Biology (T)

students at Gungahlin College

Course information

Biology is the study of all living things. In Biology, students develop their understanding of cell function and the major body systems, homeostasis and prevention of disease, genetics and speciation, and finally biodiversity and ecology.

Post-school pathways

Do you enjoy or are you good at Biology? (pdf, 110kb).

Workload expectation

Four hours outside of class per week to complete homework and assignments.

Course pattern

Available as a Minor or Major course. Unit 2 is a pre-requisite for units 3 and 4. Unit 2 only offered in Semester 1.

Suggested Minor course

Semester

Unit

1

Unit 2: Cells and Organisms

2

Unit 4: The Internal Environment

Suggested Major course

Semester

Unit

1

Unit 2: Cells and Organisms

2

Unit 4: The Internal Environment

3

Unit 3: Heredity and Continuity of life

4

Unit 1: Biodiversity and Connectedness

Unit descriptions

Unit 1: Biodiversity and Connectedness

In Unit 1, students examine the classification of life, the dynamics of populations, communities, and ecosystems. Student will then examine the human interactions with ecosystems in an Australian context.

Unit 2: Cells and Organisms

In Unit 2, students examine cells, cell function and regulation followed by the use of enzymes in the body. Students will then examine the digestive, circulatory, respiratory, and excretory systems.

Unit 3: Heredity and Continuity of Life

In Unit 3, students examine DNA and genetics including gene expression and heredity. Students will then examine the process of speciation and evolution leading to the genetically diverse organisms we see today.

Unit 4: The Internal Environment

In Unit 4, students examine the regulation of organisms (homeostasis) by the nervous and endocrine systems. Students then examine disease and the immune systems response to disease.