Year 10 Wednesday F-Block Electives

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ADVANCED FURNITURE PROJECTS

Building on skills gained in junior materials classes, this year long course builds both practical (hands on) and design skills. After ensuring appropriate workplace safety, students build a range of skills through a series of practical activities.
For their chosen advanced furniture projects, students develop a portfolio including a design brief, research, design sketches and an evaluation.
Essential skills in measurements and calculations, quality standards, teamwork, communication, documentation, ethical and sustainable practices are developed supporting further VCE and VCAL study in the subject.
Projects may also incorporate the use of CAD and laser cutting technologies.
Students will consider a range of materials and different finishes will be explored and adapted to suit the needs of the project.

ASTROPHYSICS & ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

Astrophysics and Organic Chemistry

This course is designed for Year 9 and 10 students who are thinking about studying VCE Chemistry and / or Physics.

In this course, students will learn about the types of bonding involved in ionic, covalent and metallic compounds. They will study organic chemistry and learn how to name and draw hydrocarbons. Students will apply this knowledge to investigate the reactions of hydrocarbons and explore compounds such as carboxylic acids and haloalkanes.

They will also explore many of the really interesting topics in Physics which include astrophysics, circular motion, black holes, quantum mechanics, the Big Bang, dark matter, dual nature of light and much, much more.

While not a prerequisite for VCE, this course will be a great preparation and introduction to some of the content in the VCE course. It is suitable for Essential Science students and Year 9 students thinking of completing a Year 11 Science subject in Year 10.

CRYPTOGRAPHY & PROBLEM SOLVING

Cracking the Code

  • Do you like solving puzzles?
  • Solving crimes?
  • The game of Cluedo?
  • Using computers?
  • Cracking codes?
  • Discovering secrets?
  • Do you see yourself as a future hacker?

Cryptography is the art of writing and solving codes

In this subject students will learn complex encryption and decryption methods, developing their mathematics and problem solving skills. Students will first look at the history of cryptography and develop basic skills and knowledge relating to ancient ciphers (dating back to the time of Julius Caesar). Students will delve into solving complex logic problems as well as learn new maths skills relating to about number theory, prime number theory as well as binary and modular arithmetic. Students will also develop their coding capabilities. Finally, with these skills, students will study modern cryptography methods and their role in IT security, such as keeping your credit card details secret or keeping online information hidden from hackers.

Note: Students ideally require their own laptop to undertake this subject.

Skills & Knowledge

In the Victorian Curriculum, there is no learning area based specifically around Cryptography, however the skills learnt in this unit draw from various aspects of the curriculum (both learning areas and capabilities), providing students with an opportunity to meet several outcomes. Specific links are made below in the proposed Scope & Sequence. Generally, the course includes links with the following:

Learning Areas

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • History
  • Digital Technologies

Capabilities

  • Personal & Social Capability
  • Ethical Capability
  • Critical & Creative Thinking

CYCLING PROGRAM

The aim of the Dromana College Cycling Program is to foster a cycling culture to enable students to gain valuable skills and knowledge about cycling and racing, and to provide challenging and positive experiences for participants. A limit of 20 students will be accepted into the program, due to staffing limitations. Students would improve on basic, intermediate and advanced off road riding skills through theory and practical sessions. Students need to apply and need to be accepted to the program.

Students would do the following activities:

  • Undergo an extensive skills based training regime tailored for individual needs undertaken at school and at followed up at home.
  • Understand training and racing food requirements and the role of hydration.
  • Care and maintenance of their personal equipment including the servicing and maintenance of their riding gear, and their mountain bikes.
  • Study the theory behind gear ratios, tyre pressures, different lube characteristics, and hydraulic braking
  • Descending and hill climbing techniques, accelerating and braking techniques and cornering to negotiate obstacles.
  • Become more environmentally aware of the impact of users such as mountain bikers on the native vegetation and wildlife. Parents are required to organise the regular bringing of the mountain bike to school.

Cost: $75.00 per term, or $300.00 for 12 months’ involvement. This is to cover the reduced ratio of students to staff for risk management of cyclists.
This subject is not offered beyond Year 10

DESIGN FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

This subject introduces students to the concept of sustainability and encourages an understanding of the complex interactions between the environmental, economic and social dimensions of sustainability. Attracting students from a range of fields, Design for a Sustainable Future will bring a multidisciplinary team perspective to the research, analysis and problemsolving aspects of creating positive change towards sustainability within our school. This subject aims to give students a sense of empowerment and achievement in addition to tangible leadership and design skills which will feed into a range of later year study areas.

In small teams, students will be required to critique, design and present an action plan aimed at resolving a sustainability issue that impacts current and future generations. This subject provides students with the opportunity to enhance, demonstrate and document work-ready skills appropriate to their personal areas of interest.

Areas of study within this course will be: waste management, sustainability of materials, recycling, composting, permaculture, entrepreneurship, leadership, critical analysis, ethical and sustainable production, safety in product design, technology in sustainability, community development.

