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Kiama High School

Kiama High School

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2 units for each of Year 11 & Year 12 

Board Developed Category A

Exclusions: Nil

Course Costs: $20.00 

Chemistry is the study of the physical and chemical properties of matter, with a focus on substances and their interactions. Chemistry attempts to provide chemical explanations and to predict events at the atomic and molecular level.

The Year 11 Course develops the knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to the properties and structures of matter, the types and drivers of chemical reactions and how we measure the quantities involved in these processes.

The Year 11 course consists of four modules.

  • Module 1 Properties and Structure of Matter
  • Module 2 Introduction to Quantitative Chemistry
  • Module 3 Reactive Chemistry
  • Module 4 Drivers of Reactions

The Year 12 Course builds on the concepts introduced in Year 11 by examining particular classes of chemicals, processes and a variety of chemical reactions which incorporate organic compounds and acid/base equilibrium reactions. The course challenges students to apply this knowledge to the investigation of a range of methods used in identifying and measuring quantities of chemicals which leads to an understanding of the structure, properties and trends of and between classes of chemicals

The Year 12 course consists of four modules.

  • Module 5 Equilibrium and Acid Reactions
  • Module 6 Acid/base Reactions
  • Module 7 Organic Chemistry
  • Module 8 Applying Chemical Ideas

Particular Course Requirements

Students are provided with 15 hours of course time for Depth Studies in both Year 11 and Year 12. During this time students may undertake an investigation/activity that allows for the further development of one or more scientific concepts.

A Depth Study may be one investigation/activity or a series of investigations/activities. Depth Studies may be included in one module or across several modules.

Practical investigations are an essential part of the Year 11 and Year 12 courses and must occupy a minimum of 35 hours of course time each year.

Course Contact: Mr Hayden Mckay, Head Teacher: Science