Biology (T)

students at Gungahlin College

Course information

In Biology, students develop their understanding of biological systems, the components of these systems and their interactions, how matter flows and energy is transferred and transformed in these systems, and the ways in which these systems are affected by change at different spatial and temporal scales.

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.

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 1: Biodiversity and Connectedness

4

Unit 3: Heredity and Continuity of life

Unit descriptions

Unit 1: Biodiversity and Connectedness

In Unit 1, students analyse abiotic and biotic ecosystem components and their interactions, using classification systems for data collection, comparison and evaluation.

Unit 2: Cells and Organisms

In Unit 2, students investigate the interdependent components of the cell system and the multiple interacting systems in multicellular organisms.

Unit 3: Heredity and Continuity of Life

In Unit 3, students investigate mechanisms of heredity and the ways in which inheritance patterns can be explained, modelled and predicted; they connect these patterns to population dynamics and apply the theory of evolution by natural selection in order to examine changes in populations.

Unit 4: The Internal Environment

In Unit 4, students investigate system change and continuity in response to changing external conditions and pathogens; they investigate homeostasis and the transmission and impact of infectious disease at cellular and organism levels; and they consider the factors that encourage or reduce the spread of infectious disease at the population level.