Environmental Science

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The syllabus development procedures adopted by the Council are based on the Council's firm belief that there should exist a close relationship between the schools' curriculum and the examinations. Syllabuses are therefore formulated by Panels of subject specialists drawn from those groups responsible for the design and the implementation of curriculum - classroom teachers, members of regional universities and other tertiary institutions and members of curriculum and testing units of Ministries of Education.

During the period of formulation of a syllabus, there is wide-ranging consultation involving teachers, interested organizations and groups in the participating territories. The draft syllabuses are circulated widely for comments. The draft syllabuses and the comments are then considered by a Sub-committee of the School Examinations Committee (SUBSEC), the members of which represent the teaching profession, the Ministries of Education and regional universities. The revised draft is then submitted to the School Examinations Committee (SEC) for its consideration and approval. Finally, the recommended syllabuses are submitted to the Council for its consideration and approval.

Syllabus Statement

The syllabus statement is set out in terms of general objectives and specific objectives, the latter indicating the knowledge and skills to be tested and reported as profiles. Also included in the statement is the format of the examination. Syllabuses in which there is a School-Based Assessment (SBA) component include a Teacher's Guide which identifies the demands and sets out in detail, the procedures for assessment.

Ordering Syllabuses and Resource Materials

Syllabuses and resource materials for the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) are available for sale from the CXC Offices in Jamaica and Barbados. The materials can be requested by completing the order forms (CAPE, CSEC) and sending it to the Jamaica Office. The total cost which would include shipping and handling would be sent to you by mail or courier. On receipt of a bank draft from you, the materials would be despatched by courier or post. Please note, discounts are given for bulk purchases.

Resource material and syllabuses are also available at the following locations:

The Map Shop
St John’s

Grenada’s Teachers’ School Supplies
St Georges

NATO’s Bookstore
St Lucia

St. Vincent Union of Teachers Co-operative Credit Union Ltd Bookstore
St Vincent

Austin’s Book Services
190 Church Street

Pages Bookstore
Main and Bacclet Street

Environmental Science Unit 1

Module 1:         Fundamentals of Ecological Principles

Module 2:         People and the Environment

Module 3:         Sustainable use of Natural Resources

Environmental Science Unit 2

Module 1:         Sustainable Agriculture

Module 2:         Sustainable Energy Use

Module 3:         Pollution of the Environment

Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary branch of science that deals with the interactions among physical, chemical, and biological components of the environment. The subject employs qualitative and quantitative approaches to the study of environmental systems. The CAPE Environmental Science Syllabus provides opportunities for students to acquire knowledge and skills to identify, prevent and solve problems and prepares them for careers in diverse fields related to environmental management and to sustainable development of the Caribbean Region. The aims of the syllabus include development of an understanding of the interdisciplinary and holistic nature of the environment and the interactions between people and the environment.

The subject is organised in two Units. A Unit comprises three Modules.

UNIT 1: Ecology, Human Population and Natural Resources

Module 1          –          Fundamental Ecological Principles

Module 2          –          Human Population and the Environment

Module 3          –          Sustainable Use of Natural Resources

UNIT 2: Agriculture, Energy and Environmental Pollution

Module 1          –          Agriculture and the Environment

Module 2          –          Energy and the Environment

Module 3          –          Pollution of the Environment