Science

MYP SCIENCE 8 (Year 3)

(MSC-08-IB)

MYP Science 8 is designed to increase students’ understanding of scientific concepts and facts while giving them practical experience in the outdoor and laboratory setting. The Science 8 curriculum elements support learning in biology, physics, chemistry, and Earth science through the following big ideas:

  •       Cells are a basic unit of life
  •       Energy can be transferred as both a particle and a wave
  •       The kinetic molecular theory and the theory of the atom explain the behaviour of matter
  •       The theory of plate tectonics is the unifying theory that explains Earth’s geological processes.

Topics of study will include the Kinetic Molecular Theory, Atomic Theory, Electromagnetic Radiation, Light Optics, Cell Biology, Pathogens & Immunity, and Plate Tectonics. Connections between these topics and inquiry into their relevance in the world outside the classroom are emphasized.

Assessment is based on the 4 Sciences criteria of the Middle Years Program: Knowing and Understanding (through quizzes and tests), Inquiring and Designing (through design labs), Processing and Analyzing (through labs) and Reflecting on the Impacts of Science (through reports and presentations).

MYP SCIENCE 9 (Year 4)

(MSC-09-IB)

MYP Science 9 is designed to expand and develop students’ understanding of scientific concepts and skills as well as expose students to contemporary issues involving science and society. The Science 9 curriculum elements support learning in biology, physics, chemistry, and Earth science through the following big ideas:

  •       Cells are derived from cells
  •       Electricity is the flow of electrons.
  •       The electron arrangement of atoms impacts their chemical nature.
  •    The biosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere are interconnected, as matter cycles and energy flows through them.

Topics of study include Ecology, Elements & Compounds, Electricity, and Reproduction. Connections between these topics and their relationship to real-world topics and issues are emphasized.

Assessment is based on the 4 criteria of the Middle Years Program: Knowing and Understanding (through quizzes and tests), Inquiring and Designing (through design labs), Processing and Analyzing (through labs) and Reflecting on the Impacts of Science (through reports and presentations).

MYP SCIENCE 10 (YEAR 5)

(MSC-10-IB ~ 4 CREDITS)

Science 10 will provide students with the opportunity to explore biology, chemistry, physics and earth science. Laboratory investigations will help students to enhance their conceptual understanding of the major sciences.

Assessment will include tests and quizzes that assess knowing and understanding, lab investigation reports that assess inquiring, designing, processing and evaluating, and assignments, projects and oral presentations that assess reflecting on the impacts of science.

The students will write an in school final exam to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the content of Science 10.

BIOLOGY 11

(MBI–11 ~ 4 CREDITS)

Biology 11 is an exciting look into the evolution, ecology and diversity of life. Students will explore the microscopic world of bacteria, algae, plants, fungi, invertebrates and even selected vertebrates. Students will be expected to be fully present and prepared for each class by making summaries from the provided readings. There are several hands-on experiences over the course of the year, including bacteria cultures, DNA isolation and a dissection. Highlights of the year will include several guided walks outdoors and a five day trip to the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre on Vancouver Island.

Assessment is broad-based and includes assignments, lab activities and tests.

BIOLOGY 11: PRE AP

(MBI–11ENR ~ 4 CREDITS)

This course is mandatory if Biology AP is to be completed in the grade 12 year. Students enrolled in AP Biology must be self-motivated and welcome a challenge. This is a great course to prepare students for the rigors of University. This course will explore Biology as a process, utilizing various themes to explore concepts from Biology 11 in addition to the concepts of the AP Biology program. Topics include cell replication and division, genetics and heredity, biodiversity, ecology, and evolution. Students will be engaged with discussion, projects, self-directed studies, laboratory work, and field trips, including a five day trip to the Bamfield Marine Science Centre on Vancouver Island.   Optional fee for enrichment materials-$50.

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY-BIOLOGY 12

(MBI–12 ~ 4 CREDITS)

Anatomy and Physiology 12 furthers the concepts learned in Biology 11 by examining the functions of the human body. Students will explore cell biology and all the major body systems with an emphasis on the complex relationship between the system and how homeostasis is maintained. Microscope work, experimental design, creative assignments, laboratory activities and dissections will provide hands-on experience. Students may choose to not participate in dissections but will be required to complete an alternate assignment.  There is a final exam in the course worth 25%.

AP BIOLOGY 12

(ABIO-12 ~ 4 CREDITS each for AP BIOLOGY and BIOLOGY 12)

This course is a continuation from concepts and skills learned in Biology pre AP 11. Students enrolled in AP Biology must be self-motivated and welcome a challenge. This is a great course to prepare students for the rigors of University. This course will explore Biology as a process, utilising various themes to explore concepts from Biology 12 in addition to the concepts of the AP Biology program. Students will receive credit for both Biology 12 and Biology AP. Topics include biochemistry, cellular biology and energetics, molecular genetics, biotechnology, and human physiology. Students will be engaged with discussion, projects, self-directed studies, laboratory work, and field trips.  Students will be required to enrol in an additional tutorial block, within the timetable, that meets approximately every second rotation. Optional fee for enrichment materials-$110.

