Gladstone High School

Gladstone High School

Year 12

Curriculum

 

Subjects  
Agriculture & Horticulture Studies Mathematics Applications
Biology Mathematics Studies
Chemistry Physical Education

Design & Technology

- Material Products

Physics
English Communications Research Project
Food & Hospitality

VET

- Doorways to Construction or Multi-Trades

- Automotive/Engineering

Modern History Visual Art

 

Agriculture & Horticulture Studies

The study of agriculture and horticulture provides students with the opportunity to develop skills in investigation design, practical techniques, communication, analysis and evaluation of information, and to obtain knowledge and understanding relevant to primary industries. Students investigate issues through topics related to animals, plants, fungi, microorganisms, soils, climate, water, and/or technology, and in a local, national, and/or global context.


Experiments are a part of practical investigations in the study of Agriculture and Horticulture and may take place on farms, in vineyards, orchards, gardens, laboratories, or other relevant locations, and may use a variety of data-collecting procedures, e.g. soil water or grape sugar estimations.


The focus capabilities for this subject are communication and learning.


Agricultural and Horticultural Studies – This subject brings together elements of each of the other four Stage 2 Agriculture and Horticulture subjects.


Content
A list of key questions is used to guide the development of suitable topics for each subject.

 

Biology

In Biology students learn about the cellular and overall structures and functions of a range of organisms. They have the opportunity to engage with the work of biologists and to join and initiate debates about how biology impacts on their lives, on society, and on the environment.


Students design and conduct biological investigations and gather evidence from their investigations. As they explore a range of biology-related issues, students recognise that the body of biological knowledge is constantly changing and increasing through the applications of new ideas and technologies.


The focus capabilities for this subject are communication and learning.


To attempt stage 2 Biology, students should have completed 2x10 credits of a science subject. Students who have not fulfilled these requirements should seek guidance from their course counsellor.


Stage 2 Biology
Stage 2 Biology is a 20-credit subject.


Content
Stage 2 Biology is organised around the following four themes:
 Macromolecules
 Cells
 Organisms
 Ecosystems.


Each theme is divided into the following six threads:
 Organisation
 Selectivity
 Energy Flow
 Perpetuation
 Evolution
 Human Awareness

 

Chemistry

The study of chemistry includes an overview of the matter that makes up materials, and the properties, uses, means of production, and reactions of these materials. It also includes a critical study of the social and environmental impact of materials and chemical processes.


Students consider how human beings make use of the earth’s resources and the impact of human activities on the environment. Through practical studies students develop investigation skills, and an understanding of the physical world that enables them to be questioning, reflective, and critical thinkers.
The focus capabilities for this subject are communication and learning.


To attempt Stage 2 Chemistry students should have successfully completed 2x10 credit of stage 1 Chemistry. Students who have not successfully completed these requirements should seek guidance from their course counsellor.


Stage 2 Chemistry
Stage 2 Chemistry is a 20-credit subject.


Content
Stage 2 Chemistry is organised so that each intended student learning is related to a key chemical idea or concept within five topics. Through the study of these key ideas and concepts students develop their chemistry investigation skills.

Topics:
 Topic 1: Elemental and Environmental Chemistry
 Topic 2: Analytical Techniques
 Topic 3: Using and Controlling Reactions
 Topic 4: Organic and Biological Chemistry
 Topic 5: Materials.

 

Design & Technology

Through the study of Design and Technology students develop the ability to identify, create, initiate, and develop products, processes, or systems. Students learn to use tools, materials, and systems safely and competently to complete a product. They explore technologies in both contemporary and historical settings, and analyse the impacts of technology, including social, environmental, and sustainable consequences.
Stage 1 and Stage 2 Design and Technology provide enrolment options in the following two focus areas:
 Material Products
The focus capabilities for this subject are personal development, work, and learning.
Stage 2 Design and Technology
Stage 2 Design and Technology can be studied as a 10-credit subject or a 20-credit subject and provides the following enrolment options:
10 credit subjects:
Material Products I & II
20 credit Subjects
Communication Products
Material Products
Content
 Material Products – Students use a range of manufacturing technologies such as tools, machines, and/or systems to convert resistant materials into useful products. Students demonstrate knowledge and skills associated with using systems, and processes and resistant materials such as, metals, plastics, wood, composites, ceramics, textiles, and foods.

