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Year 11: Senior Science

Activity name: Assessing human impact on the local environment

Grade Student work samples
Grade A Mel
Grade B Payton Courtney
Grade C Harley
Grade D Chris
Grade E Mike

Description of activity

You have worked individually and/or as part of a team to gather and collate data/information from a range of sources to:

  • select and use an appropriate medium to summarise your findings about the use of the local environment over the last 50 years, including listing correctly acknowledged information sources
  • conduct a survey and summarise the views and concerns of residents about human impact in the local area.

The collated data/information from your investigations will be used in this open book assessment activity. Construct a table to summarise the range of concerns and views about human impacts on the local area and your assessment of how each has affected the local environment using relevant scientific concepts/ideas.


Students have been studying Module 8.5 Local Environment of the Senior Science Preliminary course. In class time during the unit students have investigated the effects of human activities on the local environment and conducted a survey to obtain the views of local residents about the impacts of human activity. They have researched a range of secondary sources to trace the use of the local environment during the last 50 years and summarised their findings using an appropriate medium (eg timeline, photographic narrative, a two-minute video or Powerpoint). The teacher has monitored and provided feedback to the students on their progress in accessing, gathering and collating data/information.

Area(s) of learning

Knowledge and understanding of:

  • the implications for society and the environment
  • internal and external environments

Skills in:

  • communicating information and understanding
  • developing scientific thinking and problem-solving techniques


A student:

  • P4 identifies applications of science that affect society and the environment
  • P7 explains relationships between organisms in the environment
  • P13 identifies appropriate terminology and reporting styles to communicate information and understanding in science
  • P14 draws valid conclusions from gathered data and information

Criteria for assessing learning

(These criteria would normally be communicated to students with the activity.)

Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • construct an appropriate table that demonstrates relationships in the summarised data/information 
  • synthesise data/information to relate cause and effect
  • assess how human activities have impacted on the local area
  • present information clearly and logically, correctly using scientific concepts/ideas.
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