Subject Details - Stage 2 Biology

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SACE StageSACE Stage 2
SACE Credits20 credits
Curriculum AreaScience
Subject Length2 semesters
Contact PersonMs. Felicia Harding
DescriptionThe study of Biology is constructed around inquiry into and application of understanding the diversity of life as it has evolved, the structure and function of living things, and how they interact with their own and other species and their environments.
Students investigate biological systems and their interactions, from the perspectives of energy, control, structure and function, change, and exchange in microscopic cellular structures and processes, through to macroscopic ecosystem dynamics. These investigations allow students to extend the skills, knowledge, and understanding that enable them to explore and explain everyday observations, find solutions to biological issues and problems, and understand how biological science impacts on their lives, society, and the environment.
They apply their understanding of the interconnectedness of biological systems to evaluate the impact of human activity on the natural world.
In their study of Biology, students inquire into and explain biological phenomena and draw evidence-based conclusions from their investigations into biology-related issues, developments, and innovations.
Students explore the dynamic nature of biological science and the complex ways in which science interacts with society, to think critically and creatively about possible scientific approaches to solving everyday and complex problems and challenges. They explore how biologists work with other scientists to develop new understanding and insights, and produce innovative solutions to problems and challenges in local, national, and global contexts, and apply their learning from these approaches to their own scientific thinking.
In Biology, students integrate and apply a range of understanding, inquiry, and scientific thinking skills that encourage and inspire them to contribute their own solutions to current and future problems and challenges.
TopicsThe topics for Stage 2 Biology are:
• Topic 1: DNA and Proteins
• Topic 2: Cells as the Basis of Life
• Topic 3: Homeostasis
• Topic 4: Evolution
In this subject, students are expected to:
• apply science inquiry skills to design and conduct biological investigations, using appropriate procedures and safe,
• ethical working practices
• obtain, record, represent, analyse, and interpret the results of biological investigations
• evaluate procedures and results, and analyse evidence to formulate and justify conclusions
• develop and apply knowledge and understanding of biological concepts in new and familiar contexts
• explore and understand science as a human endeavour
• communicate knowledge and understanding of biological concepts and information, using appropriate terms,
conventions, and representations.
AssessmentThe following assessment types enable students to demonstrate their learning in Stage 2 Biology:
School Assessment (70%)
• Assessment Type 1: Investigations Folio (30%)
Practical Investigations
Science as a Human Endeavour (SHE) Investigation
• Assessment Type 2: Skills and Applications Tasks (40%)
External Assessment (30%)
• Assessment Type 3: Examination (30%).
Students should provide evidence of their learning through eight to ten assessments, including the external assessment component. Students undertake:
• at least three practical investigations, and one SHE investigation for the folio
• at least three skills and applications tasks
• one examination.
Relationship To Further StudyAn understanding of Biology would be of assistance in any general or science-related further study, including: medical research, veterinary science, food and marine sciences, agriculture, biotechnology, environmental rehabilitation, biosecurity, quarantine, conservation, and ecotourism.
PrerequisitesStudents must have successfully completed Stage 1 Biology with a C grade or better. Application for enrolment may occur for students that have successfully completed an equivalent Stage 1 Science subject and a meeting with Ms Felicia Harding must be held.
CostsStudents will need to purchase a copy of the SASTA Revision Guide which can be purchased through the school at the beginning of the school year.