GROUP MUSIC PERFORMANCE

Group Music Performance provides students with the opportunity to learn songs in an ensemble setting. Students perform regularly, including lunchtime performances and school soirèes, which allow them to develop confidence in performances in a variety of settings. Students are required to choose songs to perform from the relevant themes or styles presented to them weekly. They use general listening and specific aural skills to enhance their performances and knowledge of the elements of music, style and notation to arrange, document and share their music. Students are also required to analyse recordings and videos of their own performances, as a way to improve and self evaluate their technical and performance skills.

In order to undertake this subject, it is compulsory for students to have prior / current experience playing an instrument.

LITERATURE

The study of Literature is an exciting course that relies upon lively debate amongst class members to develop and extend an understanding and enjoyment of reading. Course work includes creative responses, spirited discussion and analytical thinking and writing. This broad selection of tasks encourages students to become independent and critical thinkers. These skills will assist students in their future academic study and life-long careers. Students interested in undertaking VCE Literature are strongly encouraged to undertake Year 10 Literature.

PHOTOGRAPHY

The digital photography course is a great lead up to VCE Studio Art in the senior years. It is designed to cover aspects of composition, photographic equipment and computer software such as Adobe Photoshop. The course will build on skills in writing and discussing photographic works as well as the process that have been used to produce this artwork. In this course the emphasis is placed on the Art Elements and Principles of Design and how to recognize them in a photograph.

PSYCHOLOGY

Introduction to Psychology

Psychology reaches into every part of our lives. It is an incredibly diverse and fascinating subject that considers virtually every aspect of our thoughts, feelings and behaviour. No matter what your current interests are, how well you want to do at school or what job you want in the future, psychology can help you develop an understanding of yourself and those around you. Topics include:

  • What is the relationship between the structure and function of the brain?
  • How is it that the brain allows us to experience emotions like fear, sadness and excitement?
  • What factors contribute to behaviour change in social situations?
  • How does stress affect the human body?
  • How can research methods be used to create scientific experiments?

This elective will also help you prepare for VCE Psychology and a future career in the following:

  • Social work and welfare support
  • Education
  • Advertising, sales and marketing
  • Research
  • Clinical practice
  • Sports
  • Criminal justice system – forensics

RESEARCH PROJECTS

Ever wished you could choose what you wanted to study in school? The Project offers you the opportunity to do that. You choose one of the following project types:

  • An extended dissertation (c2000-3000 words)
  • Creating an artefact (a thing!)

Sample project ideas:

  • Should human cloning be allowed? (dissertation)
  • Is graffiti an art form? (dissertation)
  • Why is the Ashes such an important cricket event? (dissertation)
  • Create an illustrated children’s book (artefact)
  • Design your own fishing lure (artefact)
  • Create a website for a particular purpose (artefact)
  • Build you own computer app (artefact)

The Project develops skills in project management, time planning, research and referencing, essential skills for VCE and University. Each project requires you to develop a project proposal, create a project log (diary) showing your progress and monitoring. You will undertake research from a variety of sources, both primary and secondary, and analyse your findings, using them to enhance your project.
After completing your project, you give a short presentation about your project and its outcomes.

You must be self-motivated and able to work independently- the project is led and driven by you.

ST JOHN AMBULANCE CADETS

St John Ambulance Cadet Program is a national self-funding charitable organization, active in every state and territory, dedicated to helping people in sickness, distress, suffering or danger. St John has been active in Australia for over one hundred years, and are part of a wider international organization with a long and honourable history.

Students will complete:
Year 9:     HLTAID001        Provide First Aid
Year 10:   HLTAID006        Advance First Aid
Year 10:   HLTAID0078      Advance Resuscitation

Operations Branch volunteers in their familiar black and white uniforms provide the highest quality first aid coverage at sporting and community events. Students strive to complete their Preliminary First Aid certificate, which gains them entry to St John Ambulance and prepares cadets for duty with adult members of the Operations Branch.

NOTE: Students must have completed the St John Ambulance Cadet Program in Year 9 and please be aware that this course does not continue beyond Year 10.

TIPOFF BASKETBALL

In Year 9 / 10 students can access the Tipoff Basketball Program as part of their electives. The program is run in association with the Southern Peninsula Basketball Association and focuses on building students basketball skills, ability to work in teams and to have an understanding of health and fitness. The program offers students the opportunity to complete their referee accreditation and level 0 coaching course, as well as various excursions to leaders in the field of Basketball specific training.

NOTE: This course is not offered beyond Year 10

VISUAL COMMUNICATION

In this subject, students will follow the design process in response to client briefs from the Industrial, Environmental, and Communication fields of design. Students will experiment with a variety of methods, media and materials, including pencil rendering, technical drawing, painting, model-making, and digital methods, with students able to access all programs in the Adobe CC suite via the Technology Portal. Students will build their awareness of how designers use the elements and principles of design to communicate ideas visually. This area of study leads into VCE Visual Communication Design Unit 1 – 4, and will be both practical and theory based. Please note, students will require an A3 visual diary if they choose this subject.