 

English Communications

English Communications focuses on the development of English skills, and in particular the communication process. Students learn to recognise the conventions of different text types and contexts. They consider the role of language in communications between individuals, groups and organisations. By reading, writing, viewing, listening and speaking, and through the use of information and communication technologies, students develop literacy skills in a broad range of contexts.
Students who gain a C grade or better in this subject can count the credits towards the literacy requirement of the SACE.
Content
Stage 2 English Communications can be studied at GHS as a 20-credit subject.
Students undertake tasks within the following:
 Text Analysis
 Text Production
 Communication Study (consists of two parts)
 Folio (consists of two parts and is eternally assessed)

 

Food & Hospitality

In Food and Hospitality, students focus on the dynamic nature of the food and hospitality industry in Australian society. They develop an understanding of contemporary approaches and issues related to food and hospitality.
Students work independently and collaboratively to achieve common goals. They develop skills and safe work practices in the preparation, storage and handling of food, complying with current health and safety legislation. Students investigate and debate contemporary food and hospitality issues and current management practices.
The focus capabilities for this subject are communication, learning, or work.
Stage 2 Food and Hospitality
Stage 2 Food and Hospitality can be taken as a 10-credit subject or a 20-credit subject.
Students focus on the impact of the food and hospitality industry on Australian society and examine the contemporary and changing nature of the industry. Students develop relevant knowledge and skills as consumers and/or as industry workers.
Content
Students study topics within one or more of the following five areas of study:
 Contemporary and Future Issues
 Economic and Environmental Influences
 Political and Legal Influences
 Sociocultural Influences
 Technological Influences.
A 10-credit subject includes at least two areas of study.
A 20-credit subject includes all five areas of study.

 

Modern History

Stage 2 Modern History is a 20-credit subject.
Content
Students study:
 one topic from a choice of six thematic studies
 one topic from a choice of five depth studies
 an individual history essay
Thematic Study
Topics:
 Pain and Gain: Modernisation and Society since c. 1700.
 Intruders and Registers: Imperialism and its Impact since c 1500.
 Revolutions and Turmoil: Social and Political Upheavals since c. 1500.
 A Sense of Belonging: Groups and Nations since c. 1500.
 The Captives, the Unwanted, and the Seekers: Forced and Free Migration since c. 1500.
 Slaves, Serfs, and Emancipation: Forced Labour since c. 1500.
Depth Study
Topics:
 Public and Private Lives: A Social and Political History of Women since c. 1750.
 The War to End all Wars: The First World War and its Consequences, c.1870–1929.
 An Age of Catastrophes: Depression, Dictators, and the Second World War, c. 1929–45.
 Postwar Rivalries and Mentalities: Superpowers and Social Change since c. 1945.
 Persecution and Hope: Power and Powerlessness in Society since c. 1500.
Individual History Essay
Students choose a key area for inquiry from one of eleven topics.

 

Mathematics Applications

Stage 2 Mathematical Applications enables students to appreciate, experience and understand mathematics as a growing body of knowledge in contemporary situations. It gives relevance and meaning to their world and the world of enterprise. The subject provides opportunities for students to experience and learn the mathematical processes associated with investigating, modelling and solving problems drawn from real or realistic contexts.
Stage 2 Mathematics allows students to achieve the numeracy requirement of the SACE. Students who achieve a C grade or better in this subject meet the compulsory 10-credit numeracy requirement.
The focus capabilities for this subject are communication, citizenship, personal development, work, and learning.
To attempt Stage 2 Mathematical Applications students should have successfully completed 2x10 credit of stage 1 Mathematical Applications. Students who have not successfully completed these requirements should seek guidance from their course counsellor
Content
Stage 2 Mathematical Applications can be studied as a 20-credit subject. The subject is divided into seven topics.
For a 20-credit subject, students study four of the topics listed below (two topics in each semester)
 Topic 1: Applied Geometry
 Topic 2: Investment and Loans
 Topic 3: Mathematics and Small Business
 Topic 4: Matrices
 Topic 5: Optimisation
 Topic 6: Share Investments
 Topic 7: Statistics and Working with Data.

 

Mathematics Studies

Stage 2 Mathematical Studies is a 20-credit subject.
Through the study of Mathematical Studies students explore, describe and explain aspects of the world around them in a mathematical way. Students understand fundamental concepts, demonstrate mathematical skills, and apply routine mathematical procedures, making informed and critical use of electronic technology.
The focus capabilities for this subject are communication, citizenship, personal development, work, and learning.
To attempt Stage 2 Mathematical Studies students should have successfully completed 2x10 credit of stage 1 Mathematical Studies. Students who have not successfully completed these requirements should seek guidance from their course counsellor
Content
Stage 2 Mathematical Studies is a 20-credit subject that consists of the following three topics:
Topic 1: Working with Statistics
Topic 2: Working with Functions and Graphs Using Calculus
Topic 3: Working with Linear Equations and Matrices.
Each topic consists of a number of subtopics, which are presented as key questions and ideas.

