Biology SHET2

 

The writer should read the assignment: she task stage 2 bio and Part A FINAL document which outlines the Part C that needs to be completed. The writer needs to address the comments for each section using the suggested text in blue text and the references provided for each section. If providing additional references they should ONLY be web references only. Please stick to the 1500 word limit.

Science as a Human Endeavour Task
Part A: Information Search and Planning

1. Use the internet and other sources of information to do an initial search related to a topic of biology that is of interest to you. Areas could include new DNA technologies, conservation or new medicines. Consider the technology, ethics, benefit to humans, costs, environmental concerns etc of this topic of interest.

The topics selected is regarding current research around how biology concepts are integrated bionic limbs and the advancement of this that they are able to provide feeling to the user.

Another topic thought is genetic testing and the advancement of this in how people can be tested for a disease and prevent or action things earlier on.

2. In a table, make a list of possible topics and related questions or contexts for your scientific communication.

Topic Themes Explored Possible Linking Question
Bionic Limbs and biological advancements How understanding of biology concepts are integrated into medical applications and engineering applications What are some of the current developments in the field of bionic limbs and how the knowledge of key biological concepts?

What are the current limitations of these developments and its applications?
DNA Development in fighting disease Genetic testing to prevent and explore potential diseases a person could get

Diseases and how virus can be prevented using DNA re-structure What are some gene testing techniques used to help explore and understand potential diseases one could get?

What are the ethical implications with gene testing methods?

 

2. Search for articles, data or other information that you could use to support your discussion. Record the resources in a reference list for future reference. This will assist you in your selection of your final focus.

DNA Development in fighting disease

learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/science/viruses/

Clara Gaff. 2018. Treating illness and preventing disease with genetic testing. [ONLINE] Available at: https://theconversation.com/treating-illness-and-preventing-disease-with-genetic-testing-22996. [Accessed 12 May 2018].

Mutations and Disease | Understanding Genetics. 2018. Mutations and Disease | Understanding Genetics. [ONLINE] Available at: http://genetics.thetech.org/about-genetics/mutations-and-disease. [Accessed 12 May 2018].

Bionic Limbs and biological advancements

Reuters Video. 2018. Bionic Fingertip Discriminates Textures – Scientific American. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.scientificamerican.com/video/bionic-fingertip-discriminates-textures/. [Accessed 12 May 2018].

Cosmos Magazine. 2018. Bionics advanced in leaps and bounds in 2016 | Cosmos. [ONLINE] Available at: https://cosmosmagazine.com/technology/the-cosmos-top-6-bionic-advancements-of-2016. [Accessed 12 May 2018].

New Scientist. 2018. Bionic fingertip gives amputee a feel for different textures | New Scientist. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2079808-bionic-fingertip-gives-amputee-a-feel-for-different-textures/. [Accessed 12 May 2018].

New Scientist. 2018. Men have hands amputated and replaced with bionic ones | New Scientist. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn27024-men-have-hands-amputated-and-replaced-with-bionic-ones/. [Accessed 12 May 2018].

3. Choose the focus of your work for the scientific communication. For example, the use of hormone replacement therapy to reduce the effects of menopause, or an analysis of how effective breeding programs are in the conservation of a particular animal.

Ethical Issues in Genetic Testing

Ethical Issues in Genetic Testing – ACOG . 2018. Ethical Issues in Genetic Testing – ACOG . [ONLINE] Available at: https://m.acog.org/Clinical-Guidance-and-Publications/Committee-Opinions/Committee-on-Ethics/Ethical-Issues-in-Genetic-Testing?IsMobileSet=true. [Accessed 15 May 2018].

4. Link your chosen focus to at least one of the key concepts of SHE (see pages 3 and 4).

Development, Application & Limitation – If Bionic Limbs explored

Development and Influence – If DNA development, ethics of testing etc

6. Check the focus you have chosen with your teacher before you proceed.

Due date: Thur Week 3

7. Choose the format of your final product.

Article will be written in a formal report format to explore all themes necessary.

