the use of chemical symbols for common elements and compounds`
    Learn how the Laws of Motion can assist in predicting the motion of objects
    Learn that linear motion of an object is unidirectional and can be determined mathematically
    Learn how forces can be exerted by one object on another by direct contact or from a distance
    Understand that energy has different forms: kinetic, potential and heat, which can cause change

    Unit Cost: $25

    These units give an excellent background in science for many courses at TAFE.

    Year 11 ATAR Physics – A1PHY & A2PHY

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Year 10 Mathematics and successful pass in the OLNA testing.

    Physics is a mathematically based science.
    The focus for this unit is thermal, nuclear and electrical physics.

    In it you will:
    • understand how the kinetic particle model and thermodynamics concepts describe and explain heating processes
    • understand how the nuclear model of the atom explains radioactivity, fission, fusion and the properties of radioactive nuclides
    • understand how charge is involved in the transfer and transformation of energy in electrical circuits
    • understand how scientific models and theories have developed and are applied to improve existing, and develop new, technologies
    • use science inquiry skills to design, conduct and analyse safe and effective investigations into heating processes, nuclear physics and electrical circuits, and to communicate methods and findings
    • use algebraic and graphical representations to calculate, analyse and predict measurable quantities associated with heating processes, nuclear reactions and electrical circuits
    • evaluate, with reference to empirical evidence, claims about heating processes, nuclear reactions and electrical technologies
    • communicate physics understanding using qualitative and quantitative representations in appropriate modes and genres.

    Unit Cost: $30.00

    Prerequisite: C grade or better in Unit 1 or the equivalent.
    The focus for this unit is linear motion and waves.

    The focus for this unit is linear motion and waves.

    In it you will:
    • understand that Newton’s Laws of Motion describe the relationship between the forces acting on an object and its motion
    • understand that waves transfer energy and that a wave model can be used to explain the behaviour of sound
    • understand how scientific models and theories have developed and are applied to improve existing, and develop new, technologies
    • use science inquiry skills to design, conduct and analyse safe and effective investigations into linear motion and wave phenomena, and to communicate methods and findings
    • use algebraic and graphical representations to calculate, analyse and predict measurable quantities associated with linear and wave motion
    • evaluate, with reference to evidence, claims about motion and sound related phenomena and associated technologies

    Unit Cost: $30.00

    Approximate cost of compulsory Unit 1 & 2 text books = $110

    Year 12 General Chemistry – GTCHE

    Prerequisite: Successful completion (C grade or better) of General Units 1&2 or the equivalent.

    Unit 3

    In this unit, you will further investigate the role that chemistry plays in your daily lives. You will appreciate the role of chemistry in contributing to a sustainable future by investigating recycling and disposal of community chemical wastes.
    This unit includes the knowledge, understandings and skills described below for carbon chemistry. You will learn:
    • to construct questions for investigation; propose hypotheses; and predict possible outcomes
    • crude oil is made up of hydrocarbons
    • some properties of hydrocarbons, for example, boiling point and viscosity, depend on the number of atoms in the hydrocarbon; these properties influence how hydrocarbons are used as fuels and lubricants
    • substances separated from the fractional distillation of crude oil can be broken down (cracked) to make smaller hydrocarbons, such as alkenes
    • alkenes can be used to make very large molecules called polymers
    • polymers have many useful applications, for example, plastics, water saving hydrogels, encapsulated microbes, and waterproof coatings for fabrics
    biofuels – production and use.

    Unit 4

    In this unit, you will be studying materials chemistry. This will introduce you to the physical and chemical properties of a crucially important group of materials. You will test the properties of metals and relate these to their means of extraction, purification and uses.

    This unit includes the knowledge, understandings and skills described below for carbon chemistry. You will learn about:

    • conducting investigations, appropriate to the chosen context(s), safely, competently and methodically for the collection of reliable data
    • communicating scientific ideas and information for a specific purpose using appropriate language, nomenclature and formats, including scientific reports
    • metal properties and structure
    • metal reactions
    • metal extraction
    • metal corrosion

    Unit Pair Cost = $50.00

    Year 12 ATAR Chemistry – ATCHE

    Prerequisite: Successful completion (C grade or better) of ATAR Units 1&2 or the equivalent.

    Unit 3

    The focus for this unit is chemical process. In it you will:
    • explore how chemists achieve an economically viable rate of production by manipulating the factors influencing the rate of reaction and yield of product.
    • learn to appreciate how chemists maintain appropriate levels of health and safety, protect the environment and enhance our health and lifestyle by applying their knowledge of materials and industrial processes.
    • perform multi-step stoichiometric (mathematical) calculations appropriate with an industrial context.
    • explore the chemistry of acids and bases
    • learn how spontaneous redox reactions can be used as a source of electrical energy, including primary, secondary and fuel cells.

    Unit 4

    This unit focuses on organic chemistry and the processes of chemical synthesis by which useful substances are produced for the benefit of society.
    This unit includes the knowledge, understandings and skills described below. You will:

    • investigate the relationship between the structure, properties and chemical reactions, different organic functional groups and the vast diversity of organic compounds.
    • develop your understanding of the process of chemical synthesis to form useful substances and products and the need to consider a range of factors in the design of these processes
    • understand how models and theories have developed over time, and the ways in which chemical knowledge interacts with social and economic considerations in a range of contexts group.
    • engage in a multi-faceted exploration of an important industrial, environmental or biological process which has significance for the society at large.

