Senior Biology

11 Biology

During Semester 1 the Year 11 Biology program includes Disease and Epidemiology and Ecology units. Students examined how diseases affect our bodies and how our bodies resist and react to infection. This culminates in an oral presentation on a particular disease. The Ecology unit, explores various aspects including interactions between organisms, adaptations, energy transfer, nutrient cycles, population dynamics and human influences on the environment. This culminates with students writing a popular science article about whether the Australian Government should fund fertilising oceans with iron to prevent global warming.

During Semester 2, Year 11 Biology students examine photosynthesis and the various factors that affect the rate of photosynthesis. This unit culminates in the students performing their own extended experimental investigation on factors that affect photosynthesis. Students also study Neuroscience which encompasses how nerves work, anatomy of the brain and the in depth biology of how we see, hear and taste.

12 Biology

During Semester 1, the Year 12 Biology program includes Reproduction, Growth and Development and Genetics and Molecular Biology units.

Reproduction, Growth and Development and Genetics  
The unique processes of biological growth and reproduction are characteristics of life. They are crucial in ensuring the continuity of the species. Reproduction can either be sexual or asexual. An understanding of the structure and function of the human reproductive system is necessary for an awareness of the potential consequences of scientific and technological development which allow intervention in the human reproductive cycle.

Genetics and Molecular Biology
The ability of organisms to store and pass on genetic information from one generation to another is essential for the survival of the species. A variety of processes occur when the cell replicates and uses this genetic information. Recently, the ability to introduce foreign genes into a species has generated the promise of increased production and nutritional value of crops and even genetic ‘design’ of humans. These new techniques have also sparked intense debate of the ethical dilemmas faced by scientists.

During Semester 2 the Year 12 Biology program includes Human Physiology and Human evolution units.

Human Physiology
These days more and more athletes are pushing their bodies to extremes of endurance in their chosen sport. Along with this a multi million dollar industry focused on preventing dehydration, the rapid delivery of glycogen during activity, recovery drinks and muscle development supplements. Following exploring the systems involved in assisting the body to cope with prolonged high effort exercise and the concept of Homeostasis, students will then individually conduct an extended experimental investigation relevant to the topics introduced.

Human Evolution
Human evolution, or anthropogenesis, is the origin and evolution of Homo sapiens as a distinct species from other hominids, great apes and placental mammals. The study of human evolution encompasses many scientific disciplines, including physical anthropology, primatology, archaeology, linguistics and genetics.

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