VCE BIOLOGY UNIT 2

Unit 2: Organisms and their environment
In this unit students study environmental factors common to all habitats and investigate structural and physiological adaptations of organisms to particular ecological niches. Plant growth responses are also investigated. Behavioural and reproductive adaptations are used to study individual and group behaviour of animals. Components, relationships and energy flows within ecosystems are studied. Techniques used to monitor environmental change and maintain ecosystems are investigated. Students are required to conduct fieldwork.
Outcome 1
On completion of this unit the student should be able to explain and analyse the relationship between environmental factors, and adaptations and distribution of living things.
Outcome 2
On completion of this unit the student should be able to design, conduct and report on a field investigation related to the interactions between living things and their environment, and explain how ecosystems change over time.

Utilising Jacaranda 'Nature of Biology' 3rd ed. Book 1

Try the following site for podcasts on unit 2 (numbers 13 - 23) Mr Barlow's podcasts
Mr Barlow's unit 2 summary (From Heinemann text)

Chapter 9 - Habitats, environment and survival





Chapter 10 - Physiological adaptations for survival









Student PowerPoints -

Revision -

Chapter 11 - Behaviours for survival





Chapter 12 - Reproductive strategies for survival







Chapter 13 - Ecosystems and their living communities





The fieldwork report for Werribee Park Zoo Plus some background on the restoration of the Grassy Ecosystem at the zoo
Also some general background information on grasslands which will assist you in the completion of the fieldwork report

And a little ecosystems worksheet

Chapter 14 - Flow of energy and cycling of matter












Chapter 15 - Population dynamics




Transect and Quadrat Sampling Sampling Populations


Chapter 16 - Changes in ecosystems