Science is a way of investigating, understanding, and explaining our natural, physical world and the wider universe. It involves generating and testing ideas, gathering evidence through making observations, carrying out investigations and modelling, and communicating and debating with others in order to develop scientific knowledge, understanding, and explanations. Scientific progress comes from logical, systematic work and from creative insight, built on a foundation of respect for evidence. Science is able to inform problem solving and decision making in many areas of life. Many of the major challenges and opportunities that confront our world need to be approached from a scientific perspective, taking into account social and ethical considerations.
By studying science, students:
- develop an understanding of the world, built on current scientific theories
- learn that science involves particular processes and ways of developing and organising knowledge and that these continue to evolve
- use their current scientific knowledge and skills for problem solving and developing further knowledge
- use scientific knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about the communication, application, and implications of science as these relate to their own lives and cultures and to the sustainability of the environment.
Courses in this Learning Area
Anaesthetic Technician, Acupuncturist, Aeronautical Engineer, Aeroplane Pilot, Agricultural Engineer, Agricultural/Horticultural Scientist, Air Force Airman/Airwoman, Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, Anaesthetic Technician, Anaesthetist, Animal Care Attendant, Arborist, Architect, Audiologist/Audiometrist, Automotive Electrician, Beauty Therapist, Beekeeper, Biochemist, Biomedical Engineer, Biotechnologist, Brewer, Cardiac Physiologist, Chemical Engineer, Chemist, Chiropractor, Civil Engineer, Civil Engineering Technician/Draughtsperson, Conservator, Crop Farmer/Crop Manager, Dental Hygienist, Dental Technician, Dentist, Diagnostic Radiologist, Dietitian, Dispensing Optician, Dispensing Optician, Dog Trainer, Electrical Engineer, Electronics Trades Worker, Energy and Chemical Plant Operator, Energy Auditor, Environmental Engineer, Environmental Health Officer, Farmer/Farm Manager, Flying Instructor, Food Technologist, Forensic Scientist, Forest Manager, Forestry Scientist, Game Developer, General Practitioner, Geologist, Geospatial Specialist, Gynaecologist/Obstetrician, Hairdresser/Barber, Health and Safety Adviser, Health Promoter, Helicopter Pilot, Information Technology Helpdesk/Support Technician, Information Technology Manager, Landscape Architect, Landscape Gardener, Lift Technician, Lighting Technician, Marine Biologist, Marine Engineer, Massage Therapist, Meat Inspector, Mechanical Engineer, Mechanical Engineering Technician, Medical Laboratory Scientist, Medical Laboratory Technician, Medical Physicist, Medical Radiation Technologist, Meteorologist, Microbiologist, Midwife, Mining Engineer, Naturopath, Naval Architect/Boat Designer, Navy Officer, Navy Sailor, Nursery Grower/Worker, Occupational Therapist, Optometrist, Osteopath, Paramedic, Pathologist, Personal Trainer/Fitness Instructor, Pest Control Technician, Pet Groomer, Pharmacist, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomist, Physician, Physiotherapist, Plumber, Gasfitter and Drainlayer, Podiatrist, Primary School Teacher, Psychiatrist, Quarantine Officer, Radiation Oncologist, Radiation Therapist, Refrigeration/Air-conditioning Technician, Registered Nurse, Science Technician, Secondary School Teacher, Ship's Master, Ship's Officer, Sound Technician, Speech-Language Therapist, Sports Coach/Official, Sterilising Technician, Surgeon, Survey Technician, Surveyor, Telecommunications Engineer, Telecommunications Technician, Tertiary Lecturer, Veterinarian, Veterinary Nurse, Winemaker, Zookeeper, Zoologist,