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NSW Syllabuses

Biology Stage 6 - Year 12 - Working Scientifically Skills Working Scientifically Skills

Questioning and Predicting Year 12

Outcome

A student:

  • BIO11/12-1

    develops and evaluates questions and hypotheses for scientific investigation

Content

  • Students:
  • develop and evaluate inquiry questions and hypotheses to identify a concept that can be investigated scientifically, involving primary and secondary data (ACSBL001, ACSBL061, ACSBL096) L
  • modify questions and hypotheses to reflect new evidence CCT

Planning Investigations Year 12

Outcome

A student:

  • BIO11/12-2

    designs and evaluates investigations in order to obtain primary and secondary data and information

Content

  • Students:
  • assess risks, consider ethical issues, and select appropriate materials and technologies when designing and planning an investigation (ACSBL031, ACSBL097) EUPSC
  • justify and evaluate the use of variables and experimental controls to ensure that a valid procedure is developed that allows for the reliable collection of data (ACSBL002)
  • evaluate and modify an investigation in response to new evidence CCT

Conducting Investigations Year 12

Outcome

A student:

  • BIO11/12-3

    conducts investigations to collect valid and reliable primary and secondary data and information

Content

  • Students:
  • employ and evaluate safe work practices and manage risks (ACSBL031) PSCWE
  • use appropriate technologies to ensure and evaluate accuracy ICTN
  • select and extract information from a wide range of reliable secondary sources and acknowledge them using an accepted referencing style L

Processing Data and Information Year 12

Outcome

A student:

  • BIO11/12-4

    selects and processes appropriate qualitative and quantitative data and information using a range of appropriate media

Content

  • Students:
  • select qualitative and quantitative data and information and represent them using a range of formats, digital technologies and appropriate media (ACSBL004, ACSBL007, ACSBL064, ACSBL101) LN
  • apply quantitative processes where appropriate N
  • evaluate and improve the quality of data CCTN

Analysing Data and Information Year 12

Outcome

A student:

  • BIO11/12-5

    analyses and evaluates primary and secondary data and information

Content

  • Students:
  • derive trends, patterns and relationships in data and information
  • assess error, uncertainty and limitations in data (ACSBL004, ACSBL005, ACSBL033, ACSBL099) CCT
  • assess the relevance, accuracy, validity and reliability of primary and secondary data and suggest improvements to investigations (ACSBL005) CCTN

Problem Solving Year 12

Outcome

A student:

  • BIO11/12-6

    solves scientific problems using primary and secondary data, critical thinking skills and scientific processes

Content

  • Students:
  • use modelling (including mathematical examples) to explain phenomena, make predictions and solve problems using evidence from primary and secondary sources (ACSBL006, ACSBL010) CCT
  • use scientific evidence and critical thinking skills to solve problems CCT

Communicating Year 12

Outcome

A student:

  • BIO11/12-7

    communicates scientific understanding using suitable language and terminology for a specific audience or purpose

Content

  • Students:
  • select and use suitable forms of digital, visual, written and/or oral communication LN
  • select and apply appropriate scientific notations, nomenclature and scientific language to communicate in a variety of contexts (ACSBL008, ACSBL036, ACSBL067, ACSBL102) LN
  • construct evidence-based arguments and engage in peer feedback to evaluate an argument or conclusion (ACSBL034, ACSBL036) CCDD