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									                                              St. Theresa of Lisieux C.H.S.
                                                  Science Department
                                               Course Information Sheet

Course Title:     Grade 9 Science - Applied                                 Prerequisite: None
Course Code:       SNC 1P1

Teacher: ____________________________________                                                Section: ______________

Title of Textbook:     Science 9 – Concepts & Connections (Nelson)                           Replacement Cost:           $69.95
Workbook:       Science 9 – Concepts & Connections Record of Learning                        Purchase Cost:              $10.00
This course enables students to understand basic concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics; to
develop practical skills in scientific investigations; and to apply their knowledge of science to everyday situations. Students will
design and conduct investigations into practical problems and issues related to cell division and reproduction, the structure and
properties of elements and compounds, astronomy and space exploration, and static and current electricity .
This course seeks to further the achievement of Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations through integrating Scripture, Catholic
Church teaching, and moral and ethical reflection. Students are encouraged to become discerning believers who integrate faith
with life. Students develop their decision-making skills and critically reflect on the spiritual, moral, and ethical dimensions of
issues addressed in this course. They use and integrate the Catholic faith tradition in the critical analysis of chemistry in
everyday life and evaluate the impact of chemical technology on the environment. As informed Catholic citizens, students
acknowledge and accept their responsibility as stewards of the earth and use their knowledge to address pressing
environmental issues.

       Strand/Unit Titles                                     Overall Expectations/Unit Description

Biology-Reproduction: Processes        * demonstrate an understanding of the processes of cell division, including mitosis, and
and Application                        the function of sexual (including human) and asexual reproductive systems;
                                       * conduct investigations into questions arising from reproductive issues;
                                       * examine the impact of scientific research and technological developments on issues
                                       related to reproduction.
Chemistry: Exploring Matter            * describe the atomic structure of common elements and their organization in the periodic
                                       * investigate the physical and chemical properties of common elements and compounds,
                                       and relate the properties of elements to their location in the periodic table;
                                       * demonstrate an understanding of the importance, production, use, and environmental
                                       hazards of common elements and simple compounds.
Earth and Space Science: Space         * demonstrate an understanding of the formation, evolution, structure, and nature of our
Exploration                            solar system and of the universe;
                                       * design and conduct investigations into the appearance and motion of visible celestial
                                       * describe how human endeavours and interest in space have contributed to our
                                       understanding of outer space, the Earth, and living things, and identify Canadian
                                       contributions to space exploration.
Physics: Electrical Applications       * demonstrate an understanding of the principles of static and current electricity;
                                       * design and build electrical circuits that perform a specific function;
                                       * analyse the practical uses of electricity and its impact on everyday life.
                                            Units and Approximate Timelines

  Chemistry: Exploring Matter                                                                                 28 hrs
  Physics: Electrical Applications                                                                            28 hrs
  Biology: Reproduction - Processes and Applications                                                          28 hrs
  Earth and Space Science: Space Exploration                                                                  24 hrs

Learning Strategies Employed in the Course: Group work, teacher directed lessons, debates, lab investigations,
hands on activities, interpretation and analysis of various media (videos, TV, newspapers), paragraph and essay writing.

Focus on Learning Skills:
    Responsibility   Organization       Independent Work           Collaboration            Initiative        Self-Regulation
   Fulfills          Devises and      Independently         Accepts various          Looks for and        Sets own
  responsibilities   follows a plan    monitors, assesses,    roles and an equitable     acts on new          individual goals and
  and                and process for   and revises plans to   share of work in a         ideas and            monitors progress
  commitments        completing        complete tasks and     group.                     opportunities for    towards achieving
  within the         work and tasks.   meet goals.             Responds positively      learning.            them.
  learning            Establishes      Uses class time      to the ideas, opinions,     Demonstrates        Seeks clarification
  environment.       priorities and    appropriately to       values, and traditions     the capacity for     or assistance when
   Completes        manages time      complete tasks.        of others.                 innovation and a     needed.
  and submits        to complete        Follows                Builds healthy peer-    willingness to        Assesses and
  class work,        tasks and         instructions with       to-peer relationships     take risks.          reflects critically on
  homework, and      achieve goals.    minimal                 through personal and       Demonstrates       own strengths,
  assignments         Identifies,     supervision.            media-assisted            curiosity and        needs, and
  according to       gathers,                                  interactions.             interest in          interests.
  agreed-upon        evaluates, and                             Works with others to    learning.             Identifies learning
  timelines.         uses                                      resolve conflicts and      Approaches         opportunities,
   Takes            information,                              build consensus to        new tasks with a     choices, and
  responsibility     technology,                               achieve group goals.      positive attitude.   strategies to meet
  for, and           and resources                              Shares information,      Recognizes         personal needs and
  manages own        to complete                               resources, and            and advocates        achieve goals.
  behaviour.         tasks.                                    expertise, and            appropriately for     Perseveres and
                                                               promotes critical         the rights of self   makes an effort
                                                               thinking to solve         and others.          when responding to
                                                               problems and make                              challenges.

