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HSC assessment grid for Agriculture 2011 and beyond

This sample illustrates one way in which an assessment program can be constructed to meet the Board’s parameters that three to five tasks are sufficient for a two-unit course. It shows that a variety of tasks can be used and that, overall, the weighting requirements for each of the assessment components are met.

There are many other ways in which similar HSC assessment grids could be constructed that may involve different types of tasks, timing of tasks and weightings given to each task.

Schools may use this assessment grid without modification, or change it to suit their particular needs, being mindful that the weightings for each of the assessment components in the HSC course are mandatory.

Agriculture Sample HSC assessment grid
Component Task 1 Task 2 Task 3 Task 4 Weighting
  Plant/Animal Production
Oral presentation
Farm Product Study
Practical test
Research task
Trial HSC
Written examination
Term 4, Week 8 Term 1, Week 6 Term 2, Week 8 Term 3, Weeks 1–2
H1.1, H2.1 H2.2 H3.1, H3.2 H3.3, H3.4 H3.4, H4.1 H5.1 H1.1, H2.1 H2.2, H3.4 H5.1

Knowledge and understanding of:

  • the physical, chemical, biological, social, historical and economic factors that interact in agricultural production systems
  • the impact of innovation, ethics and current issues on Australian agricultural systems
5 5 10 20 40
  • Knowledge, understanding and skills required to manage agricultural production systems in a socially and environmentally responsible manner
  • Knowledge of, and skills in, decision-making and the evaluation of technology and management techniques used in sustainable agricultural production and marketing
5 15 5 15 40
Skills in effective research, experimentation and communication 5   15   20
Marks 15 20 30 35 100
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