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Years 11 & 12 Programs


Teachers are encouraged to contact Secondary Coordinator to discuss a customised program for their class.

All programs include examples of scientific research from IMAS, CSIRO, AAD and other stakeholder groups or relevant industry. Students interact with live animals and spend time on-board RV Penghana for abiotic and biotic field work, including data collection and citizen science projects.

Refer also to Cross Curriculum programs.

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Life Science Program

Ecosystem Dynamics:  Abiotic influences on marine ecosystems including human impacts.

Classification:  Features of the major marine phyla and how taxonomic classifications are made.

Multicellular Organisms:  Phytoplankton/zooplankton

Biotechnology:  Genetic technology in aquaculture. Biosensors and sentinel animals.


Biodiversity and the interconnectedness of life:  Marine ecosystems, keystone species and marine reserve conservation. Technology as a tool to measure, analyse and monitor biodiversity.

Cells and multicellular organisms:  Photosynthesis and productivity. Examine phytoplankton and its role in oxygen production. Harmful algal blooms and classification of toxic plankton.

Heredity and continuity of life:  Genetic technology in the aquaculture industry. Jellyfish life cycle (mitosis and meiosis stages) and jellyfish blooms.

Maintaining the internal environment:  Quarantine and biosecurity in marine introduced pest species and disease such as spread of oyster virus.

Earth and Environmental Science.

Earth processes – energy transfers and transformations

• Physical oceanography and ocean chemistry.
• Climate change and the global ocean conveyor.
• Carbon in the ocean.

Living on Earth – extracting, using and managing Earth resources

• Resources from the Sea – aquaculture, wild catch and food security.
• Environmental challenge and technological opportunities in aquaculture.
• Understanding Marine Ecosystem Services.

The changing Earth – the cause and impact of Earth hazards

• Changing climate.
• Ocean acidification.
• Extreme weather events.

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