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Course Instructor: Alyxandra Martin

Prerequisite: None
Course Code & Title: SNC1D (Grade 9 Science) Credit Value:
1 Credit
Contact Information: Email:

Course Description
This course enables students to develop their understanding of basic concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space
science, and physics, and to relate science to technology, society, and the environment. Throughout the course,
students will develop their skills in the processes of scientific investigation. Students will acquire an understanding of
scientific theories and conduct investigations related to sustainable ecosystems; atomic and molecular structures and
the properties of elements and compounds; the study of the universe and its properties and components; and the
principles of electricity.

Absent / Late Policy

Please come to class on time every day. If you are late, please sign in (there is a Im Late sheet near the door). If you
are late coming from your previous class, please bring a signed note from your previous periods teacher.

If you are absent on the day of a test or assignment/presentation due date please make sure you bring a Medical
Certificate verifying that you were sick or have your parents contact me in advance if you will be away for a family or
personal event. Also be sure to catch up on any missed work due to your absence. This is your responsibility!

Assignments submitted after the due date will receive a 10% penalty. If an assignment is not submitted within 5 days
after a due date, the assignment will be assigned a grade of ZERO. Mr. Jamie will negotiate a new deadline for a student
who does not submit an assignment on the assigned due date.
Please speak to me if you ever experience circumstances that may prevent you from completing work on time.
Evaluation & Assessment
Unit Evidence
1 Lab Report
Unit 1 Chemistry: Atoms, Elements, and Compounds 1 quiz
1 Unit Test
2 Assignments
Unit 2 Biology: Sustainable Ecosystems 1 quiz
1 Unit Test
1 Assignments
1 Lab Report
Unit 3 Physics: The Characteristics of Electricity
1 quiz
1 Unit Test
1 Assignment
Unit 4 Earth and Space Science: The Study of the 1 Unit Test
Culminating Tasks

Mark Break Down by Category

Category Value
Knowledge/Understanding 30%
Thinking/Inquiry 20%
Communication 20%
Application 30%
Unit Description Hours
Strand students will first learn how to write a scientific report and learn how to record data with Ongoing
the correct number of significant figures. They will also learn how to use unit
conversions to change from one unit to another using the metric system as well as
learn how to record numbers using scientific notation. The students will then develop
their skills of inquiry and research throughout the course by engaging in a variety of
laboratory or hands-on learning experiences online, in the classroom and out of the
classroom. Each strand will contain a relevant application of overall expectations into a
scientific investigation that will give students a real life context for their learning.
Students will be assessed and evaluated mainly on hands-on activities and lab
Unit 1 Introduction Atoms, Elements, and Compounds 30 hours
Students will investigate, and demonstrate understanding of properties of common
elements and compounds, and of the organization of elements on the Periodic Table. They
will assess social, environmental and economic impacts of the use of common elements
and compounds, with respect to physical and chemical properties.
Unit 2 Sustainable Ecosystems 29 hours
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the dynamic nature of ecosystems,
especially with respect to ecological balance. The human impact on the
sustainability of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems will be investigated and
assessed, as will the effectiveness of action to remedy or mitigate negative impacts.
Unit 3 The Characteristics of Electricity 28 hours
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the principles of static and current
electricity. They will investigate various aspects of electricity, including properties of
static and current electricity, and the quantitative relationships between potential
difference, current, and resistance in electrical circuits. They will assess costs and benefits
associated with production of electrical energy from renewable and non-renewable
resources, and analyse how efficiencies can be enhanced through technological devices
and practices
Unit 4 The Study of the Universe 15 hours
Students will demonstrate an understanding of major scientific theories about the structure,
formation and evolution of the universe, and of the evidence supporting these theories.
They will investigate the characteristics of properties of a variety of celestial objects
visible from Earth in the night sky. They will assess the costs, risks and benefits of space
exploration, and the contributions of Canadians to space research.
Total 110 hours
CCT Course Culminating Task 15 hours
A Course Culminating Task (CCT) is a significant part of the evaluation (assessment of) all independently
students in this course. It is estimated that an CCT will involve a minimum of 15 hours
additional research, study, preparation time, etc over and above the 110 hours scheduled
in this course outline.
Course Materials and Resources:
Online e-Textbook:
Pearson Investigating Science 9
Please purchase online for CAD $6.47/~20RM

Sunway International School |Canadian International Matriculation Programme

Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting: Policy Statement 2013

1. Late and Missed Assignments

The primary purpose of assessment and evaluation is to improve student learning. Students, therefore, are responsible for:
providing evidence of their learning to their teachers within established timelines;
understanding that teachers require this evidence to improve student learning and to report on their achievement;
understanding that there are consequences for late and missed assignments;
seeking clarification from the teacher, in advance of the established timelines, when encountering difficulties with an
approaching the teacher when experiencing and anticipating difficulty in meeting the established deadlines;
advising the teacher in advance of potential conflict which may require accommodations.

