Year 11 & 12 Summer School Head Start – What will be addressed in the lectures?

Unit 3 Subjects

Unit 3 Accounting

Part 1 & 2 (Total = 7 Hours)

Recording financial data using a double entry system; the role of the General Journal, General Ledger and inventory cards in the recording process; the accounting system including ethical considerations, recording transactions and preparing, interpreting and analysing accounting reports for a trading business.

Unit 3 Biology

Unit 3 Prerequisites (Total = 3.5 Hours)

The ‘Unit 3 Prerequisite Lecture’ is designed to revise and strengthen key Unit 1 and Unit 2 concepts that are instrumental in performing well in Unit 3. This important lecture will greatly benefit all students, especially those who are aiming for the higher VCE marks. Students who didn’t perform well in their Unit 1 and/or Unit 2 studies, or who didn’t complete the equivalent Unit 1 and/or Unit 2 course are strongly encouraged to attend. This lecture (Part 1) is optional for students.

Part 1, 2 & 3 (Total = 9 Hours) – Unit 3 Biology

Molecules and biochemical processes that are the indicators of life, including cell membranes, genes, and the structure, function and production of DNA and RNA. The production and role of proteins in cellular activities, applications of molecular biology, the role of signalling molecules in coordination and regulation, immune responses and disorders as well as acquired immunity will also be addressed.

Unit 3 Business Management

Part 1 & 2 (Total = 7 Hours)

The management of different types of businesses, their objectives and stakeholders, and the styles and skills required to effectively manage them. We will also examine how employees are motivated and managed through the maintenance and termination phases of the employer-employee relationship, as well as the characteristics and strategies to maximise efficient and effective operations.

Unit 3 Chemistry

Unit 3 Prerequisites (Total = 3.5 Hours)

The ‘Unit 3 Prerequisite Lecture’ is designed to revise and strengthen key Unit 1 and Unit 2 concepts that are instrumental in performing well in Unit 3. This important lecture will greatly benefit all students, especially those who are aiming for the higher VCE marks. Students who didn’t perform well in their Unit 1 and/or Unit 2 studies, or who didn’t complete the equivalent Unit 1 and/or Unit 2 course are strongly encouraged to attend. This lecture (Part 1) is optional for students.

Part 1, 2 & 3 (Total = 9 Hours) – Unit 3 Chemistry

Options for Energy Production: Energy resources and technologies, the environmental impact of energy choices, thermochemistry, stoichiometry (including gas laws), redox chemistry, galvanic cells and fuel cells, and the application and interpretation of data derived

from experimental procedures. Optimising Chemical Yields: Energy profiles, chemical kinetics and graphical representations, equilibrium, Le Chatelier’s principle and its applications including the manipulation of rates and yields in industrial processes and important systems involving competing equilibrium.

Unit 3 Economics

Part 1 & 2 (Total = 7 Hours)

This course will investigate the options available to improve Australia’s economic prosperity. This will include a study of microeconomics, which examines how markets operate to allocate scarce resources, and the extent to which markets operate freely in Australia and result in efficient outcomes. You will develop an understanding of the macroeconomy and will investigate the factors that influence the level of aggregate demand and aggregate supply. An update on current economic conditions in Australia and an investigation of the performance of the economy in relation to the economic goals will also be included.

Unit 3 English

The topics that will be covered during these lectures include:

Part 1 – Reading and Creating Texts (Total – 3 Hours)

You will refine the skills you developed last year and learn how to produce a sophisticated analytical interpretation that uses detailed analysis of the key elements of a text and incorporates the required conventions and metalanguage, including an analysis of relevant literary devices and how they’re used to create meaning and influence interpretation of a text. The qualities of outstanding creative responses will be investigated as well as how structure and conventions of language can be used to create voice and style.

Part 2 – Reading and Comparing Texts (Total – 3 Hours)

You will learn how to compare the features of texts and how to use textual evidence to effectively support comparative analysis. You’ll discover the best ways to produce a written comparison of selected texts, how to discuss important similarities and differences, how to analyse the interplay between character and setting, voice and structure, and explore how texts deal with ideas, issues or themes from different perspectives. The features of comparative analysis including structure, conventions, metalanguage (including literary devices) will also be discussed.

