VCAA resources for teachers and students for 2015
These links are all for the present Chemistry Study Design. The new VCAA links will be added in 2016. This is the present information about VCE Chemistry and other VCE subjects which can be obtained from the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority web site.
VCAA VCE Page
VCAA Chemistry Page (including Assessment, Study Summary, Additional Resources and Support Materials)
VCAA Study Design 2013-2015 (including Key Skills)
Summary of 2013-2015 VCAA Changes to VCE Chemistry
There have been a small number of changes and some clarifications to the VCAA Chemistry Study Design in 2013. The major changes have been in Assessment. The VCAA has produced a summary comparison between the 2012 and 2013 Study Designs. Details of the VCAA Summary comparison. An updated version from the VCAA can be found athttp://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Documents/bulletin/2012/2012julsup.pdf
There will no longer be a mid-year examination for Unit 3 Chemistry. The VCAA has produced a Sample Examination to give students and teachers an indication of the depth and style of the longer 2.5 hour examination to be held in November. The VCAA has provided answers to the 30 multiple choice questions and they are at the end of the Sample Examination document.Solutions to the extended questions have been provided by CEA with the approval of the VCAA.
NEW Study Design for Units 1 and 2 in 2016 VCE Chemistry
The VCAA had released a new Study Design for VCE Chemistry which will be in operation for Units 1 and 2 in 2016 and for Units 3 and 4 in 2017. The changes are significant and teachers are advised to read it carefully in order to prepare their courses in 2016. The following resources have been provided by the CEA and teachers to share. These are not official VCAA documents, but they are suggestions which can be adapted and modified for your own use.
Possible practical activities
Possible assessment tasks and other resources
Past VCE Chemistry examinations
Past Units 3 and 4 Chemistry Examinations
Download copies of the Chemistry examinations and Reports for Teachers (including answers) from 2000 onwards.
Shared resources for teachers for 2015
School Assessed Coursework (SAC)
Sample assessed coursework provided by teachers for Years 11 and 12.
Other resources provided by teachers, including timetables for each VCE Unit.
Answers to exercises in the Pearson Heinemann Teacher's Resource and Assessment Book
Unit 3 and Unit 4
Olympiad Training Program for the Australian Science Olympiad Examination in Chemistry
The 14 week training program offered by CEA and The School of Chemistry, The University of Melbourne, covers all concepts in Year 12 Chemistry as well as a significant number of first year university topics. Students who have attended this program in the past have reviewed it enthusiastically and have achieved excellent results in the Australian Science Examination in Chemistry, with High Distinctions and Distinctions. This year, as in past years, some students were selected to attend the Summer Olympiad Program at Monash University, from which the team of 4 will be finally selected.
In 2015 the program started on Tuesday 17 March and finished on 28 July. It was held at the School of Chemistry at The University of Melbourne. Details for the Olympiad Training Program for 2016 will be found here in late December 2015.
This is an interactive tutorial system that is a collaboration between CEA, the School of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne and Pearson. The modules allow students to revise key ideas and skills and extend their knowledge of applications by providing instant feedback on their progress.
The modules available are:
Registration details; more information and login details
For high achieving Year 12 students, this provides the challenge of university study. Endorsed by VCAA, the course covers two first year Monash University Chemistry units and it overlaps and extends studies in VCE Units 3 and 4 Chemistry. Classes are held at four locations in Melbourne. Assessments are counted as a student's fifth or sixth subject in the calculation of university entrance ATAR scores.
If you are interested in enrolling in the Monash Extension Chemistry course, please contact the Extension Program Office at Monash University by telephone (9903 4756) or by email.
Class workshops for VCE Chemistry
Workshops for VCE Chemistry topics are available from a number of different providers for class groups. Providers and details of workshops for Year 11 and 12 students.
RACI Hartung Youth Lecture 2010: Carbon Dioxide - Air, Earth, Fire and Water
Carbon dioxide is a minor but vital constituent of the Earth’s atmosphere. It is critical in setting the conditions we need for our own body’s biochemistry to work. It is at the centre of society’s debate about the effects of human activity on our climate. The lecture used live video projection to show some experiments with carbon dioxide in all its physical states.
You can download a file of the slides used in the lecture. Teachers are welcome to use the resources developed for the 2010 lecture, but remember to acknowledge the source when you do.
RACI Hartung Youth Lecture 2010 website
ChemTeach on-line discussion group
An on-line discussion group for teachers of Chemistry in Victoria.
ChemTeach is an e-mail based discussion group sponsored by the CEA and the RACI(Vic)
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