What is Biology all about?
The study of Biology explores the diversity of life as it has evolved over time, and considers how living organisms function and interact. It explores the processes of life, from the molecular world of the cell to that of the whole organism, and examines how life forms maintain and ensure their continuity.
This study enables students to:
- Develop knowledge and understanding of key biological models, theories and concepts – from the cell to the whole organism
- Examine the interconnectedness of organisms, their relationship to their environmental context and the consequences of biological change over time, including the impact of human endeavours on the biological processes of species
- Understand the cooperative, cumulative, evolutionary and interdisciplinary nature of science as a human endeavour, including its possibilities, limitations and political and sociocultural influences
- Develop a range of individual and collaborative science investigation skills through experimental and inquiry tasks in the field and in the laboratory
- Develop an informed perspective on contemporary science-based issues of local and global significance
- Apply their scientific understanding to familiar and unfamiliar situations, including personal, social, environmental and technological contexts
- Develop attitudes that include curiosity, open-mindedness, creativity, flexibility, integrity, attention to detail and respect for evidence-based conclusions
- Understand and apply the research, ethical and safety principles that govern the study and practice of the discipline in the collection, analysis, critical evaluation and reporting of data
- Communicate clearly and accurately an understanding of the discipline using appropriate terminology, conventions and formats
The study is made up of four units.
Unit 1: How do organisms regulate their functions?
Unit 2: How does inheritance impact on diversity?
Unit 3: How do cells maintain life?
Unit 4: How does life change and respond to challenges over time?
There are no prerequisites for entry to Units 1, 2 and 3. However, students who enter the study at Unit 3 may need to do preparatory work based on Unit 1 and Unit 2, as specified by the teacher. Students must undertake Unit 3 prior to undertaking Unit 4.
Demonstrated achievement of the set of outcomes specified for the unit.
Levels of Achievement
Units 1 and 2
School-based assessment consisting of coursework, assessment tasks and an exam
Units 3 and 4
- Unit 3 school-assessed coursework: 20 %
- Unit 4 school-assessed coursework: 30%
- End-of-year examination: 50 %