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Unit 4 Subjects

Unit 4 Accounting

Our Unit 4 Accounting revision lectures have been designed to provide you with the skills and information needed to perform to the highest possible standard in the final exams. You will receive a comprehensive and detailed coverage of examinable materials as specified in each subject’s Study Design, to VCAA examination standard.

Topics that will be addressed include: Recording and reporting financial data using a double entry accrual-based system, recording and reporting balance day adjustments (both expenses and revenues), the purchase and disposal of non-current assets, different methods of depreciation, analysing budgeted accounting reports and variance reports and the effect of alternative strategies on the performance of a business.

Unit 4 Biology

Our Unit 4 Biology revision lectures have been designed to provide you with the skills and information needed to perform to the highest possible standard in the final exams. You will receive a comprehensive and detailed coverage of examinable materials as specified in each subject’s Study Design, to VCAA examination standard.

Topics that will be addressed include: Changes in the genetic makeup of a population, changes in biodiversity over time, determining relatedness between species, human change over time, DNA manipulation, biological knowledge and society and experimental design.

Unit 4 Business Management

Our Unit 4 Business Management revision lectures have been designed to provide you with the skills and information needed to perform to the highest possible standard in the final exams. You will receive a comprehensive and detailed coverage of examinable materials as specified in each subject’s Study Design, to VCAA examination standard.

Topics that will be addressed include: Business change, KPI’s, the Force Field Analysis theory, driving and restraining forces for change, a variety of strategies to manage change in the most efficient and effective way to improve business performance, and the importance  of leadership in change management.

Unit 4 Chemistry

Our Unit 4 Chemistry revision lectures have been designed to provide you with the skills and information needed to perform to the highest possible standard in the final exams. You will receive a comprehensive and detailed coverage of examinable materials as specified in each subject’s Study Design, to VCAA examination standard.

Topics that will be addressed include: structure, nomenclature and reactions of organic compounds, trends in physical properties, designing reaction pathways for the synthesis of organic molecules, isomers, analysis of organic compounds (including IR spectroscopy, NMR, HPLC and volumetric analysis), proteins (including protein structure), carbohydrates, fats and oils, metabolism of food, enzymes and energy content of food.

Unit 4 Economics

During the course of these lectures you will develop an understanding of how the Australian Government can alter the composition and level of government outlays and receipts from the latest Federal Budget to directly and indirectly influence the level of aggregate demand and the achievement of domestic macroeconomic goals. You will examine the role of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) with a focus on its responsibility to alter the cost and availability of credit in the economy and analyse the effects of the latest data/statistics from the last two Australian Government budgets, and how particular initiatives have helped to stabilise the level of aggregate demand and influenced the achievement of domestic macroeconomic goals.

These lectures will also consider how the Australian Government utilises aggregate supply policies to manage the Australian economy and investigate & evaluate the role of both market-based and interventionist approaches to managing the supply side of the economy in terms of their effect on incentives, and consider how they increase competition and efficiency in the economy. Lastly, we will review and assess the role of microeconomic reform in terms of its effect on economic prosperity and the achievement of the Australian Government’s domestic macroeconomic goals.

Unit 4 English:

Writing Comparative Text Responses

This lecture will focus on the elements of high scoring comparative text responses including how to structure your comparative essay in the exam, writing strong essays that meet the VCAA criteria, auditing and editing, common comparative text response problems and what VCAA assessors expect from students aiming for the higher scores. Note that this lecture is concerned with the mechanics of comparative text essay writing and not the specific analysis of text pairs.

Unit 4 English:

Analysis of Text Pairs: (for each pair of texts)

During this lecture you will explore the meaningful connections between your two texts and analyse the interplay between character and setting, voice and structure, and how ideas, issues and themes are conveyed. You will also explore important similarities and differences and how the texts deal with similar or related ideas, issues or themes from different perspectives to reflect particular values. Instruction regarding how to unpack essay prompts, formulating strong essay plans and how to use textual evidence to support comparative analysis in line with the examination criteria will also be included.

Unit 4 English Language

Our Unit 4 English Language revision lecture has been designed to provide you with the skills and information needed to perform to the highest possible standard in the final exams. You will receive a comprehensive and detailed coverage of examinable materials as specified in each subject’s Study Design, to VCAA examination standard.

