In Biodiversity students explore the origin, development and diversity of life on planet Earth. There is a particular focus on the understanding of these events in relation to the interruptions and changes brought about by man’s impact. One component of the course is working in the field to experience and develop an understanding of the work of a field scientist. There is also a major focus on understanding genetic inheritance and the role played in the development of difference and variety amongst living organisms.
Biodiversity gives students the opportunity to explore the depictions and relationship man has with nature through an exploration of poetry dating from before the Industrial Revolution to the Modern Era.
Biodiversity is a powerful combination of ecology, biology, geology, geography, philosophy, genetics and literacy.
There is a fertile question that guides the curriculum delivered in Biodiversity. The fertile question is: Should humanity control diversity?
The Biodiversity curriculum has been developed in a flexible way to provide the opportunity for students to make choices about their own learning needs. There are key objectives and requirements that all students are expected to meet that are evident in all curriculum choices.
Concepts covered in Biodiversity include:
- Scientific Investigations; their design, performance and reporting
- Analysis of poetry texts
- Scientific and medical ethics
This course is a part of the ASMS Central Study curriculum. All students study it as part of the 2-year Central Study Curriculum. The curriculum is designed to develop students that are able to be successful in a range of pathways beyond school and as successful 21st-century learners both during their time at the ASMS and beyond.
The Biodiversity Central Study is offered as Year 10 or Stage 1 Scientific Studies (10 credits) as well as part of Year 10 or Stage 1 English/EALD (10 credits).