SCIENCE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
An introductory course designed to allow students to explore the basic concepts of physics and chemistry. Students will explore the nature of these sciences through the application of the science and engineering practices.
*standard and honors available
Biology is the study of life. This course will help us all to better appreciate the creatures around us, understand the marvels of the human body, and realize the magnificent processes of life. This informed position will also provide a platform for decision-making that reflects a protection and stewardship of our natural environment.
*standard and honors available
Oceanography covers a wide range of topics. Half the class will be more oceanography topics such as physical and chemical properties of the ocean such as ocean circulation, tsunamis, plate tectonics and the geology of the seafloor. The other half of the class is more marine biology including marine organisms and ecosystems.
This course is an introduction to the basic principles of Chemistry. The course includes a study of measurement skills, atomic structure, and the periodic table, bonding, stoichiometry, solutions, acids, bases, and simple chemical and nuclear reactions. These topics are also studied under experimental conditions and in problem-solving situations. The course includes laboratory experiments designed to reinforce course content. It aligns with the Tennessee State Science Standards.
*standard and honors available
Environmental Science Honors
The study of organic cycles, and patterns in the natural world and how they are affected by human activities. This class will examine the impact humans have on the environment and the sustainability of the human population at the current rate of interference with natural resources.
Principles of Physics
Principles of Physics helps students recognize the nature and scope of physics and its relationship to the other sciences. Students will learn about basic topics such as motion, forces, energy, momentum, waves, and electricity. Students will be engaged in scientific inquiry, investigations and labs so that they develop a conceptual understanding and basic scientific skills. This class is mostly project based and hands-on.
Physics Honors covers a broad range of topics in physics including kinematics, dynamics, work and energy, waves, simple harmonic motion, optics, electric fields and electric circuits. Laboratory experiences are used to introduce and reinforce basic physics concepts, centering on engineering projects and application of physics formulas and concepts to real-world examples. There is an emphasis on mathematical rigor.
Aquatic Biology course is interdisciplinary and is designed to be a rigorous science course that stresses scientific principle, analysis, and includes a laboratory/field investigation component. The goal of the Aquatic Biology course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both man-made and natural, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. The class includes a research project that is completed over the course of the semester.
This course is an in depth exploration of the field of genetics. It will build on and go beyond Biology I. Foundational topics such as cell components and processes, protein synthesis, mutations, and basic heredity and genetics principles will be reviewed before moving on to more advanced studies in the course. The chemical structure of genetic material, mendelian inheritance, and gene combination will be studied. Models of gene expression and regulation will be explored and simulated. Students will explore current advances in genetics and biotechnology through provided texts, scientific literature, lab exercises, and other resources. Ethical, social, and environmental implications of genetic technologies and their roles in society will be evaluated during the course.
Human Anatomy and Physiology Honors
Anatomy and physiology is a course that involves the structure and function of the human body, as it pertains to how the body systems relate to one another in organization, adaptation, and homeostasis. This course will involve laboratory activities, projects, dissections, textbook material, models, diagrams, journal writings, and clinical studies. The material learned in this course can be applied to medical field careers, health and fitness careers, and biological research careers.
The AP Chemistry course provides students with a college-level foundation to support future advanced coursework in chemistry. Students cultivate their understanding of chemistry through inquiry-based investigations, as they explore content such as: atomic structure, intermolecular forces and bonding, chemical reactions, kinetics, thermodynamics, and equilibrium.
Math Department Course Descriptions
All students are required to complete four credits in mathematics. Students must earn credit in Math I, Math II, and Math III, and another mathematics course beyond Math III. Students must be enrolled in a mathematics course each school year. The Bridge Math course is designed for students who have not scored 19 or higher on the ACT by the beginning of the senior year. TNReady End of Course assessments will e given in Math I, Math II, and Math III. These examinations will be factored into the student’s semester average at a percentage determined by the State and Bradley County Board of Education.
REQUIREMENTS PERTAINING TO THE INCOMING FRESHMEN
Students are placed in mathematics courses which best fit their needs based on the chosen path and past performances in mathematics. All students will be placed in Math I their freshman year, which is a year-long course, unless he or she has been a part of an accelerated program and meets the requirements to enter in Math IB.
INTGERGRATED MATH CURRICULUM
The Integrated Math program is an alternate approach to achieve mathematical understanding. The content provides the foundation for future work in mathematics and science. An understanding of integrated mathematics is essential in preparation for careers that utilize or depend upon mathematics. It provides students with tools to represent and solve problems in a variety of ways. Students will better understand the language and abstract symbols of mathematics and how to use that language in real life application.
INFORMATION FOR CALCULATORS
Calculators are deemed handheld technology and will be necessary for student use in the appropriate courses. Since students will need to use these calculators on college entrance examinations, students are encouraged to purchase their own graphing calculators during high school. This will enable students to utilize these calculators for homework, projects and to become familiar with their own calculator. Currently, the TI-84 calculators are the models used in all Walker Valley High School mathematics courses. There are other brands available, but parents should make sure that the other brand offers the same features.