Topics that will be addressed include: How Australian English varies according to geography and culture (including Aboriginal English and ethnolects), attitudes within society to different varieties of Australian English, metalanguage to discuss varieties of Australian English, social and personal variation in language, features of language that contribute to a sense of individual identity and group membership, how language is shaped by social expectations and community attitudes, the ways in which people draw on their linguistic repertoire to gain power and prestige, including exploiting overt and covert norms, the relationship between social attitudes and language choices, metalanguage to discuss representations of identity in texts

Unit 4 Further Maths – Geometry and Measurement

Our Unit 4 Geometry and Measurement revision lecture has been designed to provide you with the skills and information needed to perform to the highest possible standard in the final exams. You will receive a comprehensive and detailed coverage of examinable materials as specified in each subject’s Study Design, to VCAA examination standard.

Topics that will be addressed include: Measurement & Trigonometry (calculation of surface area and volume of spheres, cylinders, cones, pyramids and prisms, and their composites, scaling lengths, areas and volumes in practical applications, solving right and non right angled triangles and their applications in solving problems in 2 and 3 dimensions, specification of location in 2 dimensions using three-figure bearings) and Spherical Geometry (arc lengths, areas of sectors and segments with practical applications, using trigonometry and Pythagoras’ theorem in 2 and 3 dimensions within a sphere, spheres as models of the Earth, meridians and parallels, measures of latitude and longitude, identifying time zones and determining travel times of journeys that cross multiple time zones).

Unit 4 Further Maths – Graphs and Relations

Our Unit 4 Graphs and Relations revision lecture has been designed to provide you with the skills and information needed to perform to the highest possible standard in the final exams. You will receive a comprehensive and detailed coverage of examinable materials as specified in each subject’s Study Design, to VCAA examination standard.

Topics that will be addressed include: Construction and Interpretation of Graphs (using straight line, line segment, step graphs and non-linear graphs to model and analyse practical situations, simultaneous linear equations and their applications, using interpolation and extrapolation to predict values, estimating maximum/minimum values, location and points of intersection, graphical representation of relations of the form  for  and  and their use in modelling practical situations, linearising data and the use of linearization to test the validity of a proposed model) and Linear Programming (linear inequalities and their graphical representations, systems of linear equations, formulation and solutions of linear programming problems including optimisation problems, using graphical methods to solve linear programming problems, the sliding-line method and corner-point principle).

Unit 4 Further Maths – Matrices

Our Unit 4 Matrices revision lecture has been designed to provide you with the skills and information needed to perform to the highest possible standard in the final exams. You will receive a comprehensive and detailed coverage of examinable materials as specified in each subject’s Study Design, to VCAA examination standard.

Topics that will be addressed include: Matrices and their Applications (Matrix arithmetic (types of matrices, matrix operations, transpose of a matrix), inverses and determinants, binary and permutation matrices, communication and dominance matrices, representing and solving systems of linear equations) and Transition Matrices (Generating state matrices, the equilibrium state matrix, transition diagrams and their associated transition and state matrices, using transition matrices and state matrices to model and analyse practical situations, using first-order linear matrix recurrence relations to model a range of situations and solve related problems.).

Unit 4 Further Maths – Networks and Decision Maths

Our Unit 4 Networks and Decision Maths revision lecture has been designed to provide you with the skills and information needed to perform to the highest possible standard in the final exams. You will receive a comprehensive and detailed coverage of examinable materials as specified in each subject’s Study Design, to VCAA examination standard.

Topics that will be addressed include: The definition and representation of different kinds of undirected and directed graphs, use of matrices to represent graphs, digraphs and networks and their applications, eulerian trails and circuits, bridges, hamiltonian paths and cycles, and the use of networks to model and solve problems involving travel, connection, flow, matching, allocation and scheduling.

Unit 4 Health & Human Development

Our Unit 4 Health & Human Development revision lectures have been designed to provide you with the skills and information needed to perform to the highest possible standard in the final exams. You will receive a comprehensive and detailed coverage of examinable materials as specified in each subject’s Study Design, to VCAA examination standard.

Topics that will be addressed include: Characteristics of, and similarities and differences in health status and burden of disease in high- , middle- and low-income countries, sustainability, human development and the HDI, implications for health and wellbeing due to climate change, conflict, mass migration, tourism, digital technologies, rationale, objectives and key features of the UN’s SDGs, relationships between SDG 3 and SDGs 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 13, priorities and the work of the WHO.

Unit 4 Legal Studies

Our Unit 4 Legal Studies revision lectures have been designed to provide you with the skills and information needed to perform to the highest possible standard in the final exams. You will receive a comprehensive and detailed coverage of examinable materials as specified in each subject’s Study Design, to VCAA examination standard.

Topics that will be addressed include; The role of the Crown and the Houses of Parliament in law-making, the division of constitutional law-making powers of the state and Commonwealth parliaments, section 109 of the Australian Constitution, the means by which the Australian Constitution acts as check on parliament in law-making, factors that affect the ability of parliament and the courts to make law, the roles of the Victorian courts and the High Court in law-making, statutory interpretation, the relationship between courts and parliament in law-making, law reform.

