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VCE Summer School Subject Blurbs

VCE Summer School Subject Blurbs

What Will be Covered at VCE Summer School 2019?

Biology Year 11

The Biology lectures will focus on the following key topics: ultrastructure and organisation of plant and animal cells, organelles and their functions, enzyme activity, plasma membrane structure and transport, cellular respiration and photosynthesis, adaptations, important homeostatic mechanisms, taxonomic groups, relationships and interdependencies between species.

 

Chemistry Year 11

Detailed instruction will be provided in the following topics: the atomic model, electron configurations, structure & trends in the periodic table, bonding (intraparticle & interparticle), structure & properties of lattices, compounds & molecules, organic chemistry, chemical equations & quantitative techniques such as the mole concept, Avogadro’s constant and empirical & molecular formulae.

 

Casio ClassPad Year 11

These lectures have been designed to unlock the power of the CAS and its applications in Mathematical Methods SACs and exams. You will learn the relevant key strokes for the more important programs and functions, common errors and how to avoid them, and how to use the CAS to answer questions and check solutions in tests and exams.

 

English Year 11

When you attend these lectures, you will learn to write structured and coherent arguments that effectively use detail from a text, and discover the best ways to write text comparisons, discussing important similarities and differences, and how texts deal with related ideas or themes from different perspectives. We will also explore types of persuasive language, how to write effectively about the way that language is used to position a reader, and consider how authors craft texts to support and extend the impact of an argument.

 

Mathematical Methods Year 11

Detailed instruction will be provided in the following topics: polynomials (degree 3 to n), radical & inverse functions, transformations (inc. matrix representations), advanced algebraic techniques, coordinate geometry, and applications of these topics in extended response (analysis-style) and technology free questions.

 

Physics Year 11

This series of lectures will focus on the following topics: the Big Bang theory, matter and antimatter, radioactive decay, nuclear fusion and fission, writing equations describing nuclear reactions, basic DC circuitry, household circuitry, thermodynamic principles and methods of heat transfer.

 

Psychology Year 11

These comprehensive lectures will focus on the following important topics: the role of the brain in mental processes and behaviour, the structure and function of the neuron, hindbrain, midbrain, forebrain and the central and peripheral nervous systems, brain plasticity and brain damage, and the factors that influence psychological development.

 

Specialist Mathematics Year 11

This program will provide students with detailed instruction in the compulsory topics prescribed by VCAA, including: number systems, sequences and series, mathematical induction, complex numbers, geometry in the plane, theorem proofs, vectors in the plane and graphs of non-linear relations (reciprocal functions, sine, cosine, tangent and locus applications).

 

TI-Nspire Year 11

These lectures have been designed to unlock the power of the CAS and its applications in Mathematical Methods SACs and exams. You will learn the relevant key strokes for the more important programs and functions, common errors and how to avoid them, and how to use the CAS to answer questions and check solutions in tests and exams.

 

Accounting Year 12

This lecture will introduce students to the new study design being implemented in 2019. The focus will be on recording and reporting information using the double entry accrual-based system. Students will learn how to interpret reports and recommend strategies to improve business performance. The application of the Conceptual Framework will underpin the Accounting procedures and there will be an emphasis on ethical considerations when making decisions. There will be opportunities for students to develop their skills in all practical and theoretical aspects of the new Unit 3 course.

 

Biology Year 12

This lecture series will focus on the study of molecules and biochemical processes that are the indicators of life, including a review of the structure and function of membranes, DNA, genes and RNA. The role of proteins in cellular activities, applications of molecular biology, the role of signalling molecules in coordination and regulation, immune responses/disorders and acquired immunity will also be addressed.

 

Business Management Year 12

These lectures will focus on the management of different types of businesses, their objectives and stakeholders, and the styles and skills required to effectively manage them. We will also examine how employees are motivated and managed through the maintenance and termination phases of the employer-employee relationship, as well as the characteristics and strategies to maximise efficient and effective operations.

 

Casio ClassPad Year 12

These lectures have been designed to unlock the power of the CAS and its applications in Mathematical Methods SACs and examinations. Students will be taught relevant key strokes and uses for the more important calculator functions and programs, and learn how these functions can be applied to answer questions and/or check solutions in tests and exams. Lectures come complete with step-by-step instructions, fully worked examples and key strokes, together with examples of common errors and how to avoid them.

 

TI-Nspire Year 12

These lectures have been designed to unlock the power of the CAS and its applications in Mathematical Methods SACs and examinations. Students will be taught relevant key strokes and uses for the more important calculator functions and programs, and learn how these functions can be applied to answer questions and/or check solutions in tests and exams. Lectures come complete with step-by-step instructions, fully worked examples and key strokes, together with examples of common errors and how to avoid them.