8. Plan your article or report – this will be submitted to your teacher for feedback.

Due date: Thur Week 7

• Possible outline

• Introduction

• Biological Concepts

• Application and Limitations

• Ethical Considerations

• Conclusion

Introduction and Purpose of task:
In this task you will investigate a contemporary example of how science interacts with society. This may focus on one or more of the key concepts of science as a human endeavour. You will select and explore a recent discovery, innovation, issue, or advancement linked to one of the topics in the Biology curriculum. You will analyse and synthesise information from different sources to explain the science relevant to the focus of your investigation, show its connections to science as a human endeavour, and develop and justify your own conclusions

Description of task:

You will prepare a scientific report, which must include the use of scientific terminology and:
• An introduction to identify the focus of the investigation and the key concept(s) of science as a human endeavour that it links to
• An explanation of how the focus of the investigation illustrates the interaction between science and society
• Relevant biology concepts or background
• A discussion of the potential impact or application of the focus of the investigation, e.g. further development, effect on quality of life, environmental implications, economic impact, intrinsic interest
• A conclusion, with justification
• Citations and referencing

The report should be a maximum of 1500 words if written, or a maximum of 10 minutes for an oral presentation, or the equivalent in multimodal form.

This report could take the form of, for example:
• An article for a scientific publication
• An oral or multimodal scientific publication

Assessment Conditions: Initially, you will be given some class time to do your initial research and planning. Subsequently, much of the research and report preparation will be completed out of class time, over a period of one month.

You will be expected to check your topic with your teacher before doing further research.

You will also be expected to submit a plan of your report for feedback.

You may submit one draft of your completed scientific report for feedback.

How to complete the task:

Part A: Information Search and Planning

1. Use the internet and other sources of information to do an initial search related to a topic of biology that is of interest to you. Areas could include new DNA technologies, conservation or new medicines. Consider the technology, ethics, benefit to humans, costs, environmental concerns etc of this topic of interest.

2. In a table, make a list of possible topics and related questions or contexts for your scientific communication.

3. Search for articles, data or other information that you could use to support your discussion. Record the resources in a reference list for future reference. This will assist you in your selection of your final focus.

4. Choose the focus of your work for the scientific communication. For example, the use of hormone replacement therapy to reduce the effects of menopause, or an analysis of how effective breeding programs are in the conservation of a particular animal.

5. Link your chosen focus to at least one of the key concepts of SHE (see pages 3 and 4).

6. Check the focus you have chosen with your teacher before you proceed.

Due date: _____________

7. Choose the format of your final product.

8. Plan your article or report – this will be submitted to your teacher for feedback.

Due date: _____________

Part B: Refinement of information for your chosen focus

9. Search for any further information that will enable you to provide a comprehensive and detailed report, with highly relevant biology as determined by your plan from Part A.
This will also assist you in being able to justify your conclusions.
Record your resources in a reference list using Harvard Referencing.

Parts A and B are not included in the word count.

Part C: Scientific Report

Use the information and data gathered to write a scientific report with a maximum length of 1500 words.

Your report must include the following:
• An introduction, to identify the focus of the investigation and the key concept(s) of science as a human endeavour that it links to
• Relevant biology concepts or background (this should support your report but not be the focus)
• An explanation of how the focus of the investigation illustrates the interaction between science and society
• A discussion of the potential impact or application of the focus of the investigation – for example, further development, effect on quality of life, environmental implications, economic and/or social impact, influence on human activities, etc.
• A conclusion
• Referencing

Science as a Human Endeavour

The key concepts of science as a human endeavour in the study of Biology are:

Communication and Collaboration
• Science is a global enterprise that relies on clear communication, international conventions, and review and verification of results.
• International collaboration is often required in scientific investigation.

Development
• Development of complex scientific models and/or theories often requires a wide range of evidence from many sources and across disciplines.
• New technologies improve the efficiency of scientific procedures and data collection and analysis. This can reveal new evidence that may modify or replace models, theories, and processes.

Influence
• Advances in scientific understanding in one field can influence and be influenced by other areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
• The acceptance and use of scientific knowledge can be influenced by social, economic, cultural, and ethical considerations.

Application and Limitation
• Scientific knowledge, understanding, and inquiry can enable scientists to develop solutions, make discoveries, design action for sustainability, evaluate economic, social, cultural, and environmental impacts, offer valid explanations, and make reliable predictions.
• The use of scientific knowledge may have beneficial or unexpected consequences; this requires monitoring, assessment, and evaluation of risk, and provides opportunities for innovation.
• Science informs public debate and is in turn influenced by public debate; at times, there may be complex, unanticipated variables or insufficient data that may limit possible conclusions.

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