A student:

› selects and processes appropriate qualitative and quantitative data and information using a range of appropriate media BIO11/12-4
› analyses and evaluates primary and secondary data and information BIO11/12-5
› solves scientific problems using primary and secondary data, critical thinking skills and scientific processes BIO11/12-6
› explains the structures of DNA and analyses the mechanisms of inheritance and how processes of reproduction ensure continuity of species BIO12-12

Content Focus

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.

Working Scientifically

In this module, students focus on processing and representing data in appropriate formats to analyse and evaluate trends, relationships and patterns. Students derive and justify valid conclusions about the processes involved in heredity.

Students should be provided with opportunities to engage with all Working Scientifically skills throughout the course.

Extract from HSC Biology Stage 6 Syllabus. © 2017 Board of Studies NSW.