Year 10 Electives

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Year 10 Elective Units Offered

Available to all Year 10 students, regardless of which Program selected.

Computing

  • Computer Programming

  • Multimedia and Web Design

English

  • Enrichment English and Literature

Health

  • Advanced Fitness and Training

  • Health Around the World: You, Me, Them, Us

Humanities

  • Commerce

  • Geography

  • History and Civics - The Modern World and Australia (1918 - present)

Languages

  • Japanese (Semester 1)

  • Japanese (Semester 2)

Mathematics

  • Enrichment Mathematics

Performing Arts

  • Dance

  • Drama: Performance

  • Music: Design Your Own Project

Science

  • Psychology in Action (Please note: cannot be chosen if a student is studying Specialised Science - Psychology)

Technology

  • Food Technology - Independent Living

  • Agriculture Horticulture (Design Technology Stream: Food and Fibre)

  • Textiles

  • Designing and Making in Wood

  • Electronics in Wood

Visual Arts

  • Visual Arts: 2D Art

  • Visual Arts: 3D Art

  • Media Arts

  • Visual Communication Design


Year 10 Elective Units Course Descriptions

Advanced Fitness and Training

The Year 10 Advanced Fitness and Training program offers students the opportunity to analyse secondary data and explore the various fitness requirements relating to performance in a range of sports and physical endeavours. Advanced Fitness and Training also exposes students to both mainstream and alternative training methods that will allow them to gain confidence in applying training principles through practical experiences. Students will expand their understanding of the body systems, nutrition and periodisation of training to develop strategies that maximise their performance and recovery in various sports and physical endeavours.

Please note: The study of Year 10 Advanced Fitness and Training is strongly recommended for students intending to study VCE Physical Education Units 1 to 4 during Year 11 and Year 12.

Agriculture/Horticulture

(Design Technology Stream: Food and Fibre)

Students create designed solutions across a range of technologies contexts. Within the context of Year 10 Agriculture and Horticulture, students are invited to experience learning around the daily management of the AgHort Precinct. Depending on seasonal change, students will expand on previous skill and knowledge in the growing of vegetables and fruit and fish within a closed environment of Aquaculture. They will also assist in the daily activities in the AgHort area focusing on animal care for our barn chickens and livestock. As an extended part of this program, students will undertake to create and manage a micro-business within the subject in an area that interests them, but falls within the main daily activities within the AgHort area. An example of this will be to manage and operate the barn chickens and associated egg production.

Commerce

The Commerce curriculum explores the ways in which individuals, families, the community, workers, businesses and governments make decisions in relation to the allocation of resources. It enables students to understand the process of economic and business decision-making at the personal, local, national, regional and global levels and the effects of these decisions on themselves and others, now and in the future. Students learn to appreciate the interdependence of decisions made and develop the knowledge, understanding and skills that will inform and encourage them to participate in, and contribute to, the economy.

Computer Programming

This unit in programming is designed to develop student skills in solving information problems, as well as giving them greater control over their use of computers as tools. It is seen as important to equip interested students with skills in using a major programming language. It allows for the development of solutions to information problems of varying complexity, whilst at the same time, providing the stages of planning, design, construction and evaluation that are required in the study of any discipline involving technology. The course is open ended in that it allows students to develop skills at their own pace and to extend these skills through their major individual projects. The programming tasks for this unit have a focus of computer gaming and the construction of these programs.

Dance

This course provides opportunities for students to explore the potential of movement as a means of creative expression and communication. Dance students create and perform their own dance work in response to a stimulus, as well as examine the work of others, with a focus on various stylistic trends through performance and analysis. In each unit, students undertake regular and systematic dance training to develop their physical skills and advance their ability to execute a diverse range of expressive movements.

Please Note: The study of Year 10 Dance is strongly recommended for students intending to study VCE Dance Units 1-4

Designing and Making in Wood

Students develop their understanding of a design brief and how these requirements relate to their design ideas. They also develop an understanding of how to construct evaluation criteria and use a variety of drawing and modelling techniques to visualise design ideas and concepts. They then have the opportunity to use their own designs to produce a unique woodwork based table.

Drama: Performance

Students will have the opportunity to experiment with a range of performance styles. They will continue to work on skills in characterisation and utilise playmaking techniques to develop and refine devised ensemble pieces, culminating in prepared polished performances. They will also study theatre history as relevant to the performance styles chosen.

Electronics in Wood

Students develop their understanding of a design brief and how these requirements relate to their design ideas. They also develop an understanding of how to construct evaluation criteria and use a variety of drawing and modelling techniques to visualise design ideas and concepts. This unit integrates the use of several materials, including timber, resistors, batteries, LEDs, servos, Arduino’s, switches and other items to produce a rage of electronic focussed projects. One of these projects has the option to be custom programmed for individual, unique designs. This class provides modern electronics with traditional woodworking techniques (which are used to house the electronics).

Enrichment English and Literature

This extension course aims to engender in its students a love of literature, in all its forms (novels, short stories, poetry and film) and to assist students in developing their English skills to a higher standard. Through the study of the literary features of texts, students learn to critically analyse the way in which meaning is created. Students study text construction and how structural and literary features contribute to the interpretation of meaning. A large focus will be placed on developing a working vocabulary to assist in developing these observations within students’ own writing, thus assisting them in all areas of English in the future.

Enrichment Mathematics

The students are introduced to aspects of Mathematics that are not currently part of the curriculum to provide stimulating and enriching challenges for the students. This course is an enrichment program designed for students who want to develop a more thorough and extensive background in Mathematics. The course includes functions and their graphs, trigonometry and using Excel spreadsheets for mathematical problem solving. Students will also study vectors, matrices and explore CAS (Computer Algebra Systems) calculators.

