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Preliminary 2006 Assessment Program – Earth & Environmental Science

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									                                       DUBBO SCHOOL OF DISTANCE EDUCATION


                         Preliminary 2006
        Assessment Program – Earth & Environmental Science
   Outlined below is the school assessment strategy for E&ES. Students are required to meet the
   minimum requirement as set out by the Board of Studies. These requirements have been outlined
   in your DSODE handbook. Failure to meet these requirements may result in an UNSATISFACTORY
   determination (‘N’ award). Students and supervisors are directed to check the school’s assessment
   policy regarding the conduct of individual assessment tasks. A copy of this is overleaf.
   Course Outcomes
   Students will be assessed, throughout the course, on the following outcomes:
                                             Earth & Environmental Science
                            A student:
   P1                       Outlines the historical development of major Earth & Environmental Science
                            principles, concepts and ideas.
   P2                       Applies the processes that are used to test and validate models, theories and laws of
                            science, with particular emphasis on first-hand investigations in Earth &
                            Environmental Science.
   P3                       Assesses the impact of particular advances in on understanding in Earth &
                            Environmental Science.
   P4                       Describes applications of Earth & Environmental Science which affect society or the
                            environment
   P5                       Describes the scientific principles employed in particular areas of Earth &
                            Environmental Science research.
   P6                       Identifies the origins of the Earth’s resources
   P7                       Identifies & describes the physical and chemical features of the environment
   P8                       discusses the interplay between the internal and external forces which constantly
                            reshape the Earth’s surface
   P9                       describes and locates available resources in Australian environments
   P 10                     describes human impact on the local environment
   P 11                     identifies and implements improvements to investigation plans.
   P 12                     Discusses the validity and reliability of data gathered from first-hand investigations
                            and secondary sources.
   P 13                     Identifies appropriate terminology and reporting styles to communicate information
                            and understanding in Earth & Environmental Science.
   P 14                     Draws valid conclusions from gathered data and information.
   P 15                     Implements strategies to work effectively as an individual or as a team member.

   SCHOOL ASSESSMENT STRATEGY
                           Component                              Mandatory      Task 1        Task 2        Task 3
                                                                  Weighting      Week 9       Week 7        Week 10
                                                                                Term 1,       Term 2,        Term 3,
                                                                                  2006          2006          2006
                                                                               Open-ended     Practical    Preliminary
                                                                              investigation    Report      examination
Knowledge and Understanding of:
       the history, nature and practice of E&ES, applications
       and uses of E&ES and their implications for society and
       the Australian environment, and current issues, research
                                                                    40%                                        40%
       and developments in E&ES
       Identifies origins, chemical & physical properties of
       Earth’s Resources & in particular the Australian Env.


Skills in planning first-hand investigations and in
                                                                    30%           10%           15%            5%
communicating understanding based on these investigations
Skills in scientific thinking, problem solving and in
                                                                    30%           10%           15%            5%
communicating understanding and conclusions
TOTALS                                                              100%          20%           30%            50%
                School Assessment Policy - Preliminary 2006

•       All 2 unit subjects are subdivided into Preliminary and HSC courses. Assessment
        programs for each course are independent. This allows students access to and
        flexibility in selecting HSC Pathways.

•       Students are required to complete and submit Assessment Tasks on or before the
        due date.

•       If an extension of time is needed you must negotiate with the head teacher at least
        one week prior to the due date.

•       If illness/misadventure results in the late return of an assessment task, then you
        must provide your teacher with appropriate documentation eg., doctor's certificate.

•       Assessment Tasks submitted late, without prior arrangement, will lose marks. The
        allocated mark will be reduced by 20% for each week or part of a week the task is
        late.

•       A variety of assessment task styles will be included in all assessment programs in
        order to provide students with greater opportunities and experiences in
        demonstrating achievement of outcomes.


Notes
    1. The Course Program and Assessment Schedule for each individual course should
       have been sent in the assessment folder with the first set of title pages for
       Preliminary courses.

    2. Make sure that you have an Assessment Schedule for each course you are studying.
       If you do not have an Assessment Schedule for a particular course please contact
       your teacher. When your Assessment Schedule arrives ensure that you put it into
       your assessment folder.

    3. For further information contact your Year 11 Advisor on
       02 6813 0100

								
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