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HSC course descriptions – PDHPE

Course: Community and Family Studies

Course No: 15060

2 units for each of Preliminary and HSC

Board Developed Course

Exclusions: Nil

Course Description

Community and Family Studies is designed to develop in each student an understanding of the diverse nature and interdependence of families and communities, within Australian society. The course enables students to plan and manage resources effectively in order to address contemporary issues facing families and communities.

Main Topics Covered

Preliminary Course

  • Resource Management Basic concepts of the resource management process (approximately 20% of course time).
  • Individuals and Groups The individual's roles, relationships and tasks within groups (approximately 40% of course time).
  • Families and Communities Family structures and functions and the interaction between family and community (approximately 40% of course time).

HSC Course

  • Research Methodology Research methodology and skills culminating in the production of an Independent Research Project (approximately 25% of course time).
  • Groups in Context The characteristics and needs of specific community groups (approximately 25% of course time).
  • Parenting and Caring Issues facing individuals and groups who adopt roles of parenting and caring in contemporary society (approximately 25% of course time).

HSC Option Modules

Select one of the following (approximately 25% of course time):

  • Family and Societal Interactions Government and community structures that support and protect family members throughout their lifespan.
  • Social Impact of Technology The impact of evolving technologies on individuals and lifestyle.
  • Individuals and Work Contemporary issues confronting individuals as they manage roles within both their family and work environments.

Particular Course Requirements

Students are required to complete an Independent Research Project as part of the HSC internal assessment. The focus of the Independent Research Project should be related to the course content of one or more of the following areas: individuals, groups, families, communities, resource management.

Course: Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

Course No: 15320

2 units for each of Preliminary and HSC

Board Developed Course

Exclusions: Nil

Course Description

The Preliminary course examines a range of areas that underpin health and physical activity. This includes how people think about health and physical activity, the management of personal health and the basis for how the body moves. Students have the opportunity to select from a range of practical options in areas such as first aid, outdoor recreation, composing and performing, and fitness choices.

In the HSC course, students focus on major issues related to Australia's health status. They also look at factors that affect physical performance. They undertake optional study from a range of choices. This includes investigating the health of young people or of groups experiencing health inequities. In other options, students focus on improved performance and safe participation by learning about advanced approaches to training or sports medicine concepts. There is also an opportunity to think critically about the factors that impact on sport and physical activity in Australian society.

Preliminary Course

Core Topics (60%)

  • Better Health for Individuals
  • The Body in Motion

Optional Component (40%)

Students select two of the following options:

  • First Aid
  • Composition and Performance
  • Fitness Choices
  • Outdoor Recreation

HSC Course

Core Topics (60%)

  • Health Priorities in Australia
  • Factors Affecting Performance

Optional Component (40%)

Students select two of the following options:

  • The Health of Young People
  • Sport and Physical Activity in Australian Society
  • Sports Medicine
  • Improving Performance
  • Equity and Health

Particular Course Requirements

In addition to core studies, students select two options in each of the Preliminary and HSC courses.

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