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Implementation workshop

VCE Environmental Science 2013−2016


August 2012





Purpose

The aims of this session include:


t
o provide specific information regarding changes to
curriculum and assessment for
VCE Environmental
Science
2013−2016

as a result of a move to a single
end
-
of
-
year examination of
two
hours duration


to gather feedback/questions/comments regarding
implementation in order to produce a set of FAQs to
support delivery of the revised study design for VCE
Environmental Science from 2013.


Online publication of VCE Study Designs


From 2013, all VCE study designs, advice for
teachers, resources and assessment
handbooks will be available in an online format
only (i.e. no hard copies)


Online publications will include a
publication/update date


Teachers will be advised of major updates
through the
VCAA Bulletin VCE, VET and VCAL


Summary of changes

A number of key knowledge points across Units 3 and 4
have been edited and expanded for clarity, and three
Outcome statements have been modified.
T
hese changes
have been published in
t
he
VCAA Bulletin VCE, VCAL and
VET
Supplement 1, No. 97, July 2012.



Reminder
:
teachers may subscribe to the
VCAA Bulletin Online



refer
to
VCAA home page
.



Teaching and learning resources


Changes to the study design have been made with the
intention that teachers may continue to use existing
teaching and learning resources


The
Summary of changes

for VCE Environmental
Science on the VCAA website should assist teachers to
identify study content and sections in current texts which
may no longer be applicable to the accredited 2013

2016 course


Teachers should note that some publishers are
producing revised materials. It is a school/teacher
-
based
decision as to whether new resources are purchased
and/or utilised



Overview of changes

Curriculum changes
:


C
hanges to Unit 3 Outcomes 2 and 3, and Unit 4 Outcome 2


M
inor editing and/or deletion of some key knowledge for clarity
and scope

Assessment changes
:


S
ingle end
-
of
-
year examination of two hours duration


Examination:SAC

=
50:50
weighting (change from 66:34)


SAC tasks and mark allocations have changed


S
ome
content assessed though School
-
assessed Coursework
only

(specific details related to a threatened animal, a pollutant
and an environmental science project
)
and
not

in end
-
of
-
year
examination



Unit 4 Key Knowledge: removal of content

A key knowledge point, and its associated key skill, have
been deleted in Unit 4.


Unit 4, Area of Study 2 key knowledge:


assessment of the impact of ecotourism on the
environment and the strategies required to manage
ecotourism

Unit 4, Area of Study 2 key skill:


analyse

the impact of ecotourism




Changed Unit 3 Outcome

Current Unit 3 Outcome 2:

On completion of this unit the student should be able to
describe the characteristics of biodiversity, and evaluate
strategies to reduce the effects of threatening processes on
one selected endangered animal


Revised Unit 3 Outcome 2:

On completion of this unit the student should be able to
describe the characteristics of biodiversity, evaluate
strategies to reduce the effects of threatening processes on
biodiversity, and apply this knowledge to
one selected
threatened
animal


Changed Unit 3 Outcome 3

Current Unit 3 Outcome 3:

On completion of this unit the student should be able to
explain how scientific data is applied to the assessment
of environmental risk in ensuring biodiversity


Revised Unit 3 Outcome 3:

On completion of this unit the student should be able to
explain how scientific data is
used in the evaluation of
biodiversity
and is applied to the development of
management strategies to ensure biodiversity


Unit 4 Outcome 2 change

Current
Unit 4 Outcome
2:

On completion of this unit the student should be able to
use
the principles of ecologically sustainable development and
environmental management to evaluate a selected
environmental science project


Revised Unit 4 Outcome
2:

On completion of this unit the student should be able
to
use
the principles of ecologically sustainable development and
environmental management to evaluate
environmental
science
projects, including a focus on one selected
environmental science project



FAQs

A set of
Frequently Asked Questions

will
be published on the VCE Environmental
Science study page of the VCAA website
to support implementation of the revised
study design 2013−2016


School
-
assessed Coursework


contributes 50

per cent
to the
study
score


-

Unit 3
SAC: 25 per cent


-

Unit 4
SAC: 25 per cent


should
form part of the teaching and learning
program, both in terms of formative (including
diagnostic) and summative
assessment


Student
-
selected SACs


Specific details related to three
student
-
selected
assessment tasks are examined by
School
-
assessed
Coursework only
:

-

threatened animal

-

pollutant

-

environmental science project


The student
-
selected fossil fuel and non
-
fossil fuel
energy resources are assessed through
both

a SAC
and
the end
-
of
-
year examination



Advice for Teachers


The
Advice for Teachers
has been updated
to include relevant employability skills derived
from the Employability Skills Framework
against specified assessment tasks for Units
1−4



Assessment Handbook


The Assessment Handbook for VCE
Environmental Science 2013−2016 will be
available from the VCE Environmental Science
study page prior to Term 1 2013.


Resources


The list of resources will be updated annually by
the VCAA and will be available from the VCE
Environmental Science page



Educators may submit suggested references for
inclusion on the resource list to the Curriculum
Manager for Science at the VCAA


Examination conditions



15 minutes reading time


120 minutes writing time


Question and Answer book + Multiple Choice
answer sheet


50 per cent contribution to Study Score


Examination content


Questions will be based on the key knowledge and key skills
that underpin the outcomes in Unit 3 and Unit 4,
with the
exception
that specific details related to student
-
selected
threatened animal, pollutant and environmental science
project will be assessed through SACs


Students will be required to apply the knowledge and skills
of the environmental science areas undertaken in Unit 3 and
Unit 4



Examination content (continued)


There will be a balance of content across four Areas of
Study in Units 3 and 4 to reflect the weighting in the School
-
assessed Coursework


Some questions may include content from more than one
Area of Study within a unit and/or content which crosses
both

Units 3 and 4



Examination format and mark allocation

Two
sections


Section A


-
30
multiple choice
questions

-
one
mark
each


Section B

-
short
answer
questions

-
90 marks total


Examination
will be out of 120 marks




Section A

TOTAL MARKS: 30


multiple choice


all
questions compulsory


some
questions built around a short scenario


questions
will be answered on a Multiple Choice
answer sheet



Section B

TOTAL MARKS: 90


short
answer questions


scenarios


1
-
5 or 6 mark questions maximum per question



Note:
No
essays but there could be extended
responses


Approved examination materials

Approved:


stationery
: pens, pencils, highlighters, erasers,
sharpeners and
rulers


s
cientific calculator


Not approved:


blank sheets of paper


correction
fluid


Examination advice


The examination will follow the examination
specifications and will test a
representative
sample

of the key knowledge and key skills


The number of marks provides a guide to the
complexity of the expected answer/s



Sample examination paper


Sample examination paper is composed largely of past
examination questions


Solutions to past examination questions can be accessed
by referring to the relevant Assessment Reports available
on the VCAA
website


Some
questions

were specifically developed to illustrate
that questions can draw upon understanding of
concepts

across Units 3 and
4


Sample examination paper will be published on the VCAA
website in the VCE
Environmental Science study
pages




Contact

VCAA branch

Science Manager


Contact Details

Curriculum

Maria James

Tel: 9651 4655

Email:
james.maria.m@edumail.vic.gov.au



Assessment

Claudia

Cicuttini

Tel: 9225 2351

Email:

cicuttini.claudia.c@edumail.vic.gov.au



© Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority 2012