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Sydney Distance Education High School

                        Year 12
                Higher School Certificate
                  Assessment Booklet
                                          2018

Essential information for students in Higher School Certificate Courses 2017 – 2018:
 Assessment Requirements
 Assessment Policies and Procedures
 Assessment Schedules

Please note:
 Read this booklet and retain for future reference
 Send the completed return slip (on page 3) to Sydney Distance Education High School
 Assessment Record Cards are included for record keeping purposes
Published 18.9.17, V2 revised 16.10.17
Sydney Distance Education High School
    Address                                Forbes Street, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
    Postal address                         Locked Bag 5000, Potts Point NSW 1335
    Phone                                  (02) 9383 0200 (switchboard)                                                          Fax (02) 9383 0222
    Website                                www.sydneyh-d.schools.nsw.edu.au                                                      Email sydneyh-d.school@det.nsw.edu.au
Principal ................................................................................................................................... Mark Piddington .............................................. 9383 0200
Deputy Principal 1 ................................................................................................................... David Tracy..................................................... 9383 0313
Deputy Principal 2 ................................................................................................................... Daniel Rattigan ............................................... 9383 0304
Deputy Principal 3 ................................................................................................................... Lisa Keating .................................................... 9383 0387
Head Teacher Administration (Enrolments) ............................................................................ Heather Williams ............................................ 9383 0213
Head Teacher Administration (Single course with events & accreditation support) ............... Johanna Armstrong ........................................ 9383 0391
Head Teacher Administration (Staffing) .................................................................................. David Grime .................................................... 9383 0343
Head Teacher Secondary Studies (Student Engagement & Student Reviews) ......................... Eamon Gormley (Acting) ............................... 9383 0384
Head Teacher Secondary Studies (Years 7–9 with Middle School) ....................................... Marija Gavranic .............................................. 9383 0214
Head Teacher Secondary Studies (Year 10 with Aboriginal Studies) ..................................... Sandra Gardiner ............................................. 9383 0458
Head Teacher Secondary Studies (Years 11–12 with Habits of Mind) ................................... Angela Zarocostas (Relieving) ....................... 9383 0230
Head Teacher Teaching and Learning (Assessment & Reporting)......................................... Bernadette Norris ........................................... 9383 0411
Head Teacher Teaching and Learning (elearning).................................................................. Victor Levi ...................................................... 9383 0479
Head Teacher Teaching and Learning (Learning & Support with Library) .............................. Alicia Gilmore (Relieving) ............................... 9383 0298
Head Teacher Teaching and Learning (Technology: Systems & Support) ............................. Ali Rodley (Relieving) ..................................... 9383 0473
Head Teacher Vocational Education and Training (with Careers) .......................................... Brett Hall ......................................................... 9383 0328
Head Teacher Welfare (Years 7–9) ........................................................................................ Jinsy Jacob (Relieving)................................... 9383 0452
Head Teacher Welfare (Year 10) ............................................................................................ Rachel Angus ................................................ 9383 0324
Head Teacher Welfare (Years 11–12) .................................................................................... Anna Hampouris ............................................. 9383 0456
Faculty Head Teachers
Aboriginal Studies .................................................................................................................... Sandra Gardiner ............................................ 9383 0458
Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) ..................................................................................... Duncan Gerdes .............................................. 9383 0235
English ..................................................................................................................................... Kristina Balcewicz .......................................... 9383 0361
History...................................................................................................................................... Greg Waide..................................................... 9383 0330
Mathematics ............................................................................................................................ Jennifer Johnston ........................................... 9383 0451
Middle School .......................................................................................................................... Marija Gavranic .............................................. 9383 0214
PDHPE .................................................................................................................................... Matt Lott (Relieving) ....................................... 9383 0440
Science .................................................................................................................................... Helen Hamilton ............................................... 9383 0416
Social Science ......................................................................................................................... Maureen Murphy ............................................ 9383 0350
Technological and Applied Studies (TAS) / Computing Studies ............................................. Therese Metzl (Acting) ................................... 9383 0413
VET / Careers .......................................................................................................................... Brett Hall ......................................................... 9383 0328
Year Advisers
                                     Years 11 & 12 (Stage 6)                            A–G ........................................ Shona Blinco................................................... 9383 0274
                                                                                        H–O ........................................ Nina Thomas .................................................. 9383 0443
                                                                                        P–Z ......................................... Yolanda Passadore ........................................ 9383 0427
Single Course Provision Coordinator                                     Schools:              A–Z .................................. Johanna Armstrong ........................................ 9383 0391
Library ................................................................................................................................... Katy Hookey ................................................... 9383 0270
Careers Advisers ................................................................................................................... Brett Hall ......................................................... 9383 0328
                                                                                                                                     Julie Barel ....................................................... 9383 0251
                                                                                                                                     Anna Hampouris ............................................. 9383 0456
                                                                                                                                     Debbie Hodges ............................................... 9383 0426
School Counsellor ................................................................................................................. Robyn Hromek (Thu) ...................................... 9383 0202
                                                                                                                                    Roslyn Isles (Mon/Tue) .................................. 9383 0202
Wellbeing Team                       Aboriginal Education Coordinator .................................................. Judith Burke ............................................. 9383 0369/418
                                     Engagement Support Teacher....................................................... Sally Blain ....................................................... 9383 0321
                                     Out of Home Care Education Coordinator ..................................... Kylie Gallacher ............................................... 9383 0308
                                     Supervisor for Boys ...................................................................... Mick Brooker ................................................... 9383 0407
                                     Supervisor for Girls ........................................................................ Rebekah Cowie .............................................. 9383 0460
                                     Supervisor of Pregnant Girls & Young Parents ............................. Meredith Mattock ............................................ 9383 0309
                                     Transition Coordinators ................................................................. Sue Minter ...................................................... 9383 0402
                                                                                                                                   Robert O’Brien ................................................ 9383 0338
                                                                                                                                   Katrina Saville ................................................. 9383 0433

                                                                                                                                                                                         Contact info 16/10/17

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Return Slip
    To be completed after reading this booklet

    Attention: Head Teacher Teaching and Learning (Assessment)

   Sydney Distance Education High School
    Locked Bag 5000
    POTTS POINT NSW 1335

    Student’s Name: ..............................................................

