Year 10

Rowville Sports Academy – Course Selection Guidelines Year 10

Elective subjects are semester-long.

Students will undertake four elective subjects throughout the year, two per semester.

Students should consider their interests and also their future options when selecting their subjects.

Students select elective subjects from the following learning areas – students must undertake
subjects from at least three of these learning areas:

  • Humanities
  • Science
  • Art
  • Technologies

Students will be required to select a Mathematics stream to prepare for Year 11 and 12 studies. Students will make this choice based on their planned pathway and teacher recommendation.

  • Foundation: suits students who plan to study VCE Foundation Mathematics/VCAL Numeracy or
    no Maths in Year 11.
  • General: suits students who plan to study General Mathematics in VCE.
  • Methods: suits students who plan to study VCE Mathematical Methods and Specialist Mathematics.

If students or their parents have any questions about subject selections they should discuss these with their Learning Mentor.

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Maths Selection

Students will be required to select a Mathematics. Students should make this choice based on their planned pathway and teacher recommendation.

  • Foundation: suits students who plan to study VCE Foundation Mathematics/VCAL Numeracy or no Maths in Year 11.
  • General: suits students who plan to study General Mathematics in VCE.
  • Methods: suits students who plan to study VCE Mathematical Methods and Specialist Mathematics.

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Year 10 Elective Subjects

Students to select 6 in order of priority and within guidelines.

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  • History – The Modern World and Australia | Humanities

    History will give students the opportunity to explore the causes and outcomes of WWI and WWII, with an emphasis on how these affected Australian society. Students will learn to use evaluative skills to determine the value of sources and will also learn to use critical thinking to form logical hypotheses surrounding cause and effect and the formation of different historical perspectives. This unit will look at the reasons for enlistment, the role of women, battle front experiences, types of warfare, international relationships, and modern perspectives on the commemoration of war. Each topic will involve an in depth study of the change and continuity of the Australian economic, political and social landscape during and after war. Civil Rights Movements will also be explored, including the U.S. and Australian movements. This will include studies of significant events, how the U.S. movement influenced the Australian Civil Rights Movement, an evaluative study on the significance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the changes that were engendered for the indigenous population within Australia.

  • Geography – The Environment and Humans on the Move | Humanities

    In this elective subject, students will focus on the movement and interaction between people and their environment. Global issues like land degradation, tourism and immigration will be explored. Students will have hands-on opportunities to investigate different sources of data used to gain an understanding of the world around them. Further, students will take part in fieldwork outside the class room to gather their own data and form their own thoughts about certain global issues. In this study, students will gain geographical knowledge, understanding and assist in a wide range of vocational opportunities.

  • Business and Finance – Economics | Humanities

    Students will learn new skills and knowledge in managing their money as well as being introduced to the world of small business. Students will look at ways to use their money wisely and increase their savings as well as investigate methods available to invest savings and create money through shares. Students participate in the ASX Stock Market Game, working in teams buying and selling real time shares with a hypothetical $50,000. Rights as a shopper as well as cons and scams are also studied. A negotiated assignment on an issue of interest (buying a car, mobile phones and plans, planning an overseas holiday etc.) is also undertaken. Students also investigate opportunities for commencing a small business and how this is done, as a way of creating wealth for themselves.

  • Law and Government – Legal Studies | Humanities

    Students will be given the opportunity to investigate how to be an active citizen by having a say, learning about laws and the courts, democratic rights and the development of the political system. This will include investigating world governments, Australian political parties, how a federal election works, Protection of Rights in Australia and the effectiveness of our legal system when it comes to settling disputes. Students will be participating in role plays, exploring alternative methods of dispute resolution and attending the Magistrate’s Court and Parliament.

  • Physics | Science | Curriculum Contribution $25.00

    Students will be engaged in a challenging study that is both practical and theoretical. Topics covered include; electricity, magnetism, transformation and transferral of energy, light and sound, and motion. Students will learn to design their own practical activities and analyse first hand data.

  • Psychology | Science

    This unit looks at aspects of psychology including; intelligence, personalism, memory and learning and sleep. The content will be taught through activities, experiments, and group work. Assessment will be based on class work, homework, practical work, inquiry based activities, and tests.

  • Chemistry | Science | Curriculum Contribution $25.00

    Students will be engaged in a challenging study that is both practical and theoretical. Topics covered include; atomic structure, trends in the periodic table, models of chemical bonding and qualitative and quantitative chemical reactions. Students will learn to design their own practical activities and analyse first hand data.

  • Biology | Science | Curriculum Contribution $25.00

    This elective subject will include topics such as; genetics, evolution, cellular-processes and physiology of plants and animals. The content will be taught through activities, experiments, and group work. Assessment will be based on class work, homework, practical work, inquiry based activities, and tests.

  • STEM | Science | Curriculum Contribution $25.00

    In the year 10 STEM elective students are taught the importance of design thinking with collaborative projects that solve real world problems. Students will use and advance their skills in the four key areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Students will be exposed to various technologies such as 3D printing and Arduino coding. By combining elements of physics, biology and chemistry with engineering they will be challenged to investigate, design and build practical solutions.

  • Art and Visual Communication Design | Arts | Curriculum Contribution $50.00

    This subject focuses on creating a range of visual art works by exploring a variety of themes, issues and ideas through the elements and principles of art and design. Students will experiment with and apply skills relevant to various materials, techniques and processes, such as technical and freehand drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking. In their responses to various design briefs, selected artists and their works, students learn to analyse visual art works by understanding the characteristics and role of art and design within different cultures and history.

  • Media | Arts | Curriculum Contribution $60.00

    In Media students will explore the messages of print, photographic and electronic media. Working in small groups and individually, to develop skills, techniques and media terminology in digital photography and video production. The relationship between culture and the media is examined through students’ creations and investigations into films, photographs and other media. Production roles and processes will be experienced and explored. The course is both practical and theoretical requiring students to maintain a workbook, participate in discussions and complete planned media products. Students will create products like photographs and short video productions to be kept for their folio which may be used in applications to VCE & TAFE courses and jobs.

  • Digital Technologies | Design and Technologies

    In this elective students will learn about the control and management of networked digital systems and the data security implications of the interaction between hardware, software and users. Students will consider privacy and security requirements when selecting and using data. Students will learn to define and deconstruct complex problems in terms of functional and non-functional requirements. They will design and evaluate user experiences and algorithms, and develop and test modular programs, including an object-oriented program.

  • Design Technologies – Food | Design and Technologies | Curriculum Contribution $130.00

    Students will be taught the importance of safety and hygiene in the kitchen to prevent food poisoning. Students also investigate different cooking methods and food processes to produce a variety of food items. The design process is used to problem solve and find solutions to a design brief.

  • Fashion and Design | Design and Technologies | Curriculum Contribution $60.00

    This elective introduces the students to an exciting range of traditional and technical skills associated with design and production. Creative skills and the more advanced practical skills of zip insertion, buttonholes, darts and pockets are covered throughout the design and production of various products. Students are required to complete set tasks in the areas of design and evaluation. Students investigate and make judgements on the ethical and sustainable production and marketing of fibres, looking at the changing aspects of fashion and fashion designers. Students will be required to provide their own material supplies (fabric and patterns) for their negotiated practical projects in this subjects.

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