2 units for Year 11 (Preliminary) and Year 12 (HSC).
The Year 11 course investigates cellular structure and provides a base for understanding the way in which multicellular organisms transport and absorb nutrients and carry out gas exchange. Exploring variations in the structures and functions of organisms provides an understanding of the effects of the environment on living things and how this leads to biodiversity.
The Year 12 course investigates reproduction, inheritance patterns and the causes of genetic variation in both plants and animals. Applications of this knowledge in biotechnology and various genetic technologies are explored in the light of their uses in the treatment, prevention and control of infectious and non-infectious diseases.
The Year 11 course consists of four modules.
Module 1 Cells as the Basis of Life
Module 2 Organisation of Living Things
Module 3 Biological Diversity
Module 4 Ecosystem Dynamics
The Year 12 course consists of four modules.
Module 5 Heredity
Module 6 Genetic Change
Module 7 Infectious Disease
Module 8 Non-infectious Disease and Disorders
Students are provided with 15 hours of course time for depth studies in both Year 11 and Year 12. During this time students may undertake an investigation/activity that allows for the further development of one or more scientific concepts.
A depth study may be one investigation/activity or a series of investigations/activities. Depth studies may be included in one module or across several modules.
Practical investigations are an essential part of the Year 11 and Year 12 courses and must occupy a minimum of 35 hours of course time each year.
Fieldwork is also mandated in Year 11 and is an integral part of the learning process.