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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.

Some broad curriculum links are listed below. Refer also to Cross Curriculum programs (below).

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Life Sciences


Multicellular Organisms

Phytoplankton/zooplankton Body systems and adaptations


Ecosystem Dynamics

Abiotic influences on marine ecosystems including human impacts.



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



Genetic technology in aquaculture. Biosensors and sentinel animals.


Materials Input/Output

Abiotic factors and animal adaptations.

Biology Focus on a range case studies to discuss biodiversity and human impacts on ecosystems.


Biodiversity and the interconnectedness of life

International biodiversity protection.Marine reserves.Keystone species and 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 modifications 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.


Introduction to Earth systems

Monitoring Earth’s atmosphere.


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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