Carson Graham Secondary
North Vancouver School District
Science Courses

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SCIENCE 8 (MYP Sciences Year 3)

Through an IB MYP framework, students will start to develop the skills and attitudes necessary to become scientists.  Students will discover three key concepts underlying many scientific processes: systemsrelationships, and change, while developing an understanding of the following topics: cell theory, photosynthesis and respiration, the immune system, kinetic molecular theory, atomic theory (protons, neutrons, electrons, leptons and quarks!), light and radiation, plate tectonics and First Peoples knowledge of local geological formations and events.

Throughout this course, students will get the opportunity to show off their learning in many ways.  They will show their knowledge and understanding of the key concepts through individual as well as group assignments, whether it be through written assessments or research projects.  They will develop lab skills through inquiring and designing scientific investigations, and learning methods for collecting, processing and evaluating data in order to draw their own conclusions. They will reflect on the impacts of science on our world; as they discover that science has ethical, economic, cultural and environmental impacts.

 

SCIENCE 9 (MYP Sciences Year 4)

Students will continue to build on the scientific attitudes and the skills they met in Science 8. Students will delve deeper into three key concepts underlying many scientific processes: systemsrelationships, and change, while developing an understanding of the following topics: cellular reproduction, the structure of the atom, the periodic table, electricity, and the interconnections of the four spheres (Atmosphere, Hydrosphere, Ecosphere and Lithosphere).

Throughout this course, students will get the opportunity to show off their learning in many ways.  They will show their knowledge and understanding of the key concepts with individual and group assignments, whether it be through written assessments or research projects.  They will further develop lab skills through inquiring and designing scientific investigations, and continue learning methods for collecting, processing and evaluating data in order to draw their own conclusions. Students will continue to reflect on the impacts of science on our world, whether these impacts are ethical, social, economic, or environmental.

 

SCIENCE 10 (MYP Sciences Year 5) 4 credits

Continuing from Science 9, students will keep building the skills and attitudes they will require for our senior science courses.  Students will study connections of the three key concepts underlying many scientific processes: systemsrelationships, and change, while developing an understanding of the following topics: energy conformation and transformation, genetics, chemical processes, pH and chemical changes, cosmology and the big bang theory.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in an interdisciplinary learning project that focuses on human interactions and the use of energy and how it affects environmental sustainability. 

Throughout this course, students will show off their learning in many ways.  They will show their knowledge and understanding of the key concepts with both individual and group assignments, whether these are written assessments or research projects.  They will further develop lab skills through inquiring and designing scientific investigations, and learn more sophisticated methods for collecting, processing and evaluating data in order to draw their own conclusions.    They will continue to reflect on the impacts of science on our world, be it : ethical, social, economic, political, cultural, or environmental impacts.

 

BIOLOGY 11  4 credits

Centered on the study of the diversity of living organisms including microbes, plants, and animals, Biology 11 focuses on the common themes of adaptation and evolution. The course presents Biology as an open and growing field of challenging problems awaiting solutions.  A large amount of microscopic and dissection lab work accompanies the biological theory of this course. By the end of the course students will be aware of the great diversity of Earth's organisms and of their relationships to each other.  The draft curriculum of Life Science 11 has been added to the existing course, with increased focus on the structure of virus particles and prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.

*For the 2018/19 shool year, this course is also being offered as an afternoon X-block in addition to sections within the regular school day.

 

IB BIOLOGY 11 (HL) 4 credits

IB BIOLOGY 11 (SL) 4 credits

IB BIOLOGY 12 (HL) 4 credits

IB BIOLOGY 12 (SL) 4 credits

IB Biology is a two-year course of study designed to provide students with an understanding of the important underlying biological themes through a focus on acquiring a body of factual knowledge. Four basic biological concepts run through this body of knowledge: the relationship between structure and function; the theme of universality versus diversity; the occurrence of equilibrium within living and non-living systems; and, evolution as an underlying concept for understanding life on Earth. Students will become knowledgeable about the ideas and concepts fundamental to biology and will be challenged to think about how biology and emerging biological technologies exist within a global context. Laboratory work forms an integral part of the course.

Biology (HL) may be offered as an IB Certificate course for students in regular stream courses who wish to extend their learning to a first-year university level. At certain institutions (students must research the transfer credit policy of their university-of-choice), students who achieve a score of 5, 6, or 7 as their final grade may receive university transfer credit for a first year Biology course. 
 

CHEMISTRY 11  4 credits

Chemistry 11 provides students with basic concepts required for future chemistry courses. The course is theory based with a strong emphasis on quantitative aspects. A strong background in math is recommended. Key concepts include: lab skills, writing chemical equations, the mole, predicting amounts in chemical reactions, atomic structure, chemical bonding and organic chemistry.

*For the 2018/19 shool year, this course is also being offered as an morning X-block in addition to sections within the regular school day. 


IB CHEMISTRY 11 (HL) 4 credits
IB CHEMISTRY 11 (SL) 4 credits

IB CHEMISTRY 12 (HL) 4 credits
IB CHEMISTRY 12 (SL) 4 credits

IB Chemistry (HL/SL) is an experimental science that combines academic study with the acquisition and development of practical and investigational skills. This two-year course aims to balance the needs of a content-oriented syllabus with the development of the critical-thinking skills required by an experimental scientist. The course reflects the need to ensure that the qualifications will be met for students wishing to enter university study in the sciences; it will also develop students' investigational skills in the use of the scientific method, involving the formation, testing and modification of a hypothesis through observation and measurement, under the controlled conditions of an experiment. The course will also allow the students to develop their problem-solving and analytical skills, as well as provide opportunities for the students to become more aware of the moral, ethical, social, economic and environmental implications of using science and technology. Laboratory work forms an integral part of the course.

