VCE Subject Outcomes – Unit 1

Updated January 2019

English

Area of Study 1 – Reading and creating texts

Outcome 1

On completion of this unit the student should be able to produce analytical and creative responses to texts.

Area of Study 2 – Analysing and presenting argument

Outcome 2

On completion of this unit the student should be able to analyse how argument and persuasive language can be used to position audiences, and create their own texts intended to position audiences.

Bridging English as an Additional Language

Area of Study 1 – English for everyday academic purposes

Outcome 1

On completion of this unit the student should be able to engage with and understand everyday and accessible academic texts, and produce their own everyday and academic texts making appropriate decisions in response to purpose, audience and context.

Area of Study 2 – English for self-expression

Outcome 2

On completion of this unit the student should be able to understand texts for self-expression and produce texts for self-expression, making appropriate decisions in response to purpose, audience and context.

Biology

Area of Study 1 – How do organisms function?

Outcome 1

On completion of this unit the student should be able to investigate and explain how cellular structures and systems function to sustain life.

Area of Study – How do living systems sustain life?

Outcome 2

On completion of this unit the student should be able explain how various adaptations enhance the survival of an individual organism, investigate the relationships between organisms that form a living community and their habitat, and analyse the impacts of factors that affect population growth.

Area of Study 3- Practical Investigation

Outcome 3

On completion of this unit the student should be able to design and undertake an investigation related to the survival of an organism or species, and draw conclusions based on evidence from collected data.

Chemistry

Area of Study 1 – How can knowledge of elements explain the properties of matter?

Outcome 1

On completion of this unit the student should be able to relate the position of elements in the periodic table to their properties, investigate the structures and properties of metals and ionic compounds, and calculate mole quantities.

Area of Study 2 – How can the versatility of non-metals be explained?

Outcome 2

On completion of this unit the student should be able to investigate and explain the properties of carbon lattices and molecular substances with reference to their structures and bonding, use systematic nomenclature to name organic compounds, and explain how polymers can be designed for a purpose.

Area of Study 3- Research Investigation

Outcome 3

On completion of this unit the student should be able to investigate a question related to the development, use and/or modification of a selected material or chemical and communicate a substantiated response to the question.

Physics

Area of Study 1 – How can thermal effects be explained?

Outcome 1

On completion of this unit the student should be able to apply thermodynamic principles to analyse, interpret and explain changes in thermal energy in selected contexts, and describe the environmental impact of human activities with reference to thermal effects and climate science concepts.

Area of Study 2 – How do electric circuits work?

Outcome 2

On completion of this unit the student should be able to investigate and apply a basic DC circuit model to simple battery-operated devices and household electrical systems, apply mathematical models to analyse circuits, and describe the safe and effective use of electricity by individuals and the community.

Area of Study 3 – What is matter and how is it formed?

Outcome 3

On completion of this unit the student should be able explain the origins of atoms, the nature of subatomic particles and how energy can be produced by atoms.

Health and Human Development

Area of STudy 1 – Understanding youth health and human development.

Outcome 1

On completion of this unit the student should be able to describe the dimensions of, and the interrelationships within and between, youth health and individual human development, and analyse the health status of Australia’s youth using appropriate measurements.

Area of Study 2 – Youth Issues

Outcome 2

On completion of this unit the student should be able to describe and explain the factors that have an impact on the health and individual human development of Australia’s youth, outline health issues relevant to Australia’s youth and, in relation to a specific health issue, analyse strategies or programs that have an impact on youth health and development.

Psychology

Area of Study 1 – What is psychology?

Outcome 1

On completion of this unit the student should be able to describe how research has informed different psychological perspectives used to explain human behaviour, and explain visual perception through these perspectives.

Area of Study 2 – Lifespan psychology?

Outcome 2

On completion of this unit the student should be able to describe a range of psychological development theories and conduct an investigation into one stage in the lifespan of an individual.

General Mathmatics

Area of Study

  • 1 – Algebra and structure

  • 2 – Arithmetic and Number

  • 3 – Discrete Mathematics

  • 4 – Geometry, Measurement and Trigonometry

  • 5- Graphs Linear and Non-linear Relations

  • 6- Statistics

Outcome 1

On completion of this unit the student should be able to define and explain key concepts as specified in the selected content from the areas of study, and apply a range of related mathematical routines and procedures.

Outcome 2

On completion of each unit the student should be able to select and apply mathematical facts, concepts, models and techniques from the topics covered in the unit to investigate and analyse extended application problems in a range of contexts.

Outcome 3

On completion of this unit the student should be able to select and use numerical, graphical, symbolic and statistical functionalities of technology to develop mathematical ideas, produce results and carry out analysis in situations requiring problem-solving, modelling or investigative techniques or approaches.

Mathematical Methods

Areas of Study

1. Functions and graphs 2. Algebra 3. Calculus 4. Probability and Statistics

Outcome 1

On completion of this unit the student should be able to define and explain key concepts as specified in the content from the areas of study, and apply a range of related mathematical routines and procedures.

Outcome 2

On completion of this unit the student should be able to apply mathematical processes in non-routine contexts, including situations requiring problem-solving, modelling or investigative techniques or approaches, and analyse and discuss these applications of mathematics.

Outcome 3

On completion of this unit the student should be able to use numerical, graphical, symbolic and statistical functionalities of technology to develop mathematical ideas, produce results and carry out analysis in situations requiring problem-solving, modelling or investigative techniques or approaches.

Business Management

Area of Study 1 – The Business Idea

Outcome 1

On completion of this unit the student should be able to describe how and why business ideas are created and developed, and explain the methods by which a culture of business innovation and entrepreneurship may be fostered in a nation.

Area of Study 2 – External Environment

Outcome 2

On completion of this unit the student should be able to describe the external environment of a business and explain how the macro and operating factors within it may affect business planning.

Area of Study 3 – Internal Environment

Outcome 3

On completion of this unit the student should be able to describe the internal business environment and analyse how factors from within it may affect business planning.

Visual Communication and Design (VCD)

Area of Study 1 – Drawing as a means of communication

Outcome 1

On completion of this unit the student should be able to create drawings for different purposes using a range of drawing methods, media and materials.

AREA OF STUDY 2 – Design elements and design principles

Outcome 2

On completion of this unit the student should be able to select and apply design elements and design principles to create visual communications that satisfy stated purposes.

Area of Study 3 – Visual communication design in context

Outcome 3

On completion of this unit the student should be able to describe how a visual communication has been influenced by past and contemporary practices, and by social and cultural factors.

Unit 1 VCE/VET Certificate III – Sport and Recreation

Units of Competency

  • HLTAID003 – Provide First Aid
  • SISXEMR001-respond to emergency situations
  • SISXCAI003 Conduct non-instructional sport, fitness or recreation sessions
  • SISXCCS001- Provide quality service
  • ICAWEB201A – Use social media tools for collaboration and engagement

Unit 1 VCE/VET Certificate II – Business

Units of Competency

  • BSBWOR202 Organise and complete daily work activities
  • BSBINM201 Process and maintain workplace information
  • BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
  • BSBCMM201 Communicate in the workplace
  • BSBITU203 Communicate electronically