Science

Stage 1 Biology A & B

Stage 1 Biology is delivered as two separate semesters.

Biology A: Has a cell component, and either an animal (entomology) or plant physiology component.

Biology B: Has a cell component and a human anatomy component. Generally, four systems of the body are covered (e.g. digestive, cardiovascular, reproductive and nervous).

Stage 1 Chemistry A & B

Chemistry A: During this subject, students will begin by exploring the atom, its components and its importance as a building block of the world around us. The combinations of different atoms to form natural and synthetic materials will be explored, framed by the question: A chemical-free world? Acids and bases will then be explored through their real-world applications within local industry.

Chemistry B: Students will build on the knowledge and skills gained in Chemistry A by exploring Electrochemistry and Organic Chemistry. Investigative and reporting skills will be developed through examining current scientific discoveries, while analytical skills will be given context through local and state industries.

Stage 1 Physics A & B

Physics A: Studying Physics enables students to understand and appreciate the world around them. Students will study Motion in One-Dimension, Newton’s Law, Electricity, and Waves in preparation for Physics B and Stage 2 Physics. Students will apply their knowledge to practical experiments, and in an analysis of the safety features in cars.

Physics B: Studying Physics enables students to develop an understanding of the world around them. Students will study Vectors, Projectile Motion, Circular Motion, Energy, and Momentum in preparation for Stage 2 Physics. Designing and conducting experiments and investigating physics issues are some of the tasks they will do in this subject.

Stage 1 Psychology A & B

Psychology is the study of the human mind.

Psychology A: In this course students will learn to think about everyday issues which impact on how our mind develops and functions, how we interact and behave across social situations and how we process and interpret human emotion. The subject includes three topics: Introduction to Psychology, Social Influence & Behaviour and Emotions. Students will participate in a practical Investigation for the Social Influence topic and develop investigation report writing skills which will prepare them for further study in Psychology.

Psychology B: In this course students will learn to think about the structure and functions of areas of the Human Brain and the impact of injury. Human memory is also studied, looking at how it works and strategies that can be used to make it work more effectively. The subject includes three topics: Introduction to Psychology, Brain & Behaviour and Cognition (memory and thinking). Students will participate in a practical Investigation for the Brain and Behaviour topic, studying the impact of caffeine on performance. Investigation report writing skills are also applied and developed, which will prepare students for further study in Psychology.

Stage 1 Scientific Skills A & B

Students will develop skills for thinking and working scientifically. This will include the development of Scientific Inquiry skills, such as working with data to address hypotheses and write Scientific Reports. A broad range of topics will be offered across semesters and may include: Climate Change, Space Travel, Communications Technology, Water Quality and Management, Land Use, Food Management, Recycling, Transport, Air Quality, Housing, Diet and Health, Disease Control and others. Students should consider this subject if they are interested in Science at a general level and would like to develop their general scientific skills.

Stage 2 Biology

Stage 2 Biology covers four broad topics: Macromolecules, Cells, Organisms and Ecosystems. Macromolecules covers Carbohydrates, Proteins, Lipids and Nucleic Acids and the processes of Biotechnology, Replication and Protein Synthesis. Cells cover Transport Systems, Cellular Communication, and Cellular Energy. Organisms covers Exchange Surfaces, Reflexes, and Hierarchical structures. Ecosystems covers Community Ecology, Succession and Population Dynamics.

Stage 2 Chemistry

Students will further develop their knowledge of atomic and molecular structures, chemistry in application and local chemical industries. A study of chemical reactions and their manipulation will precede Organic Chemistry and Materials Within our World. Precision and experimental skills will be taught through the practical component.

Stage 2 Physics

Students will study four topics: Motion in Two Dimensions, Electricity and Magnetism, Light and Matter, and Atoms and Nuclei. Each topic is comprised of four further subtopics. Across all subtopics theoretical knowledge will be applied to real world applications such as Nuclear Power, X-rays or Lasers. As part of their studies, students will design and perform practical experiments and conduct an investigation into a physics related issue.

Stage 2 Psychology

Psychology is the study of how the human mind works. It is the study of our thoughts, feelings and behaviours and the factors that underlie and influence these. Six topics are studied at Stage 2 level: Introduction to Psychology, Social Cognition, Learning, Altered States of Awareness, Personality and Healthy Minds. There are two Investigation Reports for this subject, based on the Persuasion practical and the Sleep practical. Students undertaking this subject will build on skills of scientific report writing, which will prepare them for further study at Tertiary level in the field of Psychology.

Cert II Aquaculture

Students will learn a range of practical and scientific skills related to the aquaculture environment, such as water quality, fish life-cycle and ecosystems. They will also learn about the broader aquaculture industry and participate in the production of a smoked fish product and be involved with its marketing.

Cert II Horticulture

The Certificate II in Horticulture course provides students with the basic skills and training required to start working in the horticulture industry. Students will gain horticultural skills in planting, potting, pruning, soil testing and weed treatment, as well as WHS and retail skills in customer service and workplace communication.