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Biology, Grade 12, University Preparation SBI4U

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  • Duration:110 hours
  • Grade:12
  • Location:Online

This course provides students with the opportunity for in-depth study of the concepts and processes that occur in biological systems. Students will study theory and conduct investigations in the areas of biochemistry, metabolic processes, molecular genetics, homeostasis, and population dynamics. Emphasis will be placed on the achievement of detailed knowledge and the refinement of skills needed for further study in various  branches of the life sciences and related fields.

Biology Grade 11, University




Overall Expectations

By the end of this course, students will:

  • Demonstrate scientific investigation skills (related to both inquiry and research) in the four areas of skills (initiating and planning, performing and recording, analysing and interpreting, and communicating);
  • Identify and describe careers related to the fields of science under study, and describe the contributions of scientists, including Canadians, to those fields.



Overall Expectations

By the end of this course, students will:

  • analyse technological applications of enzymes in some industrial processes, and evaluate technological advances in the field of cellular biology;
  •  investigate the chemical structures, functions, and chemical properties of biological molecules involved in some common cellular processes and biochemical reactions;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the structures and functions of biological     molecules, and the biochemical reactions required to maintain normal cellular function.



Overall Expectations

By the end of this course, students will:

  • analyse the role of metabolic processes in the functioning of biotic and abiotic systems, and evaluate the importance of an understanding of these processes and related technologies to personal choices made in everyday life;
  •  investigate the products of metabolic processes such as cellular respiration and photosynthesis;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the chemical changes and energy conversions that occur in metabolic processes.



Overall Expectations

By the end of this course, students will:

  • analyse some of the social, ethical, and legal issues associated with genetic research and biotechnology;
  •  investigate, through laboratory activities, the structures of cell components and their roles in processes that occur within the cell;
  •  demonstrate an understanding of concepts related to molecular genetics, and how genetic modification is applied in industry and agriculture.



Overall Expectations

By the end of this course, students will:

  • evaluate the impact on the human body of selected chemical substances and of environmental factors related to human activity;
  • investigate the feedback mechanisms that maintain homeostasis in living organisms;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of human body systems, and explain the mechanisms that enable the body to maintain homeostasis.



Overall Expectations

By the end of this course, students will:

  • analyse the relationships between population growth, personal consumption, technological development, and our ecological footprint, and assess the effectiveness of some Canadian initiatives intended to assist expanding populations;
  • investigate the characteristics of population growth, and use models to calculate the growth of populations within an ecosystem;
  • demonstrate an understanding of concepts related to population growth, and explain the factors that affect the growth of various populations of species.


THE FINAL GRADE:           


Percentage of Final Mark

Categories of Mark Breakdown


Assessment of Learning Tasks Throughout the Term


Final Written Examination: 20%

Final Independent Study Project:10%


The balance of the weighting of the categories of the achievement chart throughout the course is:

Knowledge:           25%                                               Communication: 25%

Thinking/Inquiry:   25%                                               Application: 25%