Subject Details - Stage 1 Biology A

SACE StageSACE Stage 1
SACE Credits10 credits
Subject Length1 semester
DescriptionThe study of Biology is constructed around inquiry into and application of understanding the diversity of life as it has evolved, the structure and function of living things, and how they interact with their own and other species and their environments.
Students investigate biological systems and their interactions, from the perspectives of energy, control, structure and function, change, and exchange in microscopic cellular structures and processes, through to macroscopic ecosystem dynamics. Studies in Biology enable students to understand the structure and function of living things and how these living things interact with other members of their own species, with other species, and with their environments.

The investigations allow students to extend their skills, knowledge, and understanding that enable them to explore and explain everyday observations, find solutions to biological issues and problems, and understand how biological science impacts on their lives, society, and the environment. They apply their understanding of the interconnectedness of biological systems to evaluate the impact of human activity on the natural world. Students have the opportunity to engage with the work of classical and modern biologists and to examine how biology impacts on our lives, society and the environment.
In Biology, students integrate and apply a range of understanding, inquiry, and scientific thinking skills that encourage and inspire them to contribute their own solutions to current and future problems and challenges.
The topics for Stage 1 Biology are: Cells and Microorganisms, Infectious Disease, Multicellular Organisms, and Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics. Science inquiry skills, knowledge, and understanding and science as a human endeavour skills are interwoven through their studies. 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.
Subject OutcomesEach semester course is divided into 2 units. The units will vary depending upon the student cohort and current developments in Biology. At the end of the course students will have an increased knowledge of fundamental Biological theory and current applications of Biology, an increased awareness of 'social issues' surrounding some applications and an understanding. Learning will focus on cell physiology and ecosystems and possible topics covered could include: Classification of Living Things, Cells & Cancer, Body Systems, Disease, Forensic Biology, Biotechnology, Reproduction and Plant Studies.
Assumed KnowledgeIt is highly recommended that students will have successfully completed year 10 science. This ensures that the students have the background skills necessary for this subject.
AssessmentAssessment consists of the following components:
•Component 1: Investigations Folio (60%)
•Component 2: Skills and Applications Tasks (40%)
Assessment may involve Tests, Practical Reports, Investigations, Issue Investigations and Assignments.
Additional InformationCompletion of Biology A and/or B is not compulsory for students intending to study Biology at Stage 2. Completion of one or both of these units will provide students with knowledge and skills useful for completing Biology at Stage 2. There may be excursions, which will incur a small charge.