Subject Code: 1BGYB
Length of course: Semester
Credit points: 10 points
Recommended Background: Satisfactory completion of Year 10 Science

Course Outline:
Science inquiry skills and science as a human endeavour are integral to students’ learning in this subject and are interwoven through their study of science understanding, which is organised into four topics. Through the study of these topics, students extend their understanding of the nature of living things, as well as of the interactions of those living things with members of the same species, members of other species, and the environment.

Topics included:
Students will cover the following topics:
  • Multicellular Organisms: Students examine the structure and function of various multicellular organisms, which could include the investigation of human, insect, and/or plant systems. Students examine the hierarchical structure of organisms and look at the arrangement and characteristics of cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems. Students consider the structure and function of various organ systems in human beings and other species, including specific attributes of the circulatory, respiratory, excretory, and digestive systems in animals. Plants are also studied with consideration of growth, the role of photosynthesis and the way that materials are transported throughout the plant. Students develop an understanding of how biotechnology has contributed to not only the understanding of how systems within multicellular organism function together but also how it has enabled new development of medical treatments based on genetic factors.
  • Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics: In this topic, students investigate diverse ecosystems, exploring the range of biotic and abiotic components to understand the dynamics, diversity, and underlying unity of these systems. They investigate ecosystem dynamics, including interactions within and between species, and interactions between abiotic and biotic components of ecosystems. Students use classification keys to identify organisms, describe the biodiversity in ecosystems, and investigate patterns in relationships between species. When undertaking fieldwork, students individually and/or collaboratively collect first-hand data and experience interactions in local ecosystems. To understand the interconnectedness of organisms, the physical environment, and human activity, students analyse and interpret data collected through investigation of a local environment and from sources relating to other Australian, regional, and/or global environments.

  • Skills and Application tasks 60%
  • Investigation Folio 40%

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