Drouin Secondary College - Course Selection

11 VCE Biology (11SBI1)

The Course

Unit 1: How do living things stay alive? In this unit students are introduced to some of the challenges to an organism in sustaining life. Students examine the cell as the structural and functional unit of life and the requirements for sustaining cellular processes. They analyse types of adaptations that enhance the organisms survival in a particular environment and consider the role homeostatic mechanisms play in maintaining the internal environment. Students investigate the inter-relatedness of organisms and their environments. Students consider how organisms are classified and the factors that affect the growth of a population.

Unit 2: How is continuity of life maintained? In this unit students focus on cell reproduction and the transmission of biological information from generation to generation.  They examine the process of DNA replication andexplore cell division. Students explore the mechanisms of asexual and sexual reproductive strategies, and consider the advantages and disadvantages of each. The role of stem cells in the differentiation, growth, repair and replacement of cells in humans is examined, and their potential use in medical therapies is considered.

Unit 1 Topics

Area of study 1 How do organisms function? (Scientific Process, Cells, Energy Transormations, Body Systems)

Area of Study 2 How do living systems sustain life? (Homeostasis, Ecology)

Area of Study 3 Practical investigation on one or more of the above topics.

Unit 2 Topics

Area of Study 1 How does reproduction maintain the continuity of life? (Cell Cycle and Cell Replication, Stem Cells, Sexual and Asexual Reproduction)

Area of Study 2 How is inheritance explained?(DNA, Genes, Patterns of Inheritance)

Area of Study 3 Investigation of an issue.

Learning and Assessment Activities

Unit 1: For Outcomes 1 and 2, SACs are selected from a wide range of tasks including practical work, field work and tests. Outcome 3 requires student to design an investigation and report upon it appropriately.

Unit 2: For Outcomes 1 and 2, SACs are selected from a wide range of tasks, including practical work, fieldwork and tests. Outcome 3 is assessed via a report of an investigation into genetics and/or reproductive science using an appropriate format, for example, digital presentation, oral communication or written report.

These units lead to

VCE Unit 3 and 4 Biology University studies in Life sciences, pharmacology, physiothrapy, paramedics, nursing, medical and bioigical science.

Special considerations

There are no prerequisites for entry to Units 1, 2 and 3. Students must undertake Unit 3 prior to undertaking Unit 4. It is highly recommended that students complete units 1 and 2 before undertaking Unit 3 & 4.

Costs involved

Edrolo online required software $30 per year (for two units)

Excursion approx $20

Materials required

Text Book and workbook, writing book, USB and Netbook.

For further information see...

See Mr Dowty or Mrs Dorian

Study design link

VCAA Study Guide http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Documents/vce/biology/BiologySD-2016.pdf