Chemistry HL may be offered as an IB Certificate course for students in regular stream courses who wish to extend their learning to a first-year university level. At certain institutions (students must research the transfer credit policy of their university-of-choice), students who achieve a score of 5, 6, or 7 as their final grade may receive university transfer credit for a first year Chemistry course.

  

EARTH SCIENCE 11  4 credits

Earth Science 11 is a survey course designed to introduce students to the diverse aspects of earth and space science, and offers applications to the real world. Earth science topics include rocks and minerals, plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes, ocean and weather sciences and the history of life on Earth.  This course will look at some of these aspects focusing on a local perspective. Space science topics include planets and the solar system, stars, galaxies, and deep space objects such as quasars and black holes. If you like learning about our planet and space science, this course will be an interesting way to obtain the Grade 11 science course credit toward graduation. If you are considering an earth science as an academic field, career, or a vocation, this course will also give you the basis for an informed decision.

 

PHYSICS 11  4 credits

Physics 11 is an introductory physics course, where students meet many core physics concepts with a focus on one-dimensional mechanics (Newton's laws and motion) and wave phenomena.  As well as introducing fundamental physics knowledge, the goal of this course is to teach students basic science and transferable skills.  These skills include critical thinking and problem solving skills, the skills to collect and interpret data and design good experiments.  All this will be done through a combination of hands-on learning and physical experiments, "thought experiments", and problem solving sessions.  Students will be expected to work both independently and in groups.

By the end of this course students will be expected to:

·       Show a broad understanding of introductory physics concepts.

·       Solve physics problems in familiar and unfamiliar situations.

·       Collect process and interpret data and draw valid conclusions from these data.

Physics is a science of logic and Mathematics is the language of logic.  Thus, Mathematics is a deeply ingrained part of physics, and students who struggle in math may find that they also struggle in physics class. A recommended co-requisite is Pre-Calculus 11 and some students may find that they must put extra effort into improving algebra skills in order to find success in this course.

 

PHYSICS 11 ENRICHED 4 credits

Physics 11 Enriched is also an introductory physics course, and it covers many of the same topics as standard Physics 11. This physics course is designed to go at a faster pace, and as such, will explore topics in more depth. Students considering this course are encouraged to have a high comfort level in mathematics. 

Q: If this course is "faster" than the standard physics 11 course, will my mark suffer?

A: No, this course is not intended to be "harder" as such, and both "Physics 11" and "Physics 11 Enriched" will be assessed on the same standards, this course is simply offered as an opportunity for motivated students to explore greater material in more depth.

If you have questions about either Physics 11 or Physics 11 Enriched, you are encouraged to talk to your science teacher or find one of the physics teachers around the school.

 Supplemental Fee $60

IB PHYSICS 11 (SL) 4 credits
IB PHYSICS 12 (SL) 4 credits

The purpose of this two-year course is to provide students with an understanding of both the theoretical and practical nature of physics and to increase facility in the use of mathematics, which is the language of physics. This course will provide students the opportunity to explore physics as it was developed historically from about Galileo's time up to the present. A key objective is to challenge students to think about how physical principles have been applied to construct and alter the material world to suit our needs. This raises the issue of the impact of physics on society, the moral and ethical dilemmas, and the social, economic and environmental implications of the work of physicists. These concerns have become more prominent as our power over the environment has grown. Students will also explore the international context within which physics exists and examine issues from more than one side. Laboratory work forms an integral part of this course.

Physics HL may be offered as an IB Certificate course for students in regular stream courses who wish to extend their learning to a first year university level. At certain institutions (students must research the transfer credit policy of their university-of-choice), students who achieve a score of 4, 5, 6, or 7 as their final grade may receive university transfer credit for a first year Physics course.

 

GEOLOGY 12 4 credits

This inquiry-based course expands on the geology units taught in Earth Science 11. It prepares students for university courses in Geophysics, Geology, Volcanology, and the oil and mining industry. Using a scientific approach, geological evidence is interpreted to tell the story of the history of the Earth. The following topics are covered: Earth Materials, Time and the Fossil Record, Internal Processes, Surface Processes, and the Geology of the Solar System.

 

BIOLOGY (ANATOMY and PHYSIOLOGY) 12  4 credits

This course is intended for students who excel at biology and enjoy examining living systems. Anatomy and Physiology 12 focuses on three big ideas: homeostasis, DNA processes and cellular organization, and the interrelationship between human organ systems.  This course fosters student interest in understanding by looking at the processes that define living systems, most specifically the human body. Laboratory skills are practiced in both hypothetical and practical applications. Dissection may be used to examine organ systems. It is highly recommended that student have taken either Chemistry 11 or Biology 11 before registering for this course. 

 

CHEMISTRY 12  4 credits

Chemistry 12 extends the concepts of Chemistry 11 and helps to prepare students for post-secondary studies in the field of chemistry. This course looks at the various applications of chemical equilibrium including solubility, acids plus bases and electrochemistry. Lab work will accompany the chemical theory and quantitative aspects of the course.  A strong foundation in Chemistry 11 is highly recommended.

 

PHYSICS 12  4 credits

Through a combination of thought experiments, demonstrations, hands-on learning and lab experiments, this Physics 12 course will focus on building a student's critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Students will explore the two-dimensional aspects of many of the physical phenomena that they encountered in Physics 11, while extending this prior knowledge into previously unexplored topics such as circular motion, gravitation, electrostatics, electric circuits and electromagnetism. It is encouraged that students taking Physics 12 have already successfully completed physics 11 (or similar) course.