Senior Science

Course Description

The Preliminary course incorporates the study of the collection, storage and conservation of water resources, and the structure and function of plants, with an emphasis on Australian native plants. It examines issues associated with the protection of the body in the workplace and the interactions between organisms in local ecosystems.

The HSC course investigates the importance of a range of biological molecules found in humans and other organisms, the physical and chemical properties of chemicals used by people on and in their bodies, and information systems. The options draw on the increased information and understanding provided by improved technology to examine a variety of interest areas.

The Senior Science course caters for students requiring a broad overview across all disciplines of science and focuses on encouraging them to become scientifically literate citizens. The course emphasises skill development and is particularly suited to students who have achieved Elementary to Substantial Achievement in the School Certificate in Science. In the HSC study pattern, students may study HSC Senior Science in combination with the HSC course in Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environment Science or Physics to a maximum of six units. Students who are undertaking the Senior Science HSC course must have satisfactorily completed the Preliminary course in Senior Science or Biology or Chemistry or Earth and Environmental Science or Physics.

Exclusions: Preliminary courses in Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science and Physics

Topics Covered

Preliminary Course

Senior Science Skills Module 8.1

Core Modules

  • Water for Living
  • Plants
  • Humans at Work
  • The Local Environment

HSC Course

Senior Science Skills Module 9.1

Core Modules

  • Lifestyle Chemistry
  • Medical Technology - Bionics
  • Information Systems

One Option from the following modules:

  • Polymers
  • Preservatives and Additives
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Disasters
  • Space Science

Particular Course Requirements

Each module specifies content which provides opportunities for students to achieve the Senior Science skill outcomes. Senior Science modules 8.1 (Preliminary) and 9.1 (HSC) provide the skills content that must be addressed within and across each course.

The Preliminary course includes field experience in the identification of soil types as well as how biological factors interact to form the local environment. Students will complete a minimum of 80 indicative hours of practical experiences across Preliminary and HSC course time with no less than 35 hours in the HSC course. Practical experiences must include at least one open-ended investigation in both the Preliminary and HSC Courses.

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