    I have received Year 12 Higher School Certificate Assessment Booklet 2018.
    I have read the explanations of my responsibilities and the general school procedures
    relating to Higher School Certificate Assessment.

    Student’s Signature: ...............................................................................

    Date: ...................................

    School Name: (for Single Course students) ..............................................................

    Supervisor’s Name: .........................................................

    I have read and noted the contents of this booklet.

    Supervisor’s Signature: ..........................................................................

    Date: ...................................

                              Please complete this slip and return immediately
                              in the enclosed envelope (marked “Reception”)

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Contents

Return Slip ................................................................................... 3       Legal Studies ...........................................................................49
Preface ......................................................................................... 7     Marine Studies .........................................................................50
Honesty in HSC Assessment – the Standard ........................... 8                                  Mathematics 2 Unit ..................................................................51
Register of Malpractice in HSC Assessment Tasks ................ 9                                      Mathematics HSC Extension 1 ................................................52
Vocational Education and Training Courses.......................... 10                                  Mathematics HSC Extension 2 ................................................53
PART 1 – Higher School Certificate School Assessment                                                    Mathematics General 2 (BDC) .................................................54
Policies and Procedures .......................................................... 11
                                                                                                        Mathematics General 1 (CEC) .................................................55
   Year 12 - Higher School Certificate Assessment Policy and
                                                                                                        Modern History .........................................................................55
   Procedures............................................................................... 12
                                                                                                        Music 2 .....................................................................................57
   NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Requirements .. 12
                                                                                                        Music 1 .....................................................................................57
   Sydney Distance Education High School Requirements ......... 13
                                                                                                        Music Extension (Composition) ...............................................59
   Assessment Task Request for Extension / Appeal Form ........ 18
                                                                                                        Music Extension (Musicology) .................................................60
PART 2 – Assessment Reviews and Appeals ........................ 19
                                                                                                        Music Extension (Performance) ...............................................61
   Assessment Rank Reviews and Appeals ................................ 20
                                                                                                        PDHPE .....................................................................................62
   Assessment Review and Appeals ........................................... 20
                                                                                                        Photography, Video and Digital Imaging ..................................63
   Request for Review.................................................................. 20
                                                                                                        Physics .....................................................................................64
   Appeals .................................................................................... 21
                                                                                                        Retail Services VET (SIR20216) ..............................................65
PART 3 – Assessment Task Schedules HSC Courses .......... 23
                                                                                                        Senior Science .........................................................................66
   Aboriginal Studies .................................................................... 25
                                                                                                        Society and Culture ..................................................................67
   Agriculture ................................................................................ 26
                                                                                                        Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation – 2 Units.................................68
   Ancient History ......................................................................... 26
                                                                                                        Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation – 1 Unit ..................................69
   Biology ..................................................................................... 28
                                                                                                        Studies of Religion – 2 Units ....................................................70
   Business Services VET (BSB20115) ....................................... 29
                                                                                                        Studies of Religion – 1 Unit ......................................................71
   Business Studies ..................................................................... 30
                                                                                                        Textiles and Design .................................................................72
   Chemistry ................................................................................. 31
                                                                                                        Visual Arts ................................................................................73
   Community and Family Studies ............................................... 32
                                                                                                        Work Studies ............................................................................74
   Design and Technology ........................................................... 33
                                                                                                      Calendar 2017–2018 ..................................................................75
   Earth and Environmental Science ........................................... 34
                                                                                                      Record of Assessment Tasks ..................................................80
   Economics ............................................................................... 35
                                                                                                        Personal Result Sheet .............................................................80
   Engineering Studies ................................................................. 36
                                                                                                        Student’s Record of Assessment Tasks ..................................81
   English Advanced .................................................................... 37
                                                                                                        Supervisor’s Record of Assessment Tasks .............................83
   English Standard...................................................................... 38
   English Studies ........................................................................ 39
   English Extension 1 ................................................................. 40
   Exploring Early Childhood........................................................ 41
   Food Technology ..................................................................... 42
   Geography ............................................................................... 43
   History Extension ..................................................................... 44
   Hospitality (Kitchen Operations) VET (SIT20416) ................... 45
   Industrial Technology – Multimedia ......................................... 46
   Information & Digital Technology VET (ICT30115).................. 47
   Information Processes and Technology .................................. 48

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Preface

This booklet gives you information about what Sydney Distance Education High School
expects of you while studying Higher School Certificate courses.

You should also read the additional assessment information that will come to you from your
teachers about the particular courses you are studying.

The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Assessment Requirements for the Higher
School Certificate are implemented by this school. A copy of NESA’s Rules and Procedures
for 2018 Higher School Certificate Candidates will be sent to you during your course. It can
also be downloaded from http://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/11-
12/hsc/rules-and-processes/rules-procedures-guide-students

NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Students
Online
During your Higher School Certificate year, the NESA Students Online service will be available
for you to logon and view your HSC enrolment details. By using your student number and PIN
provided by NESA, you will be able to check important details relating to your enrolment and
view important information such as your personalised HSC written examination timetable,
personalised Advice Line schedule, your Assessment Rank Order (after the final HSC
examination) and information regarding your HSC results. In addition, Students Online has
links to other relevant sites.

