Integrated Science (A/T/M) – Pending approval

Course Information

The study of Integrated Science equips students with the skills to be independent thinkers and life-long learners who are confident to pursue a wide range of study pathways and careers. Students that undertake Integrated Science have a general interest in science as a subject and are looking to have a broad package without necessarily specialising in a particular field of science.

Post-School Pathways

This course is designed for those students who have an interest in science or wish to include a science course in their study program for a variety of future career opportunities.

Workload Expectation

Up to four hours outside of class per week to complete homework and assignments

Course Pattern

Available as a Minor or Major course

There is no prescribed implementation pattern or sequencing of units for this course.

For the Negotiated Study Unit, students must have studied a minimum of two standard 1.0 units.

Unit Descriptions

Unit 1: Scientific Controversies

In this unit student will study conflicting or seemingly conflicting perceptions of science in a range of contexts. They will appreciate the underlying scientific principles and methodologies applied in justifying claims and how this information is presented and communicated. Scientific controversy may be explored through investigation of one or more scientific issues, topics or case studies. Students will study scientific a controversy or controversies that have significant interdisciplinary elements. Students will examine and draw on theories, concepts and principles from different fields within the science disciplines to reach an informed conclusion(s).

Unit 2: Hidden Science

In this unit, student will study the application of underlying scientific principles to explain how “things” work. Students will examine the science used in contemporary applications or explore things that happen in everyday life that society takes for granted. Hidden science may be explored through investigation of one or more scientific issues, topics or case studies. Students will study the hidden science that has significant interdisciplinary elements. Students will examine and draw on theories, concepts and principles from different fields within the science disciplines to reach an informed conclusion(s).

Unit 3: Science In Context

Students will learn that scientific breakthrough is developed and applied within a context. Students analyse contextual factors contributing to past discoveries and research such as culture, geography, economics, and other factors. These contextual factors will be applied in investigation of development and application of contemporary science. They learn how progress in science can be made through unexpected outcomes or applications of a field of research and improvements in technology. Science in context may be explored through investigation of one or more scientific issues, topics or case studies. Students will study the science in context that has significant interdisciplinary elements. Students will examine and draw on theories, concepts and principles from different fields within the science disciplines to reach an informed conclusion(s).

Unit 4: Science Innovations

Students will study existing, future or theoretical research and how it can be applied to address an existing or emerging problem. Students will scan broad areas such as sociology, psychology, health, technology and industry to identify problems or areas of improvement. Students will investigate and evaluate current or emerging scientific research to determine the feasibility of solutions and their ethical implications. Innovative science may be explored through investigation of one or more scientific issues, topics or case studies. Students will study the scientific innovation that has significant interdisciplinary elements. Students will examine and draw on theories, concepts and principles from different fields within the science disciplines to reach an informed conclusion(s).

Unit 5: Negotiated Study

A negotiated study unit has an important place in senior secondary courses. It is a valuable pedagogical approach that empowers students to make decisions about their own learning. A negotiated study unit is decided upon by a class, group(s) or individual student in consultation with the teacher and with the Integrated Science A/T/M Draft for consultation 11 Principal’s approval. The program of learning for a negotiated study unit must meet all the content descriptions as appears in the unit.