Part 3 – Analysing & Presenting Argument (Total – 3.5 Hours)

You will extend on your ability to dissect and present your analysis about how points of view are presented in both written and visual texts, and learn how to write controlled, high quality responses which present arguments and points of view using language that is specific to the assessment criteria. You will also investigate the ways persuasive language is used to express an argument, how authors construct arguments to position audiences as well as structure, conventions and relevant metalanguage.

Part 4 – Detailed Analysis of a Specific Text (Total – 2 Hours)

During this lecture you will concentrate on the analytical interpretation of your selected text. You will investigate how the features of your text create meaning and influence interpretation, examine the explicit and implied ideas and values being conveyed, analyse key passages, and discuss how to effectively use textual evidence to justify analytical responses. Each session will also explore the context, themes, plots, characters, settings & language style of your text and reveal the elements that differentiate A and B grade responses.

Unit 3 English Language

Part 1 & 2 (Total = 7 Hours)

Language Variation and Social Purpose. You will examine the informal and formal features of language in both spoken and written modes, learn how to identify and analyse the distinctive features in both modes and investigate how texts are influenced by the situational and cultural contexts in which they occur.

Unit 3 Further Mathematics

Part 1 & 2 (Total = 6 Hours)

Applications of univariate and bivariate data, regression lines, analysis of nonlinear data and time series. The recently introduced financial maths core topic will also be explored, with an emphasis on the growth and decay of investments and loans, and the use of technology in financial transactions.

Unit 3 Health & Human Development

Part 1 & 2 (Total = 7 Hours)

Health, wellbeing and illness with emphasis on the health of Australians. You will also investigate the WHO’s prerequisites for health and wellbeing, the indicators used to measure and evaluate health status, and the factors that contribute to variations between population groups in Australia. The AOS 2 lecture will analyse the different approaches to public health over time, with an emphasis on changes and strategies that have succeeded in improving health and wellbeing.

Unit 3 Legal Studies

Part 1 & 2 (Total = 7 Hours)

The criminal and civil justice systems, protecting the rights of individuals, upholding the principles of justice: fairness, equality and access. You will also examine the Victorian court hierarchy, the roles of the judge, jury, legal practitioners and the parties, the ability of sanctions and remedies to achieve their purposes, and whether principles of justice are upheld and improved by recent and recommended reforms.

Unit 3 Literature

Part 1 & 2 (Total = 7 Hours)

The form and conventions of a text affect the making of meaning, and how meaning changes when a text is adapted or transformed. You will be shown how to analyse the construction of texts in terms of characterisation, tone, style, structure and point of view and learn how to construct critical and analytic responses to texts that are supported by close textual analysis, and that consider the context of responses, the style of the language and points of view. Discussions regarding literary criticism and passage-based interpretations will also be included.

Unit 3 Mathematical Methods

Unit 3 Prerequisites (Total = 3.5 Hours) – Unit 3 Prerequisites

The ‘Unit 3 Prerequisite Lecture’ is designed to revise and strengthen key Unit 1 and Unit 2 concepts that are instrumental in performing well in Unit 3. This important lecture will greatly benefit all students, especially those who are aiming for the higher VCE marks. Students who didn’t perform well in their Unit 1 and/or Unit 2 studies, or who didn’t complete the equivalent Unit 1 and/or Unit 2 course are strongly encouraged to attend. This lecture (Part 1) is optional for students.

Part 1, 2 & 3 (Total = 9 Hours) – Unit 3 Maths Methods

Higher level graphing and transformations, composite functions, functional equations, logarithmic, exponential and trigonometric functions, the algebra of functions, mathematical modelling as well as advanced calculus techniques and applications. Emphasis will be

placed on the development of the problem-solving skills that will be required to address the Exam 2 extended response/analysis-style questions to a high standard.

