Stage 2 Biology

LENGTH OF COURSE: Full Year

ASSUMED BACKGROUND: Successful Completion of Stage 1 Biology A and B, or B, with a B grade or better, AND / OR Successful Completion of any other Stage 1 Science subject with a B grade or better

CURRICULUM CHARGES:  Nil

CONTENT
Course content will be a selection of the following:

1. DNA and Proteins – understanding of the structure of DNA, the processes involved in the transmission of genetic material, and the influence of environmental conditions on an organisms characteristics
2. Cells as the Basis of Life – understanding of the structure and function of cells as the basis of life, the processes required for cell survival, and the biochemical processes of plant and animal life.
3. Homeostasis – understanding of human body systems as regulators of body processes such as temperature, blood
glucose level, carbon dioxide level and water balance.
4. Evolution – understanding of changes in species as described by the theory of evolution by natural selection, selection pressure, isolation effects and the technologies used to investigate these.

ASSESSMENT TYPES

Investigations Folio [30%]:
Includes practical and Science as a Human Endeavour activities, with written reports
Skills and Applications Tasks [40%]:
Includes supervised tasks and activities, both written and electronic
External Examination [30%]
Electronic examination