Course Title: Earth and Space Science, Grade 12 
Course Code: SES4U
Grade: 12
Course Type: University Preparation
Credit Value: 1
Prerequisite: Science, Grade 10, Academic
Department: Science

Course Description

This course 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 analyse 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.

Course Outline
  • SES4U Unit1 Overview
  • Accessibility to SES4U Unit1 Assignment
  • U1L1 Scientific Questions about Milestone in Astronomical Knowledge or Theory(Part 1)(A1.1 B1.1)
  • U1L2 Scientific Questions about Milestone in Astronomical Knowledge or Theory(Part 2)(A1.1 B1.1)
  • U1L3 Particular Technology Related to Astronomical Research(Part 1)(A1.2 B1.2)
  • U1L4 Particular Technology Related to Astronomical Research(Part 2)(A1.2 B1.2)
  • U1L5 Identify and Locate Print and Electronic Sources by Using Appropriate Terminology(A1.3 B2.1)
  • U1L6 Apply Safe Laboratory and Field Work Practices and Procedures to Locate Features of Night Sky(A1.4 B2.2)
  • U1L7 Analyse Spectroscopic Data Mathematically or Graphically(B2.3)
  • U1L8 Use the Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram(B2.4)
  • U1L9 Investigate Properties of Stars(B2.5)
  • U1L10 Investigate by using Photographs or Diagrams(B2.6)
  • U1L11 Big Bang Theory(B3.1)
  • U1L12 Determine the Scale of Distances between Celestial Bodies(B3.2)
  • U1L13 Electromagnetic Radiation(B3.3)
  • U1L14 Classify Stars(B3.4)
  • U1L15 Determine the Properties of Stars(B3.5)
  • U1L16 The Sequence of Events in the Life Cycle of a Star(B3.6)
  • U1L17 The Relationship between the Type of Death of a Star and the Star’s Initial Mass(B3.7)
  • U1L18 Analyse Political Considerations(C1.1)
  • U1L19 a Specific Technology(C1.2)
  • U1L20 Use Appropriate Terminology(C2.1)
  • U1L21 Geological Features and Processes(C2.2)
  • U1L22 Use an Inquiry or Research Process(C2.3)
  • U1L23 The Accretion of Minor Bodies(C2.4)
  • U1L24 Unit Review
  • Finish and Hand in SES4U Unit1 Assignment at the end of lesson
  • SES4U Unit2 Overview
  • Accessibility to SES4U Unit2 Assignment
  • U2L1 Collect Observations and Data to Investigate the Properties of Earth(A1.5 C2.5)
  • U2L2 Compile Accurate Observations and Data and Investigate Techniques(Part 1)(A1.6 C2.6)
  • U2L3 Compile Accurate Observations and Data and Investigate Techniques(Part 2)(A1.6 C2.6)
  • U2L4 The Composition and Characteristics of the Solar System (A1.7 C3.1)
  • U2L5 The Classes of Objects Orbiting the Sun(C3.2)
  • U2L6 The Information of the Solar System(C3.3)
  • U2L7 Factors that Determined the Properties of Bodies in the Solar System(C3.4)
  • U2L8 The Properties of Celestial Bodies(C3.5)
  • U2L9 Compare Earth with Other Objects in the Solar System(C3.6)
  • U2L10 Kepler’s Laws(C3.7)
  • U2L11 Newton’s Laws(C3.8)
  • U2L12 External Processes and Phenomena that Affect Earth(C3.9)
  • U2L13 Climate and Geology(D1.1)
  • U2L14 The Contributions of Raymond A. Price(D1.2)
  • U2L15 Use Appropriate Terminology(D2.1)
  • U2L16 Investigate the Geological History of an Area in Ontario(D2.2)
  • U2L17 Investigate Preserved Geological Evidence of Major Changes(D2.3)
  • U2L18 Produce a Model or Diagram(D2.4)
  • U2L19 Illustrate the Development of Unconformities(D2.5)
  • U2L20 Design and Build a Model(Part 1)(D2.6)
