Science / Year 10 / Science Inquiry Skills / Processing and analysing data and information

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Curriculum content descriptions

Analyse patterns and trends in data, including describing relationships between variables and identifying inconsistencies (ACSIS203)

Elaborations
  • using spreadsheets to present data in tables and graphical forms and to carry out mathematical analyses on data
  • describing sample properties (such as mean, median, range, large gaps visible on a graph) to predict characteristics of the larger population, acknowledging uncertainties and the effects of outliers
  • exploring relationships between variables using spreadsheets, databases, tables, charts, graphs and statistics
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Numeracy Numeracy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Reliability,  Data analysis,  Independence (Experiments)

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