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SNC1P Science – GRADE 9


GRADE : 9 (Academic)


SNC1P online at Profectus enables students to develop their understanding of basic concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, and physics, and to apply their knowledge of science to everyday situations. They are also given opportunities to develop practical skills related to scientific investigation. In SNC1P online, students will plan and conduct investigations into practical problems and issues related to the impact of human activity on ecosystems; the structure and properties of elements and compounds; space exploration and the components of the universe; and static and current electricity.

UNIT 1 :

Scientific Investigation Skills and Career Exploration (18.5hrs)

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate scientific investigation skills (related to both inquiry and research) in the four areas of skills (initiating and planning, performing and recording, analysing and interpreting, and communicating).
  • Identify and describe a variety of careers related to the fields of science under study, and identify scientists, including Canadians, who have made contributions to those fields.

UNIT 2 :

Biology: Sustainable Ecosystems (18.5hrs)

Students will be able to:

  • Analyse the impact of human activity on terrestrial or aquatic ecosystems, and assess the effectiveness of selected initiatives related to environmental sustainability.
  • Investigate some factors related to human activity that affect terrestrial or aquatic ecosystems, and describe the consequences that these factors have for the sustainability of these ecosystems.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of characteristics of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, the interdependence within and between ecosystems, and the impact humans have on the sustainability of these ecosystems.

UNIT 3 :

Chemistry: Atoms, Elements and Compounds (18.5hrs)

Students will be able to:

  • Analyse how properties of common elements and/or simple compounds affect their use, and assess the social and environmental impact associated with their production or use.
  • Investigate, through inquiry, physical and chemical properties of common elements and simple compounds.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the properties of common elements and simple compounds, and general features of the organization of the periodic table.

UNIT 4 :

Earth and Space Science: The Study Of The Universe (18.5hrs)

Students will be able to:

  • Analyse the major challenges and benefits of space exploration, and assess the contributions of Canadians to space exploration.
  • Investigate the properties of different types of celestial objects in the solar system and the universe.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of major astronomical phenomena and of the principal components of the solar system and the universe.

UNIT 5 :

Physics the Characteristics Of Electricity (18.5hrs)

Students will be able to:

  • Assess The Major Social, Economic, And Environmental Costs And Benefits Of Using Electrical Energy, Distinguishing Between Renewable And Non-Renewable Sources, And Propose A Plan Of Action To Reduce Energy Costs.
  • Investigate, Through Inquiry, The Properties Of Static And Current Electricity And The Cost Of The Consumption Of Electrical Energy.
  • Demonstrate An Understanding Of The Concepts And Principles Of Static And Current Electricity.


Course Culmination (17.5hrs)

The Culminating Unit incorporates all four strands of the Science Curriculum, and covers the four achievement chart categories. It consists of two parts:

  • Culminating Project worth 15% and a
  • Final Exam worth 15%

Online Course Policies

Listed below are various mandatory policies as you take on this course.

  • Attendance is regularly tracked through student contributions to online discussion boards, assignment completion, and learning logs. Failure to complete allocated activities may challenge the student’s ability to attain the credit.
  • This course will be presented using an asynchronistic model whereby work will be posted on the Google Classroom and it is the student’s responsibility to complete it on their own time.
  • ALL portions of this course are intended to be learned and completed online.
  • Final Exams and Tests will be written on site at Profectus Academy of Toronto. Course instructors will relay this information to students and families.
  • The integrity of student work will be checked on an ongoing basis using Quetext or Turnitin. Plagiarism is not tolerated.

Assessment & Evaluation Policies

The primary purpose of assessment and evaluation is to improve student learning. The Achievement Chart for Science will guide all assessment and evaluation.

Knowledge and Understanding

The final grade will be determined as follows:

  • 70% based on Assessment OF Learning (including conversations, observations and products) conducted throughout the course.
  • 30% based on Culminating Tasks administered at or towards the end of the course.

Assessment and evaluation is divided into two important parts. The grade the student receives on a midterm or final report indicates achievement/ proficiency in Curriculum Expectations. A level of competence (Needs Improvement, Satisfactory, Good or Excellent) will be assessed and reported in the area of Learning Skills and Work Habits: Independent Work, Collaboration, Responsibility, Initiative, Self-Regulation, and Organization.