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BIOLOGY 11 IB - BIO11 IB (Advanced)

Biology 11 IB is an advanced course that has been specifically designed to follow the International Baccalaureate syllabus. It is intended for the higher level student. Students are given experience in hands-on experiments, accounting for approximately 25% of course time. The course is more investigative in nature and provides for greater depth of treatment. Core topics include: cytology, cell membranes, cell environments, mitosis, meiosis, ecology, classification and diversity and human physiology.

BIOLOGY 11 - BIO11 (Academic)

This course is intended for students who intend to pursue higher level science courses and is not a prerequisite for Biology 12. The course consists of four units. Unit 1: Matter and Energy for Life: Cells are introduced as the basic units of life. Unit 2: Biodiversity: The vast diversity of living things necessitates an organized system for their classification and study. This unit provides a thorough investigation and overview of life’s unity and diversity within the biosphere. Unit 3: Maintaining Dynamic Equilibrium: This unit investigates the role of biological systems in maintaining balance within living things. Unit 4: Interaction Among Living Things: Ecosystems involve complex interactions. This unit investigates population dynamics and the flow of energy within ecological systems. It is recommended that students take the course in Grade 10.

BIOLOGY 12 IB - BIO 12 IB (Advanced)

Prerequisite: BIO 11IB

Biology 12 IB is an advanced course that has been specifically designed to follow the International Baccalaureate Program syllabus. Completion of both Biology 11 IB and Biology 12 IB prepares the student to write the IB Biology exam, in May of the senior year. Students are given experience in hands on experiments accounting for approximately 25% of course time. The course is more investigative in nature and provides for greater depth of treatment. Core topics include: the chemistry of life, nucleic acids and proteins, cell respiration and photosynthesis, human reproduction, defense against infectious disease, nerves, muscles, movement, excretion and genetics and plant science.

BIOLOGY 12 - BIO12 (Academic)

Prerequisite - BIO 11

This course is an extension of BIOLOGY 11 with a more detailed approach to system and cellular functioning. It consists of four units. Unit 1: Maintaining Dynamic Equilibrium (2): This unit investigates the role of chemical and electrochemical systems of living things. Unit 2: Reproduction and Development: This unit investigates the reproductive process at the cellular and multi-cellular levels (including human) Unit 3: Genetic Continuity: This unit investigates the structure and replication of DNA, its transcription to RNA and translation into proteins. Unit 4: Evolution, Change and Diversity: This unit investigates evidence that supports the theory of evolution and offers an analysis of evolutionary mechanisms.

CHEMISTRY 11 - CHEM11 (Academic)

Recommended Prerequisite: SCI 10

A basic introduction to the concepts of chemistry. Topics will include matter and its changes, chemical bonding, chemical composition, chemical reactions, organic chemistry, and stoichiometry. A lab program is also included. A minimum mark of 60% in Math 10 is recommended.

CHEMISTRY 11 IB - CHEM11 IB (Advanced)

Recommended Prerequisite: SCI 10 SA Pre-IB

Chemistry 11 IB is an advanced course that has been specifically designed to follow the International Baccalaureate syllabus. It is intended for the higher level student. Students are given experience in hands on experiments, accounting for approximately 25% of course time. The course is more investigative in nature and provides for greater depth of treatment. Students also have more opportunity for independent study of topics. Chemistry 11 IB offers core topics that parallel those of CHEM 11 (Academic). Core topics include: Quantitative chemistry, Atomic structure, Periodicity, Bonding, Organic chemistry, and Measurement and data processing. One optional topic may also be covered.

CHEMISTRY - CHEM12 (Academic)

Prerequisite: CHEM 11

Successful completion of CHEM11 is required before enrolling in CHEM12. Core topics include solution process, ionization properties of acids, bases and, salts, thermochemistry, electrochemistry, chemical kinetics and equilibrium. A lab component is included. A mark of 60% in CHEM 11 is recommended.

CHEMISTRY - CHEM 12 IB (Advanced)

Prerequisite: CHEM 11IB

Chemistry 12 IB is an advanced course that has been specifically designed to follow the International Baccalaureate syllabus. It is intended for the higher level student. Students are given experience in hands-on experiments, accounting for approximately 25% of course time. The course is more investigative in nature and provides for greater depth of treatment. Students also have more opportunity for independent study of topics. Chemistry 12 IB offers core topics that parallel those of CHEM 12 (Academic). Core topics include: Energetic, Kinetics, Equilibrium, Acids and bases, and Oxidation and Reduction. At least one optional topic will also be covered.