                           NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)
                                        GPO Box 530
                                   SYDNEY NSW 2001

                                   Telephone: (02) 9367 8111
                                       Fax: (02) 9367 8484
              Website: http://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/home

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Honesty in HSC Assessment – the Standard

This standard sets out the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) requirements concerning
students submitting their own work in HSC assessment. Candidates for the Higher School
Certificate, as well as their teachers and others who may guide them, are required to comply with
the standard.

       The honesty of students in completing assessment tasks, examinations and submitted
       works, and of teachers and others in guiding students, underpins the integrity of the
       Higher School Certificate. Throughout the assessment process, the highest level of
       honesty is required.

       Each student's mark will be determined by the quality of the work produced by the
       student only. To demonstrate honesty, any component of a student's work that has
       been written, created or developed by others must be acknowledged in accordance
       with NESA’s subject specific documentation. Use or inclusion of material from other
       sources such as books, journals and electronic sources, including the internet, must be
       acknowledged. General teaching and learning do not require formal acknowledgement.

       Dishonest behaviour carried out for the purpose of gaining unfair advantage in the
       assessment process constitutes malpractice, or cheating. Malpractice in any form,
       including plagiarism, is unacceptable. NESA treats allegations of malpractice very
       seriously and detected malpractice will limit a student's marks and jeopardise their
       HSC. Should malpractice be suspected, students will be required to demonstrate that
       all unacknowledged work is entirely their own. Serious and deliberate acts of
       malpractice amount to corrupt conduct and, where appropriate, NESA will report
       matters to the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

These requirements should be read in conjunction with NESA syllabuses and policies in related
areas such as malpractice and satisfactory completion of a course. They include:

      Rules and Procedures for Higher School Certificate Candidates
      Assessment Certification and Examination Manual
      HSC Assessments and Submitted Works – Advice to Students
      HSC Assessments and Submitted Works – Advice to Parents
      HSC Assessments and Submitted Works – Advice to Teachers
      HSC: All My Own Work
      HSC assessment in a standards-referenced framework – A Guide to Best Practice.

These documents are publicly available on the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)
website at https://ace.nesa.nsw.edu.au/ace-9022

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Register of Malpractice in HSC Assessment Tasks
For many years, the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) has collected and published
information on malpractice in HSC examinations. NESA has now instituted a Register of
Malpractice in HSC Assessment Tasks that will build on that body of knowledge.

All instances of proven malpractice in HSC assessment tasks must be entered into the Register.
All schools are required to participate by entering information on proven cases of malpractice in
HSC assessment tasks.

At the end of the year, NESA will aggregate the data provided by schools without identifying either
the school or the students involved.

The key data included in the Register is:
    the course involved
    the type of offence
    the nature of the assessment task
    the penalty applied.

Malpractice is any attempt to gain an unfair advantage over other students. Types of malpractice in
HSC assessment tasks may include, but are not limited to:
    being in possession of unauthorised notes or electronic devices during a test or examination
    using the words, ideas, designs or workmanship of others without acknowledgement
    copying from another student
    paying someone to write or prepare an assessment task
    late submission of an assessment task where it is proven to be a deliberate mechanism to
     gain advantage over other students
    a non-serious attempt that is deemed to be frivolous or offensive.

The implementation of this Register is supported by the Independent Commission Against
Corruption.

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Vocational Education and Training (VET) Courses
Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses are offered as part of the Higher School
Certificate (HSC) or Record of School Achievement (RoSA). VET courses are designed to deliver
workplace-specific skills and knowledge and cover a wide range of careers and industries. VET
courses for secondary students are developed by NESA and are based on national packages.

VET courses allow students to gain both HSC or RoSA qualifications and a qualification
recognised throughout Australia as part of the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF). These
qualifications are widely recognised by industry, employers and tertiary training providers e.g.
TAFENSW and Universities and will assist students to move easily between various education and
training sectors and employment.

Public schools NSW, Ultimo is accredited as a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) to deliver
and assess VET qualifications to secondary students.

Board Developed VET courses are classified as Category B subjects and ONLY ONE may
contribute to the calculation of the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). These courses
have an optional HSC examination. Students wishing to include a VET course in the ATAR
calculation must sit the HSC examination.

Board Developed VET courses have specified workplace requirements and include industry
specific mandatory work placement (70 hours) or occasionally simulated workplace hours at
school.

Board Endorsed VET Courses do count towards the HSC or RoSA but do not have HSC
examinations therefore can’t count in the calculations of the ATAR. Board Endorsed VET Courses
have either mandatory or recommended industry specific work placement.

Assessment in all VET courses is competency based. The student is assessed on what they can
do (the skills) and what they know (the knowledge) that will equip them in the workplace. Students
who have successfully achieved competency will have the skills and knowledge they need to
complete workplace activities in a range of different situations and environments, to an industry
standard of performance that is expected in the workplace.

Competency-based assessment materials are designed to ensure that each learner has achieved
all the outcomes (skills and knowledge). Competency-based training is based on performance
standards that have been set by industry.

Students will receive documentation showing the competencies achieved for the VET course
undertaken.

Due to the specific requirements of a VET course it is recommended students speak to the VET
Coordinator or Careers Adviser before choosing the course to ensure they are fully aware of the
requirements.

