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  • Subject: Biology
  • AS: AS 91602
  • Level: 3
  • Credits: 3
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Biology 3.2 Integrate biological knowledge to develop an informed response to a socio-scientific issue

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This standard involves research into an issue. An issue is one for which people hold different opinions or viewpoints. A socio-scientific issue has both biological and social implications. Social implications may be economic, ethical, cultural, or environmental. Examples of socio-scientific issues include:

  • Use of 1080 poison
  • Animal testing of drugs
  • Safe food sources
  • Designer babies
  • Preventive double mastectomy
  • Hormone use in animal growth
  • Genetic manipulation
  • Human cloning
  • Mental illness
  • Prescribed and un-prescribed use of Ritalin - treatment vs. enhancement
  • Global warming
  • Whale harvest

Research will involve finding biological knowledge such as:

  • biological concepts and processes relating to the issue
  • biological and social implications of the issue
  • differing opinions or viewpoints about the issue.

Integrate refers to selecting and collating relevant biological knowledge to develop an informed response. An informed response means to present a personal position on an issue that has been developed through understanding of the biological knowledge.

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