Biology (Units 1 & 2) ATAR

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Course Code:
University Pathway
Science B grade / Exam 60%
Course Description:
Biology is the study of the fascinating diversity of life as it has evolved and as it interacts and functions. Investigation of biological systems and their interactions, from cellular processes to ecosystem dynamics, has led to biological knowledge and understanding that enable us to explore and explain everyday observations, find solutions to biological issues, and understand the processes of biological continuity and change over time. Living systems are all interconnected and interact at a variety of spatial and temporal scales, from the molecular level to the ecosystem level. Investigation of living systems involves classification of key components within the system, and analysis of how those components interact, particularly with regard to the movement of matter and the transfer and transformation of energy within and between systems.
Analysis of the ways living systems change over time involves understanding of the factors that impact on the system, and investigation of system mechanisms to respond to 27 internal and external changes and ensure continuity of the system. The theory of evolution by natural selection is critical to explaining these patterns and processes in biology, and underpins the study of all living systems.  Australian, regional and global communities rely on the biological sciences to understand, address and successfully manage environmental, health and sustainability challenges facing society in the twenty-first century.  These include the biosecurity and resilience of ecosystems, the health and well-being of organisms and their populations, and the sustainability of biological resources. Students use their understanding of the interconnectedness of biological systems when evaluating both the impact of human activity and the strategies proposed to address major biological challenges now and in the future in local, national and global contexts.
This course explores ways in which scientists work collaboratively and individually in a range of integrated fields to increase understanding of an ever-expanding body of biological knowledge. Students develop their investigative, analytical and communication skills through field, laboratory and research investigations of living systems and through critical   evaluation of the development, ethics, applications and influences of contemporary biological knowledge in a range of contexts.
Course Assessment:
Science Inquiry, Practical & Investigation - 30%
Extended Response - 10%
Tests - 20%
Examinations - 40%
Note – A detailed assessment statement will be provided to students at the commencement of the course
Further Study:
Year 12 Biology (Units 3 & 4) ATAR
Additional Information:
Understanding of biological concepts is relevant to a range of careers, including those in medical, veterinary, food and marine sciences, agriculture, biotechnology, environmental rehabilitation, biosecurity, quarantine, conservation and eco-tourism.