Science Courses Available to Grade 12 Students
ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY 12
COURSE CODE: MATPH12
This course encompasses two major topics of study: cellular biology and human physiology. Areas of concentration within cellular biology will include a focus on: cell structure, biological compounds and molecules, DNA and protein synthesis. The human physiology unit will emphasize the six major body systems (circulatory, digestion, respiratory, nervous, and urinary and reproduction). Chemistry 11 is highly recommended.
COURSE CODE: MCH – – 11
Chemistry 11 is a laboratory-based course that has an emphasis on experimentation and the innovative use of technology. Students will learn about the building blocks of the universe through the following big ideas:
• Atoms and molecules are building blocks of matter.
• Organic chemistry and its applications have significant implications for human health, society, and the environment.
• The mole is a quantity used to make atoms and molecules measurable.
• Matter and energy are conserved in chemical reactions.
• Solubility within a solution is determined by the nature of the solute and the solvent.
Foundations of Mathematics and Pre-Calculus 10 is strongly recommended for Chemistry 11.
COURSE CODE: MCH – – 12
FOUNDATION COURSE: CHEMISTRY 11
Chemistry 12 focuses on how and why chemical reactions occur. Students will use a variety of learning strategies and resources to investigate collision theory, equilibrium systems, acid/base chemistry and electrochemical reactions. Students will gain an understanding of chemical reactions at the molecular level and of the importance of these reactions to life, industry and society. Mathematical problem-solving is an important component of Chemistry 12.
Pre-Calculus 11 is strongly recommended for Chemistry 12.
EARTH SCIENCE 11
COURSE CODE: MESC-11
Earth Science is an introductory science course that builds on topics from earlier science courses. It is a hands-on seven units – astronomy, atmosphere, oceans, rocks & minerals, resources, internal processes & plate tectonic theory, and weathering/erosion. All topics are taught with an emphasis on our situation in the Lower Mainland and local walking field trips for more relevant learning opportunities. This course is a good preparation for the more extensive Geology 12 course.
COURSE CODE: MGEOL12
Geology is the grade 12 continuation of Earth Science 11, but any science 11 is a good prerequisite for Geology 12. Topics in this course include: rocks, minerals, resources, earthquakes, volcanoes, Earth’s interior, erosion, geologic time, fossils, and the planets. Learning is done through lessons, labs, activities, assignments, and local walking field trips. We focus on the very relevant geology of British Columbia, in context with the whole Earth and the geology on other planets.
LIFE SCIENCES 11
COURSE CODE: MLFSC11
Life Sciences 11 provides students with a fundamental knowledge relating to all living things. Students will understand the characteristics that unify organisms, how they evolved over time and are classified into manageable groups according to evolutionary relationships. Students will gain an understanding how different animals and plants have structures suited for survival in their environments. The course covers the following big topics: Classification, Taxonomy and Evolution. Processes such as cellular respiration and photosynthesis and the structures of DNA and RNA are examined with respect to their role in evolution. This course will be taught through a variety of activities including class work, projects, labs and dissection.
COURSE CODE: MPH – – 11
Physics 11 is designed around 4 Big Ideas:
- An object’s motion can be predicted, analyzed, and described.
- Forces influence the motion of an object.
- Energy is found in different forms, is conserved, and has the ability to do work.
- Mechanical waves transfer energy but not matter.
The course is designed around various hands-on learning activities and labs. It works to improve the student’s understanding of physical science through mathematical expressions of processes that people experience in their everyday lives. As this course involves applied mathematics, Math 10 Foundations and Pre-Calculus is recommended.
COURSE CODE: MPH – – 12
FOUNDATION COURSE: PHYSICS 11
The new Physics 12 curriculum is designed around 3 core ideas.
1. Kinematics allows us to predict, describe and analyze and objects motion (2-D Kinematics)
2. Forces influence the motion of an object (2-D Dynamics)
3. Momentum and energy are conserved in a closed system (2-D Momentum and Energy)
Additionally there are 4 optional units that incorporate 5 more big ideas: At least two of these units must be completed.
1. Electric fields and forces describe how charges interact (Electrostatics)
2. The electromagnetic for produces both electricity and magnetism (Electromagnetic Forces and Induction)
3. An object in equilibrium is subject to zero net force and zero net torque (Forces in Equilibrium)
4. Circular motion occurs as a result of a centre seeking force and can be used to describe and predict the motion of objects. Gravitational forces and fields describe how masses interact. (Circular Motion and Gravitation)
This course will use various core competencies, lab work, technology and projects to address the learning outcomes.
COURSE CODE: YPSYC2A
FOUNDATION COURSE: SCIENCE 10
Psychology is a course designed to provide students with an understanding of human behavior and basic concepts in modern psychology. In this course, students will learn how the mind and body are interconnected, how psychology impacts their daily lives, and how psychology explains the way they interact with and relate to each other.
*This course does not count as a senior science credit.
SCIENCE FOR CITIZENS 11
COURSE CODE: MSCCT11
This course focuses on applying scientific methods and theories in a hands-on environment. It will provide students with opportunities to develop an appreciation of the interactive nature of science and technology. Students will use evidence-based decision making in order to gain knowledge of how science is applied in our daily lives. A variety of topics and units covered in this course include but are not limited to: robotics and automation, material science and manipulation (such as wood, metal, plastic), personal and public health practices, natural hazards and resources and the effects of climate change, personal technology, forensics, and civil engineering.
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