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SENIOR SCIENCE                                                                                   15340

Course:  Senior Science                                                       Category:       A

2 units for each of Preliminary and HSC                                  

Board Developed Course                   Exclusions:    Preliminary courses in Biology, Chemistry,                                                   Earth and Environmental Science and Physics

Course Description:

The Preliminary course incorporates the study of some aspects of human anatomy and discusses issues associated with the protection of the body in the workplace; the interactions between organisms in local ecosystems; the collection, storage and conservation of water resources; and the structure and function of plants with an emphasis on Australian native plants.

The HSC course examines the range and importance of biological molecules found in humans and other organisms; the physical and chemical properties of chemicals used by people on and in their bodies; the structure and function of organs of the human body and the physical features of these organs that can be detected by medical technology.

Main Topics Covered:


Preliminary Course

HSC Course

·      Senior Science Skills

Core Topics

·      Humans at Work

·      Senior Science skills

·      Local Environment

·      Plants and technology

·      Water for Living

·      Lifestyle Chemistry

·      Plants

·      Medical Technology – Bionics


·      Information Systems

One option


·         Polymers


·         Preservatives and additives


·         Disasters


·         Pharmaceuticals


·         Space Science


Particular Course Requirements:

The Preliminary course includes field experience in the identification of soil types as well as how biological factors interact to form the local environment. Practical experiences should occupy a minimum of 80 indicative hours across Preliminary and HSC course time.

SKILLS / APTITUDE                         Important                               Not so important

Essay Writing                                                                                     *

Research                                            *

Oral Reporting                                                *

Practical work                                     *

Working in a group or team                *

Public performance                                                                            *

Meeting Deadlines                              *

External Assessment


Internal Assessment



Core Modules






Note:  Assessment of knowledge, understanding and skills developed through conducting first-hand investigations should be incorporated into the Core and Option as appropriate






A written examination paper consisting of:


Core Modules

·         Multiple choice questions

·         Short answer questions

·         Longer answer question/s



·         Short answer questions

·         Longer answer question/s