                                         Assessment and Evaluation Breakdown

  Term Work                                                       70%       Summative Evaluation                             30%
  Knowledge/Understanding                                          25       Final Exam                                        20
  Thinking                                                         25       CPT                                               10
  Communication                                                    10
  Application                                                      10

Assessment and Evaluation Strategies Employed in the Course:
Checklists, practice quizzes, rating scales, quizzes, tests, essays, rubrics (a set of scoring outlines for evaluating student
work), self and peer assessment, anecdotal reports

  I, ____________________ (student’s name) have read the above course description and assessment/ evaluation criteria for the
  Grade 9 Applied Science Course and have shared the information with my parents/guardians.

  ____________________________                                                  ______________________________
         Student’s signature                                                    Parent/ Guardian’s signature
                                         St. Theresa of Lisieux C.H.S.
                                             Science Department
                               Expectations, Assessment & Evaluation Policies

Behaviour and Performance Expectations
  Students should respect their peers and teachers as well as the classroom environment. The day’s lesson and homework
   assignment will be posted on the board and upon entering the class, students should record their homework in their agenda.
  Students should be punctual, prepared for class (i.e. with textbook, notebook, pens, pencils, etc.) and in full uniform.
  There is no eating, drinking or chewing gum in the science laboratory.
  Students are expected to work cooperatively on activities, assignments and lab reports. If individual reports are required,
   “carbon copies” are not accepted.

Lab Behavior Expectations
   Students must be well versed in science safety.
   Students must be prepared to do the laboratory activity (i.e. students have read the lab and completed any pre-lab
   Working in the lab is a privilege. This privilege can be lost and will result in lost marks. Students should follow instructions
    carefully, heed all safety rules and keep their work area clean.

Regular attendance, keeping up to date with regular classroom and homework assignments is an essential component of
success in this course. Students are responsible for the work they miss while absent including homework and assignments.

Enter the names and phone numbers of two classmates to call when you are absent:
Name ______________________________                                 Telephone no.              ________________
Name ______________________________                                 Telephone no.              ________________

Quiz Policy
Failure to write quizzes on assigned dates will result in a mark of zero unless, the absence is legitimate (school activity or illness).
Legitimately missed quizzes are to be written upon return to school. If a student knows they will be absent for a quiz, they should
make arrangements with the teacher for an alternate date on which to write.

Test Policy
In Science, tests are worth a significant part of your overall mark. It is important that you read and understand the policy below:
   If you are going to miss a test because of a school related event (sports, class trip, etc.), you must tell your teacher at least 3
    days prior to the scheduled test to make arrangements to write the test at another time. Failure to do so will result in a mark
    of zero on the test!
   If you miss a test due to illness, you will write the test the day you return. A parent must contact the teacher on the test date.
    You may also be required to produce a doctor’s note for the missed date. Failure to do so will result in a mark of zero on the
   If you miss a test for a reason other than listed above, you must go through an appeals process. You will be required to
    submit your appeal in writing to the Science Department Head, who will review the legitimacy of your absence. The principal
    may be asked to assist in the appeals process. If your appeal is not granted, then you will receive a mark of zero on the test.

Assignment Policy
Assignments, (lab reports, journal response, etc.) must be handed in on the assigned date. Assignment will not be accepted once
the assignment has been evaluated and returned to the class or the unit of study has been completed.

Progress reports
A progress report will be issued to each student at the end of each unit of study. Parents/guardians are asked to sign and are
invited to comment. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the classroom teacher at any time during the

I, ____________________ (student’s name) have read the STL Science Department Policies on Expectations and Assessment &
Evaluation and have shared the information with my parents/guardians.

____________________________                                                         ______________________________
       Student’s signature                                                           Parent/ Guardian’s signature

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