11to12 Circulars - Edition 9 September 2021

Examinations

Applications for the development of the 2022 ATAR course examinations

Contact
Gabby Raggio
(08) 9273 6787
Gabby.Raggio@scsa.wa.edu.au

Patricia Daly (08) 9273 6761
Patricia.Daly@scsa.wa.edu.au

The School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) invites applications from current and retired teachers, TAFE and University lecturers to participate in the development of the 2022 ATAR course examinations.

Positions that may be available for all examination panels are:

  • Chief examiner
  • Examiner
  • Independent reviewer
  • Paper checker.

The Authority is seeking applicants with at least three years’ experience in teaching and assessment, an excellent understanding of examination-setting techniques and familiarity with the syllabus to be examined in 2022 in the relevant course.

The Authority may offer a panel position different from those selected on the original application form.

All Examination panel members must have a current Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC) and a Screening Clearance Number (SCN) which is issued by the Department of Education.  You will be informed if your NCCHC is current if you are appointed to the 2022 ATAR examination panel.  If it is not current, you will have to obtain a NCCHC before commencing.

Applications for positions are to be made online at the Authority website at https://scsa.wa.edu.au/about-us/employment.

Further information about these positions, including Terms of Reference, Duties of Members, the Code of Conduct and an Indicative Timeline for members of the examination panels is available online.

Applications must be received no later than 5pm on Friday, 22 October 2021. Appointments to positions will be finalised by Friday, 12 November 2021.


Courses

Minor syllabus changes for 2022 – Humanities and Social Sciences learning area

Contact
Adriana Douglas
(08) 9273 6784
adriana.douglas@scsa.wa.edu.au

School administrators, Heads of Learning Area – Humanities and Social Sciences, and teachers are requested to note for 2022 the following courses that have minor syllabus changes. These syllabuses are now available on course pages and labelled as ‘For teaching from 2022’.

Course

Syllabus change

Accounting and Finance Year 11 ATAR

The following content identified in italics has been revised in the syllabus:

Unit 2

  • using an established chart of accounts and the perpetual inventory system, apply double entry principles using accounting software such as Mind Your Own Business (MYOB) or QuickBooks® to electronically record financial data and produce financial reports

Accounting and Finance Year 12 General

The following content identified in italics has been revised in the syllabus:

Unit 4

  • using an established chart of accounts and the perpetual inventory system, apply double entry principles using accounting software such as Mind Your Own Business (MYOB) or QuickBooks® to electronically record financial data and produce financial reports

Business Management and EnterpriseYear 12 ATAR

Examination Design Brief

The following statement from the supporting information in Section Two of the Examination deign brief has been removed:

‘The candidate is required to answer in the form of a report or an essay.’

Economics Year 12 ATAR

The following content dot points in the syllabus have been revised to either:

  • remove the verb that commenced the dot point
  • change a word within a dot point. These changes are shown in italics :

Unit 3

  • the gains from specialisation and trade i.e. the theories of absolute and comparative advantage, using the demand and supply model, the production possibility frontier model and/or the concept of opportunity cost
  • different forms of protection
  • the operation of tariffs and subsidies as forms of protection and their effects on trade and market efficiency
  • structural and cyclical reasons for Australia’s current account outcome
  • differing views as to the significance of Australia’s current account outcome
  • the determination of, and movements in, the exchange rate (i.e. an appreciation and a depreciation of the exchange rate) under a freely floating system using the demand and supply model
  • the impact of changes in the factors that affect the exchange rate using the demand and supply model

Unit 4

  • the impact of changes in aggregate expenditure on the equilibrium level of income/output using the AE model
  • macroeconomic equilibrium using the AD/AS model
  • the impact of changes in aggregate demand and aggregate supply on the equilibrium level of income/output using the AD/AS model

Examination Design Brief

The following information in the syllabus has been included:

Section Three

Extended answer

Part A: Unit 3

20% of the total examination
One question from a choice of two
Suggested working time: 40 minutes

Part B: Unit 4

20% of the total examination
One question from a choice of two
Suggested working time: 40 minutes

This replaces:

40% of the total examination
Two questions from a choice of four
Suggested working time: 80 minutes

Politics and Law

Year 12 ATAR

The following content dot points are revised in the syllabus with either:

  • new content or changed content in italics
  • removal of content from a dot point

Unit 3

Essential to the understanding of political and legal power is the knowledge of:

  • responsible government
  • representative government
  • separation of powers
  • division of powers
  • Westminster conventions.
  • functions of the Commonwealth Parliament in theory and in practice, including Sections 7, 24, 51, 53
  • at least one reform proposal to change the Commonwealth Constitution (Australia), such as
    • Commonwealth Constitution (Australia) Section 44 (i), (ii) and (iii)

Unit 4

Essential to the understanding of accountability and rights are the practices of governance, including:

  • participation
  • the rule of law
  • human rights, including civil, political, economic, social and cultural
  • open government
  • natural justice.
  • the extent of the accountability of the Governor-General
  • the accountability of the courts within the Australian legal system
  • the ways human rights are protected in Australia, including in the Constitution, common law, statutory law, and charter of rights, such as the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Victoria), the Human Rights Act 2004 (Australian Capital Territory) and the Human Rights Act 2019 (Queensland)

Minor syllabus changes for 2022 – Mathematics learning area

Contact
Graeme Quelch
(08) 9273 6758
Graeme.Quelch@scsa.wa.edu.au

School administrators and Heads of Learning Area – Mathematics are requested to note for 2022 the following courses that have minor syllabus changes. These syllabuses are now available on course pages and labelled as ‘For teaching from 2022’.

Course

Syllabus change

Mathematics Methods Year 12 ATAR

  • The glossary definition for Confidence Intervals has been revised.

Mathematics Application Year 12 ATAR

  • The glossary section for Unit 4.3 contains a new inclusion, Dummy link.

Minor syllabus changes for 2022 – Science learning area

Contact
Ian Wilson
(08) 9273 6788
Ian.Wilson@scsa.wa.edu.au

School administrators and Heads of Learning Area – Science are requested to note for 2022 the following courses that have minor syllabus changes. These syllabuses are now available on course pages and labelled as ‘For teaching from 2022’.

Course

Syllabus change

Earth and environmental science

Year 12 ATAR

The following content identified in italics has been revised:

Unit 3 - Science Inquiry Skills

  • identify and classify metamorphic rocks based on texture and mineralogy (including slate, phyllite, schist, gneiss, marble, quartzite, amphibolite) from physical samples, diagrams and photographs
  • Identify the protolith of metamorphic rocks based on the rock cycle, including quartzite from sandstone, marble from limestone and amphibolite from basalt and dolerite.

Unit 3 – Science Understanding

  • location of non-renewable mineral and energy resources, including fossil fuels, iron ore, nickel and gold, is related to their geological setting. These resources form through rock cycle processes, including sedimentary, magmatic, metamorphic and hydrothermal processes

Physics

Year 12 ATAR

The following content dot points in the syllabus have been revised to now read as shown below. Also included below is a new dot point related to ‘The total energy of a moving object…’.

Unit 4 – Science Understanding

Wave particle duality and the quantum theory

  • a wave model explains a wide range of light-related phenomena, including reflection, refraction, dispersion, diffraction and interference, such as in Young’s double-slit experiment. A transverse wave model is required to explain polarisation
  • on the atomic level, electromagnetic radiation is emitted or absorbed in discrete packets called photons. The energy of a photon is proportional to its frequency. The constant of proportionality, Planck’s constant, can be determined experimentally using the photoelectric effect and the threshold voltage of coloured LEDs

    This includes applying the relationships
  • black body radiation and the photoelectric effect are explained using the concept of light quanta
  • the Bohr model of the hydrogen atom integrates light quanta and atomic energy states to explain the specific wavelengths in the hydrogen spectrum and in the spectra of other simple atoms; this model enables line spectra to be correlated with atomic energy-level diagrams and explains the phenomenon of fluorescence and phosphorescence
  • on the atomic level, energy and matter exhibit the characteristics of both waves and particles. Young’s double slit experiment is explained with a wave model but produces the same interference and diffraction patterns when one photon at a time or one electron at a time are passed through the slits

