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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).

Life Sciences
Marine Studies ThemeMulticellular OrganismsEcosystem DynamicsClassificationBiotechnologyMaterials Input/Output
Phytoplankton/zooplankton Body systems and adaptations. 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. 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 lifeCells and multicellular organismsHeredity and continuity of lifeMaintaining the internal environment
International biodiversity protection.Marine reserves.Keystone species and conservation. Technology as a tool to measure, analyse and monitor biodiversity.Photosynthesis and productivity. Examine phytoplankton and its role in oxygen production. Harmful algal blooms and classification of toxic plankton.Genetic modifications in the aquaculture industry. Jellyfish life cycle (mitosis and meiosis stages) and jellyfish blooms.Quarantine and biosecurity in marine introduced pest species and disease such as spread of oyster virus.
Earth and Environmental Science
Introduction to Earth systemsEarth processes – energy transfers and transformationsLiving on Earth - extracting, using and managing Earth resourcesThe changing Earth - the cause and impact of Earth hazards
Monitoring Earth’s atmosphere• Physical oceanography and ocean chemistry. • Climate change and the global ocean conveyor. • Carbon in the ocean. • Resources from the Sea – aquaculture, wild catch and food security. • Environmental challenge and technological opportunities in aquaculture. • Understanding Marine Ecosystem Services. • Changing climate. • Ocean acidification. • Extreme weather events.
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