HSC Summer School Subject Blurbs

HSC Summer School Subject Blurbs

What Will be Covered at HSC Summer School 2019?

Biology Year 11

Modules: Cells as the Basis of Life, Organisation of Living Things.


Chemistry Year 11

Modules: Properties and Structure of Matter, Introduction to Quantitative Chemistry.


English Advanced Year 11

Topics: Reading to Write: Transition to Senior English.


English Standard Year 11

Topics: Reading to Write: Transition to Senior English.


Mathematics Standard Year 11

Topics: Formulae and Equations, Linear Relationships, Applications of Measurement.


Mathematics Advanced Year 11

Topics: Working with Functions, Trigonometry and Measure of Angles.


Mathematics Extension 1 Year 11

Topics: Further Work with Functions, Polynomials, Inverse Trigonometric Functions.


Physics Year 11

Modules: Kinematics, Dynamics.


Biology Year 12

The Biology lectures at Summer School will cover topics from Modules 5 and 6 of HSC Biology. Heredity: reproduction, cell replication, DNA and polypeptide synthesis, genetic variation and inheritance patterns, and Genetic change: mutation, biotechnology and genetic technologies. The lectures will teach students to identify the more difficult concepts within each topic and touch on HSC marking guides for the final exams.


Business Studies Year 12

These lectures will focus on Topic 1: Operations and Topic 2: Marketing. In the first lecture, the key characteristics of Operations will be investigated with the focus of this topic on the strategies for effective operations management in a large business. The second lecture will focus on the main elements involved in the development and implementation of successful marketing strategies. Both lectures will include practical examples and a step-by-step guide to answering HSC style questions.


Chemistry Year 12

Topics include: Static and Dynamic Equilibrium: Modelling static and dynamic equilibrium, examples of non-equilibrium systems, factors that affect equilibrium, calculating the equilibrium constant, solution equilibria. Acid/Base Reactions: IUPAC nomenclature, use of indicators, neutralisation reactions, models of acids and bases, the Bronsted-Lowry theory.


Economics Year 12

During the course of Part 1, students will examine the features of the global economy with particular attention to economic growth and economic development underpinned by globalisation. A framework for the treatment of the compulsory case study of an economy other than Australia will also be offered. During Part 2, students will learn about Australia’s trade and financial flows with a strong focus on key linkages between balance of payments (BOP) accounts. The issues associated with trends in the BOP will be discussed, as will an evaluation of sustained external imbalances in the Australian Economy. Exchange rates and the effect of fluctuations in the value of the Australian Dollar on the BOP will also be addressed.


English Standard Year 12

Topics: Common Module: Texts and Human Experiences, Module A: Language, Identity and Culture, Module B: Close Study of Literature, Module C: The Craft of Writing.


English Advanced Year 12

Topics: Common Module: Texts and Human Experiences, Module A: Textual Conversations, Module B: Critical Study of Literature, Module C: The Craft of Writing.


Legal Studies Year 12

Part 1 of this program will focus on Human Rights and the extent to which legal systems promote such rights. Students will investigate the relationship between state sovereignty and human rights, the development and preservation of such rights and the difficulties faced with their enforcement. Part 2 will focus on Crime and will include a detailed investigation of criminal law and the criminal justice system through a range of contemporary examples. Law reform, the extent to which law balances the rights of victims, offenders and society, as well as the effectiveness of legal and non-legal measures in achieving justice will also be addressed.


Mathematics Standard Year 12

These lectures will cover the Topics including Algebra: Types of Relationships; Measurement: Non-right-angled Trigonometry and Rates & Ratios.


Mathematics Advanced Year 12

These lectures are designed to cover and extend on the important HSC topics of Differentiation and Geometrical Applications of Calculus, review important units from the Preliminary course, and provide a solid introduction to Integration and its Applications as well as Exponential and Logarithmic Functions.


Mathematics Extension 1 Year 12

Students will obtain thorough instruction in the following principles: Polynomials and Iterative Methods, Locus and Parabola (including parametric equations), Circle Geometry, Geometric Applications of Differentiation. Trigonometry, Permutations and Combinations and Mathematical Induction.


PDHPE Year 12

During the course of these lectures, students will examine the health status of Australians, the current health priorities in Australia, analyse national health issues and the roles that health promotion and health services play in achieving better health for all Australians. These lectures will also focus on factors that affect performance. Students will explore the physical and psychological bases of performance including the contribution of energy systems, skill development, nutrition and psychology.


Physics Year 12

During the course of these lectures, emphasis will be placed on the first two Core Modules of the HSC Physics course. Topics that will be addressed include: Space: Gravitational fields, potential energy, projectile motion, escape velocity, circular motion (satellites), space travel, Michelson-Morely experiment and special relativity; Motors and Generators: D.C. motors, speakers, galvanometers, Faraday’s induction, generators, transformers, induction cookers, electromagnetic braking, transmission of electrical power and A.C. motors.