This course enables students to enhance their understanding of concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and of the interrelationships between science, technology, society, and the environment. Students are also given opportunities to further develop their scientific investigation skills. Students will plan and conduct investigations and develop their understanding of scientific theories related to the connections between cells and systems in animals and plants; chemical reactions, with a particular focus on acid-base reactions; forces that affect climate and climate change; and the interaction of light and matter.

Units of Study                                                                   

  Unit of Study

  Principal Resources

1. Chemistry: Chemical Reactions

       2. Physics: Light and Geometric Optics

         3. Biology: Tissues, Organs, and Systems of                    Living Things

       4. Earth and Space Sciences: Climate Change

  Nelson Science Perspectives 10


   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 most consistent level of achievement demonstrated on these key pieces for evaluation and observed in formative  tasks will determine the grade received for the Term Work portion of the final grade.

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

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%.