Biology Outline

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|Biology | |2013 Subject Outline | |Stage 1 and Stage 2 | contents

INTRODUCTION1
Purposes of the SACE1
Subject Description1
Capabilities2
Literacy in Biology3
Numeracy in Biology4
Ethical Study and Research4
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledge, Cultures, and Perspectives5

Stage 1 Biology

Learning Scope and Requirements8
Learning Requirements8
Biological Investigation Skills8
Content14

Assessment Scope and Requirements16
Evidence of Learning16
Assessment Design Criteria16
School Assessment18
Performance Standards20
Assessment Integrity24

Support Materials25
Subject-specific Advice25
Advice on Ethical Study and Research25

Stage 2 Biology

Learning Scope and Requirements28
Learning Requirements28
Biological Investigation Skills28
Content34

Assessment Scope and Requirements49
Evidence of Learning49
Assessment Design Criteria49
School Assessment51
External Assessment53
Performance Standards53
Assessment Integrity58

Support Materials59
Subject-specific Advice59
Advice on Ethical Study and Research59
INTRODUCTION

PURPOSES OF THE SACE

THE SOUTH AUSTRALIAN CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION (SACE) IS DESIGNED TO ENABLE STUDENTS TO: • develop the capabilities to live, learn, work, and participate successfully in a changing world • plan and engage in a range of challenging, achievable, and manageable learning experiences, taking into account their goals and abilities • build their knowledge, skills, and understanding in a variety of contexts, for example, schools, workplaces, and training and community organisations • gain credit for their learning achievements against performance standards.

SUBJECT DESCRIPTION

BIOLOGY MAY BE UNDERTAKEN AS A 10-CREDIT SUBJECT OR A 20-CREDIT SUBJECT AT STAGE 1, AND AS A 20-CREDIT SUBJECT AT STAGE 2.

Learning and working in Biology enable us 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. In Biology, students learn about the cellular and overall structures and functions of a range of organisms, such as how those organisms gain nutrition and reproduce and how they live in a variety of ecological habitats. In Biology, students have the opportunity to engage with the work of classical and modern biologists and to join in and initiate debates about how biology impacts on our lives, society, and the environment.

Through Biology, students increase their own knowledge of biological principles and concepts; they also develop the ability to use that knowledge to identify questions, issues, opportunities, and challenges and to acquire new knowledge through their own investigations. Students develop the skills and abilities to explain biological phenomena and to draw evidence-based conclusions from investigations of biology-related issues. In this way students develop biological literacy skills that will assist them in the pursuit of various career pathways. Students of Biology are better informed about the ways in which daily life is affected by biological phenomena, which contributes to their ability to live and work as reflective citizens.

In all biological undertakings, research scientists and people engaged in recreation and career pathways use an inquiry approach in their pursuits. They gather information, evaluate evidence, synthesise new knowledge, and apply their learning to related ideas and issues. Students undertaking Biology apply these approaches...
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