Australian Curriculum content descriptions

Science Understanding

Biological sciences

Ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and biotic components of the environment; matter and energy flow through those systems (ACSSU176

Science as a Human Endeavour

Nature and development of science

Advances in scientific understanding often rely on developments in technology and technological advances are often linked to scientific discoveries (ACSHE158

Science Inquiry Skills

Questioning and predicting

Formulate questions or hypotheses that can be investigated scientifically (ACSIS164

Planning and conducting

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

Select and use appropriate equipment, including digital technologies, to systematically and accurately collect and record data (ACSIS166)

Processing and analysing data and information

Analyse patterns and trends in data, including describing relationships between variables and identifying inconsistencies (ACSIS169

Use knowledge of scientific concepts to draw conclusions that are consistent with evidence (ACSIS170

Evaluating

Evaluate conclusions, including identifying sources of uncertainty and possible alternative explorations, and describe specific ways to improve the quality of the data (ACSIS171)

Critically analyse the validity of information in secondary sources and evaluate the approaches used to solve problems. (ACSIS172

Communicating

Communicate scientific ideas and information for a particular purpose, including constructing evidence based arguments and using appropriate scientific language, conventions and representations (ACSIS174

Australian Curriculum content descriptions

Science Understanding

Earth and space sciences 

The theory of plate tectonics explains global patterns of geological activity and continental movement (ACSSU180

Science as a Human Endeavour

Nature and development of science

Scientific understanding, including models and theories, are contestable and are refined over time through a process of review by the scientific community (ACSHE157)

Use and influence of science

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 (ACSHE160

The values and needs of contemporary society can influence the focus of scientific research (ACSHE228

Science Inquiry Skills

Planning and conducting

Select and use appropriate equipment, including digital technologies, to systematically and accurately collect and record data (ACSIS166

Processing and analysing data and information

Analyse patterns and trends in data, including describing relationships between variables and identifying inconsistencies (ACSIS169

Use knowledge of scientific concepts to draw conclusions that are consistent with evidence (ACSIS170

Evaluating

Critically analyse the validity of information in secondary sources and evaluate the approaches used to solve problems (ACSIS172

Communicating

Communicate scientific ideas and information for a particular purpose, including constructing evidence-based arguments and using appropriate scientific language, conventions and representations (ACSIS174

Australian Curriculum content descriptions

Science Understanding

Earth and space sciences

The universe contains features including galaxies, stars and solar systems and the Big Bang theory can be used to explain the origin the universe (ACSSU188

Science as a Human Endeavour

Nature and development of science

Scientific understanding, including models and theories, are contestable and are refined over time through a process of review by the scientific community (ACSHE191

Advances in scientific understanding often rely on developments in technology and technological advances are often linked to scientific discoveries (ACSHE192

Use and influence of science

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

Science Inquiry Skills

Processing and analysing data and information

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

Use knowledge of scientific concepts to draw conclusions that are consistent with evidence (ACSIS204

Evaluating

Critically analyse the validity of information in secondary sources and evaluate the approaches used to solve problems (ACSIS206

Communicating

Communicate scientific ideas and information for a particular purpose, including constructing evidence-based arguments and using appropriate scientific language, conventions and representations (ACSIS208