Science, Grade 10, Academic (SNC2D)

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Course Title : Science, Grade 10, Academic (SNC2D)
Course Name : Science
Course Code : SNC2D
Grade : 10
Course Type : Academic
Credit Value : 1.0
Prerequisite : None
Curriculum Policy Document: Science, The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 9 and 10, 2008 (Revised)

Course Description

This course enables students to develop their understanding of basic concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and to relate science to technology, society, and the environment. Throughout the course, students will develop their skills in the processes of scientific investigation. Students will acquire an understanding of scientific theories and conduct investigations related to sustainable ecosystems; atomic and molecular structures and the properties of elements and compounds; the study of the universe and its properties and components; and the principles of electricity.

Outline of Course Content

Unit Titles and Descriptions Time and Sequence
Unit 1: Chemistry: Chemical Reactions

In this unit, students will demonstrate an understanding of general principles of chemical reactions. They will develop ways of communicating these reactions and other chemical phenomena. Through processes of inquiry and independent investigation, they will use the scientific method and other skills of criticism and appraisal to determine characteristics of chemical reactions. They will apply this knowledge to a variety of safety and environmental issues associated with chemical reactions, and discuss ways in which chemical reactions can be applied to address environmental challenges.

28 hours
Unit 2: Physics: Light and Geometric Optics

In this unit, students will demonstrate an understanding of various characteristics and properties of light, with particular attention to reflection and refraction. They will develop ways of communicating predictions and observed results mathematically, verbally and graphically. Through processes of inquiry and independent investigation, they will use the scientific method and other skills of criticism and appraisal to determine properties of light and predict its behaviour on and through various media, including various reflective shapes and lenses. They will discuss the technological devices and procedures designed to make use of light, and appraise the social implications of these innovations.

28 hours
Unit 3: Biology: Tissues, Organs, and Systems of Living Things

In this unit, students will demonstrate an understanding of hierarchies in biology, from intracellular to organ system levels of organization. Through processes of inquiry and independent investigation, they will use the scientific method and other skills of criticism and appraisal to apprehend cell division, specialization, and structure and function of tissues, organs and organ systems in plant and animal kingdoms. They will consider social, ethical and ecological implications of biological and biomedical advancements in this multidisciplinary field of study.

26 hours
Unit 4: Earth and Space Science: Climate Change

In this unit, students will demonstrate an understanding of factors that influence Earth’s climate and contribute to climate change or stability. They will independently investigate and evaluate the validity of evidence of climate change and those natural and human factors involved. They will analyse some of the effects of climate change around the world, and assess the effectiveness of initiatives that attempt to address the issue of climate change. They will report their findings in manners conventionally accepted in the scientific community.

25 hours
Final Evaluation

The final assessment task is a three hour exam worth 30% of the student’s final mark.

3 hours
Total 110 hours