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Part 1
Sydney Distance Education High School
  Year 12 - Higher School Certificate
  Assessment Policy and Procedures

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Year 12 - Higher School Certificate
Assessment Policy and Procedures
            The Assessment Procedures used by Sydney Distance Education High School follow
                            the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)
            Policy Statements and Guidelines concerning Higher School Certificate Assessment.

NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Requirements
      Students are required to meet course completion criteria as well as assessment criteria. A
       student will be considered to have satisfactorily completed a course if, in the Principal’s view,
       there is sufficient evidence that the student has:

       a)     followed the course developed or endorsed by NESA; and
       b)     applied themselves with diligence and sustained effort to the set tasks and
              experiences provided in the course by the school; and
       c)     achieved some or all of the course outcomes.

       (Students who are likely to travel overseas during the HSC year should note that they need
       to demonstrate regular engagement with their courses of study until the end of the academic
       year, in order to fulfil these NESA requirements.)

      Students are expected to complete all tasks which are part of the assessment program in each
       course of study. School-based HSC assessment contributes to 50% of the final Higher School
       Certificate mark and is reported on the Higher School Certificate Record of Achievement.

       Students are also required to complete assessment tasks worth more than 50% of the total
       assessment marks to qualify for the Higher School Certificate. Students cannot qualify for a
       Higher School Certificate in a course where they do not meet these minimum assessment
       requirements.

       Students and supervisors are directed to the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)
       website for further information.

                             http://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/home

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Sydney Distance Education High School Requirements
1.   The responsibilities of the student
     To meet the assessment requirements for the Higher School Certificate, the student will:
     1.1. make a serious attempt at all assessment tasks for each course that they are
          studying. If a student is deemed to have made a non-serious attempt, a mark of ZERO
          will be awarded for that task.
     1.2. complete assessment tasks according to assessment schedules. It is the
          responsibility of students to be aware of their assessment schedule. See Section 1.7.
          The schedule of tasks for each course appears in Part 2 of this booklet. For enrolments
          after the course has commenced, please refer to individual Course Outlines or the
          teacher for assessment task dates.
     1.3. follow all instructions given for the task. For paper-based tasks, return all materials
          related to the task including Question Booklets.
     1.4. ensure that submitted work is their own and not copied or plagiarised from another
          source.
          −     All students must follow the principles and practices of good scholarship, as
                described in the HSC: All My Own Work program. This program can be reviewed
                on the NESA website.
          −     Any student found by the SDEHS Malpractice Review Panel to be involved in
                malpractice in an assessment task will be awarded a mark of ZERO for that task.
                Malpractice includes, but is not limited to:
                     cheating,
                     attempting to cheat,
                     assisting others to cheat,
                     submitting any work that is not their own,
                     disrupting an assessment task in any way.
     1.5. keep an electronic copy of the completed task. This may be a scanned,
          photographed or other soft copy.
     1.6. submit the task according to the instructions given in the assessment task Notification
          Letter. Some courses will require tasks to be submitted both on paper and
          electronically.
     1.7. where medical or extraordinary circumstances will prevent the completion of the task
          on/by the due date, request the supervisor to complete the SDEHS Assessment Task
          Request for Extension / Appeal Form (SDEHS website or end of Part 1 in this booklet)
          and email it to the Head Teacher of the course immediately.
          −     The form must be submitted before the due date of the task.
          −     Extension of time for completion of a particular task may only be granted by the
                course Head Teacher. An extension will only be granted in exceptional
                circumstances. Technology breakdown is not grounds for an extension; it is the
                student’s responsibility to back up as they are working, and to keep a copy of the
                task. Inadequate preparation for the task is also not grounds for an extension.
          −     The Head Teacher will advise the supervisor of any alternative
                arrangements for the task, depending on the circumstances.
          −     Should a task be submitted late, without first gaining an extension from the
                course Head Teacher, a mark of ZERO will be awarded. If an extension has been
                granted there is no mark penalty.

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1.8. in the case of illness or misadventure on the day of the task, request the supervisor
            to complete the SDEHS Assessment Task Request for Extension / Appeal Form and
            email to the Head Teacher of the course on that day. The supporting documentation
            must refer specifically to the date of the task. The Head Teacher will advise the
            supervisor of any alternative arrangements for the task that may be approved.
       1.9. follow the rules of conduct for examination tasks and attend each examination as
            outlined in Section 4.
              −       attend Sydney Distance Education High School to sit for the Trial Higher
                      School Certificate examinations(s) in Term 3, 2018 (this requirement does not
                      apply to Single Course students or students enrolled at another Department
                      institution).
                      The Trial Higher School Certificate is held at Sydney Distance Education High
                      School unless Home/Hospital disability provisions have been granted by NESA
                      and arrangements have been made with the Head Teacher Teaching and
                      Learning (Learning and Support).
                      See Section 4.1.
              −       attend Sydney Distance Education High School to sit for assessment tasks
                      other than the Trial, as required by particular courses. This information will be
                      included in the assessment task Notification Letter.
                      See Section 4.2.
       1.10. follow up any concerns with assessment tasks at the time they are marked and
             returned.
              See Section 6, for Appeals Procedure for school-based assessment tasks.
       1.11. comply with all NESA requirements for Major Projects / Works.

