On completion of this subject students should be able to:
Semester 1 first introduces students to the scientific process and the general biological principles that govern all living organisms. Concepts dealt with include the structure and function of cells, photosynthesis and respiration, genetics, evolution and classification.
In Semester 2, the structure and function of the tissues, organs and organ systems in both flowering plants and humans are studied. This allows an appreciation of the complexity of organisms. Ecology, and the relationship of living organisms to their environment, is also examined. This includes the concepts of population distribution, biotic and abiotic factors and ecological succession. A field trip to Stradbroke Island is designed to emphasize and illustrate major habitats, life zones, and ecological principles. There is also a brief introduction to Animal Behaviour.
This subject teaches to and assesses students on their competence in respect of the following units of competency:
In addition, students' work is graded in accordance with the following table:
|Assessment ||Assessment Task||Weighting (% of overall mark)|
|Internet Research Task|
|Semester One Unit Tests (x3)|
|Semester One Examination|
|Assessment||Assessment Task||Weighting (% of overall mark)|
|Mid-Semester Examination (S2)|
|Semester Two Examination|