Biology (Units 3 & 4) - ATAR

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Course Code:
University Pathway
C grade or above in Biology (Units 1 & 2) - ATAR
Course Description:

The Biology ATAR course aims to develop students’:

  • sense of wonder and curiosity about life and respect for all living things and the environment
  • understanding of how biological systems interact and are interrelated; the flow of matter and energy through and between these systems; and the processes by which they persist and change
  • understanding of major biological concepts, theories and models related to biological systems at all scales, from subcellular processes to ecosystem dynamics
  • appreciation of how biological knowledge has developed over time and continues to develop; how scientists use biology in a wide range of applications; and how biological knowledge influences society in local, regional and global contexts
  • ability to plan and carry out fieldwork, laboratory and other research investigations, including the collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data and the interpretation of evidence
  • ability to use sound, evidence‐based arguments creatively and analytically when evaluating claims and applying biological knowledge
  • ability to communicate biological understanding, findings, arguments and conclusions using appropriate representations, modes and genres.

Unit 3 – Continuity of species

Students investigate mechanisms of heredity and the ways in which inheritance patterns can be explained, modelled and predicted; they connect these patterns to population dynamics and apply the theory of evolution by natural selection in order to examine changes in populations.

Unit 4 – Surviving in a changing environment

Students investigate system change and continuity in response to changing external conditions and pathogens; they investigate homeostasis and the transmission and impact of infectious disease; and they consider the factors that encourage or reduce the spread of infectious disease at the population level.

Course Assessment:
Science Enquiry - 20%
Extended Response - 10%
Tests - 20%
Examinations - 50%

Note – A detailed assessment statement will be provided to students at the commencement of the course.
Additional Information:

Many career opportunities exist in the Biological area including: parks and botanical gardens, zoos, ecotourism, viticulture, forestry, agriculture, aquaculture, quarantine, veterinary medicine, forensic biology, biotechnology, Government fields and research institutions