Biology Units 1 & 2

This subject is all about studying living things. Students will discuss different cells, and how cells operate to complete processes such as photosynthesis and cellular respiration. Students look at ecosystems and adaptations. Students look at different types of reproduction and different genetic tests. They close the year with investigating genetic engineering and how it is changing our world.

Area of Study

  • How do living things stay alive
  • How do living systems sustain life
  • Student led investigation
  • How does reproduction allow the continuation of life
  • How is inheritance explained
  • Investigating a genetic issue

Assessment

Internal assessments include practical investigations, a report on fieldwork conducted at Cranbourne Botanical Gardens, an investigation of a genetic issue. All of these assessments are recorded and maintained in a comprehensive logbook.

Previous Experience/Prerequisites

A satisfactory completion of year 10 science, with an emphasis on biology and chemistry.

Future Pathways

Leads on to Unit 3 and 4 Biology. Careers involving biology include scientific research, medicine/nursing, veterinary science, working with animals in the zoo or the aquarium.

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Biology Units 3 and 4

This subject is all about studying living things. Students will discuss the different biochemical processes both within a cell and between cells. They review the immune system and how the body responds to different pathogens. Students look at how species have changed over time and discuss the social and ethical issues related to genetic technologies.

Area of Study

  • How do cellular processes work?
  • How do cells communicate
  • How are species related
  • How do humans impact on biological processes
  • Practical Investigation

Assessment

Unit 3 assessments comprise 16% of the total biology mark
Unit 4 assessments comprise 24% of the total biology mark
An external examination comprises 60% of the total biology mark.

Previous Experience/Prerequisites

A satisfactory completion of Biology Unit 1 & 2 is strongly recommended

Future Pathways

Careers involving biology include scientific research, medicine/nursing, veterinary science, working with animals in the zoo or the aquarium.

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