VCE BIOLOGY


VCE Biology Unit 1

VCE Biology Unit 2



STUDY SUMMARY
Biology 2006–2009


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 outcomes. Each outcome is described in terms of key knowledge. A set of key skills is applicable to all units. The set of skills consists of the ability to:
Investigate and inquire scientifically
Apply biological understandings

Communicate biological information and understandings

Outcomes
Outcomes define what students will know and be able to do as a result of undertaking the study.
Outcomes include a summary statement and the key knowledge that underpin them. Only the summary statements have been reproduced below and must be read in conjunction with the key knowledge and the set of key skills published in the study design.


Entry
There are no prerequisites for entry to Units 1, 2 and 3. Students must undertake Unit 3 prior to undertaking Unit 4.