WHAT IS LIFE SCIENCE
The subject Life Science involves the systematic study of life in the natural and human-made environment. The study focuses on the understanding of basic life processes and the interrelationship and interdependence of components of the living and physical world. It develops the skills of scientific enquiry, problem-solving, critical thinking and application of knowledge and develops attitudes and values that contribute to the learners’ development as responsible citizens.
Life Sciences draw from such disciplines as Botany, Zoology, Genetics, Physiology and Ecology.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF LIFE SCIENCES?
The purpose of Life Sciences is to enable the learners to:
- Explore those concepts that are essential for understanding life processes
- Explore the interrelationship and interdependence of components of
the living and the physical world
- Develop inquiry, problem-solving, critical thinking and other skills
to interpret and use the Life Sciences’ concepts in explaining phenomena
- Apply scientific knowledge in their personal lives
- Apply scientific knowledge as responsible citizens in ways that contribute to a healthy life style and sustainable management of resources
- Develop an understanding of the nature of science, the influence of ethics and biases, and the interrelationship of science, technology, indigenous knowledge, environment and society.
The Learning outcomes for the Life Sciences are achieved in the four main knowledge areas:
- Environmental studies
- Diversity, change and continuity
- Tissues, cells and molecular studies
- Structures and control of processes in basic life systems.