2.     The responsibilities of the distance education teacher
       In order to support students to successfully meet NESA requirements for Higher School
       Certificate assessment, Sydney Distance Education High School teachers will:
       2.1. supply their students with further information about each assessment task during the
            course. The schedule of tasks for each course appears in Part 2 of this booklet.
              −       Written notice of the details of an assessment task will be provided a minimum of
                      TWO WEEKS before the start date of the assessment task. It is the responsibility
                      of students to be aware of their assessment schedule and contact their teacher if
                      they do not obtain the necessary information.
                      If a change of date for a task is required there is no need for a further two weeks
                      notice provided the task is not being brought forward.
              −       Under certain circumstances, Head Teachers may find it necessary to vary their
                      assessment schedules. If this should occur, students will be informed in writing,
                      with at least two weeks notice of the variation.
       2.2. send assessment tasks to students in sufficient time for them to be completed and
            submitted by the due date. Tasks should arrive with the supervisor at least one week
            before the start date.
              If the task is online, ensure that it is opened for students on the date and at the time
              specified in the Notification Letter.

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2.3. arrange for disability provisions for the completion of assessment tasks for those
          students who have been granted such provisions by NESA or in accordance with the
          adjustments and accommodation agreed upon in the student’s current Individual
          Learning Plan.
     2.4. mark and return assessment tasks to students, with appropriate feedback and
          information about their performance in the task. This information will include marks and
          ranks where appropriate, marking guidelines, and strategies and suggestions for
          improvement. This feedback may be both written and/or oral.
     2.5. collate and maintain the assessment marks and related information during the course.
          The final assessment marks for each student will be submitted to NESA soon after the
          Trial Higher School Certificate examinations in Term 3, 2018.
          Marks for assessment tasks are kept on a central spreadsheet which is checked at the
          completion of every task and signed off at the end of the course by each teacher of the
          course as well as the Head Teacher.
     2.6. refer requests for extensions and appeals to the course Head Teacher for
          determination.
     2.7. where appropriate, remind students and supervisors of their responsibilities.

3.   The responsibilities of the student’s supervisor
     In order to support the student to successfully meet NESA requirements for Higher School
     Certificate assessment, the supervisor will:
     3.1. contact the course Head Teacher immediately if they do not receive details or
          information about a scheduled assessment task at least one week before the start
          date.
     3.2. where medical or extraordinary circumstances will prevent the completion of the task
          on/by the due date, complete the SDEHS Assessment Task Request for Extension /
          Appeal Form (end of Part 1 in this booklet or SDEHS website) and email it to the Head
          Teacher of the course immediately.
          −     The form must be submitted before the due date of the task.
          −     Extension of time for completion of a particular task may only be granted by the
                course Head Teacher. An extension will only be granted in exceptional
                circumstances. Technology breakdown is not grounds for an extension; it is the
                student’s responsibility to back up as they are working, and to keep a copy of the
                task. Inadequate preparation for the task is also not grounds for an extension.
          −     The Head Teacher will advise the supervisor of any alternative
                arrangements for the task, depending on the circumstances.
          −     Should a task be submitted late, without first gaining an extension from the
                course Head Teacher, a mark of ZERO will be awarded. If an extension has been
                granted there is no mark penalty.
     3.3. in the case of illness or misadventure on the day of the task, complete the SDEHS
          Assessment Task Request for Extension / Appeal Form and email to the Head
          Teacher of the course on that day. The supporting documentation must refer
          specifically to the date of the task. The Head Teacher will advise the supervisor of any
          alternative arrangements for the task that may be approved.

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3.4. supervise the assessment task in accordance with the instructions that accompany
            each task.
              −       arrange for disability provisions for the completion of the assessment task if
                      the student has been granted such provisions by NESA, or in accordance with
                      the adjustments and accommodation agreed upon in the student’s current
                      Individual Learning Plan.
              −       ensure examination conditions are applied if specified.
              −       for paper-based tasks, collect and return all materials related to the task
                      (including Question Booklets) once the scheduled time for the task has expired.
              −       ensure an electronic copy of the completed task is kept by the student and/or
                      supervisor. This may be a scanned, photographed or other soft copy.
              −       if a cover page is provided for the task, sign the supervisor’s certificate, which
                      indicates that the task was completed under the required conditions and in the
                      specified time.
              −       submit the task according to the instructions given in the assessment task
                      Notification Letter. Some courses will require tasks to be submitted both on paper
                      and electronically. For paper-based submission, post the task, at the latest, on
                      the day following its completion.
       3.5. arrange for the student to attend Sydney Distance Education High School to sit for the
            Trial examination, and any other specified assessment task, according to the
            requirements in Section 4.
       3.6. See Section 6, for Appeals Procedure concerning school-based assessment tasks.

4.     Attendance at Sydney Distance Education High School for assessment tasks
       4.1. Trial Higher School Certificate examinations
              The Trial Higher School Certificate examination for all courses at Sydney
              Distance Education High School will be conducted from Monday 6 August to
              Friday 17 August 2018.
              −       Full time and Pathways students are required to:
                      attend the Trial Higher School Certificate examination centre at Sydney Distance
                      Education High School at Woolloomooloo on the specified date,
                      OR
                      where Home/Hospital disability provisions have been granted by NESA, the
                      examination will be supervised in the student’s home or centre by a nominated
                      SDEHS supervisor on the specified date.
              −       Single Course students are to be supervised by the teacher appointed by their
                      Principal in their home school on the specified date.
                      Further information, including the scope, format and timetable for these
                      examinations will be provided for students and supervisors during Term 2, 2018.

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4.2. Other assessment tasks
          Some courses may require attendance at Sydney Distance Education High School for
          some assessment tasks. This information will be included in the assessment task
          Notification Letter. Where Home/Hospital disability provisions have been granted by
          NESA, the assessment task will be supervised in the student’s home or centre by a
          nominated SDEHS supervisor on the specified date.

