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Course Overview

Grade 9 Academic Science (SNC1D)

This course enables students to understand basic concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics; to develop skills in the processes of scientific inquiry; and to relate science to technology, society, and the environment. Students will learn scientific theories and conduct investigations related to cell division and reproduction; atomic and molecular structures and the properties of elements and compounds; the universe and space exploration; and the principles of electricity.

How This Course Supports the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations:

The study of the knowledge of science helps students to learn, to be reflective, critical and creative thinkers, as well as discerning believers who understand the theories of science and can apply them to the world around them yet make appropriate decisions in light of Gospel values and Church teachings for the good of their fellow human beings. Through the study of the techniques of science, particularly experimentation, students learn to be collaborative contributors to an interdependent team, respecting the rights, responsibilities, and contributions of others. Overall through this course, students become aware of the sacramental dimension of the physical world in all its aspects and of their role as stewards of God's creation.

Units of Study

Units of Study

Principal Resources

1.         Chemistry: Atoms and Elements

2.         Biology: Sustainable Ecosystems

3.         Physics: The Characteristics of     


2.         Earth and Space Sciences: The Study of the Universe

 Nelson Science 9 Perspectives


Achievement Policy

A final grade is determined by the weighted average of a “Term Assessment & Evaluation” worth 70% and a “Final Course Culminating Assessment & Evaluation” worth 30%. A final grade is recorded for every course, and a credit is granted and recorded for every course in which the student’s grade is 50% or higher. A code of “30” or “40” is used on report cards to designate a mark below 50%.

Assessment and Evaluation

     Term Work - 70% of the final grade                                   

For each unit studied, students will be assessed on:

Knowledge and Understanding (30%). Subject-specific content acquired in each course (knowledge), and the comprehension of its meaning and significance (understanding).

Thinking and Investigation (20%). The use of critical and creative thinking skills and inquiry, research, and problem-solving skills and/or processes.

           Communication (10%). The conveying of meaning through various forms.

Application (10%). The use of knowledge and skills to make connections within and between various contexts

The Course Culminating Task comprising 30% of the final grade will take the form of a written examination.

*For more information, please see the course outline handed out on the first day of class.