Science / Year 10 / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science

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Curriculum content descriptions

People use scientific knowledge to evaluate whether they accept claims, explanations or predictions, and advances in science can affect people’s lives, including generating new career opportunities (ACSHE194)

Elaborations
  • describing how science is used in the media to explain a natural event or justify people’s actions
  • predicting future applications of aspects of nanotechnology on people’s lives
  • recognising that the study of the universe and the exploration of space involve teams of specialists from the different branches of science, engineering and technology
  • using knowledge of science to test claims made in advertising
  • considering how the computing requirements in many areas of modern science depend on people working in the area of information technology
  • considering the scientific knowledge used in discussions relating to climate change
  • investigating the applications of gene technologies such as gene therapy and genetic engineering
  • evaluating claims relating to environmental footprints
  • recognising that scientific developments in areas such as sustainable transport and low-emissions electrical generation require people working in a range of fields of science, engineering and technology
ScOT terms

Evaluation,  Reasoning,  Judgement

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