5.   Rules for the conduct of a student in examinations
     If an assessment task is an examination, the student must:
         not speak to any person other than a supervisor during the examination.
         not behave in any way likely to disturb the work of any other student, or upset the
          conduct of the examination.
         not take into the examination room, anything other than the aids specified. A list of
          specified aids, if any, will be issued before the examination. Mobile phones and
          electronic devices are not permitted.
         not cheat, copy or plagiarise from textbooks, internet, prepared materials or other
          students.

6.   School-based Assessment Task Appeals Procedure
     In the event that a supervisor and/or student questions or has concerns relating to a marked
     assessment task or an assessment task for which a mark of zero has been awarded, an
     appeal must be made by the supervisor and/or student to the course Head Teacher within 7
     days of notification of the mark. The completed SDEHS Assessment Task Request for
     Extension / Appeal Form must be submitted to the Head Teacher by email.
     If necessary, appeals may be referred to the Assessment Review Panel for determination.
     The Panel comprises a Deputy Principal, the Head Teacher Teaching and Learning
     (Assessment and Reporting) and a member of the executive from another faculty.

7.   Official Warning Letters
     Where a student fails to comply with NESA or school requirements for the satisfactory
     completion of the Higher School Certificate course, the supervisor will receive an official
     warning letter from the school outlining the nature of any outstanding learning responses or
     assessment tasks. The warning letter is designed to give the student the opportunity to
     redeem themselves. It will contain details of work to be completed and the timeframe for
     completion and return. To redeem an official warning letter, the student must comply with the
     letter’s requirements in full.
     Failure by the student to respond to the requests made in official warning letters may lead to
     the issue of a non-award (N Award) in that course. An N award will mean that the student
     may not be eligible for the award of the Higher School Certificate.

8.   See Part 2 for Assessment Rank Reviews and Appeals

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Assessment Task Request for Extension / Appeal Form
           (This form may be downloaded from the SDEHS website or requested, by email, from the Head Teacher of the course.)

This form must be submitted to the Head Teacher of the course, by email, within the following timeframes.
 For an extension request or illness/misadventure consideration – as early as possible and not later than the
   date the task is to be completed or submitted
 For an appeal against a task result – within 7 days of notification of the result. (Tick ‘Other” under Reason)

                                Section1: To be completed by supervisor and student
 Student name:                                                Year:               Course:
 Assessment Task No:                                                      Submission date:

 Reason for this application: (please tick)                                 Request for extension
                                                                            Illness
                                                                            Misadventure
                                                                            Other
 Explanation:

 Supporting documentation attached: (please tick)                           Doctor’s Certificate
                                                                            Other
 Other: (please describe)

 Supervisor name:                                                                                 Date

                                      Section 2: To be completed by Head Teacher
 Decision:
     Extension of time without penalty                                           Revised submission date:
     Substitute task                                                             Revised submission date:
     Estimate given based on evidence
      (Note: This mark will not be finalised until the end of the course based on performance across the course.)
     Appeal denied – zero mark awarded
      Task to be completed for demonstration of outcomes.                         Revised submission date:
     Other
 Explanation:

 Head Teacher name:                                                                               Date

 Right of appeal to Assessment Review Panel: A student and/or supervisor has the right to appeal this decision,
 within 7 days of its notification. To appeal, the student and/or supervisor must submit this form PLUS a written
 response stating the grounds for appeal, to the course Head Teacher. The decision of the panel is final.

                             Section 3: To be completed by Assessment Review Panel
 Assessment Review Panel decision:

 Signed:                                                                                          Date

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Assessment Rank Reviews and Appeals

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Assessment Rank Reviews and Appeals

During the year, Higher School Certificate students are ranked in each assessment task in each
course. The overall rank for each course is calculated on an ongoing basis following each task.
The final rank reflects the student's position in the group at the end of the assessment program.

After the final HSC examination, you can obtain your final rank order for assessment in each
course via Students Online. If, in any course, your final Higher School Certificate assessment rank
is significantly different from the rank you expected, the NSW Education Standards Authority
(NESA) allows you to request a School Review of your ranking in that subject.

             Remember: Your final Higher School Certificate assessment rank will be based
                       on the results of all assessment tasks in that course.

Request for Review
Requests for School Review of your final HSC assessment rank must be based on one of the
following three official grounds:
      The weightings that were used are not those specified by NESA in the subject Assessment
       Guides
      The school’s procedures for determining assessments do not conform with its stated policy
       and programs
      There are clerical or computational errors.

        Marks awarded by teachers for individual tasks are not subject to review as part of this process.
        Concerns relating to individual tasks must be raised with one week of receipt of the marked task.

Requests for review of your final Higher School Certificate assessment rank must be made on a
special form called Application for School Review of Assessment Ranking. This is available via
Schools Online on the last day of the HSC examinations. The completed form should reach
Sydney Distance Education High School by the date specified by NESA. This date is available on
the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) website at

    http://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/11-12/hsc/key-dates-exam-timetables

The school will make arrangements to ensure that your request proceeds without delay. The
school will advise you of the outcome of its review, and will advise NESA of any changes to
assessment marks.

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Appeals
If your rank is reviewed by the school, and you are not satisfied with the result, you can appeal to
the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). Your appeal must be made on the official form
which you should obtain by contacting the school or the nearest District Office of the Department of
Education.

     There is no appeal against the marks awarded by teachers for individual assessment tasks.

In the event that you believe that you are entitled to appeal against your ranking in a subject, you
may do so in the following manner:

1.    Advise the Principal of the school of your intention by emailing or telephoning and requesting
      that a form be sent to you.
2.    Complete the form and post or fax it immediately to the address / fax number below.

