Life continues through the processes of reproduction and heredity. Students expand their knowledge of evolution by understanding the cellular processes involved in increasing genetic diversity. They investigate reproduction and inheritance patterns in both plants and animals as well as the role of DNA in polypeptide synthesis and the uses of technologies in the study of inheritance patterns.
Students also learn about contemporary research and the work of geneticists across a variety of industries, including medical applications and agriculture. They explore the effects on society and the environment through the application of genetic research.
Biology Syllabus p.48
How does reproduction ensure the continuity of a species?
explain the mechanisms of reproduction that ensure the continuity of a species, by analysing sexual and asexual methods of reproduction in a variety of organisms, including but not limited to:
– animals: advantages of external and internal fertilisation
– plants: asexual and sexual reproduction
– fungi: budding, spores
– bacteria: binary fission (ACSBL075)
– protists: binary fission, budding
analyse the features of fertilisation, implantation and hormonal control of pregnancy and birth in mammals
The hormonal control of the menstrual cycle
This video explores the specific hormones responsible for the menstrual cycle in humans.
evaluate the impact of scientific knowledge on the manipulation of plant and animal reproduction in agriculture
Selective Breeding / Pollination
Plant Breeding - William Farrer
How important is it for genetic material to be replicated exactly?
model the processes involved in cell replication, including but not limited to:
– mitosis and meiosis (ACSBL075)
– DNA replication using the Watson and Crick DNA model, including nucleotide composition, pairing and bonding
This syllabus outcome sees students model the processes Mitosis, Meiosis and DNA Replication. The videos from the Walter and Eliza Institute of Medical Research serve as stimulus to spark the students curiosity and increase their understanding of these processes before simplfying these processes into a model.