HSC Assessment Policy 2019-2020 - Mullumbimby High School NSW Department of Education

 
NSW Department of Education

HSC Assessment Policy
2019-2020
Mullumbimby High School
2019/2020 HSC ASSESSMENT TASK PLANNING SHEET

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PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE
Dear Student,

By making the choice to enter senior school, you have shown your willingness to accept added responsibilities for
your own education. Your commitment to undertaking the process of senior assessment is one of these important
responsibilities.

Two marks will be given to you on your Higher School Certificate: an Examination Mark and a Moderated School
Assessment Mark.

Your Examination Mark will reflect your performance in the state wide examinations at the conclusion of Year 12.

Your Assessment Mark will be determined by your performance on assessment tasks, set by your classroom teacher
reflecting NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) guidelines. You will be informed ahead of time when an
assessment task is due and it is your responsibility to ensure that you undertake these tasks to the best of your
ability.

This booklet provides the school’s detailed policy regarding the submission of work for assessment purposes and you
must make yourself familiar with all aspects of this policy.

At the end of Year 12 you will receive your rank in each course based upon your performance on the assessment
tasks.

Your performance at the HSC Examination will then be used to moderate your school-based assessment. This is why
you do not receive a final assessment mark from the school because it may be altered depending on how students in
your course at the school performed at the HSC Examination.

The assessment system is a very fair one. It rewards students who work conscientiously over the whole of the
course. It is important to complete all tasks even if they are not assessable because these all contribute to your
ability to do well in your overall assessment. Your teachers and Year Adviser are available to answer any questions
you may have or give you any guidance you may need.

Senior students need to be advanced learners, using up to date techniques. This book provides excellent resources
to improve your learning skills. If you would like more information, see your Year Adviser or your Deputy Principal.

The challenge to achieve is before you all. Accept this challenge and reap the rewards on your Higher School
Certificate.

Mr Greg Armstrong, PRINCIPAL

 It is your responsibility to read and refer to the information contained in this
 Assessment Policy booklet throughout the HSC year.
 “Not knowing” about something that is printed in this booklet will not be
 accepted as an excuse.

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Contents
2019/2020 HSC ASSESSMENT TASK PLANNING SHEET ..................................................................................................... 1
REPORTING STUDENT PROGRESS ..................................................................................................................................... 5
RESPONSIBILITIES OF STUDENTS .................................................................................................................................... 16
GETTING ADVICE ON HSC ASSESSMENT ......................................................................................................................... 17
PERSONAL STUDY PLAN .................................................................................................................................................. 17
A GLOSSARY OF HSC KEY WORDS ................................................................................................................................... 19
ANCIENT HISTORY ........................................................................................................................................................... 22
BIOLOGY .......................................................................................................................................................................... 23
BUSINESS STUDIES .......................................................................................................................................................... 24
COMMUNITY AND FAMILY STUDIES (CAFS) .................................................................................................................... 25
CHEMISTRY...................................................................................................................................................................... 26
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY............................................................................................................................................. 27
DRAMA ............................................................................................................................................................................ 28
ENGINEERING .................................................................................................................................................................. 28
ENGLISH STANDARD........................................................................................................................................................ 30
ENGLISH ADVANCED ....................................................................................................................................................... 31
ENGLISH STUDIES ............................................................................................................................................................ 32
ENGLISH EXTENSION 1 .................................................................................................................................................... 33
ENGLISH EXTENSION 2 .................................................................................................................................................... 33
HOSPITALITY.................................................................................................................................................................... 34
INDONESIAN BEGINNER .................................................................................................................................................. 35
LEGAL STUDIES ................................................................................................................................................................ 36
MARINE STUDIES............................................................................................................................................................. 37
MATHEMATICS ................................................................................................................................................................ 38
MATHEMATICS STANDARD 2 .......................................................................................................................................... 38
MATHEMATICS EXTENSION 1 ......................................................................................................................................... 39
MATHEMATICS EXTENSION 2 ......................................................................................................................................... 39
MUSIC.............................................................................................................................................................................. 40
PHYSICS ........................................................................................................................................................................... 41
SOFTWARE DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT ....................................................................................................................... 42
SOCIETY AND CULTURE ................................................................................................................................................... 43
SPORT, LIFESTYLE AND RECREATION .............................................................................................................................. 44
VIDEO & DIGITAL IMAGING............................................................................................................................................. 45
VISUAL ART...................................................................................................................................................................... 45

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MULLUMBIMBY HIGH SCHOOL
                                                                  HSC ASSESSMENT POLICY

INTRODUCTION
The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) requires that schools submit an internal assessment mark to them
for each of your courses. Formal Assessment Task results contribute to the overall mark achieved by a student in
Year 12 and contribute to the school-based Assessment Mark submitted for the HSC. The marks Mullumbimby High
School submits to NESA are based on the tasks outlined in this Assessment policy.

NESA has identified that the purposes of internal assessment are to:

        assist student learning
        evaluate and improve teaching and learning programs
        determine student achievement in the course
        provide evidence of satisfactory completion of a course/stage.

Schools are required to prepare and administer an assessment program in accordance with specifications provided
by NESA. These specifications identify the components of the course to be assessed, the weightings and the timing
of tasks. Assessment tasks are designed to measure knowledge, skills and understanding of a wide range of
outcomes. Tasks may include tests, written assignments, practical activities, oral tasks, fieldwork and projects.

The provision of a separate school based Assessment Mark from the Examination Mark in the HSC has a two‐fold
purpose. It is intended to provide a measure of a student's attainment, which is based on:

      a wider range of syllabus objectives than is measured by the external examination;
      measures and observations obtained throughout the course rather than at a single examination.

Such assessment allows due weight to be given to measures of student achievement which, although evident to a
class teacher, may not be adequately assessed by a single external examination.

In addition, schools are required to rank all students doing the same course.

For Board Developed Courses, the raw assessment mark for each course will be moderated by the Board according
to the performance of the students at Mullumbimby High School in the HSC examination for that course. Your
position in the course rank order will not be altered by the moderation process. For Board Developed courses, the
moderated school assessment is worth 50% of the final mark for the course, while the HSC examination result
provides the other 50% of the final mark.

