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HSC assessment grid for Earth and Environmental Science

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 and two to three tasks are sufficient for a one 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.

Earth and Environmental Science Sample HSC assessment grid
Component Task 1 Task 2 Task 3 Task 4 Weighting
  Secondary Sources Investigation Planning and Performing a Practical Task Performing and Reporting a First-hand Investigation Examination  
Term 4
Week 7
Term 1
Week 8
Term 2
Week 7
Term 3
Week 5
H1, H5, H12, H13, H14 H11, H12, H13, H14, H15 H2, H9, H11, H12, H13, H14 H3, H4, H6, H7, H8, H9, H10, H13, H14
Knowledge and understanding of
  • The history, nature and practice of earth and environmental science, applications and uses of earth and environmental science and their implications for society and the environment, and current issues, research and development in earth and environmental science
  • The resources of Earth, the abiotic features of the environment, models to explain structures and processes of change, Australian resources and biotic impacts on the environment.
5   10 25 40
Skills in:
  • Planning and conducting first-hand investigations
  • Gathering and processing first-hand data
  • Gathering and processing relevant information from secondary sources.
5 10 15   30
Skills in:
  • Communicating information and understanding
  • Developing scientific thinking and problem-solving techniques
  • Working individually and in teams
5 5 10 10 30
Total % 15 15 35 35 100
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