Course: Biology Category: A
2 units for each of Preliminary and HSC
Board Developed Course Exclusions: Senior Science (Preliminary)
The Preliminary course incorporates the study of the mechanisms and systems living things use to obtain, transport and use material for their own growth and repair; biotic and abiotic features of the environment and the relationships between and interdependence of organisms in an ecosystem; the evolution of life on Earth; and the effects of global changes that took place during the formation of modern Australia on the diversity of Australian biota.
The HSC course builds upon the Preliminary course. It examines the processes and structures that plants and animals, especially humans, have developed to maintain a constant internal environment and the way in which the continuity of life is assumed by the inheritance of characteristics from generation to generation.
Main Topics Covered:
One Option from the following:
· Genetics: The Code Broken
· The Human Story
Particular Course Requirements:
The Preliminary course includes a field study related to local environments. The HSC course may include a field study related to Primates and the Human Story, and Disease. Practical experiences should occupy a minimum of 80 indicative hours across Preliminary and HSC course time with no less than 35 hours in the HSC course.
SKILLS / APTITUDE Important Not so important
Essay writing *
Oral Reporting *
Practical Work *
Working in a group or team *
Public Performance *
Meeting Deadlines *
Assessment HSC Course only