    This includes applying the relationship

Special relativity

  • the concept of mass-energy equivalence emerged from the special theory of relativity and explains the source of the energy produced in nuclear reactions. The mass of an object is constant and independent of its motion

    This includes applying the relationship

  • The total energy of a moving object is the sum of the energy due to its mass at rest and kinetic energy

    This includes applying the relationships

The Standard Model

  • the Big Bang theory explains the expansion of space, which is measured by redshift and is supported by Hubble’s law

    This includes applying the relationship
  • high-energy particle accelerators use electric and magnetic fields to accelerate particles

    This includes deriving, understanding and applying the relationship
  • mass-energy equivalence and the motion of high energy particles in accelerators can be used to test theories of particle physics, including the Standard Model
  • baryons and mesons are hadrons, which are composite particles made up of quarks
  • the Standard Model is based on the premise that all matter in the universe is made up from elementary matter particles called quarks and leptons and their corresponding antiparticles. Fundamental particles interact via the four fundamental forces
  • lepton number, baryon number and electric charge are quantities that are conserved in all interactions between particles; these conservation laws can be used to support or invalidate proposed reactions

Minor syllabus changes for 2022 – Technologies learning area

Contact
Graeme Quelch
(08) 9273 6758
Graeme.Quelch@scsa.wa.edu.au

following courses that have minor syllabus changes. These syllabuses are now available on course pages and labelled as ‘For teaching from 2022’.

Course

Syllabus change

Applied Information Technology

Year 12 ATAR

The following content dot points in the syllabus has been revised. Revisions include changes in language of dot point stems and removal of some sub dot points:

Unit 3

  • use of the publishing features for a chosen digital medium
    • colour profiles
    • layers
    • frames
    • typography
    • print/display options
  • considerations for a digital product and/or digital solution
    • structure
    • usability
    • accessibility
    • user experience (UX)
    • user interface (UI)
    • the rights and responsibilities of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Australia) in regards to digital products

Unit 4

  • types of backup techniques and archiving of data
    • full
    • differential
    • incremental
  • types and characteristics of communication protocols, including:
    • transmission control protocol/internet protocol (TCP/IP)
    • hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP)
    • hypertext transfer protocol over secure socket layer (HTTPS)

Applied Information Technology

Year 11 ATAR

The following content dot points in the syllabus contain revisions where sub dot points considered obsolete or confusing have been removed:

Unit 1

  • compositional rules
    • reading gravity
    • rule of thirds
    • grid and alignment
  • develop and apply detailed annotations for digital designs relevant to a design brief demonstrating the following considerations:
    • elements of design and the principles of design
    • use of appropriate typography
    • visual composition
    • rule of thirds
    • grid and alignment

Unit 2

  • features of animation software
    • frame by frame
    • tweens
    • buttons

Applied Information Technology

Year 12 General

The following content dot points in the syllabus contain revisions where sub dot points considered obsolete or confusing have been removed or been edited (see italics):

Unit 4

  • system utility tools and accessories for the efficient operation and maintenance of data, including:
    • disk clean-up tools
    • deletion of temporary files/internet cache
    • disk fragmentation
    • anti-malware, anti-virus, spam filter, spyware
  • features of animation software
    • frame by frame
    • tweens
    • buttons

Applied Information Technology

Year 11 General

The following content dot points in the syllabus contain revisions where dot point content has been removed or been edited (see italics):

Unit 1

  • types of collaborative software tools

Unit 2

  • characteristics of search engines

  • components of a personal wireless network, including:
    • network interface card (NIC)
    • router
    • access point
  • purpose of the Spam Act 2003, (Australia) including appropriate use

Children Family and Community

Year 12 ATAR

The following content in the syllabus has been removed:

Unit 4

  • impact of the United Nations 2000–2015 Millennium Development Goals
    • eradicating extreme poverty and hunger
    • achieving universal primary education
    • promoting gender equality and empowering women
    • reducing child mortality rates
    • improving maternal health
    • combating HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases
    • ensuring environmental sustainability
    • developing a global partnership for development

