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Science / Year 9 / Science Inquiry Skills / Planning and conducting

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Curriculum content descriptions

Plan, select and use appropriate investigation types, including field work and laboratory experimentation, to collect reliable data; assess risk and address ethical issues associated with these methods (ACSIS165)

Elaborations
  • explaining the choice of variables to be controlled, changed and measured in an investigation
  • identifying the potential hazards of chemicals or biological materials used in experimental investigations
  • ensuring that any investigation involving or impacting on animals is justified, humane and considerate of each animal's needs
  • using modelling and simulations, including using digital technology to investigate situations and events
  • combining research using primary and secondary sources with students' own experimental investigation
  • considering how investigation methods and equipment may influence the reliablity of collected data
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
ScOT terms

Experiments,  Data collection,  Ethics,  Safety

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