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NSW Syllabuses

Course structure and requirements

Year 11 Course Structure and Requirements

Year 11 course (120 hours) Working Scientifically
Skills
Modules Indicative hours Depth studies
Module 1 Kinematics 60 *15 hours in Modules 1–4
Module 2 Dynamics
Module 3 Waves and Thermodynamics 60
Module 4 Electricity and Magnetism

*15 hours must be allocated to depth studies within the 120 indicative course hours.

Requirements for Practical Investigations

Scientific investigations include both practical investigations and secondary-sourced investigations. Practical investigations are an essential part of the Year 11 course and must occupy a minimum of 35 hours of course time including time allocated to practical investigations in depth studies.

Practical investigations include:

  • undertaking laboratory experiments, including the use of appropriate digital technologies
  • fieldwork

Secondary-sourced investigations include:

  • locating and accessing a wide range of secondary data and/or information
  • using and reorganising secondary data and/or information

Year 12 Course Structure and Requirements

Year 12 course (120 hours) Working Scientifically
Skills
Modules Indicative hours Depth studies
Module 5 Advanced Mechanics 60 *15 hours in Modules 5–8
Module 6 Electromagnetism
Module 7 The Nature of Light 60
Module 8 From the Universe to the Atom

*15 hours must be allocated to depth studies within the 120 indicative course hours.

Requirements for Practical Investigations

Scientific investigations include both practical investigations and secondary-sourced investigations. Practical investigations are an essential part of the Year 12 course and must occupy a minimum of 35 hours of course time including time allocated to practical investigations in depth studies.

Practical investigations include:

  • undertaking laboratory experiments, including the use of appropriate digital technologies
  • fieldwork.

Secondary-sourced investigations include:

  • locating and accessing a wide range of secondary data and/or information
  • using and reorganising secondary data and/or information.