For Board Endorsed courses, the school assessment is the final mark which appears on the HSC. This mark is not
moderated.

Assessment of students for Life Skills courses in Stage 6 is against the achievement of outcomes identified through
the individual transistion process.

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SATISFACTORY COMPLETION OF A COURSE
"To have satisfactorily completed a course, students will have -
     followed the course;
     applied themselves with diligence and sustained effort to the set tasks and experiences provided in the
       course by the school; and
     achieved some or all of the course outcomes." [ACE 11.4]

ATTENDANCE                                  At Mullumbimby High School, at least 85% attendance is expected.
                                              a) Principals may determine that, as a result of absence, the course completion
                                              criteria may not be met.
                                              b) Any extended leave requires the approval of the Principal prior to the student
                                              commencing their leave.
                                              c) There should be no unexplained absences.
                                              d) Unsatisfactory attendance impacts on a student’s ability to satisfactorily complete
                                              course work.

PARTICIPATION                               A GENUINE ATTEMPT must be made concerning the learning and teaching
                                              activities of a course.
                                              a) Participating in a course involves completing assignments, homework and set
                                              tasks, even if they are not assessment tasks. Work placement is a mandatory HSC
                                              requirement for Vocational Education Training (VET) courses.
                                              b) It is up to the teacher's professional judgment to determine what constitutes
                                              genuine participation.
                                              c) Those deemed unsatisfactory will be issued with an official NESA "N" (Non-
                                              Completion) warning notice.
                                              d)Warnings are sent to parents in writing if this eventuality appears likely. Students
                                              are given an opportunity to rectify the situation

COMPLETION                                    A student must make A GENUINE ATTEMPT at all Assessment Tasks in each course
OF ASSESSMENT                               in which they are entered.
TASKS                                         a) Any student who fails to complete Assessment Tasks worth in excess of 50
                                              percent of the available marks will be issued with an official NESA "N" (Non-
                                              Completion) notice, which will disqualify him/her from the particular course.
                                              b) This may in turn disqualify the student from receiving an ATAR and/or the HSC.
                                              c)Warnings are sent to parents in writing. Students are given an opportunity to
                                              rectify the situation
REPORTING STUDENT PROGRESS
Formal, written school reports are issued following the Year 12 Half Yearly and Trial examinations. These
reports are designed to reflect the work achieved by the student in all aspects of their work, not just in HSC
assessment tasks. Students need to complete all work given so that they are adequately prepared for the HSC
examination at the end of Year 12.

Unsatisfactory progress through incompletion of homework, absence from lessons, poor effort, etc. will be
reported to parents as soon as possible. Students are reminded that failure to complete both assessable and
non-assessable tasks will contribute to their not having met the requirements for the award of a Higher School
Certificate. A parent/teacher evening is conducted after the half-yearly examinations.

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UNSATISFACTORY COMPLETION OF A COURSE
STEP 1                                  NOTIFICATION

                                          Parents will be notified by letter when students are not meeting requirements in a
                                          course. This formal WARNING is called an `N’ Warning.

STEP 2                                  Students are given an OPPORTUNITY TO RECTIFY THE SITUATION.

                                                     ATTENDANCE and PARTICIPATION in course teaching and learning activities
                                                      may need to be improved.
                                                     COMPLETION OF AN ASSESSMENT TASK may require students to complete a
                                                      missed assessment task within a two week period.

STEP 3                                  SECOND N-WARNING LETTER SENT

                                          Students are given a second opportunity to rectify their situation.

STEP 4                                  UNSATISFACTORY DETERMINATION (N-AWARD)

                                          An unsatisfactory result in a course will be determined by the Principal, in conjunction
                                          with the Deputy Principal and relevant Head Teacher(s).

                                          The Principal will explain to the student the reasons for the determination/s and advise
                                          him/her of the consequences of this determination.

                                          The student will be advised of his/her right to seek a reconsideration of this
                                          determination, and the procedures involved in submitting an appeal. The student will be
                                          provided with a blank Student Appeal Form and advised of the final date of submission
                                          of this form.

                                          The Principal will ensure the student has read the Information for Students and read and
                                          signed the Student’s Declaration on the Principal’s Determination Form.

                                          If the student is under 18 years of age the signature of the student’s parent/guardian
                                          must also be obtained.

                                          This course(s) will not be listed on the student’s Higher School Certificate Record of
                                          Achievement, unless the student seeks a review of this determination and the appeal is
                                          successful.

                                          The ‘N’ determination in this course(s) may also impact on the student’s eligibility for
                                          the award of the Higher School Certificate and/or an ATAR. To be issued with an HSC a
                                          student must have successfully completed at least 12 units satisfactorily in the
                                          Preliminary pattern of study and 10 units in the HSC study pattern.

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SCHEDULE OF ASSESSMENT TASKS
   NOTIFICATION OF                     The Schedule of Tasks indicates specific dates scheduled for assessment tasks from Term
     TASKS                           4, 2018 to Term 3, 2019.

                                       For assessment tasks, written notice will also be given outlining details and marking
                                       criteria at least two weeks prior to the task date. Teachers will use their professional
                                       judgement to ensure students have adequate time to prepare for each task.

                                       For examinations, written notice may be given outlining details prior to the task date.
                                       However, students should use the schedule of tasks for task dates, weightings and
                                       outcomes assessed.

                                       Notification of changes (eg. of date due) will be given in writing at least two weeks prior
                                       to the task date.

    SUBMISSION OF                      Teachers will inform students in writing how the task is to be submitted, the date and
      TASKS                          time the task is to be submitted by.

                                       YOU MUST NOT under any circumstances leave a piece of work on a teacher’s desk as
                                       no record will have been established of its presentation. Any work not personally
                                       handed to the class teacher or a person nominated by the class teacher will be dealt with
                                       in the same manner as for failure to complete a task.

                                       Follow the procedures outlined in this policy for not attending or submitting a task due to
                                       an unforeseeable or forseeable absence.

