Subject Details - Stage 2 Chemistry

SACE Stage
SACE Stage 2
SACE Credits
20 credits
Learning Area
Advanced Technologies
Subject Length
2 semesters
Subject Overview
Chemistry provides rational explanations of changes occurring in the composition and state of matter. In this course, students apply this knowledge to environmental, social and industrial situations. Students will be required to write balanced chemical equations, draw molecular structures, as well as using basic algebra skills to do various chemical calculations. Many students choosing Chemistry go on to tertiary studies, and for some of these courses, Chemistry is a pre-requisite.

This course is based on the new Australian Curriculum documents which starts in 2018.
Focus Of Learning
Topics include:
     Topic 1 – Monitoring the Environment
     Topic 2 – Managing Chemical Processes
     Topic 3 – Organic & Biological Chemistry
     Topic 4 – Managing Resources
     Experimental, Information and Communication Skills
Assessment tasks include:
     End of year examination (30%)
     School-based work (70%)
The school-based work will include:
     Skills and Application Tasks (40%). This will comprise a test on each of the four topics, so they will be worth 10% each.
     Two Practical Investigations and one Science as a Human Endeavour Investigation (30%), so they will also be worth 10% each.
To be successful in this subject a significant amount of study is required outside of the classroom.
Evidence Of Learning
A variety of tasks allow students to develop knowledge, skills and understanding through…..
     Teamwork and collaboration
     Innovation and creativity
     Critical thinking and problem solving
     Effective oral and written communication
     Knowledge and understanding
     An achievement level of 'B' or better in both Stage 1 Chemistry 1 and Stage 1 Chemistry 2 is highly recommended.
     Purchasing of the Stage 2 Chemistry Essentials Workbook (about $50) is not compulsory but highly recommended
A significant amount of study outside of the classroom is required to be successful in this subject.

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