This study explores understandings of the sun, moon and stars and their social, spiritual and technological roles. The concepts and content covered include the structure and size of the universe, understandings of time and space, the composition of the planets, the evolution of the Earth’s atmosphere, oceans and geological formations and space exploration. Computer simulation and mathematical modelling of physical phenomena is used to enhance students’ understandings.
Earth and Cosmos is a powerful combination of physics, physiology, psychology, biochemistry, astronomy and literacy. The teaching program has 5 sessions of 100min each per week. Students will be required to undertake regular homework to consolidate class work.
There is a fertile question that guides the curriculum delivered in Earth and Cosmos. The Fertile question is: Where lies the final frontier?
The Earth and Cosmos curriculum has been developed in a flexible way to provide the opportunity for students to make choices about their own learning needs. There are key objectives and requirements that all students are expected to meet that are evident in all curriculum choices.
Concepts covered in Earth and Cosmos include:
- Scientific Investigations; their design, performance and reporting
- Analysis of a speculative fiction novel
- The structure of our solar system and universe
- The evidence for the Big Bang as an explanation for the formation of the universe
- The life-cycle of universes, solar systems and stars
- The use of software and mathematical principles to measure, predict and explain the location and motion of planets and moons.
- The physical and psychological limitations to human space travel
- The biochemical basis of life, the conditions needed for life and the issues surrounding the search for intelligent life.
- Kinematics in the context of rockets, including force and motion
- The evidence for the interior structure of the Earth
- The nature of volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis
- The use of various techniques and technologies in mineral detection
- Issues related to the mining and processing of minerals
- The chemical basis of mineral structure and metal refining
- Issues surrounding the proposed human exploration of Mars
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.
The Earth and Cosmos Central Study is offered as Year 10 or Stage 1 Scientific Studies (10 credits) as well as part of Year 10 or Stage 1 English/EALD (10 credits).