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This subject will introduce students to how science is undertaken in practice. Students will explore the fundamental concepts of the major scientific disciplines of chemistry, biology, physics and geology and their relationship with the environment. Students will gain an understanding of the importance of science for sustainable development and management of the environment.
The subject will draw on content covered in the other subjects offered as part of the Diploma in General Studies Extended program to apply scientific theories and concepts to a range of real-life situations in order to utilise and reinforce concepts presented as part of the subject.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- identify, define and analyse problems using appropriate scientific method to form and test hypotheses and use appropriate problem-solving techniques
- understand the basis of matter (atoms and molecules) and the Organisation of matter at an atomic level, within living organisms and their environment
- understand types of energy and relevance to the environment; mechanical and thermal energy transfers and transformations, behaviour of light and other electromagnetic radiation
- understand the basics of Australian geology and soil types and the impact of climate and weather using a systems thinking approach
- explain interactions of living things with their environment, the cycling of energy through living systems and their environment
- explain the impact of the changing environment on living things, selection, speciation and evolution
- undertake basic scientific experiments and write a scientific report using conventional formats including tables and graphs
- demonstrate laboratory skills used for chemistry and biology, including an understanding of general laboratory safety procedures
- Problem solving Skills: the ability to utilise scientific principles and applications to develop relevant solutions and communicate them both in written and oral formats;
- Analytical Skills: the capacity for independent thought critical through and inquiry
- Collaborative skills: the ability to work in a team
- Time management skills: the ability to meet regular deadlines while balancing competing commitments
Last updated: 18 September 2021