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Physics

Employability skills

The VCE Physics study provides students with the opportunity to engage in a range of learning activities. In addition to demonstrating their understanding and mastery of the content and skills specific to the study, students may also develop employability skills through their learning activities.

The nationally agreed employability skills are: Communication; Planning and organising; Teamwork; Problem solving; Self-management; Initiative and enterprise; Technology; and Learning.

The table links those facets that may be understood and applied in a school or non-employment related setting, to the types of assessment commonly undertaken within the VCE study.​

Assessment task Employability skills selected facets
Annotations of activities or investigations from a practical logbook Communication (writing to the needs of the audience)
Problem solving (testing assumptions taking the context of data and circumstances into account)
Self-management (articulating own ideas and visions)
Data analysis Communication (sharing information; using numeracy; persuading effectively)
Planning and organising (collecting, analysing and organising information)
Problem solving (applying a range of strategies to problem solving; using mathematics to solve problems; testing assumptions taking the context of data and circumstances into account)
Technology (using information technology to organise data)
Design, construction and evaluation of a device or physical model

Communication (sharing information; using numeracy; persuading effectively)
Initiative and enterprise (being creative; generating a range of options; initiating innovative solutions)
Learning (managing own learning; being open to new ideas and techniques)
Planning and organising (planning the use of resources including time management)
Problem solving (developing creative, innovative solutions; developing practical solutions; showing independence and initiative in identifying problems and solving them; applying a range of strategies to problem solving; using mathematics to solve problems)
Self-management (having knowledge and confidence in own ideas and visions; evaluating and monitoring own performance; articulating own ideas and visions)
Teamwork (working as an individual and as a member of a team; knowing how to define a role as part of the team)

Explanation of the operation of a device or physical model

Communication (sharing information; speaking clearly and directly; writing to the needs of the audience; persuading effectively)
Self-management (having knowledge and confidence in own ideas and visions; articulating own ideas and visions)​
Media response Communication (listening and understanding; reading independently; writing to the needs of the audience; using numeracy; persuading effectively)
Problem solving (showing independence and initiative in identifying problems and solving them; testing assumptions taking the context of data and circumstances into account)
Problem-solving related to a scientific or technological issue​ Communication (sharing information; using numeracy; persuading effectively)
Initiative and enterprise (being creative; generating a range of options; initiating innovative solutions)
Learning (managing own learning; being open to new ideas and techniques)
Planning and organising (planning the use of resources including time management; collecting, analysing and organising information)
Problem solving (developing creative, innovative solutions; developing practical solutions; showing independence and initiative in identifying problems and solving them; applying a range of strategies to problem solving; using mathematics to solve problems; testing assumptions taking the context of data and circumstances into account)
Self-management (having knowledge and confidence in own ideas and visions; articulating own ideas and visions
Report (oral/written/visual/multimodal) Communication (sharing information; speaking clearly and directly; writing to the needs of the audience; using numeracy; persuading effectively)
Planning and organising (collecting, analysing and organising information)
Self-management (having knowledge and confidence in own ideas and visions; articulating own ideas and visions)
Technology (having a range of basic information technology skills; using information technology to organise data; being willing to learn new information technology skills)
Scientific modelling Communication (sharing information; speaking clearly and directly; writing to the needs of the audience; using numeracy; persuading effectively)
Planning and organising (collecting, analysing and organising information)
Self-management (having knowledge and confidence in own ideas and visions; articulating own ideas and visions)
Technology (having a range of basic information technology skills; using information technology to organise data; being willing to learn new information technology skills)
Scientific poster Communication (writing to the needs of the audience; persuading effectively; sharing information; using numeracy)
Planning and organising (planning the use of resources including time management; collecting, analysing and organising information)
Problem solving (using mathematics to solve problems; testing assumptions taking the context of data and circumstances into account)
Self-management (articulating own ideas and visions)
Technology (using information technology to organise data; being willing to learn new information technology skills)
Student-designed practical investigation Initiative and enterprise (being creative; generating a range of options; initiating innovative solutions)
Planning and organising (managing time and priorities – setting timelines, coordinating tasks for self and with others; planning the use of resources including time management; collecting, analysing and organising information)
Self-management (evaluating and monitoring own performance; taking responsibility)
Teamwork (working as an individual and as a member of a team; knowing how to define a role as part of the team; sharing information)
Technology (having the Occupational Health and Safety knowledge to apply technology; using information technology to organise data)
Summary report of activities and/or investigations Communication (writing to the needs of the audience; persuading effectively)
Planning and organising (collecting, analysing and organising information)

The employability skills are derived from the Employability Skills Framework (Employability Skills for the Future, 2002), developed by the Australia​n Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Business Council of Australia, and published by the (former) Commonwealth Department of Education, Science and Training.