                                       Note the rules outlined in this policy regarding late submission of hand-in tasks without a
                                       valid reason.

  REPORTING AND                        All students will receive meaningful feedback on their performance in each Assessment
TASK FEEDBACK                        Task.

                                       Feedback will normally be provided as a comment, a raw mark, and/or ranked position
                                       within the course cohort.

                                       The onus is on students to check their mark calculations and report any discrepancies at
                                       the time the assessment task is returned to them.

                                       The school will provide each student with formal details of their ranked position within
                                       this school's candidature as part of their final HSC report. BOSTES regulations prohibit the
                                       school from providing a raw aggregate of marks scored in any course or subject.

   QUERYING THE                        If, on the return of an assessment task, a student considers a mistake has been made in
   MARKING OF AN                       the marking of the assessment task it is their responsibility to discuss their concern with
  ASSESSMENT TASK                      the subject teacher immediately.
        
                                       Where students can demonstrate that there is a clerical error in allocation of marks, the
                                       marks and rank will be amended accordingly.

                                         If the student is dissatisfied with the response given, the student should consult with
                                         the subject Head Teacher within 3 school days of the return of the assessment task.

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If the matter cannot be resolved, the student may ask for a review of the Head
                                         Teacher’s decision by the Senior Board of Review Panel. The review request must be
                                         made within 7 school days of the return of the assessment task.

                                         The Senior Board of Review Panel will be convened by the Head Teacher Senior Studies
                                         and will also include the Deputy Principal and Year Adviser.

                                         A teacher’s professional judgment cannot be the basis of a review. The Senior Board of
                                         Review Panel will consider if:

                                          Any clerical errors were made in the marking and recording of the marks
                                          The task conformed with NESA weighting requirements as detailed in syllabuses
                                          The task conformed with the school’s assessment procedures
                                          A professional marking process was used
                                          The student was provided with meaningful feedback in relation to the marking
                                         criteria and course outcomes.

                                         Students will be notified of the panel’s decision by the Head Teacher Senior Studies. The
                                         panel’s decision will be final.

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STUDENT LEAVE

           Accelerants will be given a study day on the day before the scheduled half-yearly and Trial examination (s).
           Year 12 students have a scheduled study day on Wednesday B. On this day, teachers may organise HSC
            Seminars or excursions to HSC study days offered in the local area. Students are encouraged to use this day
            to attend school to complete major works for their chosen subjects.

           Students who are in accelerated classes do not have access to the general designated Senior study days. As
            a supportive measure, accelerants are allocated a study day the day before their scheduled half-yearly and
            trial examination (s) for each subject they are accelerated in.
           Year 12 Students have a scheduled study day on Wednesday B. On this day teachers may organise HSC
            Seminars or excursions to HSC study days offered in the local area.

                                                IMPORTANT NOTE FOR ALL STUDENTS

The Assessment Schedules printed in this book have been prepared early in the HSC year. Circumstances often
occur during the HSC year, which may require changes to the printed schedules.

Any changes that MAY occur will be made in consultation with staff and students and remain accountable to
NESA guidelines.

  PROCEDURES FOR STUDENT ABSENCE FROM OR INABILITY TO SUBMIT AN ASSESSMENT TASK ON THE
                           DUE DATE - UNFORSEEABLE ABSENCE.
       STEP 1                     NOTIFY the relevant Head Teacher or the Head Teacher Senior Studies, if possible, on the
                                    morning of the task or task due-by date.
                                    OBTAIN documentation
       STEP 2                         Illness - a Doctor's Medical Certificate will be required covering the absence.
                                        Technological Failure- Students will need to provide independent evidence of the
                                           technological failure, e.g. Attempts to rebuild or recover printouts of drafts or
                                           partial drafts or associated notes and summaries in order for extensions etc. to be
                                           granted. Students will be solely responsible for maintaining backups of all personal
                                           data files, independently of the school’s computers and network.
                                        Other documentation such as school counsellors report or other equivalent
                                           professional (objective) documents can be used.
                                        Letters from family members or friends are acceptable in exceptional
                                           circumstances only.

       STEP 3                     Every effort is to be made to submit a hand-in task on the due date regardless of
                                    illness/misadventure on the due date. Parents can submit the task at the Front Office or
                                    you can contact the teacher or relevant Head Teacher and submit the task electronically. If
                                    this is not possible, SUBMIT the task the very next day you attend school to the class
                                    teacher or to the relevant Head Teacher even if there is NO scheduled lesson on that day.

                                    ORGANISE an alternate date for an in-class task or examination the very next day you
                                    attend school with the class teacher or the relevant Head Teacher even if there is NO
                                    scheduled lesson on that day.

       STEP 4                     COLLECT and COMPLETE an Illness/Misadventure Form. Ensure that it has been signed by
                                    the relevant Head Teacher . Forms can be collected from the Head Teacher Senior Studies.
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STEP 5                     SUBMIT the Illness/Misadventure form and documentation to the Head Teacher Senior
                                    Studies. On return to school, students will be given 2 school days to submit the form and
                                    documentation. If circumstances (e.g. Head Teacher absent) prevent this you must notify
                                    the Head Teacher Senior Studies within the 2-day period.

                                    The Head Teacher Senior Studies will notify the student and relevant Head Teacher the
                                    decision regarding the illness/misadventure application.

                                    If the application is successful the task is marked without penalty. A substitute task may be
                                    administered or an estimated mark may be given at the discretion of the Head Teacher.

                                    If the application is unsuccessful the task is marked with penalty, which may include the
                                    student being awarded ‘zero’.

      APPEAL                      If the student’s application is unsuccessful, students are entitled to lodge an appeal with the
                                    Head Teacher Senior Studies within 2 school days of being informed of the
                                    illness/misadventure application decision. The appeal will be considered by the Senior Board
                                    Review Panel. If the student’s appeal is successful, the student will be informed and marks
                                    awarded. If the student’s appeal is unsuccessful, the student will be informed.
                                    Irrespective of the outcome of the illness/misadventure application, all students will be
        NOTE                      required to complete the task/substitute task to show evidence that the student has met
                                    the course completion requirements.

