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Course Overview


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.

Prerequisite: Biology, Grade 11, University Preparation

Units of Study


Metabolic Processes

Molecular Genetics


Population Dynamics

Assessment and Evaluation

Term Work - 70% of the final grade

For each unit studied, students will be assessed on:

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

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

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

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

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

4. 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.