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Unit plan: Solving a mystery using a scientific approach

YearRangeCurriculumStrand

13

Year 13 only

Science


Nature of Science
Living World



Overview

Students collect, store and analyse forensic samples from a mock crime-scene and process the evidence so that it can be presented to a “jury” with a focus on fair testing.

Purpose

To demonstrate the importance of a systematic collection of samples, careful storage, analysis and presentation of the data and its interpretation as a case. This unit illustrates some aspects of the Nature of Science as students were expected to present evidence and argue their case.

Keywords

Forensic evidence, evidence collection, fair test, scientific method, scientific argument, triangulation.

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