Introduction

This broad, practical course can help students appreciate the value of science while preparing them for related vocational studies or the world of work.

Through studying this subject, students will:

  • gain a broad knowledge and understanding of the material, physical and living worlds;
  • gain understanding of the nature of science and its applications and the interrelationships between science and society;
  • develop an understanding of the importance of scale in science;
  • develop and apply their knowledge and understanding of the scientific process through hypotheses, theories and concepts;
  • develop their understanding of the relationships between hypotheses, evidence, theories and explanations;
  • develop awareness of risk and the ability to assess potential risk in the context of potential benefits;
  • develop and apply their observational, practical, enquiry and problem-solving skills and understanding in laboratory, field and other learning environments;
  • develop their skills in communication, mathematics and the use of technology in scientific contexts; and
  • acquire and apply skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works and its essential role in society.

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