  PROCEDURES FOR STUDENT ABSENCE FROM OR INABILITY TO SUBMIT AN ASSESSMENT TASK ON THE
                            DUE DATE - FORSEEABLE ABSENCE.

                  STEP 1                               NOTIFY the Head Teacher Senior Studies and relevant Head Teacher of the
                                                         dates and reason for the leave.

                                                         Provide a detailed letter from parent/carer.

                  STEP 2                               OBTAIN permission from the Principal for holiday or extended leave.

                                                         If the leave is for 5 days or more an ‘Application for extended leave/travel”
                                                         form must be submitted to the Principal at least TWO WEEKS before the
                                                         leave.

                                                         Forms can be collected from the front office.

                  STEP 3                               COLLECT and COMPLETE an Illness/Misadventure Form.

                  STEP 4                                ORGANISE an alternate date for an in-class task or examination BEFORE
                                                          taking leave with the class teacher or the relevant Head Teacher. A substitute
                                                          task may be administered or an estimated mark may be given at the
                                                          discretion of the Head Teacher.

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ORGANISE an alternate date or method of submission (eg. electronic) of a
                                                          hand-in task BEFORE taking leave with the class teacher or the relevant Head
                                                          Teacher.

                                                          Note: Students will not be able to complete tasks of an examination nature
                                                          before the due date.

                  STEP 5                               SUBMIT the Illness/Misadventure form and documentation to the Deputy
                                                         Principal before taking leave.

              PENALTIES FOR LATE SUBMISSION WITHOUT AN ACCEPTABLE ILLNESS/MISADVENTURE
The following penalties will apply in the case of a hand-in Assessment Task not being submitted on time and where
there is no acceptable reason or supporting documentation.

           ONE DAY LATE                              20% of the total mark awarded will be deducted

          TWO DAYS LATE                              40% of the total mark awarded will be deducted

 THREE OR MORE DAYS LATE                             Zero awarded. The task must still be submitted.
                                                       The task will be marked and returned to the student with feedback. The mark,
                                                       however, will not contribute to the aggregated assessment mark in that
                                                       subject or course.
                                                       Failure to submit the task may lead to an "N" determination

                                             PROCEDURES RELATING TO MALPRACTICE
All work presented in assessment tasks and external examinations (including submitted works and practical
examinations) must be your own or must be acknowledged appropriately.

Malpractice could lead to you receiving zero marks and may jeopardise your HSC mark and/or ATAR results.

Malpractice is any activity that allows you to gain an unfair advantage over other students. It includes, but is not
limited to:
              copying someone else’s work in part or in whole, and presenting it as your own
              using material directly from books, journals, CDs or the internet without reference to the source
              building on the ideas of another person without reference to the source
              buying, stealing or borrowing another person’s work and presenting it as your own
              submitting work to which another person such as a parent, coach or subject expert has contributed
                 substantially
              using words, ideas, designs or the workmanship of others in practical and performance tasks without
                 appropriate acknowledgement
              paying someone to write or prepare material
              breaching school examination rules (a copy is included in this policy)
              using non-approved aides during an assessment task
              contriving false explanations to explain work not handed in by the due date
              assisting another student to engage in malpractice.

All incidents of malpractice will be recorded on the NESA Malpractice Register by the Head Teacher Senior Studies.

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AWARD OF ZERO

Zero will be awarded for any task when:
                          The student is absent from an in-class or examination task without valid reason.
                          A hand-in task is submitted more than two days after the due date without valid reason.
                          There is sufficient evidence of malpractice.
                          There is sufficient evidence of breaching school examination rules.
                          There is sufficient evidence of a non-serious attempt, or a task contains frivolous or objectionable
                           material

In all Assessment tasks, non-serious attempts will be identified by the teacher/Head Teacher and dealt with by the
Head Teacher Senior Studies in consultation with the Principal or Deputy Principal.

 ACCELERANTS, ACCUMULANTS AND STUDENTS TRANSFERRING TO THE SCHOOL DURING THE HSC YEAR

          Accelerants will be required to complete all assessment tasks undertaken by students completing
           requirements in the normal timeframe. Accelerants will be given a study day the day before their scheduled
           half-yearly and Trial examination (s).
          In the case of an accumulant (Pathways student) who is repeating a subject where a major work or project is
           required, the major work or project entered and marked in a previous year cannot be resubmitted.
          A fair and valid process regarding assessment requirements, in line with NESA guidelines, will be determined
           during the enrolment process for students transferring to MHS during the HSC year.

                                 ILLNESS AND MISADVENTURE DURING THE HSC EXAMINATIONS

Students whose performance during the HSC Examination is impaired by either illness or misadventure must make
the supervisor of the examination aware of the situation prior to or during the examination.

The student must see the Principal, Deputy Principal or Head Teacher Senior Studies as soon as possible in order to
commence the necessary paperwork. Documentation including professional assessment will be needed to support the
claim. Should the claim be upheld, the student's Assessment Mark or Examination Mark (whichever is the higher) will
be awarded in the affected course or courses.

                                                       HSC FINAL ASSESSMENT RANK APPEALS

The school will provide each student with formal details of their ranked position in each course as part of their final
HSC school report. Students are able to seek a school review of their final assessment rank in any subject. This
review may be requested following the issuing of the school reports and up to 2 days following the final written HSC
examination. The review decision will be communicated to the student in writing the following day. If the review is
declined at school level the student may subsequently appeal to NESA the day following the communication of the
decision.

School Review of Assessment Ranks Process

Students must complete and submit Section A of the Student Appeal to NESA against Assessment Rank form. This
form is available from the Head Teacher Senior Studies.

A school assessment review will be conducted by the Senior Board of Review Panel and will only focus on the

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procedures followed by the school for determining the final assessment mark. The marks awarded for individual
assessment tasks are not subject to review as part of this process.