    Unit Pair Cost: $60.00
    Approximate cost of compulsory text books = $120

    Year 12 General Human Biology – GTHBY

    Prerequisites:  Successful completion (C grade or better) of General Units 1&2 or the equivalent.  Good reading, writing and comprehension skills.

    Unit 3

    This unit explores bones, muscles, nerves and hormones and how they maintain the body to act in a coordinated manner.

    This unit includes the knowledge, understandings and skills described below. You will learn about:
    • the location and structure of joints in the skeleton
    • the structure of muscles
    • skeletal muscles work in groups around joints to bring about the desired action
    • the structure of the nervous system
    • the structure of the eye, ear and receptors in the skin
    • hormone action
    • the processes within the body that are coordinated by hormones
    • interpreting a range of scientific and media texts, and evaluating models, processes, claims and conclusions
    • considering the quality of available evidence, including interpreting confidence intervals in secondary data; and using reasoning to construct scientific arguments.

    Unit 4
    This unit explores the causes and spread of disease and how humans respond to invading pathogens

    This unit includes the knowledge, understandings and skills described below. You will learn about:
    • pathogens including bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, and how these are the causes of common diseases, including Ross River disease, influenza, food poisoning, tinea and malaria
    • preventing the transmission of disease
    • vaccines and immunology
    • community and global health
    • population density and movement patterns influence the transmission of disease
    • communicating to specific audiences, and for specific purposes, using appropriate language, nomenclature, genres and modes, including scientific reports

    Unit Pair Cost: $50.00

    Year 12 ATAR Human Biology – ATHBY (also available in iLearn)

    Prerequisites:  Successful completion (C grade or better) of ATAR Units 1&2 or the equivalent.  Excellent reading, writing and comprehension skills.

    Unit 3

    This unit explores the nervous and endocrine systems and the mechanisms that help maintain the systems of the body to function within normal range, and the body’s immune responses to invading pathogens.

    The focus for this unit is human regulation. In it you will:
    • investigate how cellular activities are controlled by feedback mechanisms for the maintenance of homeostasis of body temperature, body fluid composition, blood sugar, gas concentrations and blood pressure.
    • investigate how the endocrine and autonomic nervous systems work together to control the interaction of body systems within a changing external environment.
    • develop an understanding that variation in characteristics can be the result of polygenes and multi-allelic genes and that gene pools are affected by evolutionary mechanisms including natural selection and chance occurrences.
    • develop an appreciation that human intervention can occur during stages of life by manipulation of life processes enabling control of normal function and control of dysfunction to influence the quality of life for individuals and the society.

    Unit 4

    This unit explores the variations in humans in their changing environment and evolutionary trends in hominids.
    The focus for this unit is variations in humans. In it you will:
    • explore the role of DNA; its manipulation and application in the treatment of disease, the ageing individual and evolutionary trends in both primates and hominids.
    • explore developments in the fields of comparative genomics, comparative biochemistry and bioinformatics have enabled identification of further evidence for evolutionary relationships, which help refine existing models and theories
    • understand the reasons for human diversity and change considering inheritance, variation and evolution.
    • use scientific approaches to the study and communication of human biology.
    • conduct investigations, including the use of virtual or real biotechnological techniques of polymerase chain reaction (PCR), gel electrophoresis for deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)sequencing, and techniques for relative and absolute dating, safely, competently and methodically for valid and reliable collection of data

    Unit Pair Cost:$60.00
    Approximate cost of compulsory text books = $ 120

     

    Year 12 General Integrated Science – GTISC

    Prerequisites:  Successful completion (C grade or better) of General Units 1&2 or the equivalent.  Good reading, writing and comprehension skills.

    Unit 3

    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

    Unit 4

    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.

    Year 12 ATAR Physics – ATPHY

    Prerequisite: Successful completion (C grade or better) of ATAR Units 1&2

    Unit 3

    This unit focuses on two (2) content areas. The first is motion and forces in a gravitational field. In this section you will explore the motion of objects in gravitational fields, including the motion of projectiles, orbiting planets, moons and satellites and the ways in which forces affect the stability of extended objects. The second is electricity and magnetism. Within this content area you will learn about magnetic fields and how they interact with moving charges in situations involving current electricity, the motor effect and electromagnetic induction. You will also plan, conduct and evaluate investigations looking at real world problems associated with the content areas.

    Unit 4

    This unit focuses on two (2) content areas. The first is particles, waves and quanta while the second is motion and forces in electric and magnetic fields. Further study of mechanical and electromagnetic waves allows you to appreciate both classical and modern interpretations of the nature and behaviours of waves. You will also learn how waves are used in a variety of technologies. Extending your knowledge of atomic physics, you will examine spectra and explain a range of physical phenomena such as fluorescence and x-ray emission. You will learn about some aspects of modern physics such as relativity and cosmology.

    Unit Pair Cost: $60.00

    Approximate cost of compulsory text books = $ 130