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Science

Years 7 - 10

The Year 7 Science course introduces students to the area of science and develops the necessary skills needed to conduct experiments in a safe and responsible way. It consists of 4 units. Biological Science, Chemical Science, Earth Sciences and Physical Science, Practical activities feature in both class work and extra activities.

The Year 8 Science course is designed to build on the areas that have been introduced in Year 7. Students will continue to develop their laboratory, research and analytical skills. The areas to be studied are Biology, where students learn about cellular structures. Chemistry, where students consider what matter is and how substances are made. Physics, where students investigate energy in many different forms. Earth and Space, where students uncover the complexities of geological time and learn how to interpret information from rocks.

The Year 9 Science course provides students with the option to complement the core unit with an elective unit which runs for a single semester. The compulsory core unit, which runs throughout the year, covers a wide variety of content including; Investigating atoms, important materials, body coordination, electrical energy, disease, plate tectonics, ecosystems and heat, light and sound. The elective unit allows students to further build on their knowledge and develop a greater level of understanding. Students learn more about organic chemistry, electromagnetic radiation, ecology and the periodic table of elements.

The Year 10 Science course provides students with the option to complement the core unit with an elective unit which runs for a single semester. The compulsory core unit, which runs throughout the year, covers a wide variety of content including; Cellular communication, periodic table of elements, motion, water cycle and the greenhouse effect. The elective unit allows students to further build on their knowledge and develop a greater level of understanding. Students learn more about genetics, atomic structure, chemical reactions and energy conservation.

VCE

There are four Science courses offered in VCE at unit 1 & 2 as well as unit 3 & 4. They are Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Psychology.

Unit 1 & 2 Biology

Students learn about structure and function of cells, internal and external environments, cell division, body systems, obtaining and releasing energy, environmental factors, adaptions, connections between living and non-living factors of habitat, energy flow through systems, impact of humans on habitat and the consequences.

Unit 3 & 4 Biology

Students learn about molecules of life, detecting and responding, heredity and changes over time.

Unit 1 & 2 Chemistry

Students learn about atomic theory, the mole concept, mass spectroscopy, bonding, polymers, nanotechnology, acids and bases, green chemistry, redox reactions, greenhouse effect, molecular theory and gas laws.

Unit 3 & 4 Chemistry

Students learn about chemical analysis, organic chemical pathways, industrial chemistry, supplying and using energy.

Unit 1 & 2 Physics

Students learn about nuclear physics and radioactivity, electricity, sustainable energy sources, motion, properties of light and flight.

Unit 3 & 4 Physics

Students learn about motion in two dimensions, Newton’s laws, gravitational motion, electronic components, photonic devices, electromagnetism, generation of electricity, properties of light, photonics and synchrotron.

Unit 1 & 2 Psychology

Students learn about what Psychology is, Psychology across the lifespan, interpersonal and group behaviour, intelligence and personality.

Unit 3 & 4 Psychology

Students learn about mind, brain and body, states of consciousness and the function of the brain, memory and forgetting, research methods, learning and mental health.