Biology - Level 1

BIO1
Course Description

Teacher in Charge: B. Salmon

Biology is the study of living things and their interactions with each other and their environment.
• Biological skills
• Animal systems
• Micro-organisms
• Genetics
• Research


Course Overview

Term 1
Micro-organisms. Students learn to carry out an experiment. Students learn how to grow micro-organisms on agar plates using aseptic technique.
Mammals as consumers. Students learn about the similarities and differences in the way that mammals obtain nutrition.

Term 2
Micro-organisms. Students learn about the variety of microbes, their way of life and the way that they reproduce.

Term 3
Genetics. Students learn about the diversity of life at the genetic level. Students learn how genetic diversity can be increased or decreased and how populations adapt over time.
Critical thinking. Students learn how to think critically about comtemporary issues in biology such as vaccination and fluoridation.

Term 4
Carbon cycle. Students learn how a key nutrient in the ecosystem is continuously replenished and used in a number of different locations in nature.

Pathway

Biology - Level 2, Science - Level 2 (internally assessed)

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for Level 1, but preference will be given to those who pass all the Year 10 end of year examinations.
Students may take BIO1 and SCI1 with the permission of the HOD. They should be aware there are some shared Achievement Standards
There is a large research component to this course so we strongly recommend a personal device that has a keyboard.


Credit Information
Assessment
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 90953 v3 Science 1.14 - Demonstrate understanding of carbon cycling
Assessments:
Term: 4, Week: 6
1
I
4
Y
A.S. 90948 v3 Science 1.9 - Demonstrate understanding of biological ideas relating to genetic variation
1
E
4
Y
A.S. 90929 v4 Biology 1.5 - Demonstrate understanding of biological ideas relating to a mammal(s) as a consumer(s)
1
E
3
Y
A.S. 90927 v3 Biology 1.3 - Demonstrate understanding of biological ideas relating to micro-organisms
1
E
4
Y
A.S. 90926 v3 Biology 1.2 - Report on a biological issue
Assessments:
Term: 2, Week: 9
1
I
3
Y
A.S. 90925 v3 Biology 1.1 - Carry out a practical investigation in a biological context, with direction
Assessments:
Term: 2, Week: 1
1
I
4
Y
Total Credits

Total Credits Available: 22 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 11 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 11 credits.

Pathway Tags

Medicine, Nursing Technician, Technologist, Teaching, Marine Biologist, Zoologist, Veterinarian/Vet, Nurse


Disclaimer

POLICY
It is the policy of Tauranga Boys’ College to have school-wide policies that inform parents and students of the criteria for administering all Assessments for National Qualifications.