The course provides a formal study of science with emphasis on the methods used in science as well as knowledge of facts and processes. Students are encouraged to work independently wherever possible to provide answers to scientific problems and conduct research into areas of interest.
The Science course prepares students for the study of science subjects in Years 11 and 12 by developing each student's scientific knowledge, skills and values and attitudes within Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science and Physics. As well as acquiring scientific knowledge and skills, students apply their understanding to everyday life and develop an appreciation of science as a human activity. Students learn about the need to conserve, protect and maintain the environment, the use and importance of technology in advancing science and the role of science in developing technology.
Students also develop an appreciation of, and skills in, selecting and using resources and systems to solve problems. They will improve their experimental skills involving the manipulation of apparatus and the identification and recording of observations. Students will develop abilities in critical and analytical thinking and in the solving of problems.
Years 11 - 12 (Stage 6)
The faculty offers the following courses in Years 11-12:
Each of the above courses is a 2 Unit course. Students may count up to three science courses in any combination for their UAI.
The types of learning in all science subjects fall into three broad categories:
Knowledge of facts and theories
Experimental work in the laboratory and the field
Processes of Science involving the organisation, interpretation and evaluation of information and data.
The preliminary course incorporates the study of the mechanisms and systems living things use to obtain, transport and use material for their own growth and repair; biotic and abiotic features of the environment and the relationships between and interdependence of organisms in an ecosystem; the evolution of life on Earth; and the effects of global changes that took place during the formation of modern Australia on the diversity of Australian biota.
The HSC course builds upon the preliminary course. It examines the processes and structures that plants and animals, especially humans, have developed to maintain a constant internal environment and the way in which the continuity of life is assured by the inheritance of characteristics from generation to generation.
Chemistry provides students with a contemporary understanding of the physical and chemical properties of substances and their interactions. Chemistry attempts to provide chemical explanations and to predict events at the atomic and molecular level. Students investigate natural and made substances, their structures, changes and environmental importance; they learn about the history and philosophy of science as it relates to chemistry; students work individually and with others in practical, field and interactive media experiences related to chemistry; they undertake experiments and decide between competing theories. They assess the impact of decisions based on an understanding of chemistry on society.
The preliminary course incorporates the study of kinematics and dynamics; the properties of waves; electrical energy, electric and magnetic fields, generators, superconductors and transformers; and the interaction between energy and matter that brought about the formation of the Earth.
The HSC course builds upon the preliminary course. It examines the effects of gravitational fields, momentum, projectile and circular motion and the development of our understanding of the macro and atomic world throughout the twentieth century.