The study of Biology involves students investigating and learning about the structure and function of a range of living organisms, how they interact with other living things and how they interact with their environment. Ultimately, students develop their skills in explaining the living world around us and how it functions, from the level of molecules to biospheres.
Students will take three key perspectives to understand the living world. Namely, knowledge and understanding of living organisms and their interactions; scientific skills to support using qualitative and quantitative methods to discover information about living organisms and their interactions, and the complementary roles of science and society in further developing and understanding the applications of such knowledge.
Biology consists of the following four topics. Each one is considered through the perspectives of knowledge, investigation skills, and science as a human endeavour.
- DNA and Proteins
- Cells as the Basis of Life
Biological knowledge is often assumed in various career pathways, including environmental studies, medical and health sciences and other ancillary health fields. Students of Biology are better informed about the ways in which daily life is affected by biological phenomena, which contributes to their ability to live and work as reflective citizens.
Biology is a 20-credit subject in Stage 2 and can be used in calculating a student’s ATAR. The assessment has three components:
- Skills and Applications Tasks (40%)
- Investigation Tasks (30%)
- External Exam (30%)
Students provide evidence for their assessment through 3 or 4 Skills and Applications Tasks, 2 or 3 practical reports, 1 or 2 Science as a Human Endeavour Tasks, and via the exam.
The school provides a laboratory setting and a range of chemicals and equipment used to facilitate learning and complete assessments. Students are required to have access to a computer to support engagement with learning activities and online resources. A laptop is desirable but school desktop computers are available in the learning spaces. Students also have access to a textbook throughout the year to support their learning.