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Earth & Environmental Science

2 units for each of Year 11 & Year 12 

Board Developed Category A

Exclusions: Nil

Course Costs: $20.00 

Earth and Environmental Science is the study of the planet Earth, its processes and its environment.

The Year 11 Course investigates compositional layers of the Earth, the origins of minerals, tectonic movements and energy transformations that occur and includes the study of human impact on the Earth’s resources and its surface.

The Year 11 course consists of four modules.

  • Module 1 Earth’s Resources
  • Module 2 Plate Tectonics
  • Module 3 Energy Transformations
  • Module 4 Human Impacts

The Year 12 Course investigates how the processes of plate tectonics, the formation of water and the introduction of life interact with the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and climate. Investigation of hazards, the mitigation of their effects and resource management are also considered which leads to an understanding of the need to centralise the theme of sustainability for the long term welfare of our planet and all forms of life dependent upon it.

The Year 12 course consists of four modules.

  • Module 5 Earth’s Processes
  • Module 6 Hazards
  • Module 7 Climate Science
  • Module 8 Resource Management

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.

Fieldwork is mandated in both Year 11 and Year 12 and is an integral part of the learning process.

Course Contact: Mr Hayden Mckay, Head Teacher: Science