In conducting an assessment review the school will ascertain whether:

• the weightings for course components in the school assessment program conform with NESA requirements as
       detailed in the syllabus packages

• the school's procedures for determining assessments conform with its assessment program

• there are no clerical or computational errors in the determination of the assessment mark.

If these conditions have been met, no change to the assessment will be made. If a change is required, the Principal
will notify NESA Student Records by email at records@nesa.nsw.edu.au.

The student will be informed of the outcome of the review by the Deputy Principal and will be advised of the
provision for a subsequent appeal to NESA.

Appeal to NESA

Students must complete and submit to the Principal Sections B and C of the Student Appeal to NESA against
Assessment Rank form. The principal will submit the forms to NESA.

There is no provision for appeals against the marks awarded for individual assessment tasks. NESA will consider only
whether:

a) the school review process was adequate for determining that:

• the weightings for course components in the school assessment program conform with the NESA requirements as
       detailed in the syllabus packages

• the school's procedures for determining the final assessment mark conform with its stated assessment program -
        in particular the weightings used for the various assessment tasks should be consistent with those specified
        in the assessment program

• there are no computational or other clerical errors in the determination of the assessment mark

b) the conduct of the school review was proper in all respects.

If the appeal is upheld, NESA will refer the matter back to the school for a further review. The results of that review
may affect the assessment mark of the student making the appeal and/or the assessment marks and ranks of other
students.

NESA will not consider further appeals from other students whose assessment rank may be affected by reviews or
appeals. Although initiated by individual students, the reviews and appeals relate to the assessment process and are
designed to correct any errors affecting the assessments for the entire school course group.

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From NESA “ Stage 6 Science A Guide to Depth Studies “
What is a depth study?

Each Stage 6 Science syllabus contains the following information about depth studies.

A depth study is any type of investigation/activity that a student completes individually or collaboratively that allows
the further development of one or more concepts found within or inspired by the syllabus. It may be one
investigation/activity or a series of investigations/activities.

          Depth studies provide opportunities for students to pursue their interests in Science, acquire a depth of
           understanding, and take responsibility for their own learning.
          Depth studies promote differentiation and engagement, and support all forms of assessment, including
           assessment for, as and of learning.
          Depth studies allow for the demonstration of a range of Working Scientifically skills.
          A depth study may be, but is not limited to:
          A practical investigation or series of practical investigations and/or a secondary-sourced investigation or
           series of secondary-sourced investigations, presentations, research assignments or fieldwork reports
          The extension of concepts found within the course, either qualitatively and/or quantitatively.’
          Depth studies are designed to provide opportunities for students to:
          Consolidate their learning
          Develop competence and confidence in relation to their knowledge and skills
          Foster creativity by allowing students to apply their knowledge and skills to new situations.

Time is the essential element required for students to consolidate their learning, develop their competence and
confidence, and to foster creativity.

Can students develop the same/similar depth study if they are studying more than one Science subject?

The purpose of a depth study is to expand students understanding of scientific concepts while demonstrating Working
Scientifically skills, and this is partially course-specific. In a practical sense the skills will be transferable, but are developed within
the context of the course studied. Therefore, to fulfil the course requirements, each course must have documentation of the
students’ depth study/studies for that course only. The formal assessment of the depth study/studies must address at least one
specific Knowledge and Understanding outcome for that course.

Completing only one task for both Science subjects will not fulfil the assessment requirements set down in the Assessment
Certification Examination (ACE) Manual

Projects developed for assessment in one subject are not to be used either in full or in part for assessment in any other subject.
(Ace 8013).

Can students use their depth study/studies for the Scientific Research Project in Science Extension?

A student may take inspiration from their depth study/studies undertaken in a 2 Unit Science course. However, the course
requirements and outcomes are different for the 2 Unit Science courses and Science Extension. Students studying Science
Extension are expected to extend their Scientific Research and Working Scientifically skills to a level greater than that required
for the 2 Unit courses.

Additionally, the Scientific Research Project and the depth study/studies both require separate formal school-based assessment
as outlined above and in the ACE manual.

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Mullumbimby High School
              Application for Absence from an Assessment Task & Illness/Misadventure

NAME: _____________________________________________ PRELIMINARY                                HSC

SUBJECT: ______________________________________________________________________________

TEACHER: _____________________________________________________________________________

DATE OF ASSESSMENT TASK: ______________________________________________________________

REASON FOR INABILITY TO ATTEND OR SUBMIT TASK ON TIME: __________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________

I have attached a Medical Certificate from Dr _________________________________________________

I have attached a Supporting Statement from _________________________________________________

SIGNED: ________________________________________ (Student)

DATE RECEIVED: ___________________________

DECISION: Approved/Denied

REASON FOR DENIAL:
__________________________________________________________________________

IF DENIED, STUDENT NOTIFIED OF APPEAL PROCESS:

RECOMMENDED ACTION __________________________________________ and due date ___/___/___

CLASS TEACHER NOTIFIED

STUDENT NOTIFIED

SIGNED: _________________________________________ (Subject Head Teacher) Date: ___/___/___

SENTRAL ENTRY MADE

FORM FILED

SIGNED: ___________________________________ (Head Teacher Senior Studies) Date: ____/___/___

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RESPONSIBILITIES OF STUDENTS

             1. Do All Tasks

             It is expected that you will complete all tasks, making a genuine attempt with no sign of malpractice
             (cheating).

             2. Do Tasks When Due

             It is your responsibility to be present for, or hand in, an Assessment Task on the day it is due.

             3. Attend Day Before, Lesson Before

             It is your responsibility to be present at school the calendar day before and during all lessons, on the
             day, up until the task is due. A school excursion is considered to be attendance.

             4. Clashes

             It is your responsibility to let your teacher know if there is a clash, such as several tasks due on the
             same day or a compulsory excursion on the same day as an Assessment Task. If you feel the situation
             is unfair you should see the Deputy Principal immediately.

             5. Absence from Tasks

             It is your responsibility to arrange for the handing in of a task or providing necessary documentation
             if you are unable to do so.

             6. NESA Requirements

             Familiarise yourself with NESA requirements for the satisfactory completion of courses and for
             satisfactory attendance.

