The Life Sciences Grade 12 practical investigation is a research project that involves planning, conducting, and reporting on an original scientific investigation. The investigation should demonstrate your ability to identify a research question, design and carry out an appropriate experimental or observational procedure, collect and analyze data, and draw conclusions based on your findings.
The practical investigation should follow the following general steps:
- Choose a research question: Identify a research question that is relevant to the Life Sciences curriculum and that interests you.
- Plan the investigation: Develop a detailed plan for carrying out the investigation, including identifying the variables to be studied, selecting appropriate methods and materials, and designing a data collection strategy.
- Conduct the investigation: Carry out the investigation according to your plan, making sure to collect accurate and reliable data.
- Analyze the data: Use appropriate statistical and analytical methods to analyze the data you have collected.
- Draw conclusions: Based on your analysis of the data, draw conclusions that answer your research question and that are supported by your findings.
- Report the investigation: Write a report that describes your investigation, including the research question, the methods and materials used, the data collected, the analysis and conclusions, and any limitations or future directions for the research.
The practical investigation is an opportunity to demonstrate your ability to apply the scientific method and to communicate scientific findings effectively. It is important to plan carefully, carry out the investigation accurately, and report your findings clearly and concisely.