Drouin Secondary College - Course Selection

11 VCE Environmental Science (11SES1)

The Course

VCE Environmental Science enables students to explore the challenges that past and current human interactions with the environment presents for the future by considering how Earth’s atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere function as interrelated systems. In undertaking this study, students examine how environmental actions affect, and are affected by, ethical, social and political frameworks.

In Unit 1 students examine Earth as a set of four interacting systems: the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere.

In Unit 2 students explore the concept of pollution and associated impacts on Earth’s four systems through global, national and local perspectives.

 

Unit 1 Topics

Area of Study 1: How is life sustained on Earth?

Area of Study 2: How is Earth a dynamic system?

Area of Study 3: Practical investigation.

Unit 2 Topics

Area of Study 1: When does pollution become a hazard?

Area of Study 2: What makes pollution management so complex?

Area of Study 3: Case study.

Learning and Assessment Activities

In Unit 1, students undertake a practical investigation related to ecosystem monitoring and/or change.  The investigation draws on content from Area of Study 1 and/or Area of Study 2.

 

In Unit 2, students undertake an in-depth case study of the management strategies that apply to a pollutant of local concern related to ecosystem monitoring and/or change. The investigation draws on content from Area of Study 1 and/or Area of Study 2.

These units lead to

Unit 3 & 4 Envorinmental Science. May also be helpful in the study of Chemistry and Biology.

Special considerations

Costs involved

Materials required

Text Book: Monitoring Ecosystems. Cost $80 aprox.

A4 Exercise book

For further information see...

Study design link

http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Documents/vce/envscience/EnviroScienceSD-2016.pdf