Integrated Science (Units 3 & 4) - General

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Course Code:
General Pathway
Course Description:
Science is a dynamic, collaborative human activity that uses distinctive ways of valuing, thinking and working to understand natural phenomena. Science is based on people’s aspirations and motivations to follow their curiosity and wonder about the physical, biological and technological world. Scientific knowledge represents the constructions made by people endeavouring to explain their observations of the world around them. Scientific explanations are built in different ways as people pursue intuitive and imaginative ideas, respond in a rational way to hunches, guesses and chance events, challenge attitudes of the time, and generate a range of solutions to problems, building on existing scientific knowledge. As a result of these endeavours, people can use their scientific understandings with confidence in their daily lives. Because scientific explanations are open to scrutiny, scientific knowledge may be tentative and is continually refined in the light of new evidence.
The Integrated Science General course is a course grounded in the belief that science is, in essence, a practical activity. From this stems the view that conceptual understandings in science derive from a need to find solutions to real problems in the first instance. The inquiring scientist may then take these understandings and apply them in a new context, often quite removed from their original field. This course seeks to reflect this creative element of science as inquiry. It should involve students in research that develops a variety of skills, including the use of appropriate technology, an array of diverse methods of investigation, and a sense of the practical application of the domain. It emphasises formulating and   testing hypotheses and the critical importance of evidence in forming conclusions.
This course enables them to investigate science issues in the context of the world around them, and encourages student collaboration and cooperation with community members  employed in scientific pursuits. It requires them to be creative, intellectually honest, to evaluate arguments with scepticism, and to conduct their investigations in ways that are   ethical, fair and respectful of others. The Integrated Science General course is inclusive and aims to be attractive to students with a wide variety of backgrounds, interests and career aspirations.
Unit 3 Biological and Earth systems
  • Interrelationships between Earth systems
  • Structure and function of biological systems
  • Ecosystems and sustainability
  • Species continuity and change
Unit 4 Physical and chemical systems
  • Chemical reactions
  • Mixtures and solutions
  • Motion and forces
  • Energy
Course Assessment:
Science Inquiry - 40%
Extended Response - 30%
Tests - 15%
Externally Set Task - 15%

A detailed assessment statement will be provided to students at the commencement of the course.
NOTE: This course will not have an external examination, however, students will be required to sit an externally set task (50 minutes duration). The EST is a compulsory assessment subject to the same attendance requirements as Senior School Exams.