Introduction to extended investigations

For Year 11 Chemistry and Biology

In this full day excursion, students revisit key ideas in experimental investigations in preparation for their area of study 3 assessment.

A morning workshop refreshes students about the importance of the scientific method and revisits key ideas around variables, experimental report writing and designing fair tests.  Later, students have the chance to design and write a method for a short practical procedure and carry it out in one of our labs.  Chemistry students then have results to analyse and biology students have results emailed as photographs when ready.

This workshop is a great way for students to refresh their thinking around experimental investigations and learn directly from PhD candidates about the importance of well designed research methods.

Location

  • Monash University, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 381 Royal Parade, Parkville, 3052

Duration

  • Full day, 9am-2/3pm (flexible scheduling)

Capacity

  • Best for a maximum of 25 students

Availability

  • Flexible with days and times, subject to room and lab access

Concepts explored

It is recommended that students have familiarity with the below concepts prior to the workshop.

  • The scientific method
  • Parts of a scientific report
  • Variables- Independent, dependent and controlled
  • Validity and Reliability of experimental design and results
  • Observations and inferences
  • Preparing a scientific poster

Key skills developed

  • Designing fair tests
  • Writing clear and concise methods
  • Performing experiments using techniques crucial for further study in chemistry/biology
  • Analysis of results
Interested?  Contact us to find out more or book in a workshop for your class.