                              Sydney Distance Education High School
                              Locked Bag 5000
                              POTTS POINT NSW 1335
                              Fax (02) 9383 0222

                       The timeframe for Reviews and Appeals is very short.
                    Please apply to the school for the appropriate form promptly.

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Part 3
           Assessment Task Schedules
     Year 12 Higher School Certificate Courses

     Tasks are shown as starting in a specified week of the Course Outline.
          The corresponding dates can be found on the Course Outline
               and on the 2018 calendar at the end of this booklet.

The Assessment Task Schedule information is correct for the start of each course.
        Please note that any variations will be communicated to students
                           in writing by their teachers.

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Aboriginal Studies 2 units
HSC Course Outcomes
A student:
H1.1 evaluates the impact of different viewpoints of colonialism on Aboriginal and other Indigenous peoples
H1.2 analyses and discusses the social justice and human rights issues that are contemporary consequences of colonialism on Aboriginal and other Indigenous peoples
H1.3 assesses the representation of Aboriginal peoples and cultures for bias and stereotyping
H2.1 examines contemporary expressions of Aboriginal and other Indigenous peoples’ culture, heritage and identity
H2.2 analyses the importance of Country as a contemporary issue impacting on Aboriginal and other Indigenous peoples’ cultural, political, social and economic life
H3.1 assesses the effectiveness of government policies, legislation and legal decisions in addressing discrimination
H3.2 evaluates the impact of key government policies, legislation and legal decisions on the socioeconomic status of Aboriginal peoples and communities
H3.3 evaluates initiatives that promote the social, economic and political independence of Aboriginal and other Indigenous peoples
H4.1 plans, investigates, analyses, synthesises and communicates relevant information, incorporating Aboriginal and other Indigenous peoples’ perspectives
H4.2 undertakes community consultation and fieldwork and applies ethical research practices
H4.3 investigates and compares the histories and cultures of Aboriginal peoples and other Indigenous peoples

HSC Assessment Task Schedule
                                                                                                                                             Assessment Components and Weightings
                                                                                                                                  Knowledge &      Investigating,     Research &      Communication
                                                                                                    Outcomes                     understanding        analysis,         inquiry       of information,
          Task to be                                                                                                   Task
 Task                                                                                               assessed                       of course        synthesis &        methods,       ideas & issues
           started:                   Task type                       Topics / Content                               Weighting      content        evaluation of       including       in appropriate
  No.                                                                                                  may
         Term / Week                                                                                                    %                           information      aspects of the        forms
                                                                                                     include
                                                                                                                                                 from a variety of   Major Project
                                                                                                                                                     sources &
                                                                                                                                                    perspectives
                       Major Project (including written
        Term 4 2017    proposal, log book and final          Research and Inquiry Methods /
  1     Week 1         submission)                           Social Justice and Human Rights
                                                                                             H4.1, H4.2, H4.3           40            10                10                15                5
                       Due: Term 2 Week 1 2018

                       Research Task                                                          H1.1, H1.2, H1.3,
        Term 1
  2     Week 9
                       Due: Friday 30/3/2018 via             Heritage and Identity            H3.1, H3.2, H3.3,         20            5                 5                  5                5
                       elearning                                                              H4.1, H4.3
                                                                                              H1.1, H1.2, H1.3,
        Term 2         Written Task – 2 essays            Social Justice and Human
  3                                                                                           H2.1, H2.2, H3.1,         10            5                 5                  –                –
        Week 10        Due: Friday 6/7/2018 via elearning Rights                              H3.2, H4.1

        Term 3                                               All modules covered in the
  4                    Trial HSC Examination                                                  All course outcomes       30            20                5                  –                5
        Week 3–4                                             course

                                                                                                                       100            40                25                20                15

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Agriculture 2 Units
HSC Course Outcomes
A student:
H1.1     explains the influence of physical, biological, social, historical and economic factors on sustainable agricultural production
H2.1     describes the inputs, processes and interactions of plant production systems
H2.2     describes the inputs, processes and interactions of animal production systems
H3.1     assesses the general business principles and decision-making processes involved in sustainable farm management and marketing of farm products
H3.2     critically assesses the marketing of a plant OR animal product
H3.3     critically examines the technologies and technological innovations employed in the production and marketing of agricultural products
H3.4     evaluates the management of the processes in agricultural systems
H4.1     justifies and applies appropriate experimental techniques, technologies, research methods and data presentation and analysis in relation to agricultural problems and situations
H5.1     evaluates the impact of innovation, ethics and current issues on Australian agricultural systems

HSC Assessment Task Schedule
                                                                                                                                                           Assessment Components and Weightings
                                                                                             Outcomes                              Factors that interact in           Manage agricultural production      Research & experimentation
            Task to be                                                                                                  Task
  Task                                                                                       assessed                                 agricultural production             systems in a socially and
             started:           Task type                 Topics / Content                                            Weighting       systems.                            environmentally manner.
   No.     Term / Week                                                                          may
                                                                                                                         %           Impact of innovations, ethics      Decision making, evaluation of
                                                                                              include                                 and issues on Australian            technology and techniques for
                                                                                                                                      agricultural systems.               sustainable agriculture.
         Term 4 2017
   1                 Practical task                 Grazing oats trial         H2.1, H3.4, H4                            20                     15                                    5                                 –
         Week 1
         Term 4 2017
   2                 Written report                 Farm product study         H1.1, H2.2, H3.1, H3.2, H3.3, H3.4        20                      5                                   15                                 –
         Week 5
         Term 1 2018                                Elective research
   3                 Research assignment                                       H3.3, H4, H5.1                            20                      –                                    5                                15
         Week 9                                     assignment
         Term 3 2018
   4     Week 3–4
                     Trial HSC Examination          Examination                All course outcomes                       40                     30                                    5                                 5