 

FOOD SCIENCE 12

Credit type: Academic

Food Science 12 meets the second science requirement for high school graduation. Food Science 12 is an academic course designed to develop scientific literacy. The course is comprised of four modules: food constituents, preservation factors, food quality and commodities, food packaging. Lab work is essential throughout the course.

 

IB Environmental Systems 11

The teaching approach is such that students are allowed to evaluate the scientific, ethical and socio-political aspects of issues. ES&S is one of two interdisciplinary courses offered in the Diploma Programme, Literature and Performance is the other interdisciplinary course.

 

SCIENCE 10 - SCI 10 (Academic)

This introductory science course focuses on four topics - the Sustainability of Ecosystems (with emphasis on the protection of the environment), Chemical Reactions, Weather Dynamics, and the Physics of Motion. The Atlantic Canada region will be used as a backdrop for each unit. Students should possess strong work, study and organizational skills. Students will be required to do lab reports and to keep up to date with daily work. This course is designed for students who plan on continuing to explore chemistry and physics in their high school years.

SCIENCE 10 A/B - SCI 10 (Academic)

Science 10A is designed for those students who wish to be exposed to the fields of biology and chemistry but may not want to pursue these areas of interest in grades 11 and 12. Emphasis will be placed on decision-making, observation and inquiry methodologies rather than quantitative analysis. Students will conduct investigations into everyday problems and issues related to: Chemical Reactions and Sustainability of Ecosystems.

Science 10B is designed for those students who wish to be exposed to the fields of weather and physics but may not want to pursue these areas of interest in grades 11 and 12. Emphasis will be placed on decision-making, observation and inquiry methodologies rather than quantitative analysis. Students will conduct investigations into everyday problems and issues related to Motion and Weather Dynamics. A strong math background is not essential.

SCIENCE 10 SA Pre-IB – SCI P-IB 10

Prerequisite: Math 10 SA Pre-IB . This is an advanced course that has been specifically designed to prepare students for the experimental sciences in the International Baccalaureate programme (BIO 11 IB, CHE 11 IB, PHY 11 IB). It is intended for the higher level student. Students are given experience in hands-on experiments, accounting for approximately 25% of course time. The course is more investigative in nature and provides for greater depth of treatment of topics. Participation in the school Science Fair is a requirement.

OCEANS 11 - OCN 11 (Academic)

Using the ocean as a theme, this course satisfies the second science credit requirement for high school graduation. Oceans 11 consist of 4 Units. The first 2 are compulsory.  Unit I Oceans - Structure and Motion. Unit II - The Marine Biome. The remaining two units are selected, based on school interest, from the following Unit III - Aquaculture. Unit  IV - The Fisheries Resource.  Unit V - Coastal Zones - Managing Their Use. Unit VI - Ocean Industries. Unit VII - Coastal Navigation.

PHYSICS 11 - PHY11 (Academic)

An academic science course designed to develop increased understanding and appreciation for physics in society and to prepare students for Physics 12 and Physics at the secondary level. Topics include Kinematics (motion), Dynamics (forces), Momentum and energy, and Waves. Laboratory experiments and computer simulations accompany many topics. Successful completion of Math 10 and Science 10 are prerequisites of Physics 11.

PHYSICS 11 IB - PHY 11 IB (Advanced)

Physics 11 IB is an advanced course that has been specifically designed to follow the International Baccalaureate syllabus. It is intended for the higher level student. Students are given experience in hands-on experiments, accounting for approximately 25% of course time. The course is more investigative in nature and provides for greater depth of treatment. Students also have more opportunity for independent study of topics. Physics 11 IB offers core topics that parallel those of PHY11 (Academic). Core topics include: Physics and physical measurements, Mechanics, Oscillations and waves, and Energy, power, and climate change. One optional topic may also be covered. Proficiency in mathematics is a highly desirable pre-requisite, as well as SCI 10 SA Pre-IB.

 

PHYSICS 12 - PHY12 (Academic)

A continuation of PHY11. Topics include force, motion, work, and energy, Electric, gravitational and magnetic fields, Waves and modern physics; and Nuclear physics. Laboratory experiments accompany many areas. Successful completion of PHY11 is a prerequisite of PHY12.

PHYSICS 12 IB - PHY12 IB (Advanced)

Physics 12 IB is an advanced course that has been specifically designed to follow the International Baccalaureate syllabus. It is intended for the higher level student. Students are given experience in hands-on experiments, accounting for approximately 25% of course time. The course is more investigative in nature and provides for greater depth of treatment. Students also have more opportunity for independent study of topics. Physics 12 IB offers core topics that parallel those of Physics 12 (Academic). These topics include: Thermal physics, Electric currents, Fields and forces, and Atomic and nuclear physics. At least one optional topic will also be covered. Physics 11 IB is a prerequisite.

 

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