Senior Phase (S4-6) Course Information 2017/18 Oban High School Vision and Values



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Physics


National 4 and National 5

Dynamics and Space

In this topic you will learn about how forces act upon different objects. For example, we may use video footage of a car in the car park to calculate its speed or acceleration. This topic will also look at how we can use this data to calculate many other factors, but also look at how objects travelling in space move in very different ways.



There are a wide range of different types of satellites orbiting Earth, all performing different functions. Much of the information that we receive on daily basis, often on TV comes from satellites. You will learn how satellites work and put to use some of the information you learned in the previous subtopics to investigate how quickly this information is transmitted.

This topic will also allow you to explore the universe. You will learn about planets, stars, moons, solar systems and galaxies. You will also learn about the difficulties of space travel due to the massive distances involved. At the moment, there are only a few other planets that we know of that could potentially support life, you will learn about how planets may be able to do this, but also why we may never be able to reach them.

Waves and Radiation                           

Energy is transferred by waves. You will look at how we use some of these waves in our everyday lives; for example, transmitting television and radio signals. We will also study the uses that we have for light and how we can exploit its properties for a range of uses such as lenses and other medical applications. In this topic you will also look at how we can use sound in areas such as ultrasound and sonar and learn how these uses affect our lives.



We will be looking at the structure of atoms and how the arrangements of protons, neutrons and electrons affect their properties. We will also look at the different sources of radiation and how they can be both harmful and useful to us in areas such as medicine and energy production.

Electricity and Energy

In S1-S3 you will have learned about the different types of energy such as potential and kinetic. In this topic you will build upon what you have already learned and see why energy is lost when it transfers from one form to another. For example, you may study solar panels and look at the number of different energy changes which take place in them.

This topic also looks at how electricity can be produced; it will take into account the traditional methods but also allow you to investigate some of the alternative forms of energy production. You will also learn about voltage, current and resistance, what they mean and how they are important in a wide variety of uses. You will also learn about electromagnetism and how it used in items which you will use every day of your life.

Course Assessment

National 4 pupils will be assessed internally by external examination at the end of the Course.

National 5 pupils will be assessed internally at the end of each unit and externally by SQA.

If you achieve a National 4 qualification in Physics you can progress to any of the sciences at National 5 Level.

Those successful in achieving a National 5 qualification in Physics can progress to Higher Physics.

Careers

Physics qualifications can be used in a wide variety of careers such as....

Astronomy Radiography Electrician engineering

Communications Renewable energy Architecture Nuclear industry

and many more.....

Higher
Course Description
This course provides learning experiences leading to the acquisition of worthwhile knowledge, skills and attitudes which will assist students to make their own reasoned decisions on many issues within a modern society increasingly dependent on science and technology. The course will also provide those who wish to proceed beyond Higher Physics with a suitable basis for further study.
There are three units: Electricity, Our Dynamic Universe, Particles and Waves.

Advanced Higher
Course Description
This course endeavours to provide learning experiences leading to the acquisition of worthwhile knowledge, skills and attitudes which will assist students to make their own reasoned decisions on many issues within a modern society increasingly dependent on science and technology. The course will also provide those who wish to proceed beyond Advanced Higher Physics with a suitable basis for further study.

 

 



Careers Information
A qualification in Physics can lead to a wide variety of careers. In industry - aerospace, chemical, electronics, food, petroleum; in the civil service - research, defence, energy and resources; materials - metallurgy and new materials; computing - computer design, computer-aided design, control and robotics; the environment - radiation protection, conservation, environmental health; education - schools, colleges and Universities; geophysics - mineralogy, prospecting and mineral processing; engineering - chemical, civil, electrical, mechanical and control; medical - the Health service, medical instrumentation, health physics; meteorology - weather forecasting, oceanography, radio and TV transmission; alternative energy - solar, wind and wave.

 


 

The mandatory units are:



In this unit pupils will develop skills in the use of woodworking tools and in making woodworking joints and assemblies commonly used in flat-frame joinery. Tasks will involve some complex features. They will also be able to read and use drawings and diagrams depicting both familiar and unfamiliar woodwork tasks.



  • C

    arcase Construction


In this unit pupils will develop skills in making woodworking joints and assemblies commonly used in carcase construction. Tasks will involve some complex features and may include working with manufactured board or with frames and panels. The Unit includes the use of working drawings or diagrams, including unfamiliar contexts that require some interpretation on the part of the learner.



  • M

    achining and Finishing


In this unit, pupils will develop skills in using common machine and power tools. They will also develop skills in a variety of woodworking surface preparations and finishing techniques.

In each of the Units they will develop an appreciation of safe working practices in a workshop environment. They will also gain an understanding of sustainability issues and good practice in recycling in a practical woodworking context.


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Course Assessment

National 4 - Practical activity

National 5 - Practical activity

The course will be delivered in an integrated way. Students will cover a range of small, topic based projects that cover aspects of all units. Students will produce a number of useful products, manufactured from a variety of different woods.




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