If you have an interest in the natural world and life processes then Biology is the perfect subject for you. This course looks at Biology from many different levels ranging from the DNA level through to whole organisms and the environments in which they live. You can study Biology in Semester 1, 2 or both.
Topics in Semester 1 focus on Cells and Microorganisms, and Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics. This allows us to make connections between life from a cellular level (animals, plants and microbes) and how these affect interactions between organisms and their environment.
Semester 2 focuses on Infectious Disease and Multicellular Organisms. This means you will look at the impacts that infectious diseases have on animals and humans, as well as making connections to the way that large, complex organisms such as humans are able to function. You will also participate in practical sessions (some potentially involving dissections) as well as field trips in the local area to apply some of the concepts you have learned.
Assessment in Semester 1:
Assessment Type 1: Investigations Folio (50%)
Assessment Type 2: Skills and Applications Tasks (50%)
Assessment in Semester 2:
Assessment Type 1: Investigations Folio (70%)
Assessment Type 2: Skills and Applications Tasks (30%)
Biology can lead to further study in tertiary institutions in a very diverse range of fields. Students might choose to study a Bachelor of Science to gain further knowledge of a range of concepts. Other pathways may be in more specific areas of study such as medicine, agriculture, food processing, horticulture, medical laboratory science, physiotherapy, nursing, veterinary science and more.