05biologysum - STUDY SUMMARY Biology 20062012 The...

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STUDY SUMMARY Biology 2006–2012 The accreditation period has been extended until 31 December 2012 Rationale Biology is the study of living things from familiar, complex multicellular organisms that live in the many different habitats of our biosphere to single celled micro-organisms that live in seemingly inhospitable conditions. It is a study of the dynamic relationships between living things, and their environment and the challenges of survival. All living things have many structural and functional characteristics in common, which can be used to classify and group organisms. Modern biology draws on biochemistry, neuroscience, genetics, evolutionary biology, behavioural science, and cell and molecular biology. It connects with physics, chemistry, earth and space sciences in exploring the nature of past and present life, and the possibility of life forms beyond our planet. Students develop knowledge of bioscience and skills of science inquiry and the values and attributes that will help them to consider issues and implications associated with the application of biological techniques and technologies. Structure The study is made up of four units: Unit 1: Unity and diversity This unit focuses on the study of life at a cellular level and factors that effect the survival of cells. Unit 2: Organisms and their environment This unit investigates the rich diversity of Australian ecosystems and the relationship between living things and their environment. Unit 3: Signatures of life This unit focuses on the study of molecules and biochemical processes that are indicators of life and focuses on the structure of DNA, genes and the code for production of proteins. Unit 4: Continuity and change This unit focuses on molecular genetics including the role genes play in establishing biodiversity. Also included is a study of evolution including the historical development of ideas and the use of evidence. Each unit deals with specific content and is designed to enable students to achieve a set of
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This note was uploaded on 12/01/2009 for the course BIO BIO130 taught by Professor Goralka during the Spring '09 term at Diablo Valley College.

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05biologysum - STUDY SUMMARY Biology 20062012 The...

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