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Welcome to the Science faculty at William Ross State High School.
 
William Ross SHS science program provides a course of study designed to inspire students to ‘discover’ the world of science around them and consider career opportunities in the sciences. Using a ‘hands on’ learning approach students engage in a range of contemporary activities that build their skills in creative problem solving, critical data analysis and scientific literacy skills. 
 
JUNIOR SECONDARY
 
In Year 7, 8 and 9 Science is a core subject. The Science program is designed to develop students' interest in science and an appreciation of how science provides a means of exploring and understanding the changing world in which they live.
 
Through the use of a ‘hands-on’ learning approach, students are engaged in a range of contemporary activities that build their skills in creative problem solving, scientific inquiry methods, critical data analysis and scientific literacy. It provides a foundation of knowledge across the disciplines of science; and develops an ability to communicate scientific understanding and use evidence to solve problems and make evidence-based decisions.
 
Pathways to senior subjects - A study of science in years 7, 8 and 9 can lead to one or more of the following senior subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Aquatic Practices, Science in Practice.
 
SENIOR SECONDARY
 
Year 10
Science is designed to develop students’ interest in science and an appreciation of how science provides a means of exploring and understanding and understanding the changing world in which they live. It provides an understanding of scientific inquiry methods, a foundation of knowledge across the disciplines of science; and develops an ability to communicate scientific understanding and use evidence to solve problems and make evidence-based decisions.
 
In Year 10 students will study evolution, genetics, the periodic table, chemical processes, forces and motion, global systems and the universe.
 
Pathways to senior subjects - A study of science in year 10 can lead to one or more of the following senior subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Science in Practice, Aquatic Practices.
 
Career Pathways - Examples of areas where the study of science can lead you include: health, aviation, food processing, engineering, communication, agriculture, sports science, environmental sciences.
 
Year 11 and 12
The expert science teachers at William Ross are passionate about science and science learning.  Very well-equipped science laboratories allow for effective lessons and enhance student engagement in science classrooms. Science students have access to a vast array of the latest data logging sensors, analysis software as well as vegetable gardens and advanced aquaponic systems.
 
Working in partnership with Universities, government agencies and community groups, students have access to the technical and logistical support needed to strengthen their conceptual understanding and application of science in a rapidly changing society. 
 
In Year 11 and 12 students are able to study Authority Subjects such Chemistry, Physics and Biology, and Authority Registered subjects such as Science in Practice and Aquatic Practices.
 

CHEMISTRY - Authority QCE POINTS: 4
Pre-Requisites - at least a “B” Achievement in Year 10 Mathematics and will study Mathematics B in year 11 and 12.
 
The study of Chemistry engages students in an exciting and dynamic investigation of the material universe. Chemistry helps us explore matter by understanding the links between the macroscopic properties of the world, and the subatomic particles and forces that account for those properties. The application of chemistry enables us to make sense of the physical world.
 
The study of Chemistry provides students with:  
  • a means of enhancing their understanding of the world around them;
  • a way of achieving useful knowledge and skills;
  • a stepping stone for further study.

Possible Careers - Most tertiary courses in science have Chemistry as a pre-requisite. Some careers requiring Chemistry are biochemist, botanist, chemical engineer, industrial chemist, dietician, food technologist, forensic scientist, nurse, geneticist, marine biologist, doctor, microbiologist, metallurgist, pathologist, pharmacist, science teacher, veterinary scientist, and zoologist.
 

PHYSICS - Authority QCE POINTS: 4
Pre-Requisites - At least a “B” Achievement in Year 10 Mathematics and will study Mathematics B in year 11 and 12.
 
The study of Physics engages students in the study of the universe and the application of the fundamental laws of nature. The knowledge and concepts of physics are a set of explanations shared by the physics community that accounts for an extensive range of phenomena.
 
The study of Physics provides students with:  
  • a means of enhancing their understanding of the world around them;
  • a way of achieving useful knowledge and skills; and
  • a stepping stone for further study.

Possible Careers - Some careers that involve the study of Physics include – doctor, radiographer, optometrist, architect, astronomer, biophysicist, engineer, geophysicist, hydrographer, industrial designer, meteorologist, physicist, physiotherapist, surveyor, science teacher.
 

BIOLOGY - Authority QCE POINTS: 4
Pre-Requisites - at least a “B” Achievement in Year 10 Science and a “B” Achievement in Year 10 English.  
 
Biology is the study of life in its many manifestations. It encompasses studies of the origin, development, diversity, functioning and evolution of living systems and the consequences of intervention in those systems.
 
The study of Biology provides students with opportunities to: 
  • gain insight into the scientific manner of investigating problems relating to the living world
  • experience the processes of science, and how they lead to the discovery of new knowledge
  • develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of the living world.

Participation in Biology enables students to engage in creative scientific thinking and apply their knowledge in practical situations. It also will help students foresee the consequences of their own and society’s activities on the living world and so will enable them to participate as informed and responsible citizens in decision-making processes, the outcomes of which will affect the living world now and in the future.
 

AQUATIC PRACTICES - Authority Registered QCE POINTS: 4
 
Aquatic Practices provides students with opportunities to practically explore, experience and study the role of coastal waters and inland waterways have in tourism, recreation and food production. Through these experiences, students will build understanding of what employers and colleagues’ experience in aquatic workplaces, including the legal and safety issues and codes of practice associated with waterways.
 
The study of Aquatic Practices provides students with opportunities to gain:  
  • An understanding of safety in commercial, environmental, recreational and cultural aspects of the sea, inland waters and associated catchment areas.
  • Knowledge, practical skills and work related practices which are essential for effective participation in the workforce in general and in the marine and aquatic industries specifically.
  • Respect for culturally diverse relationships with the sea and inland waters experienced by different communities, including Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and South Sea Islander communities.
  • Social responsibility in sustainable environmental management.
  • Ethical and responsible attitudes in the work environment.
  • Problem solving skills
  • The ability to plan and work collaboratively


SCIENCE IN PRACTICE - Authority Registered QCE POINTS: 4
 
Science in Practice contributes to developing scientifically literate individuals who are interested in and understand the world around them by talking about science issues. They are able to identify questions, investigate and draw evidence-based conclusions. By questioning claims made by others about scientific matters, students will be able to make informed decisions about the environment and their own health and well-being.
 
Through the processes of practical and investigative approaches, Science in Practice develops students who will:  
  • think critically about the scientific basis of significant contemporary issues
  • apply their knowledge in a broad range of relevant practical situations, including field work
  • foresee consequences for their own and society’s activities on the living and physical world
  • participate as informed and responsible citizens in decision-making processes use community and industry resources
  • use technology
  • collaborate and work effectively in teams

Possible Careers - The scientific skills developed are relevant to employment in many fields and may form the basis of further training and education, e.g. animal welfare, sport science, building design, health and medicine, recreation and tourism, research and the resources sector.