Unit 3 & 4 Literature

This lecture will offer an overview of the Literature examination tasks and criteria for assessment. The skills required to complete a Close Analysis response and a Perspectives essay will be discussed, and sample responses will be provided. Consideration will be given to the different skills required for each task. Time will also be spent exploring effective and efficient approaches to revising texts and honing exam technique.

Unit 4 Maths Methods

Our Unit 4 Maths Methods revision lectures have been designed to provide you with the skills and information needed to perform to the highest possible standard in the final exams. You will receive a comprehensive and detailed coverage of examinable materials as specified in each subject’s Study Design, to VCAA examination standard.

Topics that will be addressed include applications of differentiation (Differentiability, strictly increasing and decreasing functions. Maxima, minima and stationary points, worded optimisation questions, graphs of the derivative function, rates of changes, tangents and kinematics), integration and its applications (integration techniques, properties of definite integrals, integration by recognition, definite integrals, areas under and between curves, area approximations, average values) and the binomial and normal distribution (graphs, calculating probabilities, means, standard deviations, variance and dissecting worded applications).

Unit 4 Physical Education

Our Unit 4 Physical Education revision lectures have been designed to provide you with the skills and information needed to perform to the highest possible standard in the final exams. You will receive a comprehensive and detailed coverage of examinable materials as specified in each subject’s Study Design, to VCAA examination standard.

Topics that will be addressed include: Fitness components ( aerobic power, agility, anaerobic capacity, balance, body composition, coordination, flexibility, muscular endurance, muscular power, muscular strength, reaction time and speed), monitoring and recording physiological, psychological and sociological training data, components of an exercise training session, training program principles, training methods (aerobic, anaerobic, flexibility & resistance), psychological strategies used to enhance performance and aid recovery, nutritional and rehydration recovery strategies, chronic adaptations of the cardiovascular, respiratory and muscular systems to aerobic, anaerobic and resistance training.

Unit 4 Physics

Our Unit 4 Physics revision lectures have been designed to provide you with the skills and information needed to perform to the highest possible standard in the final exams. You will receive a comprehensive and detailed coverage of examinable materials as specified in each subject’s Study Design, to VCAA examination standard.

Topics that will be addressed include: Properties of mechanical waves, resonance, standing waves, diffraction, light as a wave, the electromagnetic spectrum, Young’s double slit experiment, the behaviour of light, the photoelectric effect, limitations of the wave model of light, matter as particles or waves, the de Broglie wavelength of matter, similarities between light and matter (photon, atomic absorption and emission line spectra, the single photon/electron double slit experiment).

Unit 4 Psychology

Our Unit 4 Psychology revision lectures have been designed to provide you with the skills and information needed to perform to the highest possible standard in the final exams. You will receive a comprehensive and detailed coverage of examinable materials as specified in each subject’s Study Design, to VCAA examination standard.

Topics that will be addressed include: The nature of consciousness, the importance of sleep, effects of sleep disturbances and possible treatment, defining and understanding mental health as a continuum, applying the biopsychosocial approach to explain phobias and the maintenance of mental health.

Unit 4 Specialist Maths

Our Unit 4 Specialist Maths revision lectures have been designed to provide you with the skills and information needed to perform to the highest possible standard in the final exams. You will receive a comprehensive and detailed coverage of examinable materials as specified in each subject’s Study Design, to VCAA examination standard.

Topics that will be addressed include: Partial fractions, applications in integration, setting up and solving differential equations (including exponential growth & decay, the logistic equation, Newton’s Law of Cooling, mixing problems, Euler’s Method, direction (slope) fields), kinematics (displacement, velocity, acceleration, motion under constant acceleration, vertical motion under gravity, motion in a resisting medium, velocity -time graphs & setting up and solving differential equations in kinematics), vector calculus (parametric & cartesian equations, differentiation and integration of vectors, kinematics in 2 and 3 dimensions) mechanics (Newton’s Laws of Motion, resolving forces, inclined planes, connected objects and gravity, variable force).

Unit 3 Subjects

Unit 3 Accounting

Topics include: The application of Accounting Assumptions and Qualitative Characteristics to recording and reporting financial information. The double entry recording of cash and credit transactions into the General Journal and Ledger accounts, including the GST Clearing ledger. Inventory recording using the FIFO and Identified Cost methods, distinguishing between product and period costs and the application of the Lower of Cost and Net Realisable Value rule. Preparing the Income Statement, Balance Sheet and Statements of Cash Flows. Ethical considerations and financial analysis.

