SUBJECT OVERVIEW – SOUTH AUSTRALIAN MATRICULATION (SAM) / SACE INTERNATIONAL

KPT/JPS(R/010/3/0216/A10097)03/19 | KPT/JPS(R/010/3/0109/A9120)07/18

Accounting
Students learn the practical skills needed to manage their own financial affairs and develop an understanding of the ethical considerations that affect financial decision-making.  They learn about the successful management of financial affairs in business, gain knowledge and skills related to accounting processes for organisational and business applications, and develop greater understanding of accounting concepts and standards and their use to generate financial reports.  Students also learn how to interpret financial information and convey this information to interested users.
Stage 2 subject code: 2ACG20
Credits: 20
 
Biology
Students learn about the cellular structures and functions of a range of organisms. They have the opportunity to engage with the work of biologists and to join and initiate debates about how biology impacts their lives, society, and the environment.  Students design, conduct, and gather evidence from their biological investigations. As they explore a range of relevant issues, students recognise that the body of biological knowledge is constantly changing and increasing through the application of new ideas and technologies.
Stage 2 subject code: 2BIG20
Credits: 20
 
Chemistry
Students study the matter that makes up materials, and the properties, uses, means of production, and reactions of these materials. They undertake a critical study of the social and environmental impact of materials and chemical processes.  Students too consider how human beings make use of the earth's resources and the impact of human activities on the environment. They develop investigation skills, and an understanding of the physical world that enables them to be questioning, reflective, and critical thinkers.
Stage 2 subject code: 2CME20
Credits: 20
 
Economics
Students learn how an economy operates, the structure of economic systems and the way in which they function. Students develop an understanding of different economic systems and institutions, and can assess the degree to which these systems and institutions help satisfy people's needs and wants. They become aware that economic decisions are not value-free and have outcomes that may be inconsistent with social, moral, and ethical values.  Students analyse, evaluate, and apply economic models that are expressed in graphical and/or diagrammatic form. They make forecasts about economic change and evaluate issues for individuals and groups in local, national, and global settings.
Stage 2 subject code: 2EMS20
Credits: 20
 
English
In English students analyse the interrelationship of author, text, and audience, with an emphasis on how language and stylistic features shape ideas and perspectives in a range of contexts. They consider social, cultural, economic, historical, and/or political perspectives in texts and their representation of human experience and the world.  Students explore how the purpose of a text is achieved through application of text conventions and stylistic choices to position the audience to respond to ideas and perspectives. An understanding of purpose, audience, and context is applied in students’ own creation of imaginative, interpretive, analytical, and persuasive texts that may be written, oral, and/or multimodal.
Stage 2 subject code: 2ESH20
Credits: 20
 
English as an Additional Language
This subject focuses on the development and use of skills and strategies in communication, comprehension, language and text analysis, and text creation.
Students develop confidence in creating texts for different purposes in both real and imagined contexts. Students broaden their understanding of sociocultural and sociolinguistic aspects of English, through their study of texts and language. They develop skills for research and academic study.
Stage 2 subject code: 2EAL20
Credits: 20
 
Legal Studies*
Students explore Australia's legal heritage and the dynamic nature of the Australian legal system within a global context. They learn about the structures of the Australian legal system and how it responds and contributes to social change while acknowledging tradition.  Students gain insight into law-making, the processes of dispute resolution, and the administration of justice. They investigate legal perspectives on contemporary issues in society, and reflect on, and make informed judgments about, the strengths and weaknesses of the Australian legal system.
Stage 2 subject code: 2LEG20
Credits: 20
*Only available at Taylor's College Subang Jaya
 
Mathematical Methods
Mathematical Methods develops an increasingly complex and sophisticated understanding of calculus and statistics. Students participate in a wide variety of problem-solving activities, express and interpret mathematical ideas, and use appropriate instruments, technology, and networks to access information, process ideas, and communicate results.
Stage 2 subject code: 2MHD20
Credits: 20

Nutrition*
Students investigate up-to-date scientific information on the role of nutrients in the body as well as social and environmental issues in nutrition. They explore the links between food, health, and diet-related diseases, and have the opportunity to examine factors that influence food choices and reflect on local, national, Indigenous, and global concerns and associated issues.  Students investigate methods of food production and distribution that affect the quantity and quality of food, and consider the ways in which these methods and associated technologies influence the health of individuals and communities. The study of nutrition assists students to reinforce or modify their own diets and lifestyle habits to maximise their health outcomes.
Stage 2 subject code: 2NUT20
Credits:  20
*Only available at Taylor's College Subang Jaya
 
Physics
The study of physics enables students to understand and appreciate the world around them. This subject requires the interpretation of physical phenomena through a study of motion in two dimensions, electricity and magnetism, light and matter, and atoms and nuclei.  As well as applying knowledge to solve problems, students develop experimental, investigation design, information, and communication skills through practical and other learning activities. They gather evidence from experiments and research and acquire new knowledge through their own investigations.
Stage 2 subject code: 2PYS20
Credits: 20
 
Psychology
The study of psychology enables students to understand their own behaviours and the behaviours of others. Psychological knowledge can be applied to improve outcomes and the quality of experience in various areas of life, such as education, intimate relationships, child rearing, employment and leisure.  Psychology builds on the scientific method by involving students in the collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data.  By emphasising evidence-based procedures (i.e. observation, experimentation and experience), the subject allows students to develop useful skills in analytical and critical thinking, and in making inferences by employing evidence-based procedures.
Stage 2 subject code:  2PSC20
Credits: 10 or 20
 
Research Project B
The Research Project provides a valuable opportunity for SACE students to develop and demonstrate skills essential for learning and living in a changing world. It enables students to develop vital skills of planning, research, synthesis, evaluation, and project management.
Subject code: 2RPB10
Credits: 10
 
Specialist Mathematics
Specialist Mathematics draws on and deepens students’ mathematical knowledge, skills, and understanding, and provides opportunities for students to develop their skills in using rigorous mathematical arguments and proofs, and using mathematical models. It includes the study of functions and calculus. The subject leads to study in a range of tertiary courses such as mathematical sciences, engineering, computer science, and physical sciences. Students envisaging careers in related fields will benefit from studying this subject. Specialist Mathematics is designed to be studied in conjunction with Mathematical Methods.
Stage 2 subject code: 2MSC20
Credits: 20