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Course Description for SES4U Grade 12 Earth and Space Science Online Course

Grade 12 Earth and Space Science (SES4U) develops students’ understanding of Earth and its place in the universe. Students will investigate the properties of and forces in the universe and solar system and analyze techniques scientists use to generate knowledge about them. Students will closely examine the materials of Earth, its internal and surficial processes, and its geological history, and will learn how Earth’s systems interact and how they have changed over time. Throughout the course, students will learn how these forces, processes, and materials affect their daily lives. The course draws on biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics in its consideration of geological and astronomical processes that can be observed directly or inferred from other evidence.

Summary of Units and Timelines for Grade 12 Earth and Space Science SES4U

Below is the suggested sequence of course unit delivery as well as the recommended number of hours to complete the respective unit. For complete details of targeted expectations within each unit and activity, please see each Unit Overview found in the SES4U course profile.

Unit OrderUnit NameSuggested Time
Unit 1Astronomy and Planetary Science25 hours
Unit 2Earth’s Geological History25 hours
Unit 3Earth Minerals25 hours
Unit 4Geological Process25 hours
SummativeFinal Summative Assignment8 hours
FinalFinal Exam2 hours
Total110 Hours

Earth and Space Science-SES4U

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