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Unit plan: Solving a mystery using a scientific approach



Year 13 only


Nature of Science
Living World


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.


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.


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


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