Learning
Science 2B

Subject Description

Science 2B is designed for those students that know they do not want to continue on with Science at VCE.  It will cover a range of different topics within the general disciplines of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Science.  

Students will continue to develop their understanding in these disciplines through the use of practical activities, interactive computer simulations, worksheets, assignments and exams.  

Entry to Science 2B is by invitation only.  

Areas of Study

Biology
Chemistry
Physics
Earth Science     

Australian Curriculum Dimensions  

Science Understanding 

Science understanding is evident when a person selects and integrates appropriate science knowledge to explain and predict phenomena, and applies that knowledge to new situations. Science knowledge refers to facts, concepts, principles, laws, theories and models that have been established by scientists over time.

The Science Understanding strand comprises four sub-strands. Biological sciences which is concerned with understanding living things, Chemical sciences which is concerned with understanding the composition and behaviour of substances, Earth and space sciences which is concerned with Earth’s dynamic structure and its place in the cosmos and Physical sciences which is concerned with understanding the nature of forces and motion, and matter and energy. 

Science as a Human Endeavour  

Through science, humans seek to improve their understanding and explanations of the natural world. Science involves the construction of explanations based on evidence and science knowledge can be changed as new evidence becomes available. Science influences society by posing, and responding to, social and ethical questions, and scientific research is itself influenced by the needs and priorities of society. This strand highlights the development of science as a unique way of knowing and doing, and the role of science in contemporary decision making and problem solving. It acknowledges that in making decisions about science practices and applications, ethical and social implications must be taken into account.

Through science, humans seek to improve their understanding and explanations of the natural world. Science involves the construction of explanations based on evidence and science knowledge can be changed as new evidence becomes available. Science influences society by posing, and responding to, social and ethical questions, and scientific research is itself influenced by the needs and priorities of society. This strand highlights the development of science as a unique way of knowing and doing, and the role of science in contemporary decision making and problem solving. It acknowledges that in making decisions about science practices and applications, ethical and social implications must be taken into account.   

There are two sub-strands of Science as a Human Endeavour. These are ‘nature and development of science’ and ‘use and influence of science’.  

Science Inquiry Skills  

Science inquiry involves identifying and posing questions; planning, conducting and reflecting on investigations; processing, analysing and interpreting evidence; and communicating findings. This strand is concerned with evaluating claims, investigating ideas, solving problems, drawing valid conclusions and developing evidence-based arguments.       

Assessment  

Practical Reports
Worksheets
Assignments
Topic Tests
Semester Examination