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Life Sciences Grade 12

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‘Life Sciences’ is the scientific study of living things from molecular level to their interactions with one another and
their environments. To be accepted as a science, it is necessary to use certain methods for broadening existing
knowledge, or discovering new things. These methods must lend themselves to replication and a systematic approach
to scientific inquiry. The methods include formulating hypotheses and carrying out investigations and experiments as
objectively as possible to test these hypotheses. Repeated investigations are carried out and adapted. The methods
and results are analysed, evaluated and debated before the community of scientists accepts them as valid.
Knowledge production in science is an ongoing endeavour that usually happens gradually but, occasionally, knowledge
and insights take a leap forward as new knowledge, or a new theory, replaces what was previously accepted. As
with all knowledge, scientific knowledge changes over time as scientists improve their knowledge and understanding
and as people change their views of the world around them. Scientific investigations are mostly about things that
are poorly understood or not understood at all. Scientists are frequently involved in debates and disagreements. As
more people take on such investigations, they tend to reach consensus about the ways in which the world works. The
science theory that is taught in schools has been tested and is generally accepted. A good teacher will inform learners
of debates and arguments among the scientists who were the first to investigate a phenomenon.
Scientists continue to explore the unknown. They tackle questions to which no-one has definite answers, such as:
‘Why is the climate changing?’; ‘What is causing the universe to expand?’; ‘What causes the Earth’s magnetic field
to change?’; and ‘What, exactly, is the human mind?’. No one knows for sure

By studying and learning about Life Sciences, learners will develop:

• their knowledge of key biological concepts, processes, systems and theories;

• an ability to critically evaluate and debate scientific issues and processes;

• greater awareness of the ways in which biotechnology and knowledge of Life Sciences have benefited

humankind;

• an understanding of the ways in which humans have impacted negatively on the environment and organisms

living in it;

• a deep appreciation of the unique diversity of past and present biomes in Southern Africa and the importance

of conservation;

• an awareness of what it means to be a responsible citizen in terms of the environment and life-style choices

that they make;

• an awareness of South African scientists’ contributions;

• scientific skills and ways of thinking scientifically that enable them to see the flaws in pseudo-science in

popular media; and

• a level of academic and scientific literacy that enables them to read, talk about, write and think about biological

processes, concepts and investigations.

 

Course Curriculum

Term 1: Life Sciences Grade 12
Life Sciences Grade 12 | Strand 1: Life at Molecular, Cellular and Tissue Level FREE 00:00:00
CAPS for FET Phase in Life Sciences Grade 12 | Strand 1: Life at Molecular, Cellular and Tissue Level
Life Sciences Grade 12 | DNA: The Code of Life FREE 00:15:00
CAPS for FET Phase in Life Sciences Grade 12 | DNA: The Code of Life
Life Sciences Grade 12 | Meiosis FREE 00:15:00
CAPS for FET Phase in Life Sciences Grade 12 | Meiosis
Life Sciences Grade 12 | Strand 2: Life Processes in Plants and Animals FREE 00:15:00
CAPS for FET Phase in Life Sciences Grade 12 | Strand 2: Life Processes in Plants and Animals
Life Sciences Grade 12 | Reproduction in Vertebrates FREE 00:15:00
CAPS for FET Phase in Life Sciences Grade 12 | Reproduction in Vertebrates
Life Sciences Grade 12 | Human Reproduction FREE 00:15:00
CAPS for FET Phase in Life Sciences Grade 12 | Human Reproduction
Life Sciences Grade 12 | Assessment FREE 00:15:00
CAPS for FET Phase in Life Sciences Grade 12 | Assessment
Term 2: Life Sciences Grade 12
Life Sciences Grade 12 | Strand 1: Life at Molecular, Cellular and Tissue Level (continued); and Strand 4: Diversity, Change and Continuity FREE 00:15:00
CAPS for FET Phase in Life Sciences Grade 12 | Strand 1: Life at Molecular, Cellular and Tissue Level (continued); and Strand 4: Diversity, Change and Continuity
Life Sciences Grade 12 | Genetics and Inheritance FREE 00:15:00
CAPS for FET Phase in Life Sciences Grade 12 | Genetics and Inheritance
Life Sciences Grade 12 | Strand 2: Life Processes in Plants and Animals (continued) FREE 00:15:00
CAPS for FET Phase in Life Sciences Grade 12 | Strand 2: Life Processes in Plants and Animals (continued)
Life Sciences Grade 12 | Responding to the Environment: Humans FREE 00:15:00
CAPS for FET Phase in Life Sciences Grade 12 | Responding to the Environment: Humans
Life Sciences Grade 12 | Assessment FREE 00:15:00
CAPS for FET Phase in Life Sciences Grade 12 | Assessment
Term 3: Life Sciences Grade 12
Life Sciences Grade 12 | Strand 2:Life Processes in Plants and Animals (Continued) FREE 00:15:00
CAPS for Phase in Life Sciences Grade 12 | Strand 2:Life Processes in Plants and Animals (Continued)
Life Sciences Grade 12 | Human Endocrine System FREE 00:15:00
CAPS for FET Phase in Life Sciences Grade 12 | Human Endocrine System
Life Sciences Grade 12 | Homeostasis in Humans FREE 00:15:00
CAPS for FET Phase in Life Sciences Grade 12 | Homeostasis in Humans
Life Sciences Grade 12 | Responding to the Environment: Plants FREE 00:15:00
Life Sciences Grade 12 | Strand 4: Diversity, Change and Continuity (continued): FREE 00:15:00
CAPS for FET Phase Life Sciences Grade 12 | Strand 4: Diversity, Change and Continuity (continued):
Life Sciences Grade 12 | Evolution by Natural Selection FREE 00:15:00
CAPS for FET Phase Life Sciences Grade 12 | Evolution by Natural Selection
Life Sciences Grade 12 | Human Evolution FREE 00:15:00
CAPS for FET Phase Life Sciences Grade 12 | Human Evolution
Life Sciences Grade 12 | Assessment FREE 00:15:00
CAPS for FET Phase in Life Sciences Grade 12 | Assessment
Term 4: Life Sciences Grade 12
Life Sciences Grade 12 | Strand 4: Diversity, Change and Continuity (continued) FREE 00:15:00
CAPS for FET Phase in Life Sciences Grade 12 | Strand 4: Diversity, Change and Continuity (continued)
Life Sciences Grade 12 | Human Evolution: continued FREE 00:15:00
CAPS for FET Phase in Life Sciences Grade 12 | Human Evolution: continued
Life Sciences Grade 12 | Assessment: 2 x 2½ hour exams: Paper 1 and Paper 2 (topics specified) FREE 00:15:00
CAPS for FET Phase in Life Sciences Grade 12 | Assessment: 2 x 2½ hour exams: Paper 1 and Paper 2 (topics specified)