             7. Assessment Schedule

             Ensure you have a copy of the assessment schedule for EACH course you are studying and that you
             are aware of course requirements.

             8.     Mullumbimby High School Assessment Policy

             Be aware of the assessment policy and procedures of Mullumbimby High School as detailed in this
             document.

             9. Advice

             It is your responsibility to seek advice from the subject Head Teacher or Deputy Principal if there is a
             problem, which has not been resolved satisfactorily within a course.

                            To be fair to everyone, the rules have to be followed.
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GETTING ADVICE ON HSC ASSESSMENT

 Deputy Principal and Head Teacher Senior Studies
     Responsible for the management of assessment in the school, i.e. the School Policy and HSC
       Assessment Program.
     Will contact NESA re specific problems.
     First point of contact if you are not sure who to talk to.
     Give advice on Student Appeals

 Careers Adviser
      Responsible for Career advice related to subject selections.
      Discuss NESA requirements on HSC assessment.
      Provide advice on University entrance, early entry schemes and scholarships
      Provide assistance and guidance regarding TVET courses

  Year Adviser
      Responsible for the wellbeing of students
      Discuss problems of adjustment with assessment and organisation of time.

 School Counsellor
     Provide wellbeing support and guidance
     Assist with stress management

  Head Teachers
     Responsible for own faculty policy on HSC assessment and its implementation.
     Discuss problems related to tasks, which cannot be resolved with teacher.
     Arrange for alternate tasks due to student absence.
     Provide information and access to HSC Prescribed Texts, Topics, Projects & Works, Syllabuses and
        Examination Specifications.

  Librarian
      Provide access to subject guidelines, syllabuses, assessment guidelines.
      Provide advice on resources and research.

                              BUT REMEMBER,
      YOUR TEACHER IS USUALLY GOING TO BE THE FIRST PERSON TO GIVE YOU
         ASSISTANCE AND ADVICE IF YOU HAVE A REASONABLE PROBLEM.

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PERSONAL STUDY PLAN

It’s Only a Matter of Time ... and how well you use it!

Basically, the more time you spend learning the better the learning. However, the way you use your time is very
important. Practising over a period of time is the best strategy. An ideal learning pattern would involve.
a. Immediate rehearsal within 20 minutes.
b. A test after a few minutes.
c. A review after the first hour.
d. A short review after an overnight rest, because sleep appears to reinforce memory.
e. A short review after a week.
f. A short review after a month.

Such a schedule can maintain recall at up to 88% - four times better than the expected curve of forgetting.
Individual lessons should have breaks, so that you give your brain a chance to relax.
A Study Timetable allows you to get the most out of your time. It includes a balance of regular commitments,
fun and study.

 TIME                MONDAY               TUESDAY              WEDNESDAY THURSDAY              FRIDAY   SATURDAY   SUNDAY
 8.30- 3.30          School               School                         School                School

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A GLOSSARY OF HSC KEY WORDS

Syllabus outcomes, objectives, performance bands and examination questions have key words that state what
students are expected to be able to do. This glossary of key words has been developed to help provide a
common language and consistent meaning in the Higher School Certificate documents.

Using the glossary will help students understand what is expected in responses to examinations and assessment
tasks.

Account                Account for: state reasons for, report on. Give an account of: narrate a series of events or
                       transactions

Analyse                 Identify components and the relationship between them; draw out and relate implications

Apply                  Use, utilise, employ in a particular situation

Appreciate             Make a judgement about the value of

Assess                 Make a judgement of value, quality, outcomes, results or size

Calculate              Ascertain/determine from given facts, figures or information

Clarify                Make clear or plain

Classify               Arrange or include in classes/categories

Compare                Show how things are similar or different

Construct              Make; build; put together items or arguments

Contrast               Show how things are different or opposite

Critically             Add a degree or level of accuracy depth, knowledge and understanding, (analyse/ logic,
                       questioning, reflection and quality to (analyse/evaluation) evaluate)

Deduce                 Draw conclusions

Define                 State meaning and identify essential qualities

Demonstrate             Show by example

Describe               Provide characteristics and features

Discuss                Identify issues and provide points for and/or against

Distinguish            Recognise or note/indicate as being distinct or different from; to note differences between

Evaluate               Make a judgement based on criteria; determine the value of

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Examine                Inquire into

Explain                Relate cause and effect; make the relationships between things evident; provide why and/or
                       how

Extract                Choose relevant and/or appropriate details

Extrapolate            Infer from what is known

Identify               Recognise and name

Interpret              Draw meaning from

Investigate            Plan, inquire into and draw conclusions about

Justify                 Support an argument or conclusion

Outline                 Sketch in general terms; indicate the main features of

Predict                Suggest what may happen based on available information

Propose                Put forward (for example, a point of view, idea, argument, suggestion) for consideration or
                       action

Recall                 Present remembered ideas, facts or experiences

Recommend              Provide reasons in favour

Recount                Retell a series of events

Summarise              Express, concisely, the relevant details

Synthesise             Putting together various elements to make a whole

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SUBJECT
                             ASSESSMENT
                                           SCHEDULES

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ANCIENT HISTORY

          Component                            Task 1                         Task 2                Task 3            Task 4      Weighting
                                                                                                                                     %
                                        Cities of Vesuvius:            Ancient Societies       Historical Periods      Trial
                                           Pompeii and                                                              Examination
                                          Herculaneum

                                         Term 4, Week 9                Term 1, Week 9           Term 2, Week 9       Term 3,
                                                                                                                     Week 3/4

                                      Outcomes assessed              Outcomes assessed         Outcomes assessed    Outcomes
                                                                                                                    assessed
                                     AH12-2 AH12-6 AH12-                AH12-1 AH12-4           AH12-5 AH12-6
                                      7 AH12-8 AH12-10                  AH12-5 AH12-6           AH12-7 AH12-9         AH12-1
                                                                        AH12-7 AH12-9                                 AH12-3
                                                                                                                      AH12-5
                                                                                                                      AH12-6
                                                                                                                      AH12-9

