In Truth and Perception, students will examine some of the theories about light, chemical reactions, biological processes and the purpose of language and images. They will explore scientific knowledge as a collection of overlapping models, each with their own limitations in describing nature. By exploring the same phenomena through these different levels of abstraction, they will confront the notion that science is about understanding doubt as much as discovering the truth.

Concepts covered in Truth and Perception include:

  • Science as an exploratory and empirical discipline
  • Different ways of sensing, measuring, using and interpreting data
  • Theories and models of science have been and continue to be developed across disciplines
  • Scientific knowledge is applied and has limitations
  • Light can be modelled in different ways corresponding to different evidence
  • Analysis of claims as truth vs perception
  • Rates of chemical reactions can be manipulated using by changing conditions
  • Study of communication through film
  • Photosynthesis and food security
  • Technologies for measuring bio information
  • The interplay between ethical, social and technological developments

This course is a part of the ASMS Central Study curriculum. All students study it as part of the 2-year Central Study Curriculum. The curriculum is designed to develop students that are able to be successful in a range of pathways beyond school and as successful 21st-century learners both during their time at the ASMS and beyond.

Assessments throughout the Truth and Perception Central Study are assessed against the Australian Curriculum Achievement Standards for Year 10 students and against Stage 1 Performance Standards from Essential Mathematics, English, Scientific Studies for Year 11 students.