Learning
Science Electives

 

EARTH and SPACE

Students learn through the use of hands-on activities, about the immense size of the Solar System and from simulations and experiments have infer its formation. They gather and compare data to analyse the composition of asteroids, their density and various properties. They create models of comets and with the use of scale models compare the Earth to the Moon and the location of the Sun within the Milky Way Galaxy. Students take a detailed study of the structure of the Earth and Mars and examine their differences.

Assessment

Practical Work
Lesson Outlines
Space Race Timeline
Mission to Mars
Semester Examination

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PSYCHOLOGY

Overview

Psychology aims to describe, explain and predict human behaviour; in doing so it relies on scientific procedures. This course aims to provide a challenging yet accessible introduction to the science of Psychology with an emphasis on the field of Forensic Psychology as an area of key interest and curiosity to students at this level.


Topics

Introduction to Psychology

What is Psychology? Is Psychology a science? In this unit students will be introduced to the development of psychology from its philosophical beginnings to a scientific study of the human mind and behaviour. Students will be given a brief overview of the 5 main psychological perspectives. Students will briefly explore the scope of psychology, its specialist disciplines such as neuropsychology, cognitive, social and human developmental psychology, and its fields of application. Students will explore the nervous system and the structure and function of the brain. The study of sleep and dreaming will also be introduced.


Forensic Psychology

What is Forensic Psychology? Students will explore their understanding of forensics and how the reality differs from what they see on TV crime shows. Students will explore memory and eyewitness testimony. Students will be introduced to the theory and application of lie detection tests. Students will be given an overview of stalking behaviour and psychopathic behaviours. Students will explore the psychology of criminal profiling.
 

Learning Activities

  • Analysis and discussion of key concepts
  • Observation of behaviour
  • Oral presentations
  • Pair and group work
  • Independent Research activities
  • Use of ICT to source original psychological experiments and investigate practical applications of theories
  • Media analysis


Assessment

Topic Tests  * Research investigation * Semester Exam