     Knowledge and
  understanding of course                         10                            10                    10                10           40
         content

   Historical skills in the
  analysis and evaluation
                                                  5                              5                     5                5            20
       of sources and
      interpretations

    Historical inquiry and
                                                  5                              5                     5                5            20
           research

     Communication of
  historical understanding                        5                              5                     5                5            20
    in appropriate forms

             Total %                              25                            25                    25                25          100

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BIOLOGY

                                        Task 1                         Task 2                         Task 3                Task 4

                                                               Heredity and Genetic
                                                                     Change
                                 Module 5 topic test                                               Depth Study         Trial Examination
                                                                   Practical Task
                                                                                                (research portfolio)

                                    Term 4, Week 9               Term 1, Week 10                  Term 2, Week 8       Term 3, Week 3-4

                                 Outcomes assessed             Outcomes assessed               Outcomes assessed          Outcomes
                                                                                                                          assessed
                                      BIO11/12-4                    BIO11/12-1                 BIO11/12-1 BIO11/12-2
                                                                                                    BIO11/12-3            BIO11/12-1
                                      BIO11/12-5              BIO11/12-2 BIO11/12-3
        Component                                                                                   BIO11/12-4            BIO11/12-2
                                      BIO11/12-6                    BIO11/12-4
                                                                                                    BIO11/12-5            BIO11/12-4
                                      BIO11/12-7                    BIO11/12-5
                                                                                                    BIO11/12-6            BIO11/12-5
                                                                                                                                           Weighting
                                       BIO12-12                     BIO11/12-6
                                                                                                    BIO11/12-7            BIO11/12-6             %
                                                                    BIO11/12-7
                                                                                                       BIO12-14           BIO11/12-7
                                                                       BIO12-13
                                                                                                       BIO12-15            BIO12-12

                                                                                                                           BIO12-13

                                                                                                                           BIO12-14

                                                                                                                           BIO12-15

      Skills in Working
        Scientifically
                                          10                             20                             20                    10
                                                                                                                                                60

      Knowledge and
      Understanding
                                           5                              5                             10                    20                40

          Total %                         15                             25                             30                    30               100

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BUSINESS STUDIES

    Component              Task 1              Task 2             Task 3              Task 4     Weighting %

                        Operations           Finance            Marketing           Trial HSC
                                            Statement            Analysis         Examination
                                             Analysis

                       Term 4 2019         Term 1, 2020       Term 2, 2020        Term 3, 2020
                         Week 9              Week 8             Week 9             Week 3/4

                         Outcomes           Outcomes            Outcomes           Outcomes
                         assessed           assessed            assessed           assessed
                      H1, H2, H5, H7       H4, H6, H7,         H3, H5, H6,         H2, H3, H4,
                                           H8, H9, H10         H7, H8, H9          H5, H6, H9,
                                                                                      H10

  Knowledge and
  understanding
                             10                  10                 10                  10           40
    of course
     content

  Stimulus-based
                              5                                                         10           15
       skills

    Inquiry and
                                                  5                 10                               15
      research

 Communication
   of business
  information,
    ideas and                 5                   5                 10                  10           30
     issues in
   appropriate
       forms

      Total %                20                  20                 30                  30          100

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COMMUNITY AND FAMILY STUDIES (CAFS)

     Task number                   Task 1              Task 2              Task 3                Task 4

   Nature of tasks             Independen Presentati investigation   Trial HSC
                                t Research     on      & Report    Examination
                                  Project  Support for Groups in
                                             parents    Context
                                           and carers Government
                                                       & Equity
                                                         Issues

         Timing                  Term 1,             Term 2, Term 3 week Term 3, Week
                                Weeks 2- 9           Week 2-9     9          3-4
                                 Week 9             Baby care
                                  Final             (10%) Info
                                                    pamphlet
                                                      (15%)

       Outcomes                 H4.1, H4.2         H3.2, H5.1,         H2.2, H2.3,             H1.1 to H6.2
       assessed                                       H5.2                H3.3

      Component                                                                                     Weighting %

 Knowledge and                         5                 10                   10                   15             40
 understanding of
 course content

 Skills in critical                   15                 15                   15                   15             60
 thinking, research
 methodology,
 analysing and
 communicating

         Total %                      20                 25                   25                   30             100

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CHEMISTRY

                              Task 1                    Task 2                     Task 3              Task 4

                       Module 5 topic test        Titration Practical           Depth Study       Trial Examination

                         Term 4, Week 7            Term 1, Week 8              Term 2, Week 8     Term 3, Week 3-4

                      Outcomes assessed         Outcomes assessed           Outcomes assessed    Outcomes assessed

                            CH11/12-2           CH11/12-2 CH11/12-3        CH11/12-1 CH11/12-2       CH11/12-2
    Component                                                                  CH11/12-3                              Weighting
                            CH11/12-4            CH11/12-5 CH12-13                                   CH11/12-4
                                                                                 CH11/12-4                               %
                            CH11/12-5                                                                CH11/12-5
                                                                           CH11/12-5 CH11/12-7
                            CH11/12-6                                                                CH11/12-6
                                                                                  CH12-14
                            CH11/12-7                                                                CH11/12-7

                             CH12-12                                                                  CH12-12

                                                                                                      CH12-13

                                                                                                      CH12-14

                                                                                                      CH12-15

  Skills in Working
    Scientifically
                                10                        20                         20                  10              60

  Knowledge and
                                5                          5                         10                  20              40
  Understanding

      Total %                   15                        25                         30                  30             100

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DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY

      Task number                       Task 1                        Task 2                        Task 3               Task 4

    Nature of tasks              Project Proposal               Innovation and                      Project             Trial HSC
                                   Presentation                    Emerging                    Development and        Examination
                                                               Technology Case                   Management
                                                                    Study*                          Report

          Timing                  Term 2 Week 2             Term 2, Week 6 (FRI)               Term 3, Week 10     Term 3, Weeks 3–4
                                      (FRI)

