Biology - 1BGY & 2BGY

Students investigate biological systems and their interactions, from the perspectives of energy, control, structure and function, change, and exchange in microscopic cellular structures and processes, through to macroscopic ecosystem dynamics. These investigations allow students to extend the skills, knowledge, and understanding that enable them to explore and explain everyday observations, find solutions to biological issues and problems, and understand how biological science impacts on their lives, society, and the environment. They apply their understanding of the interconnectedness of biological systems to evaluate the impact of human activity on the natural world.

Content
Stage 2 Biology is organised in the three strands:

  • Science inquiry skills
  • Science as a human endeavour
  • Science understanding

Topics

  • DNA and Proteins
  • Cells as the Basis of Life
  • Homeostasis
  • Evolution

Chemistry - 1CEM & 2CEM

In their study of Chemistry, students develop and extend their understanding of how the physical world is chemically constructed, the interaction between human activities and the environment, and the use that human beings make of the planet’s resources. They explore examples of how scientific understanding is dynamic and develops with new evidence, which may involve the application of new technologies.

Content
Stage 2 Chemistry is organised in the three strands:

  • Science inquiry skills
  • Science as a human endeavour
  • Science understanding

Topics

  • Monitoring the Environment
  • Managing Chemical Processes
  • Organic and Biological Chemistry
  • Managing Resources

Physics - 1PYI & 2PYI

This subject requires the interpretation of physical phenomena through a study of motion in two dimensions, electricity and magnetism, light and matter, and atoms and nuclei. Students apply knowledge to solve problems, develop experimental and investigation design skills, and communicate through practical and other learning activities. They gather evidence from experiments, and research and acquire new knowledge through their own investigations.

Content
Stage 2 Physics is organised in the three strands:

  • Science inquiry skills
  • Science as a human endeavour
  • Science understanding

Topics

  • Motion and Relativity
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Light and Atoms

Psychology - 1PSC & 2PSC

Students learn to understand their own behaviours and the behaviours of others. They apply psychological knowledge to improve outcomes and experiences in various areas of life, such as education, intimate relationships, child rearing, employment and leisure. Students are involved in the collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data. They develop skills in analytical and critical thinking, and in making inferences by employing evidence-based procedures.

Content
For the 20-credit subject all topics must be studied.

Topics

  • Introduction to Psychology (compulsory)
  • Social Cognition
  • Learning
  • Personality
  • Psychobiology of Altered States of Awareness
  • Healthy Minds