Earth and Environmental Science ATAR summary of course changes March 2014 Essay

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Earth and Environmental Science: ATAR - a summary of syllabus changes
This table summarises the main changes that have occurred in the process of adapting Stage 2 and Stage 3 of this course into Year 11 and Year 12 syllabuses for implementation in 2015 (Year 11) and 2016 (Year 12).
Content changes

Overall
Three interrelated strands (Science Inquiry Skills, Science as a Human Endeavour and Science Understanding) are used to organise the content in all units. These strands follow on from Year 7–10 Science.
Science as a Human Endeavour statements have been developed and comprise practical scientific applications and development of scientific knowledge
The unit organisation is shown in the following table:
ATAR EES 2015-2016
WACE EES course
Unit 1: Earth systems
Unit 2A: Interactive Earth and environments
Unit 2: Earth processes
Unit 2B: Sustainable Earth and environments
Unit 3: Managing Earth resources
Unit 3A: Global environments
Unit 4: Earth hazards and climate change
Unit 3B: Complex Earth and environments

Content changes

Year 11 specific
Content refinements
Content has been based on the Australian Curriculum. Statements broadly correspond to content in the WACE course
Reorganisation of content
Some content moved between the four units
Content added
Science as a Human Endeavour strand contains some new content
Understanding Science
Soil
Content changes

Year 12 specific
Content refinements
Content has been based on the Australian Curriculum. Statements broadly correspond to content in the WACE course
Reorganisation of content
Some content moved between the four units
Content added
Science as a Human Endeavour strand contains some new content
Changes to the assessment table

Year 11
Ranges of percentage weighting removed
Rationalisation of wording in the description
Tests and…