VCE ACCOUNTING

Accounting involves reporting and analysing financial information to track and improve business performance. Accounting plays an integral role in the successful operation and management of every organisation, from a small business to a global corporation, across a variety of industries. VCE Accounting prepares students for a university or vocational pathway in commerce, management and accounting. It can lead to careers in areas such as financial accounting, management accounting, management and personal financial planning. In VCE Accounting students apply critical thinking skills to a range of business situations, using both manual bookkeeping and information and communications technology (ICT) to provide accounting advice to business owners. The study is made up of four units:

Unit 1: Role of accounting in business

This unit explores the establishment of a business and the role of accounting in the determination of business success or failure. In this, it considers the importance of accounting information to stakeholders. Students analyse, interpret and evaluate the performance of the business using financial and non-financial information. They use these evaluations to make recommendations regarding the suitability of a business as an investment.

Unit 2: Accounting and decision-making for a trading business

In this unit students develop their knowledge of the accounting process for sole proprietors operating a trading business, with a focus on inventory, accounts receivable, accounts payable and non-current assets. Students use manual processes and ICT, including spreadsheets, to prepare historical and budgeted accounting reports.

Unit 3: Financial accounting for a trading business

This unit focuses on financial accounting for a small business. Students develop their understanding of the accounting processes for recording and reporting and consider the effect of decisions made on the performance of the business. They interpret reports and information presented in a variety of formats and suggest strategies to the owner to improve the performance of the business.

Unit 4: Recording, reporting, budgeting and decision-making

In this unit students further develop their understanding of accounting for a small business. Students investigate both the role and importance of budgeting in decision-making for a business. They analyse and interpret accounting reports and graphical representations to evaluate the performance of a business. From this evaluation, students suggest strategies to business owners to improve business performance.

Career Options

Accountant, Auditor, Bank Officer, Company Secretary, Corporate Treasurer, Diplomat, Economics, Financial Advisor, Financial Journalist, Financial Planner/Manager, Human Resource Management, Management Consultant, Market Researcher, Portfolio Manager, Project Manager, Statistician, Stockbroker, Tax Agent, Trade Analyst, University Lecturer. NOTE: Unit 1 and 2 VCE Accounting runs in the Wednesday block and VCE Accounting Unit 3 and 4 runs in the normal blocks.

VCE DANCE

Unit 1 and 2

These units enable students to explore the potential of the body as an instrument of expression. Concentrating on safe dance practices, students will develop the physical skills and body actions required in dance. Students will explore and perform dance works originating from different dance-making processes and discuss influences on the movements and ideas communicated in their own and other’s dance works. Students will also expand their dance vocabulary by exploring various genres of dance.

Unit 3 and 4

These units allow students to develop compositional skills by exploring ways in which the intention of the choreographer can be expressed through movement with the use of phrasing, spatial organization, and elements of movement and group structures. Solo and group dance works from 1900 to present day are analysed, concentrating on the influences and compositional techniques used. The students will also focus on the technical complexities, accuracy, performance skills and composition in the performance and interpretation of a learnt group dance and the composition and performance of their own solo dance works. Entry;

“It is recommended that students have three to four years dance and/or movement experience prior to the commencement of VCE Dance. This experience might focus on a specific dance style or could involve development of a personal movement vocabulary.”

Students are expected to purchase (is they don’t already have) a pair of foot undies, along with the expectation that students are to attend “Top Acts”, perform at the end of semester Performance Evening (practical exam) and one of the workshops offered throughout the year.

Career Options

Choreographer, Fitness Instructor, Dance Teacher, Musical Theatre, Events Co-ordinator, Professional Dancer Year 10 students who undertake VCE Dance on a Wednesday are strongly encouraged to also undertake the Year 10 Dance within their normal Year 10 program.

VCE ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary science that explores the interactions and interconnectedness between humans and their environments and analyses the functions of both living and non-living elements that sustain Earth systems.

Unit 1: How are Earth’s systems connected? (2020)

In this unit students examine Earth as a set of four interacting systems: the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere. Students apply a systems perspective when exploring the physical requirements for life in terms of inputs and outputs, and consider the effects of natural and human-induced changes in ecosystems. They investigate the physical environment and its components, the function of local ecosystems and the interactions that occur in and between ecological components over different timescales. Students consider how the biotic and abiotic components of local ecosystems can be monitored and measured.

Unit 2: How can pollution be managed? (2019)

Students investigate the extent to which humans modify their environments and the consequences of these changes in local and global contexts with a focus on pollution, biodiversity, energy use and climate change; they explore the conceptual, behavioural, ethical and technological responses to these changes. VCE Environmental Science provides for continuing study pathways within the field and leads to a range of careers. Diverse areas of employment range from design, including landscape or building architecture, engineering and urban planning, environmental consultancy and advocacy, which may involve employment in air, water and/or soil quality monitoring and control, agriculture, construction, mining and property management and water quality engineering. Environmental scientists also work in cross-disciplinary areas such as bushfire research, environmental management and conservation, geology and oceanography.

NOTE: Environmental Science Unit 3 /4 is not offered at Dromana College.

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