Module 1 observations
Students explore the importance of quantitative and qualitative observations and the roles that each play in scientific discovery. They describe quantitative and qualitative observations in a variety of investigations and evaluate the differences between them.
The investigating science course is multidisciplinary and develops students' abilities to engage with scientific processes to investigate personal, community and global scientific issues.
- is designed for all students and may be differentiated to suit school contexts
- promotes active inquiry and the planning and conducting of evidence-based investigations
- provides opportunities for problem-solving and making informed scientific decisions
- lets students engage in examples and situations that relate to biology, chemistry, earth sciences and physics
- is designed to complement the study of other science disciplines
- provides additional opportunities for students to develop capability and capacity in critical thinking, problem-solving and developing and communicating evidence-based arguments and making informed decisions.
Observations instigate all scientific experimentation. Detailed observations form the basis of scientific investigations and allow scientists to identify patterns, describe relationships, make conclusions and connect cause and effect. This leads to scientists asking questions that can be investigated to give us a better understanding of our world.
Syllabus outcomes and content descriptors from Investigating Science Stage 6 Syllabus © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2017.