ASMS learning programs are designed to support young people with a passion for study in science and mathematics to be creative, critical, informed and motivated contributors responding to professional, personal and social issues in their world of the future. Our curriculum enables students to prepare for their present and future lives as thoughtful, active, responsive and committed local, national and global citizens.
Our interdisciplinary learning programs are reflective of emergent and innovative science, mathematics and technology.
Year 10 & 11 learning programs at the ASMS are:
- Aligned with Australian Curriculum and SACE
- Inquiry rich
- Connected to emerging sciences
The Central Studies listed below are those taught in 2016 and 2017. They are illustrative of the interdisciplinary approach we adopt at the ASMS.
The Central Studies provide opportunities for personal choice and in-depth studies in the school, university, workplace and community.
Body in Question
This Central Study explores the human body as a system through a number of different disciplinary lenses. Students examine how personal perspectives are formed (through senses and cognition), study the nature of health and disease from the physiological, mental or immunological basis and investigate the impact of physical forces such as extreme motion on the body. Students investigate current local and global human health issue.
In this Central Study students study different communication systems: electronic, biochemical, geographical, digital and visual. They look at how humans interpret, change, adapt, transform and control communication systems. There is a detailed focus on the physics of electrical communication to understand electrical currents and microprocessors, with a special focus on how this is applied in airborne communication. The chemistry of biochemical communication is studied to understand the structure and function of chemicals such as neurotransmitters and hormones.
Internet of Things
Students will investigate and solve problems using mathematics across a broad range of topics, developing their logical reasoning and modelling skills as well as fluency with mathematical procedures. This course will link with the other central studies where appropriate, and support students to learn to use mathematics in context as well as to think about more abstract ideas and appreciate the beauty of mathematics.
In this unit students investigate various social impacts of developments in science and technology over time. There is a particular focus on understanding developments in the uses of energy and materials over time and the social implications of these developments. In the major research task students collaborate to present an item of technology for display at the ASMS Techno History museum exhibition. The historical, scientific and technological perspectives of the invention are investigated.
The sustainability of the Earth is explored in concert with human systems and behaviour. Topics of interest include population studies, food production, water quality and availability, waste management, environmental chemistry and bioremediation. Students are encouraged to undertake investigations that lead to action in their local area to counter degradation, scientific misconceptions and to promote sustainable practices. Responsible citizenship and global collaboration are key ideas encouraged to offer solutions while respecting regional political, economical and cultural priorities.
Student Inquiry Project
(2016 and 2017)
In the Special Inquiry Project students undertake a detailed self-directed study in an area of interest. The Special Inquiry Project promotes the development of research, investigation and inquiry skills as well as the skills and abilities connected with organising and managing a sustained independent work effort. The Special Inquiry Project can be related to and build on learning in an existing area of study for the student, or can be with a separate declared area of interest. Completing the Student Inquiry Project leads to a SACE subject result in either Community Studies (Stage 1) or Research Project (Stage 2).
This study involves the understanding of the diversity of life on planet Earth through the role of evolution in the development of species. Major areas of investigation include geological time scales, natural selection, Earth processes such as continental drift and plate tectonics, dating methods and the extinction of specials. Other concepts and content include animal and plant structure and function, ecosystems, biodiversity and classification systems.
Earth and the Cosmos
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, composition of the planets, 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.
Concept and Create
The world is changing, with rapidly emerging opportunities for innovation. This central study has as its focus the innovation cycle, with students identifying a problem and designing, prototyping and marketing a solution. This will culminate in an Innovation Expo, where students will compete to market their innovation. Students will explore a range of contents to support this from materials and their properties at a range of scales to historical views on innovation and its drivers, while moving towards an understanding of the potential of current developments and applications such as nanotechnology and biomimicry. This Central Study will have a significant practical component, with use of 3-d printers, laser cutters, programming and technical drawing as students turn their ideas into reality.