In this Central Study students study electronic, biochemical, digital and language-based communication. They look at how humans interpret, change, adapt, transform and control communication systems. There is an initial focus on understanding electronics and some associated mathematics through self-paced challenges, leading into the intertextuality of science communication to the biochemistry of communication within organisms.  The connection between chemical communications and states of awareness leads to an in-depth study of language based on Macbeth.

Students will work to develop their individual and collaborative work, and see the connections between the different curriculum areas. Skills such as scientific inquiry, intertextual analysis and calculations are interleaved, drawing from content in Physics, Mathematics, English/EAL, Chemistry, and Biology.

Concepts covered in Communication Systems include:

  • An overall understanding of communication in different forms including electronic, biochemical and literary
  • Understanding of the concepts of energy, charge and potential difference and their application to electric circuits
  • Practical skills of circuit design, construction and troubleshooting, and an understanding of resistors and LEDs
  • The theory and application of mathematics concepts including linear equations, inverse relationships, simultaneous equations and the transformations of graphs
  • Forming and managing effective collaborative and individual working relationships
  • Analysis and creation of science communication texts
  • Organic chemistry and hormones
  • Communication in the body – the workings of body systems, nerves and hormones
  • Practical investigation
  • The connection between physiological and psychological responses
  • Stagecraft and multimodal communication in literature, including Macbeth

This course is a part of the ASMS Central Study curriculum. All students study it as part of the 2-year Central Study Curriculum. The curriculum is designed to develop students that are able to be successful in a range of pathways beyond school and as successful 21st-century learners both during their time at the ASMS and beyond.

Assessments throughout the Communication Systems Central Study are assessed against the Australian Curriculum Achievement Standards for Year 10 students and against Stage 1 Performance Standards from Mathematics, English/EAL, Scientific Studies for Year 11 students.