Late and missed assignments for evaluation will be reflected on the report card as part of the evaluation of the students
development of learning skills and work habits (Growing success, pg. 44). When the student work is not submitted by the deadline,
the student will meet with the teacher to
review the circumstances related to the non-submission of the assignment
establish a new submission date (closure date) for the assignment
notify them of the potential consequences as a result of the late assignment:
o a mark deduction up to 10% if submitted by the new submission date, or
o a mark deduction up to the full value of the assignment if work is not submitted by the new submission
2. Cheating and Plagiarism
It is the responsibility of students to be academically honest in all aspects of their school work so that the marks they receive are a
true reflection of their own achievement. Academic dishonesty is a serious offence and an impediment to learning and student
Cheating is an act of academic dishonesty and comes in many forms including, but not limited to
unauthorized use of resources including personal electronic devices (PEDs);
unauthorized communication during evaluations
plagiarism, which is defined as presenting the words, ideas, and/or work of another as ones own
submitting an assignment completed by someone else, including:
o buying/downloading the assignment online
o having someone else complete the assignment
o copying or using work done by another student
o copying a performance viewed on the Internet (e.g. dance routine)
When cheating is detected, the teacher will discuss the matter with the student involved. Appropriate consequences for cheating
and plagiarism are determined on a case-by-case basis. Depending on the circumstances, an appropriate consequence will be
assigned, which may include: 1) redoing the assignment; 2) redoing a section of the assignment; 3) completing an alternative
assignment; 4) receiving a grade of zero.


Attendance Procedures
Student Information

NOTE: Attendance is compulsory in all SIS and CIMP classes. Since assessment and
evaluation in the classes are on-going and based on conversation, observation and product, it is
essential that all students are in all classes regularly and punctually. Evaluation is based on
participation and simply, if you are not in class, you cannot participate; if you cannot
participate, you cannot be assessed/evaluated; and if you cannot be assessed/evaluated the
results will not be favourable.

The Attendance Process is as follows:

1. Student absences and lateness, in all classes, will be maintained on a daily basis. These records will be maintained on the
Sunway College Educational Monitoring System (EMS). In order to have a consistent and accurate tracking procedure on
students attendance/tardiness, teachers will input students attendance into Web Attendance via http://vine on a daily

2. After the (5) fifth absence in a subject, an absence letter will be generated and will be placed in the subject teachers
mailbox. The teacher will counsel the student; reinforce the need for regular attendance; the student will sign and date the
letter to acknowledge reading it; and the teacher will return the letter to the CIMP/SIS Coordinator/Deputy Principal. A
copy of the letter is sent to parents/guardian.

3. After the (10) tenth absence in a subject, a second absence letter will be put into the subject teachers mailbox. The subject
teacher will counsel the student; the student will sign and date the letter to acknowledge reading it; the teacher will record
in her/his records the fact that the student has been counseled again; and return the letter to the CIMP/SIS
Coordinator/Deputy Principal. A copy of this letter will be sent to the parent/guardian.

4. After the (15) fifteenth absence, a third absence letter will be put into the subject teachers mailbox for immediate
information to the student. This will be recorded by the teacher. The student will sign and date the letter to acknowledge
reading it. The teacher will return the letter to the CIMP/SIS Coordinator/Deputy Principal. A copy of the letter is sent to

o All negligent attendance letters are produced weekly.

o The attendance letters will be returned to the Coordinator/Deputy Principal after the student has been
counseled or informed. They will be kept on file and used as evidence if future sanctions must be

5. In addition to the Attendance Letters, where possible, students will be advised about attendance expectations via i-mail.

6. The above procedure will be followed with all SIS/CIMP students. However because of the visa implications, additional
steps will be taken with International Students to comply with Malaysian MOHE/MOE Requirements.

a) Monthly reports
Steps to be taken by academic and admin staff:
Students attendance must be recorded accurately and on a daily basis.
Attendance report will be retrieved from EMS and verified (CIMP/SIS Office).
Attendance report will be emailed to International Office (IO) upon verification.
b) International students who have missed 3 consecutive days
Steps to be taken by academic and admin staff:
CIMP/SIS Office to contact student via i-mail and/or telephone.
CIMP/SIS Office will forward e-mail to IO for assistance in locating the student.
If student is successfully contacted, he/she will be counseled and a report will be completed and filed in a
All e-mails will be kept under electronic filing for purpose of evidence.