Course Title: Environmental Sciences, Grade 11
Course Code: SPH 3U
Course Type: University/College, Mixed
Credit Value: 1.0
Prerequisite: Science, Grade 10, Academic or Applied
Tuition Fee (CAD): $639
This course provides students with the fundamental knowledge of and skills relating to environmental science that will help them succeed in life after secondary school. Students will explore a range of topics, including the role of science in addressing contemporary environmental challenges; the impact of the environment on human health; sustainable agriculture and forestry; the reduction and management of waste; and the conservation of energy. Students will increase their scientific and environmental literacy and examine the interrelationships between science, the environment, and society in a variety of areas.
Overall Curriculum Expectations
By the end of the course, students will gain proficiency in the following areas:
Scientific Investigation Skills and Career Exploration
- demonstrate scientific investigation skills (related to both inquiry and research) in the four areas of skills (initiating and planning, performing and recording, analyzing and interpreting, and communicating);
- identify and describe careers related to the fields of science under study, and describe the contributions of scientists, including Canadians, to those fields.
- evaluate the impact of environmental factors and medical technologies on certain cellular processes that occur in the human body;
- investigate the structures and functions of cells, and the factors that influence cellular activity, using appropriate laboratory equipment and techniques;
- demonstrate an understanding of the basic processes of cellular biology.
- assess the effects of microorganisms in the environment, and analyze ethical issues related to their use in biotechnology;
- investigate the development and physical characteristics of microorganisms, using appropriate laboratory equipment and techniques;
- demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of microorganisms and the relationships that exist between them.
- evaluate some social, ethical, and environmental implications of genetic research and related technologies;
- investigate the process of meiosis, and analyze data related to the laws of heredity;
- demonstrate an understanding of the process of meiosis, and explain the role of genes in the transmission of hereditary characteristics.
Anatomy of Mammals
- analyze the social or economic impact of a technology used to treat systems in the human body, and the impact of lifestyle choices on human health;
- investigate, through laboratory inquiry or computer simulation, the anatomy, physiology, and response mechanisms of mammals;
- demonstrate an understanding of the structure, function, and interactions of the circulatory, digestive, and respiratory systems of mammals.
Plants in the Natural Environment
- analyze the roles of plants in ecosystems, and assess the impact of human activities on the balance of plants within those ecosystems;
- investigate some of the factors that affect plant growth;
- demonstrate an understanding of the structure and physiology of plants and their role in the natural environment.
|Unit 1:||25 hours|
|Unit 2: Biology – Tissues, Organs and The System of Living Things|
In this unit you will be investigating the importance and mechanisms of cell division, the links between specialized cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems, the societal and ethical impact of controversial issues surrounding stem cell research, cloning, organ transplants, and transgenic transplants. You will also be investigating the role that the government has taken in public health in developing strategies to improve the overall health of all Canadians and the role it has taken in ensuring fair and equal access to medical imaging technologies.
|Unit 3: Chemistry- Chemical Reactions|
In this unit you will explore concepts such as the classification of matter based on its properties and characteristics. You will also be apply the concepts of chemical bonding to the types of molecules and compounds formed by elements of the periodic table. You will visualize and interact with models of chemical compounds, gain an introduction to different chemical reactions, and explore how to balance chemical equations using the multimedia elements provided in this unit of study. You will explore the many properties and useful household and industrial applications of acids, bases, and neutralization reactions through lab investigations, media activities, and visual demonstrations. Specific types of reactions such as synthesis, decomposition, combustion, and displacement reactions are further investigated through various interactive media elements.
|Unit 4: Physics – Light and Geometric Optics |
In this unit you will be learning about the principles and theories of light, how mirrors and lenses produce various types of images and how you can predict the characteristics of the images produced. You will also be learning about the practical applications of mirrors and lenses and about many devices that make use of or produce light. There are various interactive media elements within this unit that will make learning about light interesting, easy to visualize, and fun.
|Unit 5: Culminating|
This final unit of study is a series of activities designed to investigate the issues and topics that focus on the environmental and societal impacts of each of the four academic units of this course. You will submit performance tasks for each unit of the course. Each performance task offers a variety of topics and presentation styles from which to choose. The final culminating task is a final exam based on all the content pages and assignments from each activity of every unit. Make sure to allocate enough review time to prepare for the final examination.
|Total Hours||110 hours|