 

Physical Education

In Physical Education students gain an understanding of human functioning and physical activity, and an awareness of the community structures and practices that influence participation in physical activity. Students explore their own physical capacities and analyse performance, health, and lifestyle issues. They develop skills in communication, investigation, and the ability to apply knowledge to practical situations.
The focus capabilities for this subject are communication, learning, and personal development.
Stage 2 Physical Education
Stage 2 Physical Education is a 20-credit subject.
Content
Stage 2 Physical Education consists of two key areas of study and related key concepts:
 Practical Skills and Applications
 Principles and Issues
Practical Skills and Applications
Students complete three practicals that are balanced across a range of individual, fitness, team, racket, aquatic, and outdoor activities and that cater for the different skills, interests of the students.
Principles and Issues (consists of the following three topics)
 Exercise Physiology and Physical Activity
 The Acquisition of Skills and the Biomechanics of Movement
 Issues Analysis
Topics include:
Exercise Physiology and Physical Activity
Key Concept 1: The sources of energy affecting physical performance
Key Concept 2: The effects of training and evaluation on physical performance
Key Concept 3: The specific physiological factors affecting performance
The Acquisition of Skills and the Biomechanics of Movement
Key Concept 1: Skill acquisition
Key Concept 2: Specific factors affecting learning
Key Concept 3: The effects of psychology of learning on the performance of physical skills
Key Concept 4: The ways in which biomechanics improve skilled performance
Issues Analysis
Students analyse and interpret their findings from investigating a chosen issue.

Topics include, for example:
 commercialism
 culture/race relations
 equity
 gender
 media
 professionalism
 sport in the Australian context
 the Paralympics
 the science of drugs
 technology

 

Physics

The study of physics offers opportunities for students to understand and appreciate the natural world. This subject requires the interpretation of physical phenomena through a study of motion in two dimensions, electricity and magnetism, light and matter, and atoms and nuclei. As well as applying knowledge to solve problems, students develop experimental, investigation design, information, and communication skills through practical and other learning activities. Students gather evidence from experiments and research and acquire new knowledge through their own investigations
The focus capabilities for this subject are communication and learning.
To attempt Stage 2 Physics students should have successfully completed 2x10 credit of stage 1 Physics. Students who have not successfully completed these requirements should seek guidance from their course counsellor
Stage 2 Physics
Stage 2 Physics is a 20-credit subject.
Content
Stage 2 Physics is organised into four sections. Each section is divided into four topics. Each topic includes an application.
Section
Motion in Two Dimensions
Electricity and Magnetism
Light and Matter
Atoms and Nuclei

 

Research Project

The Research Project is a compulsory 10-credit Stage 2 subject that students need to complete with a ‘C’ grade or better to achieve the SACE in 2015.
The Research Project enables students to explore an area of interest in depth, while developing skills to prepare for further education, training or work. Students develop their ability to question sources of information, make effective decisions, evaluate their own progress, be inventive and solve problems.
The Research Project can take many forms, for example:
 community-based projects
 technical or practical activities
 work-related research
 subject-related research.
In this subject students will have opportunities to develop 7 capabilities
- Literacy
- Numeracy
- Information and Communication Technology
- Critical and Creative Thinking
- Personal and social
- Ethical understanding
- Inter-cultural understanding
The capabilities enable students to make connections in their learning within and across subjects in a wide range of contexts. Students may choose one or more capabilities to focus on as part of their study
Students receive a result in one of two forms:
 Research Project A, or
 Research Project B
depending on the external assessment chosen.
Research Project A has an external assessment that may be undertaken in a range of formats.
Research Project B, which has an external assessment that must be undertaken in written form, is for students wishing to include the subject in the calculation of their Tertiary Entrance Rank (TER).

Content
Students present evidence that demonstrates the following parts
 Initiating and planning the research
 Developing the research
 Producing and substantiating a research outcome
 Evaluating the research

 

Visual Art

In this subject, students are expected to:
1. Conceive, develop, and make work(s) of art or design that reflect individuality and the development and communication of a personal visual aesthetic
2. Demonstrate visual thinking through the development and evaluation of ideas and explorations in technical skills with media, materials, and technologies
3. Apply technical skills in using media, materials, technologies, and processes to solve problems and resolve work(s) of art or design
4. Communicate knowledge and understanding of their own works and the connections between their own and other practitioners’ works of art or design
5. Analyse, interpret, and respond to visual arts in cultural, social, and/or historical contexts
6. Develop inquiry skills to explore visual arts issues, ideas, concepts, processes, techniques, and questions.
The focus capabilities for this subject are communication and personal development.
Stage 2 Visual Arts
Stage 2 Visual Arts can be studied as a 10-credit subject or a 20-credit subject. Students can enrol in Visual Arts – Art and/or Visual Arts – Design.
Content
For both 10-credit and 20-credit programs, with a focus on either art or design, the following three areas of study are covered:
 Visual Thinking
 Practical Resolution
 Visual Arts in Context

 

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