 Outcomes assessed                H2.1, H4.1, H4.2             H2.2, H3.1, H3.2,               H4.3, H5.1, H5.2,    H1.1, H1.2, H2.1,
                                                                     H6.2                            H6.1           H2.2, H3.1, H6.2

      Component                                                                                                                         Weighting %

Knowledge and                                                           20                                                 20                40
understanding of
course content

Knowledge and skills                       20                                                         30                   10                60
in designing,
managing, producing
and evaluating a
major design project

         Total %                           20                           20                            40                   0                 100

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DRAMA

                                            Task 1                         Task 2                       Task 3                        Task 4

 Time                              Term 4 Week 10                   Term 1 Week 8                 Term 2 Week 10                  Term 3 Week 5
 Task                            Performing An                   Individual Project              Presentation              Trial HSC Examination
                                 Essay                           presentation                    Group                     Written Examination,
                                 Performative                    Including log book,             Performance               Individual Project and
                                 response based on               preliminary drafts              Including log             Group Performance
                                 workshop                        and research                    books, preliminary        including log books,
                                 experiences and                                                 script                    scripts, research and
                                 research                                                        development,              rationales
                                                                                                 research, planning
                                                                                                 and reflection

 Weighting                                     20%                             20%                        20%                          40%
 Outcomes                        H 1.2. 1.3. 1.4. 1.6.           H 1.1. 1.2. 1.3. 1.5.           H 1.1. 1.2. 1.3. 1.4.     H 2.1. 2.2. 2.3. 2.5. 3.1.
 Assessed                        2.3. 3.1. 3.2. 3.3.             1.8. 1.9                        1.5. 1.6. 1.7. 1.8.       3.2. 3.3. 3.4. 3.5.
                                 3.4
 Assessment Area                 Making                          Making Performing               Making Performing             Making Performing
                                 Critically Studying                                                                           Critically studying

EARTH & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

                                    Task 1                      Task 2                         Task 3                    Task 4

                                 Topic Test                   Skills Test                Depth Study              Trial HSC Exam
                                                                                                                    Module 5-8
                            Module 5: Earth’s                 Module 6:              Module 7: Climate                                    Weighting %
                              Processes                        Hazards                   Science
                             Term 4, Week 9               Term 1, Week 9               Term 2, Week 9            Term 3, Week 9-10
     Component
                                 Outcomes                    Outcomes                     Outcomes              Outcomes assessed
                                 assessed                    assessed                     assessed                 EES 11/12-5
                                EES 11/12-1                 EES 11/12-1                  EES 11/12-1               EES 11/12-6
                                EES 11/12-4                 EES 11/12-4                  EES 11/12-4                EES 12-12
                                EES 11/12-7                 EES 11/12-5                  EES 11/12-5                EES 12-13
                                 EES 12-12                  EES 11/12-6                  EES 11/12-6                EES 12-14
                                                             EES 12-13                   EES 11/12-7                EES 12-15
                                                                                          EES 12-14
 Knowledge and
 Understanding                         10                           5                           10                        15                     40

 Skills in Working
                                        5                          20                           20                        15                     60
 Scientifically
        Total %                        15                          25                           30                        30                    100

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ENGINEERING

                                              Task 1                            Task 2               Task 3                Task 4

 Time                               Term 4 Week 9 2019                Term 1 Week 6 2020       Term 2 Week 9 2020     Term 3 Week 3&4
                                                                                                                           2020
 Task                                  Bridge and Civil                 In class topic test         Aeronautical          HSC Trial
                                     Structures Practical                                       Engineering report      Examination
                                       and Theory Task                                         (collaboration/group
                                                                                                       task)
 Weighting                                      25%                               20%                 25%                   30%
 Assessment Area                       H1.1, H2.2, H3.1,                H1.1, H2.2, H3.1,       H3.2, H4.1, H4.3,     H1.2, H2.1,44.2,
                                       H3.3, H2.1, H4.1,                H3.3, H4.3, H6.1        H5.1, H5.2, H6.1      H3.1, H3.3, H4.3,
                                             H4.2                                                                     H5.1, H5.2, H6.1

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ENGLISH STANDARD

         Task number                           Task 1                       Task 2                   Task 3              Task 4

                                        Texts and Human                 Module A:               Module B: Close        All Modules
                                           Experience               Language, culture          study of literature
                                                                       and identity
                                       Mandatory Module
         Nature of task                                                                                                 HSC Trial
                                                                                               Creative writing        examination
                                          Multimodal                 In Class - essay          with a reflection
                                        assessment task

                                       Term 4 2018, Week Term 1 2019, Week Term 2 2019 , Week                        Term 3 Week 3
              Timing
                                               9                 10                9

                                            ENS12-3,5,9              ENS12-1, 2,3,5,7,          ENS12-1, 3,5,6,8       ENS12-2,4,
    Outcomes assessed

          Components                                                                                     Weighting %

 Knowledge and                                                                                                             10
 understanding of course                          15                           15                      10                                 50
 content

 Skills in responding to texts
 and communication of                                                                                                      15
 ideas appropriate to
                                                  10                           10                      15                                 50
 audience, purpose and
 context across all modes

             Total %                              25                           20                         25               30            100

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ENGLISH ADVANCED

          Task number                             Task 1                         Task 2               Task 3        Task 4
                                            Texts and                  Digital Worlds              Folio-Craft   All Modules
          Nature of task                    Human                                                  of writing    HSC Trial
                                            Experience                 Essay/discussion                          exam
                                            Common
                                            Module
                                            Multimodal
                                            assessment
                Timing                            Term 4                         Term 1              Term 2         Term 3
                                                  Week 9                         Week 7              Week 10        Week 3

       Outcomes assessed                    ES12-1,4,7,8               ES12-5,6,8                  ES12-3,7,9    ES12-2,3,5,9

           Components                                                                          Weighting
 Knowledge and
 understanding of course                              15                            10                  15            10              50
 content.

 Skills in responding to
 texts and communication                              15                            10                  10            10              50
 of ideas appropriate to
 audience, purpose and
 context across all modes.
             Total %                                  30                            20                  20            30             100

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