• Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia (PIEFA)

Year 11 Earth and Environmental Science Depth Study – Module 1: Scientific Models

Year 11 Earth and Environmental Science Depth Study – Module 1: Scientific Models

Models are being used in many areas of the forestry industry to improve outcomes in areas such as yield, environmental impacts, assessment of carbon capture and predicting continued sustainability in climate change conditions.

This three part series aims to highlight the importance of modeling in science and can be used to target the requirements of the NESA Depth Study.

Module 1 – explores teacher centered modeling of the outcomes of the Theory of Evidence for Plate Tectonics and also includes a case study on the use of modeling within the production of forestry materials. Included in the module, is a sequence of activities about models and also a scaffold for students to assess their understanding of theory comparing the strategies of learning via predominately text based data with that of their teacher’s use of models.

Module 2- targets the skills of students teaching using modeling based on the content outcomes of plate boundaries.

Module 3 – is based on the outcomes of gaining a knowledge and understanding of the causes of salinity and erosion and rehabilitation of these areas with a focus on forestry solutions and case studies.



Sustainability, Forestry, Fossils, Modelling, Models, Plate tectonics, Rock layers, Rock strata, Rocks, Scientific applications, Tectonics