CHEMISTRY 11

(MCH–11 ~ 4 CREDITS)

Chemistry 11 is a course designed to introduce the main ideas, principles and verifying concepts in chemistry, and provide a basis for Chemistry 12 and university entrance. Skills learned in Mathematics 10 and Science 10 are critical to success in Chemistry 11.

Topics include: uncertainty in measurement, writing chemical formulae and balancing equations, the mole concept and Avogadro’s Number problems using balanced equations, solutions and ions, molarity, electron configuration and bonding, and organic chemistry.

CHEMISTRY 12

MCH–12 ~ 4 CREDITS)

Chemistry 12 is an extensive course, which furthers the concepts used in Chemistry 11. The main topics covered in this course are reaction kinetics, equilibrium, solubility equilibrium, acid/base reactions, pH, buffers and redox reactions. Chemistry 12 is a lab based course where the skills and equipment used will be supportive of further studies in the sciences.

Minimum B average in Chemistry 11 is recommended.

AP CHEMISTRY 12

(12 CREDITS TOTAL FOR CHEMISTRY 11, CHEMISTRY 12 and AP CHEMISTRY 12)

This program is designed to span 2 years of secondary education. Students are expected to have taken Chemistry 11 and 12 (or Chemistry 12 must be taken concurrently). Students must be highly motivated and must be prepared to complete assignments/projects during the extended breaks throughout the school year. The program will provide students with an opportunity to complete first year college/university chemistry learning outcomes by the end of their grade 12 year. Students will be engaged in several learning styles: class discussions, laboratory work, projects, field trips and self-directed studies.  This course meets as a tutorial block, within the timetable, approximately every second rotation.  Optional fee for enrichment materials-$90.

EARTH SCIENCE 11

(MESC-11 ~ 4 CREDITS)

Earth Science 11 is a course designed to give students a greater understanding of the Earth and the forces that affect it, as well as it’s place in the Universe. Topics include: the structure and geological history of the Earth, astronomy, rock and mineral identification, weather, hydrology, volcanism, and plate tectonics.

PHYSICS 11

(MPH–11 ~ 4 CREDITS)

Physics 11 is an introductory course designed for students who are interested in any field, but especially for anyone intending to go on to careers in the basic or applied sciences. The following concepts are covered using problem-based learning:  dynamics, kinematic forces, momentum and impulse, work and energy, light and optics, gravity and relativity. This course features a blend of conceptual and hands-on learning. While much of the course requires the use of math, basic algebra and trigonometry skills are sufficient to successfully complete Physics 11.

PHYSICS 12

(MPH–12 ~ 4 CREDITS)

Physics 12 is designed for students who are intending to go on to careers in basic or applied science. Physics 12 provides preparation for university level physics and as a result, requires a strong background in mathematics. Topics include vectors, mechanics, equilibrium, energy, gravitation, electricity and electromagnetism. Students should take Principles of Mathematics 12 concurrent with, or prior to, Physics 12.

AP PHYSICS 1

(APHH-11- 4 CREDITS and 4 CREDITS for PHYSICS 11 )

AP Physics 1 covers material completed in Physics 11, Physics 12 as well as some concepts from first year university physics curriculum.  The course is taught at an accelerated pace and enriched with inquiry based activities. This course is designed to extend ideas typically covered in Physics 11 and 12 and introduce new and more challenging topics such as Torque and Electrostatics. Students must be self-starters who are highly motivated and prepared to complete assignments/projects during the extended breaks throughout the school year.  Components of this course will be taught outside of the timetable in morning sessions. Students who are accepted into the course must complete a supplemental preview package before starting the course in September.  In May students will have the opportunity to write the AP Physics 1 exam. The AP Physics program is ideal for students interested in pursuing a post-secondary career in Science or Engineering. This is a challenging but rewarding course for students who are interested in an enrichment opportunity.  Students who complete AP Physics 1 will receive credit for both AP Physics 1 and Physics 11.  Students who are successful in AP Physics 1 are encouraged to take AP Physics 2.

AP PHYSICS 2

(APHH-12- 4 CREDITS and 4 CREDITS for PHSYICS 12)

AP Physics 2 covers material completed in Physics 12 as well as most of first year university physics curriculum. The course is taught at an accelerated pace and enriched with inquiry based activities. While building on concepts covered Physics 11, the course moves away from Newtonian Mechanics and instead focuses on new concepts such as Fluids, Thermodynamics and Electromagnetism.  Students must be self-starters who are highly motivated and prepared to complete assignments/projects during the extended breaks throughout the school year. In May students will have the opportunity to write the AP Physics 2 exam. The AP Physics program is ideal for students interested in pursuing a post-secondary career in the Physical Sciences or Engineering. This is a challenging but rewarding course for students who are interested in an enrichment opportunity.  It is not mandatory for students taking AP Physics 2 to have taken AP Physics 1, though it is highly recommended. Students who complete AP Physics 2 will receive credit for both AP Physics 2 and Physics 12.

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