New content

Unit 4

  • aim and impact of the following selected United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
    • good health andwellbeing
    • quality education
    • decent work and economic growth
    • reduced inequality
    • sustainable cities and communities
    • partnerships to achieve the goal

Moderation

2022 EST content for all Year 12 General and Foundation courses

Contact
Gabby Raggio (08) 9273 6787
Gabby.Raggio@scsa.wa.edu.au

John Newman (08) 9273 6757
John.Newman@scsa.wa.edu.au

The Externally Set Task (EST) is administered in schools during Weeks 2, 3 and 4 of Term 2, 2022. All students enrolled in a General Year 12 or Foundation Year 12 course are required to complete the EST for that course.

The EST is based on Unit 3 syllabus content and schools are advised that the syllabus content, highlighted within the document, will be available from Friday, 24 September 2021, in the Assessment section of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) website under Years 11 and 12 at https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/assessment/externally-set-tasks/externally-set-task-materials.

All Foundation course ESTs will include the skills of literacy and numeracy in association with the identified 2022 EST Unit 3 content.

The Authority will publish the Externally Set Tasks Handbook 2022 in January 2022.


SIRS, Enrolments and General Information

Folio of achievement in 2021

Contact
Jenny Offer
(08) 9273 6313
Jenny.Offer@scsa.wa.edu.au

Schools are reminded that students will be able to download digital copies of their folio of achievement in mid-January 2022.

To download digital copies of the documents and certificates, students will need to log in to the student portal at https://studentportal.scsa.wa.edu.au. To log in to the student portal, students will need their eight-digit Western Australian Student Number (WASN) and password.

Year 12 students who have satisfactorily completed any Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) course unit, Preliminary unit, VET unit of competency or endorsed program will have a folio of achievement. This folio of achievement will include one or more of the following:

  • Western Australian Statement of Student Achievement
  • WACE
  • ATAR course report
  • selected award certificates.

From 2020, the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority) no longer provides paper copies of the documents and certificates in the folio of achievement.

Details relating to this year’s folio of achievement can be found in The WACE 2021 – Your guide to the Western Australian Statement of Student Achievement, Western Australian Certificate of Education and ATAR Course Report. This information guide is available on the Authority website at https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/the-wace/wace-requirements. You may wish to bring this to the attention of your students.

WACE Authentication

The Authority has made available a facility whereby education institutions can verify if a student has achieved the WACE. The WACE Authentication link is available on the front page of the Authority website at https://waceauthentication.scsa.wa.edu.au.

Year 12 results

Year 12 students will be able to access their results via the student portal at https://studentportal.scsa.wa.edu.au on Monday, 20 December 2021, as will Year 10 and Year 11 students who sat for the 2021 ATAR course examinations.


Reminder: Applications for exemption from enrolment eligibility criteria for Foundation units for Semester 1, 2022

Contact
Kerry Tarrant
(08) 9273 6770
Kerry.Tarrant@scsa.wa.edu.au

Principals are reminded that Applications for exemption from enrolment eligibility criteria for Foundation units for Semester 1, 2022 will be considered after the September Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA) results are released in October.

Online applications are available on the Authority website at  https://scsa.wa.edu.au/forms/forms/application-for-exemption-from-enrolment-eligibility-criteria-for-foundation-units and must be received by the Authority no later than Thursday, 18 November 2021.

In completing the application please refer to Section 1.8 of the WACE Manual 2021. https://www.scsa.wa.edu.au/publications/wace-manual.


2021 – Collection of Year 12 students’ achievement data

Contact
Kerry Tarrant
(08) 9273 6770
Kerry.Tarrant@scsa.wa.edu.au

This is an early reminder that the Year 12 achievement data is due to the School Curriculum and Standards Authority by Thursday, 28 October 2021 as per the 2021 Activities Schedule.

Information about collecting achievement data will be received by schools by Monday, 11 October 2021.

Schools will need to provide the achievement data for:

  • Year 12 students for courses (ATAR, General, Foundation, Preliminary and VET industry specific), VET qualifications, VET units of competency and endorsed programs
  • non-Year 12 students sitting one or more ATAR course examinations.