This course furthers students’ understanding of the processes that occur in biological

systems. Students will study theory and conduct investigations in the areas of

biodiversity; evolution; genetic processes; the structure and function of animals; and the

anatomy, growth, and function of plants. The course focuses on the theoretical aspects of

the topics under study, and helps students refine skills related to scientific investigation.

Prerequisite: Science, Grade 10, Academic

Units of Study

Genetic Continuity

Internal Systems and Regulation

Diversity of Living Things


Plants: Anatomy, Growth, Functions

Assessment and Evaluation

Term Work - 70% of the final grade

For each unit studied, students will be assessed on:

Knowledge and Understanding (30%). Subject-specific content acquired in each course

(knowledge), and the comprehension of its meaning and significance (understanding).

Thinking and Investigation (20%). The use of critical and creative thinking skills and

inquiry, research, and problem-solving skills and/or processes.

Communication (10%). The conveying of meaning through various forms.

Application (10%). The use of knowledge and skills to make connections within and

between various contexts

The most consistent level of achievement demonstrated on key pieces for evaluation and observed in

formative tasks will determine the grade received for the Term Work portion of the final grade.

The Course Culminating Task comprising 30% of the final grade will take the

form of a written examination.