  • U2L21 Design and Build a Model(Part 2)(D2.6)
  • U2L22 Interactions(D2.7)
  • U2L23 Describe Evidence for the Evolution of Life(D3.1)
  • U2L24 Unit Review
  • Finish and Hand in SES4U Unit2 Assignment at the end of lesson
  • SES4U Unit2 Online Test
  • SES4U Unit3 Overview
  • Accessibility to SES4U Unit3 Assignment
  • U3L1 Synthesize, Analyse, Interpret, and Evaluate Data(Part 1)(A1.8 D3.2)
  • U3L2 Synthesize, Analyse, Interpret, and Evaluate Data(Part 2)(A1.8 D3.2)
  • U3L3 Analyse Information about Fossils(A1.9 D3.3)
  • U3L4 Compare and Contrast Dating Principles and Techniques and Draw Conclusions(A1.10 D3.4)
  • U3L5 Identify and Describe the Methods of Isotopic Age Determination Orally(A1.11 D3.5)
  • U3L6 The Influence of Paradigm Shifts(D3.6)
  • U3L7 Evidence Used to Determine the Age of Earth(D3.7)
  • U3L8 Direct and Indirect Impact(E1.1)
  • U3L9 Technologies and Techniques(E1.2)
  • U3L10 Use Appropriate Terminology(E2.1)
  • U3L11 Earth Materials(E2.2)
  • U3L12 Identify and Classify Common Minerals(E2.3)
  • U3L13 Common Igneous Rocks(E2.4)
  • U3L14 Sedimentary Rocks(E2.5)
  • U3L15 Metamorphic Rocks(E2.6)
  • U3L16 Geological Setting(E2.7)
  • U3L17 Investigate the Factors that Determine the Size and Form of Mineral Crystals(E2.8)
  • U3L18 Physical and Chemical Properties of Selected Minerals(E3.1)
  • U3L19 Formation and Characteristics of Igneous Rocks(E3.2)
  • U3L20 Formation and Characteristics of Sedimentary Rocks(E3.3)
  • U3L21 Formation of Metamorphic Rocks(E3.4)
  • U3L22 The Role of Earth Materials(Part 1)(E3.5)
  • U3L23 The Role of Earth Materials(Part 2)(E3.5)
  • U3L24 Review
  • Finish and Hand in SES4U Unit3 Assignment at the end of lesson
  • SES4U Unit4 Overview
  • Accessibility to SES4U Unit4 Assignment
  • U4L1 Monitor and Predict Earthquakes,Tsunamis, and Volcanic Eruptions(Part 1)(A1.12 F1.1)
  • U4L2 Monitor and Predict Earthquakes,Tsunamis, and Volcanic Eruptions(Part 2)(A1.12 F1.1)
  • U4L3 Analyse Developments in Technology or Earth Science Endeavours(A1.13 F1.2)
  • U4L4 Human Activities and Geological Structures and Processes(A2.1 F1.3)
  • U4L5 Use Appropriate Terminology(A2.2 F2.1)
  • U4L6 Weathering and Erosion(F2.2)
  • U4L7 Produce a Model Showing Simple Sedimentary Sequences(F2.3)
  • U4L8 Illustrate for Propagation, the Transfer of Energy, and Movement through Rocks(F2.4)
  • U4L9 Epicentre of an Earthquake(F2.5)
  • U4L10 Produce a Scale Model(F2.6)
  • U4L11 Design and Test Models(F2.7)
  • U4L12 Analyse Information from a View(F2.8)
  • U4L13 Boundaries between Lithospheric Plates (Part 1)(F3.1)
  • U4L14 Boundaries between Lithospheric Plates (Part 2)(F3.1)
  • U4L15 Seismic Waves and Travels (Part 1)(F3.2)
  • U4L16 Seismic Waves and Travels (Part 2)(F3.2)
  • U4L17 Compare Qualitative and Quantitative Methods(F3.3)
  • U4L18 Erosional Processes and Landscapes(F3.4)
  • U4L19 Sediment Transport and Load(F3.5)
  • U4L20 Landforms(F3.6)
  • U4L21 Sedimentary Structures(F3.7)
  • U4L22 Tectonic Activity(F3.8)
  • U4L23 The Processes of Continuous Recycling of Major Rock Types(F3.9)
  • U4L24 Review
  • Finish and Hand in SES4U Unit4 Assignment at the end of lesson
  • SES4U Unit4 Online Test
  • Final Project
  • Final Exam
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