*SENIOR and UPPER LEVEL MATH OPTIONS*
ELA Course Offerings
Principles of Manufacturing
Principles of Manufacturing is designed to provide students with exposure to various occupations and pathways in the Advanced Manufacturing career cluster, such as Machining Technology, Electromechanical Technology, Mechatronics, and Welding. In order to gain a holistic view of the advanced manufacturing industry, students will complete all core standards, as well as standards in two focus areas. Throughout the course, they will develop an understanding of the general steps involved in the manufacturing process and master the essential skills to be an effective team member in a manufacturing production setting. Course content covers basic quality principles and processes, blueprints and schematics, and systems. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will advance from this course with a nuanced understanding of how manufacturing combines design and engineering, materials science, process technology, and quality. Upon completion of the Principles of Manufacturing course, students will be prepared to make an informed decision regarding which Advanced Manufacturing program of study to pursue.
Digital Electronics is intended to provide students with an introduction to the basic components of digital electronic systems and equip them with the ability to use these components to design more complex digital systems. Proficient students will be able to (1) describe basic functions of digital components (including gates, flip flops, counters, and other devices upon which larger systems are designed), (2) use these devices as building blocks to design larger, more complex circuits, (3) implement these circuits using programmable devices, and (4) effectively communicate designs and systems. Students develop additional skill in technical documentation when operating and troubleshooting circuits. Upon completion of the Digital Electronics course, proficient students will be able to design a complex digital system and communicate their designs through a variety of media.
Mechatronics I is an applied course in the manufacturing cluster for students interested in learning more about careers as a mechatronics technician, maintenance technician, electromechanical technician, and manufacturing engineer. This first of two courses covers basic electrical and mechanical components of mechatronics systems as well as their combined uses with instrument controls and embedded software designs. Upon completion of this course, proficient students are able to describe and explain basic functions of physical properties and electrical components within a mechatronic system. They can logically trace the flow of energy through a mechatronic system and can communicate this process to others. They know how to effectively use technical documentation such as data sheets, schematics, timing diagrams, and system specifications to troubleshoot basic problems with equipment. Finally, they develop strategies to identify, localize, and correct malfunctioning components and equipment.
Prerequisite: Principles of Manufacturing or Digital Electronics
Mechatronics II is an advanced course in the manufacturing career cluster for students interested in learning more about such careers as mechatronics technician, maintenance technician, or electromechanical technician. Following the groundwork of mechanics and electronics laid in Mechatronics I, this course covers basics of pneumatic, electro pneumatic, and hydraulic control circuits in a complex mechatronic system. In addition, the course addresses basic digital logic and programmable logic controllers (PLCs) employed in the mechanical, electronic, and control systems in a mechatronics system. Upon completion of this course, proficient students are able to explain the inter-relationships of components and modules within a complex mechatronic system. They understand the differences between hydraulic and pneumatic fluid power and can explain the scientific principles that apply. They also use technical documentation (such as datasheets, circuit diagrams, displacement step diagrams, timing diagrams, and function charts) to troubleshoot and resolve malfunctioning pneumatic and hydraulic components and circuits. They demonstrate understanding of the role of programmable logic controllers (PLC) in mechatronic systems and the ability to write, debug, and run basic ladder logic.
Prerequisite: Mechatronics I
DE Mechatronics is an advanced course offered by Cleveland State Community College that is taught on the Walker Valley Campus.
Criminal Justice 1: Criminal Justice I is the first course in the Criminal Justice and Correction Services program of study. It serves as a comprehensive survey of how the law enforcement, legal, and correctional systems interact with each other in the United States. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will understand the context of local, state, and federal laws, the concepts of crime control and the judicial process, and the importance of communications and professionalism in law enforcement.
Criminal Justice 2: Criminal Justice II is the second course in the Criminal Justice and Correctional Services program of study. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will understand the impact of the constitution on law enforcement, law enforcement and police procedures, alcohol and beverage laws, sentencing, and the importance of communications and professionalism in law enforcement.
Criminal Justice 3 Forensic Criminal Investigations: Forensic Criminal Investigations is the third course designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to be successful in the sciences of criminal investigations. Students will learn terminology and investigation skills related to the crime scene, aspects of criminal behavior, and applications of the scientific inquiry to solve crimes. By utilizing the scientific inquiry method, students will obtain and analyze evidence through simulated crime scenes and evaluation of case studies. Upon Primary Career Cluster: Law, Public Safety, Corrections, & Security Course Contact: Standards@tn.gov Course Code(s): C30H02 Prerequisite(s): Criminal Justice I (C30H00) and Criminal Justice II (C30H01) Credit: 1 Grade Level: 11-12 Focused Elective Graduation Requirements: This course satisfies one of three credits required for an elective focus when taken in conjunction with other Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security courses. POS Concentrator: This course satisfies one out of two required courses to meet the Perkins V concentrator definition, when taken in sequence in the approved program of study. Programs of Study and Sequence: This is the third course in the Criminal Justice and Correctional Services program of study. Aligned Student Organization(s): SkillsUSA: https://www.skillsusatn.org/ Coordinating WorkBased Learning: Teachers are encouraged to use embedded WBL activities such as informational interviewing, job shadowing, and career mentoring. For information, visit https://www.tn.gov/education/career-and-technicaleducation/work-based-learning.html Available Student Industry Certifications: None Teacher Endorsement(s): 590, 750 Required Teacher Certifications/Training: None Teacher Resources: https://www.tn.gov/education/career-and-technical-education/careerclusters/cte-cluster-law-public-safety.html Page 2 completion of this course, proficient students will be able to identify careers forensic science and criminology, summarize the laws that govern the application of forensic science, and draw key connections between the history of the forensic science system and the modern legal system.