Human Biology General
The Human Biology General course gives students a chance to explore how the human body works. Students focus on bones, muscles, nerves and hormones and how they maintain the body to act in a coordinated manner. The causes and spread of disease and how humans respond to invading pathogens are studied, as well as the role of males and females in the process of reproduction.
Students investigate the body systems through real or virtual dissections and practical examination of cells, organs and systems. They research contemporary treatments for dysfunctions of the body systems and are encouraged to use ICT to interpret and communicate their findings in a variety of ways. Second-hand data is used to investigate transmission of diseases from a historical perspective and recent global incidences.
The Chemistry General course provides students with the opportunity to develop their understanding of the chemistry of materials encountered in their lives and everyday chemical reactions. Students apply chemical language by using symbols and formulae for common substances. The role of chemistry in contributing to a sustainable future, and in assisting in the protection of the natural environment, is considered; and students explore the chemistry of a range of materials, including crude oil, vegetable oils, biofuels and polymers. An appreciation of the experimental nature of chemistry is developed through laboratory activities.
Plant Production Systems General
In the Plant Production Systems General course students learn about and apply operational practices to selected plant enterprises. Students apply natural resources, such as plant varieties, climate, soil and water, to the objective of meeting personal and community needs. They work with food and fibre production systems, applying sustainable farming practices, and using appropriate agricultural technologies. This course provides the opportunity for students to prepare for post-school options of employment and further training.
Integrated Science General
The Integrated Science General course enables students to investigate science issues in the context of the world around them. It encourages students to develop their scientific skills of curiosity, observation, collection and analysis of evidence, in a range of contexts.
The multidisciplinary approach, including aspects of biology, chemistry, geology and physics, further encourages students to be curious about the world around them and assume a balanced view of the benefits and challenges presented by science and technology. Students conduct practical investigations that encourage them to apply what they have learnt in class to real-world situations and systems.
In the Psychology General course students will be introduced to psychological knowledge which supports an understanding of the way individuals function in groups. Students learn about well-known psychological models and theories, and the methods used to conduct scientific investigations in the discipline of psychology. Acquiring this foundation of scientific method and critical thinking is a valuable skill which students can apply throughout their study, work and everyday lives.