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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 following diagram provides an illustrative representation of elements of the course and their relationship.

The Year 11 and Year 12 courses each comprise four modules. The skills of Working Scientifically are integrated as course content throughout the syllabus. Each module includes a specific focus on some of the Working Scientifically skills. However, there is scope within each module to engage with all of the Working Scientifically skills.

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 Cause and Effect – Observing, Module 2 Cause and Effect – Inferences and Generalisations, Module 3 Scientific Models and Module 4 Theories and Laws. The Year 12 modules are: Module 5 Scientific Investigations, Module 6 Technologies, Module 7 Fact or Fallacy? and Module 8 Science and Society.

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