Food Technology - Independent Living

This unit develops knowledge about the nutritional requirements throughout the lifespan. The students research the influences on individuals and groups, regarding their nutritional status and how communities (both organisations and individuals) work at promoting better nutritional health, growth and development. As part of the understanding of food in the local community the students will develop a design brief, encompassing a unit on cheese making. As such knowledge is developed, practical work will be undertaken using appropriate materials and equipment to make and examine products relevant to the nutritional information discussed.

Geography

With a focus on human-induced environmental changes and variations in human wellbeing across a range of locations, this exciting course aims to engender a sense of wonder, curiosity and respect about places, people, cultures and environments throughout the world. Students will have the opportunity to deepen their geographical knowledge, inquiry and skills which will, in turn, better equip them to be informed, responsible and active citizens who can contribute to the development of an environmentally and economically sustainable and socially just world.

Health Around the World: You, Me, Them, Us

Health around the World provides students with an introduction to VCE Health and Human Development. Students will explore the theory and practice of health and wellbeing on a local and global scale and the various cultural, biological, sociocultural and environmental factors that may impact this. Students will examine various health trends and critique health promotion strategies presently available.

Please note: The study of Year 10 Health around the World: You, Me, Them, Us is strongly recommended for students intending to study VCE Health and Human Development Units 1-4.

History and Civics - The Modern World and Australia (1918 to the Present)

This course provides an overview of significant events in the decades since 1919. The topics studied include:

1) World War Two with a focus on Australia’s role and the experiences of Australian men and women.

2) Rights and Freedoms: 1945 to the Present - review of the civil rights campaigns of African Americans and Aborigines within their own countries and the ongoing work of the United Nations in the pursuit of human rights.

3) The Globalising World – global influences that have shaped Australian society in depth since WW2, e.g. the Vietnam War, new waves of immigration and a progression of changing media (film, the introduction of television and new forms of music.)

4) For Civics and Citizenship we study how the legal system of Victoria currently operates, especially in how it affects younger Australians.

Languages: Japanese (Semester 1 and 2)

The Year 10 course achieves further social proficiency in reading, writing, the spoken language and preparation for VCE Japanese. Students understand and use the Japanese language to explore topics such as Japanese youth culture, housing, giving directions, travel, part-time work and career aspirations. It has also been designed to continue to introduce more advanced verb and adjective forms necessary for VCE study. Students will also develop an insight into the cultural background of Japan through research and participation in a variety of activities.

Please Note: In order to proceed to the study of Unit 1 and 2 Japanese, students must successfully complete Year 10 Japanese.

Media Arts

The Media Arts curriculum encompasses the fields of media, art and design. In Media Arts students make and respond using Media Arts knowledge, understanding and skills to represent meaning associated with personal and global views, and intrinsic and extrinsic worlds. Media Arts engages students in discovery, experimentation and problem-solving, and the development of perception about visual images, sound and text. Students utilise techniques, technologies, practices and processes with images, sound and text and become increasingly confident and proficient in achieving their personal visual aesthetic and appreciating and valuing that of others.

Multimedia and Web Design

The production of modern and dynamic advertising, web content, learning and teaching materials, information sources and games relies entirely on Computer-based Multimedia design. In this course, students will be introduced to Adobe design software. They will use a variety of tools to plan, design, implement and evaluate their projects and will be able to publish their work in a number of formats.

Music - Design your own project

In this subject students design their own music project with guidance from the teacher. This can include: writing a song and recording it in a studio; designing, organising and running the logistics for a concert; and completing music theory exams to support private instrument learning. The topic is really up to the student. Students don't need to have musical experience, but it would definitely be an advantage. Other performing arts members are welcome; for example a dancer may wish to develop a performance using lights and effects.

Psychology in Action

(Please note: cannot be chosen if a student is studying Specialised Science - Psychology)

In Year 10 Psychology, students are introduced to the discipline of Psychology with a focus on research methods and ethics in all areas of study. The sub areas of Nervous System structure, Forensic Psychology and Neuropsychology are explored in detail. In each topic psychological principles and theories are explored and applied in a variety of learning activities and hands-on experiments. Students will often have the opportunity to choose the focus of their assignments to enhance individual interest areas.

Textiles

This course explores fibres and fabrics and their uses in a variety of ways to construct useful items of textile art. Students will explore a range of machine and hand sewing techniques. For example, hand and machine applique, stencilling, patchwork and hand embroidery. These learnt skills will then be applied to a quilt. Environmental issues in the textile industry and the use of recycled materials will be explored throughout the unit. A visual diary will be created based around product design and the manufacturing process and a written analysis/evaluation of the processes involved in the finished pieces.

Visual Arts: 2D Art

This course introduces students to many practical techniques and provides insight into the world of contemporary visual art. Students will be engaged and connected to the innovative techniques and materials of contemporary artists.

Areas studied in this unit: Visual analytics (with reference to artists studied), drawing and painting, stencil art and digital art.

Visual Arts: 3D Art

Students will focus on 3D artworks and extend their skills and techniques in a variety of media and materials. Students will evaluate and analyse artworks and document all processes in their sketchbooks.

Areas studied in this unit: Visual analytics (with reference to artists studied), mosaics, ceramics (hand building), recycled materials and sculpture.

Visual Communication Design

This course will aim at building skills required in the VCE study of Visual Communication Design. The focus will be on interiors and exteriors. Areas studied in this unit include: Technical Drawing, The Design Process, Architectural drawing, freehand drawing from observation, an introduction to Adobe Illustrator and a Written Analysis.