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NSW Syllabuses

Organisation of content

Content defines what students are expected to know and do as they work towards syllabus outcomes. It provides the foundations for students to successfully progress to the next stage of schooling or post-school opportunities.

Teachers will make decisions about content regarding the sequence, emphasis and any adjustments required based on the needs, interests, abilities and prior learning of students.

Content in Stage 6 syllabuses defines learning expectations that may be assessed in Higher School Certificate examinations.

The organisation of content diagram consists of a central circle showing the Working Scientifically skills: Questioning and Predicting, Planning Investigations, Conducting Investigations, Processing Data and Information, Analysing Data and Information, Problem Solving, and Communicating. The central circle is surrounded by a ring divided in into the Year 11 and Year 12 modules. The Year 11 modules are: Module 1 Properties and Structure of Matter, Module 2 Introduction to Quantitative Chemistry, Module 3 Reactive Chemistry and Module 4 Drivers of Reactions. The Year 12 modules are: Module 5 Equilibrium and Acid Reactions, Module 6 Acid/Base Reactions, Module 7 Organic Chemistry and Module 8 Applying Chemical Ideas.

The Working Scientifically outcomes and content are integrated into each module wherever students undertake an investigation.