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Assessment Schedule Biological Science 2012

Type

Assessment Item/Content

Weighting

Outcome

  1     2     3

Tests/Examinations (50%)

Scientific method (2A/B)

Cell structure & function (2A)

Adaptations (2A)

Populations and communities (2B)

Reproduction and survival (2B)

Semester One examination

Semester Two examination

5%

5%

5%

5%

5%

10%

15%

  þ

        þ

        þ

        þ

              þ

   þ   þ    þ

   þ   þ    þ

Extended Response (25%)

Assignment on Zoo excursion

Adaptations of mammalian digestive system

Examine a controversial biotechnology

Scientific Article response

5%

7%

7%

6%

        þ    þ

        þ

        þ

        þ

Investigation & Fieldwork (25%)

Enzyme efficiency investigation

Designing a dichotomous key lab

Factors affecting population size

Flower dissection

ECU/Yellagonga Fieldwork (report on ecosystems)

4%

4%

5%

5%

7%

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Biological Science Course 2A

The focus for this unit is adaptations for survival. Adaptations help solve the problems of meeting the requirements of cells through the structure and function of organisms and their body systems. Students develop an understanding that ecosystems are formed by communities of organisms interacting with one another and the surrounding environment and that ecosystems vary from place to place. Organisms can be classified according to their relatedness. Students will explore cell processes such as photosynthesis and respiration when considering the roles autotrophic and heterotrophic organisms in the cycling of matter and the flow of energy in ecosystems.


Biological Science Course 2B

The focus for this unit is patterns of change. Students understand the interrelationships between organisms in determining the factors that affect population dynamics. Students will observe that many organisms have recognisably different developmental stages in their life cycles with characteristics that can be related to their ways of life and habitats. Students understand the genetic basis of heredity, with DNA being the genetic material and the gene as the unit of inheritance. They will examine patterns of inheritance and the influence of the environment to explain variations between individuals and generations of organisms.

Integrated Science encourages students to be questioning, reflective and critical thinkers about scientific issues. This course is based on a holistic view of science knowledge and starts with the problems and issues that are important to young people. It draws on the traditional disciplines of science, such as biology, chemistry, geology and physics, as well as less traditional areas, such as forensic science and biotechnology, as a resource to enable students to investigate issues that are interesting and relevant in a modern world.

Integrated Science Course 1A/1B

In each of the two stage 1 units, the focus for learning is the practice of science, general knowledge of factual content in biological, physical and environmental/earth science and an understanding of the impact of science on the world in which students live.

Integrated Science Overview

Biological Science Overview

Below you will find the course outlines for the various Senior School Courses of Study. To access resources for each course, please select that subject from the drop down menu above and you will be redirected to that specific webpage.

Senior School Gateway