                                                                                                                         100                    50                                   30                                20

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Ancient History                              2 Units
 HSC Course Outcomes
 A student:
 H1.1    describe and assess the significance of key people, groups, events, institutions, societies and sites within the historical context
 H2.1    explain historical factors and assess their significance in contributing to change and continuity in the ancient world
 H3.1     locate, select and organise relevant information from a variety of sources
 H3.2    discuss relevant problems of sources for reconstructing the past
 H3.3    analyse and evaluate sources for their usefulness and reliability
 H3.4    explain and evaluate differing perspectives and interpretations of the past
 H3.5    analyse issues relating to ownership and custodianship of the past
 H3.6    plan and present the findings of historical investigations, analysing and synthesising information from a range of sources
 H4.1    use historical terms and concepts appropriately
 H4.2     communicate knowledge and understanding of historical features and issues using appropriate oral and written forms

HSC Assessment Task Schedule
                                                                                                                                                         Assessment Components and Weightings
                                                                                                          Outcomes                              Knowledge &    Source based    Historical   Communication
         Task to be                                                                                                                  Task
 Task                                                                                                     assessed                             understanding      skills      inquiry and     of historical
          started:                Task type                       Topics / Content                                                 Weighting
  No.                                                                                                        may                                 of content                     research    understanding
        Term / Week                                                                                                                   %
                                                                                                           include                                                                           in appropriate
                                                                                                                                                                                                 terms

        Term 4 2017 Source Based Task                    Cities of Vesuvius: Pompeii and
  1                                                                                      H1.1, H2.1, H3.1, H3.6, H4.1, H4.2            20           5              10             –               5
        Week 4      Due: Term 4 2017 Week 7              Herculaneum

        Term 1 2018 Open Book Essay
  2     Week 4      Due: Term 1 2018 Week 7
                                                         Greece: 800-500 BC                 H1.1, H2.1, H3.1, H3.6, H4.1, H4.2         20           5               5             5               5

        Term 2        Research                           Personalities in their Times:      H1.1, H3.1, H3.3, H3.4, H3.6, H4.1,
  3     Week 4        Due: Term 2 2018 Week 7            Xerxes                             H4.2
                                                                                                                                       20           5               5             5               5

        Term 3                                                                              H1.1, H2.1, H3.1, H3.3, H3.4, H4.1,
  4                   Trial HSC Examination              All Topics                                                                    40           15             10             –               15
        Week 3–4                                                                            H4.2

                                                                                                                                      100           30             30             10              30

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Biology                 2 Units
  HSC Course Outcomes
  A student:
  H1      evaluates how major advances in scientific understanding and technology have changed the direction or nature of scientific thinking
  H2      analyses the ways in which models, theories and laws in biology have been tested and validated
  H3      assesses the impact of particular advances in biology on the development of technologies
  H4      assesses the impacts of applications of biology on society and the environment
  H5      identifies possible future directions of biological research
  H6      explains why the biochemical processes that occur in cells are related to macroscopic changes in the organism
  H7      analyses the impact of natural and human processes on biodiversity
  H8      evaluates the impact of human activity on the interactions of organisms and their environment
  H9      describes the mechanisms of inheritance in molecular terms
  H10     describes the mechanisms of evolution and assesses the impact of human activity on evolution
  H11     justifies the appropriateness of a particular investigation plan
  H12     evaluates ways in which accuracy and reliability could be improved in investigations
  H13     uses terminology and reporting styles appropriately and successfully to communicate information and understanding
  H14     assesses the validity of conclusions from gathered data and information
  H15     explains why an investigation is best undertaken individually or by a team
  H16     justifies positive values about and attitudes towards both the living and non-living components of the environment, ethical behaviour and a desire for a critical evaluation of the
          consequences of the applications of science

HSC Assessment Task Schedule
                                                                                                                                                          Assessment Components and Weightings
                                                                                                                            Knowledge and understanding of:                       Skills in :                         Skills in:
                                                                                           Outcomes                          The history, nature and practice of biology,         Planning and conducting first-     Communicating
           Task to be                                                                                             Task         applications and uses of biology and their              hand investigations                 information and
  Task                                                                                     assessed                            implications for society and the environment,       Gathering and processing first-        understanding
            started:            Task type                   Topics / Content                                    Weighting
   No.                                                                                        may                              developments in biology                                 hand data                       Developing scientific
          Term / Week                                                                                              %         Cell ultra structure and processes, biological       Gathering and processing
                                                                                            include                                                                                                                        thinking and problem–
                                                                                                                               diversity, environmental interactions, mechanism        relevant information from           solving
                                                                                                                               of inheritance and biological evolution                 secondary resources             Working individually and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           in teams

         Term 4 2017
   1                    Research Task               The Search for Better Health H1, H3, H4, H11, H13, H14         10                               5                                             –                               5
         Week 7
                        Topic Test /
         Term 1 2018                                                             H1, H2, H3, H4, H6, H7,
   2     Week 5
                        Second-hand                 Blueprint of Life
                                                                                 H8, H10, H13, H14
                                                                                                                   20                               5                                            10                               5
                        investigation
         Term 2         First-hand investigation                                 H4, H6, H6, H11, H12,
   3     Week 8         Topic Test
                                                 Maintaining a Balance
                                                                                 H13, H14
                                                                                                                   30                               5                                            15                              10

         Term 3
   4     Week 3–4
                        Trial HSC Examination All Topics                         All course outcomes               40                              25                                             5                              10

                                                                                                                  100                              40                                            30                              30

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