 

Chemistry Year 12

This series of lectures will focus on the following Unit 3 studies; Options for Energy Production: energy resources and technologies, the environmental impact of energy choices, thermochemistry, stoichiometry (including gas laws), redox chemistry, galvanic cells and fuel cells, and the application and interpretation of data derived from experimental procedures; Optimising Chemical Yields: energy profiles, chemical kinetics, equilibrium, Le Chatelier’s principle, electrolytic and secondary cells, as well as applications involving Faraday’s Laws.

 

Economics Year 12

During these lectures, we will investigate the options available to improve Australia’s economic prosperity. This will include a study of microeconomics, which examines how markets operate to allocate scarce resources, and the extent to which markets operate freely in Australia and that result in efficient outcomes. You will develop an understanding of the macroeconomy, and will investigate the factors that influence the level of aggregate demand and aggregate supply. An update on current economic conditions in Australia and the performance of the economy in relation to the economic goals will also be included.

 

English Year 12

These important lectures will focus on the skills and techniques you will need to achieve high marks in the two areas of study that make up Unit 3.

 

AOS 1 – Reading and Creating Texts: You will learn how to prepare sustained creative responses to selected texts, and which demonstrate an understanding of the world of the texts and how texts construct meaning. We will also explore issues of purpose and audience and learn how to make key choices about structure, conventions and language, to produce a sophisticated analytical interpretation of a selected text.

 

AOS 2 – Analysing Argument: You will extend on your ability to dissect and present your analysis about how points of view are presented in both written and visual texts, and learn how to write controlled, high quality responses which present arguments and points of view using language that is specific to the exam assessment criteria. Students will also receive a comprehensive introduction to Unit 4. Individual Text Analysis: Each session will explore the context, themes, plots, characters, settings and language style of each individual text. You will also be shown how to use specific evidence from the text in your response, and participate in a detailed examination of all key passages of the text. Please refer to Section 2 of the Application Form for dates, times and text details.

 

English Language Year 12

This lecture will focus on Unit 3: Language Variation and Social Purpose. Students will examine the informal and formal features of language in both spoken and written modes, learn how to identify and analyse the distinctive features in both modes and investigate how texts are influenced by the situational and cultural contexts in which they occur.

 

Further Mathematics Year 12

Students will obtain thorough instruction in the key core principles, including analysis and applications of univariate and bivariate data, regression lines, analysis of nonlinear data and time series. The new Financial Maths Core will also be explored, including growth and decay of investments and loans and the use of technology in financial transactions.

 

Health and Human Development Year 12

These lectures will explore health, wellbeing and illness with emphasis on the health of Australians. You will also investigate the WHO’s prerequisites for health and wellbeing, the indicators used to measure and evaluate health status, and the factors that contribute to variations between population groups in Australia. The AOS 2 lecture will analyse the different approaches to public health over time, with an emphasis on changes and strategies that have succeeded in improving health and wellbeing.

 

Legal Studies Year 12

During this comprehensive program you will explore how the criminal and civil justice systems aim to protect the rights of individuals and uphold the principles of justice: fairness, equality and access. You will also examine the Victorian court hierarchy, the roles of the judge, jury, legal practitioners and the parties, the ability of sanctions and remedies to achieve their purposes, and whether principles of justice are upheld and improved by recent and recommended reforms.

 

Literature Year 12

During these lectures, you will study the ways the form and conventions of a text affect the making of meaning, and how meaning changes when a text is adapted or transformed. You will be shown how to analyse the construction of texts in terms of characterisation, tone, style, structure and point of view and learn how to construct critical and analytic responses to texts that are supported by close textual analysis, and that consider the context of responses, the style of the language and points of view. Discussions regarding literary criticism and passage based interpretations will also be included.

 

Mathematical Methods Year 12

These comprehensive lectures will focus on the following topics: higher level graphing and transformations, composite functions, functional equations, logarithmic, exponential and trigonometric functions, the algebra of functions, mathematical modelling as well as advanced calculus techniques and applications. Emphasis will be placed on the development of the problem-solving skills that will be required to address the Exam 2 extended response/analysis-style questions to a high standard.

 

Physical Education Year 12

This lecture will focus on the biomechanical and skill acquisition principles that can be applied when analysing and improving movement skills used in physical activity and sport and explore the cardiovascular, respiratory and muscular systems, energy production, fuels and fatigue.

 

Physics Year 12

This series of lectures will focus on the following Unit 3 topics: motion (including Relativity), gravitational, magnetic and electric fields and their applications, the transfer of electric energy, generation and transmission of electricity, transformers and electrical distribution systems.

 

Psychology Year 12

This program offers an intensive introduction to the basis of nervous system functioning, learning and memory, and will focus on the psychobiological processes of neural functioning, stress, physiological and psychological approaches to understanding learning and memory and the reliability of memory. Research methodologies and ethical principles associated with the study of psychology will also be addressed.

 

Specialist Mathematics Year 12

This program will provide students with detailed instruction in the following topics: circular and inverse circular functions, reciprocal functions, rational functions and other simple quotient functions, complex numbers, partial fractions, vectors and advanced calculus techniques and applications.