Unit 3 Physical Education

Part 1 & 2 (Total = 7 Hours)

Biomechanical and skill acquisition principles that can be applied to analysing and improve movement skills used in physical activity and sport, the cardiovascular, respiratory and muscular systems, energy production, fuels and fatigue.

Unit 3 Physics

Unit 3 Prerequisites (Total = 3.5 Hours)

The ‘Unit 3 Prerequisite Lecture’ is designed to revise and strengthen key Unit 1 and Unit 2 concepts that are instrumental in performing well in Unit 3. This important lecture will greatly benefit all students, especially those who are aiming for the higher VCE marks. Students who didn’t perform well in their Unit 1 and/or Unit 2 studies, or who didn’t complete the equivalent Unit 1 and/or Unit 2 course are strongly encouraged to attend. This lecture (Part 1) is optional for students.

Part 1, 2 & 3 (Total = 9 Hours) – Unit 3 Physics

Motion (including Relativity), gravitational, magnetic and electric fields and their applications, generation and transmission of electricity, transformers and electrical distribution systems.

Unit 3 Psychology

Part 1 & 2 (Total = 6 Hours)

Nervous system functioning, learning and memory, the psychobiological processes of neural functioning, stress, physiological and psychological approaches to understanding learning and memory and the reliability of memory. Research methodologies and ethical principles associated with the study of psychology will also be addressed.

Unit 3 Specialist Mathematics

Unit 3 Prerequisites (Total = 3.5 Hours)

The ‘Unit 3 Prerequisite Lecture’ is designed to revise and strengthen key Unit 1 and Unit 2 concepts that are instrumental in performing well in Unit 3. This important lecture will greatly benefit all students, especially those who are aiming for the higher VCE marks. Students who didn’t perform well in their Unit 1 and/or Unit 2 studies, or who didn’t complete the equivalent Unit 1 and/or Unit 2 course are strongly encouraged to attend. This lecture (Part 1) is optional for students.

Part 1, 3 & 3 (Total = 9 Hours) – Unit 3 Specialist Maths

Circular and inverse circular functions, reciprocal functions, rational functions and other simple quotient functions, complex numbers, partial fractions, vectors and advanced calculus techniques and applications.

Unit 1 Subjects

Unit 1 Chemistry

Part 1, 2 & 3 (Total = 9 Hours)

The atomic model, electron configurations, structure & trends in the periodic table, bonding (intraparticle & interparticle), structure & properties of lattices, compounds & molecules, organic chemistry, chemical equations & quantitative techniques such as the mole concept, Avogadro’s constant and empirical & molecular formulae.

Unit 1 English

Part 1 & 2 (Total = 6 Hours)

You will learn to write structured and coherent arguments that effectively use detail from a text, and discover the best ways to write text comparisons, discussing important similarities and differences and how texts deal with related ideas or themes from different perspectives. We will also explore types of persuasive language, how to write effectively about the way that language is used to position a reader, and consider how authors craft texts to support and extend the impact of an argument.

Unit 1 Mathematical Methods

Part 1, 2 & 3 (Total = 9 Hours)

Polynomials (degree 3 to n), radical & inverse functions, transformations (including matrix representations), advanced algebraic techniques, coordinate geometry, and applications of these topics in extended response (analysis-style) and technology free questions.

Unit 1 Physics

Part 1 & 2 (Total = 6 Hours)

The Big Bang theory, matter and antimatter, radioactive decay, nuclear fusion and fission, writing equations describing nuclear reactions, DC circuitry, household circuitry, thermodynamic principles and methods of heat transfer.

Unit 1 Psychology

Part 1 & 2 (Total = 7 Hours)

The role of the brain in mental processes and behaviour, the structure and function of the neuron, hindbrain, midbrain, forebrain and the central and peripheral nervous systems, brain plasticity and brain damage, and the factors that influence psychological development.

Unit 1 Specialist Mathematics

Part 1 & 2 (Total = 6 Hours)

Number systems, sequences and series, mathematical induction, complex numbers, geometry in the plane, theorem proofs, vectors in the plane and graphs of non-linear relations (reciprocal functions, sine, cosine, tangent and locus applications).