Unit 3 Biology

Topics include: Plasma membranes, nucleic acids and proteins, gene structure and regulation, structure and regulation of biochemical pathways, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, cellular signals, responding to antigens and immunity.

Unit 3 Business Management

Topics include: Businesses and their objectives; stakeholders; management responsibilities, styles and skills, corporate culture; managing employees and business objectives; motivation theories and strategies; training, performance management, termination, workplace relations and dispute resolution; the link between managing operations and business objectives; operations systems and strategies; corporate social responsibility and global considerations in operations management.

Unit 3 Chemistry

Topics include: Fossil fuels, biofuels, energy transformations, enthalpy, thermochemical equations, the Universal Gas Equation, comparison of fuels, stoichiometry of combustion reactions, specific heat capacity of water, galvanic, fuel and electrolytic cells, reaction rates and equilibrium.

Unit 3 Further Maths

Topics include: Data analysis (data distributions two variable associations, modelling linear associations and time series data). Recursion and financial modelling (using first-order linear recurrence relations to model, analyse and solve problems involving appreciation, depreciation, compound interest investments and loans, reducing balance loans, annuities, perpetuities and annuity investments).

Unit 3 Health & Human Development

Topics include: The complex, dynamic and global nature of health and wellbeing, Australia’s health status data, variations in health status, changes to public health approaches, improvements in population health over time and an evaluation of health promotion strategies.

Unit 3 Legal Studies

Topics include: Principles of justice; Victorian criminal and civil justice systems; court hierarchy; responsibilities of key personnel in trials; the rights of the accused and victims; referendums; pre-trial procedures; sanctions and remedies; dispute resolution methods; factors that affect the ability of justice systems to achieve the principles of justice; reforms to the criminal and civil justice systems.

Unit 3 Maths Methods

Topics include: Solving systems of simultaneous linear equations with infinite, unique or no solutions, transformations and graphs of harder functions, functional equations, circular, exponential, logarithmic and inverse functions, sums, differences, products and composite functions, differentiation techniques and select applications in differentiation.

Unit 3 Physical Education

Topics include: Development and refinement of movement skills through the application of biomechanical and skill acquisition principles, systems and mechanisms associated with the production of energy, factors contributing to fatigue and recovery strategies used to return to pre-exercise conditions.

Unit 3 Physics

Topics include: Straight-line, projectile, circular and orbital motion; inclined planes; Newton’s Laws of Motion; momentum and impulse; kinetic, gravitational and elastic potential energy; special relativity; electrical, magnetic and gravitational fields; generation, transmission and use of electricity; electric motors, generators, alternators and transformers; magnetic forces, induced voltage (Faraday’s Law), transformers, power loss, DC motors and generators.

Unit 3 Psychology

Topics include: Nervous system functioning, stress as an example of a psychobiological process, the neural basis of learning and memory, models to explain learning, the process of memory, the reliability of memory and research methodologies.

Unit 3 Specialist Maths

Topics include: Restricted circular functions and their inverses; reciprocal, absolute value, rational and other simple quotient functions; partial fractions; complex numbers; vectors (algebra, linear dependence and independence, resolving vectors into rectangular components and vector proofs), advanced calculus techniques and applications.

Unit 2 Subjects

Unit 2 Chemistry

Our Unit 2 Chemistry revision lectures have been designed to provide you with the skills and information needed to perform to the highest possible standard in the end of year exams.  Topics that will be addressed include: Structure, bonding and properties of water, solubility curves, specific heat capacity, latent heat, gravimetric, acid-base and redox reactions, stoichiometry, concentration and unit conversions, the pH scale, spectroscopy (colorimetry/visible spectroscopy & AAS) and HPLC chromatography.

Unit 2 English

These important lectures will focus on the skills and techniques you’ll need to achieve high marks in the two areas of study that make up Unit 2.

AOS 1 – Reading & Comparing Texts: You will explore the ways authors convey ideas, issues and themes (such as structure, settings, events and characters) in texts and the features of comparative analysis. This lecture will also focus on the elements of high scoring comparative text responses including how to structure your comparative essay in the exam, auditing and editing, common comparative text response problems and what teachers expect from students aiming for the higher scores.

AOS 2 – Analysing Argument:

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 exam 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.

Unit 2 Maths Methods

Our Unit 2 Maths Methods revision lectures have been designed to provide you with the skills and information needed to perform to the highest possible standard in the end of year exams. Topics that will be addressed include: Exponential, logarithmic, circular and inverse functions (including graphing and solving equations), finding derivatives by rule and using first principles, applications in differentiation (rates of change, applications in curve sketching, worded maxima/minima questions), integration techniques, definite integrals and applications of differentiation and integration to kinematics.