Drouin Secondary College - Course Selection

11 VCE Agriculture & Horticulture (11SAH1)

The Course

This area of study focuses on the components that constitute Australian agricultural and horticultural systems. These components include the biological aspects: varieties/breeds, structure, function and growth of plants and animals; physical aspects: soils, water, climate and weather, infrastructure, inputs and outputs; and human resources. Using a case studies approach, students learn how these components influence the type of agricultural and/or horticultural enterprises undertaken in their local area. Students consider the importance of using the scientific approach when investigating aspects of agricultural and horticultural systems.

Unit 1 Topics

AREA OF STUDY 1 Influences on agricultural and horticultural systems AREA OF STUDY 2 Agricultural and horticultural operations

Unit 2 Topics

AREA OF STUDY 1 Biological and environmental factors AREA OF STUDY 2 Production systems and processes

Learning and Assessment Activities

For this unit students are required to demonstrate achievement of two outcomes. As a set these outcomes encompass both areas of study. Demonstration of achievement of Outcomes 1 and 2 must be based on the student's performance on a selection of assessment tasks. Where teachers allow students to choose between tasks they must ensure that the tasks they set are of comparable scope and demand. Assessment tasks for this unit are selected from the following:

- annotated visual displays

- website presentations

- multimedia presentations

- tests (short answer, open book)

- short written reports (including case study report where appropriate)

- oral reports

- practical demonstrations

- production plan, costing, production records, including visual material, evaluation report

- media response

- scientific investigation and report.

These units lead to

VCE Agicultural and Horticultural Science Unit 3 & 4 University studies in Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Sciences. TAFE courses in Agriculture and Horticulture.

Special considerations

There are no prerequisites for entry to Units 1, 2 and 3. Students must undertake Unit 3 prior to undertaking Unit 4. It is highly recommended that students complete units 1 and 2 before undertaking Unit 3 & 4.

Costs involved

Materials required

Subject folder and Netbook.

For further information see...

See Mrs Pilgrim-Cayzer

Study design link

VCAA study design: http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Documents/vce/agrihorculture/agrihorsd2011-2015.pdf