Biology Stage 6 explores the levels of organisation of life, from the molecular level through cellular to higher levels of organisational structure and function, which exhibit evolution as a common source of unity and diversity. It includes developing an understanding of the interactions within and between organisms and between organisms and their environment.
- How living things are classified.
- How living things interact.
- How living things function.
- What is the origin and evolution of living things.
- Why Australian fauna and flora are unique.
- How has human impact changed the environment.
Biology students at Sydney Technical High School achieve at a high level and most achieve Band 5 or 6 in the HSC. Biology is an important subject for students who intend on going into careers such as veterinary science, medicine, zoology. At STHS the knowledge is enhanced by compulsory field trips to the Childrens’ Hospital for pathology study and to the National Park for ecology.
Preliminary Course Topics (Biology)
- LOCAL ECOSYSTEM
In this unit students study the relationships of organisms with each other and with their physical environment. Students observe and measure both the abiotic and biotic factors within an ecosystem.
- PATTERNS IN NATURE
There are fundamental structural and biochemical similarities between the cells in all living things. In this unit students carry out a variety of microscopic identification of plant and animal cells.
- LIFE ON EARTH
Fossil evidence indicates changes in the complexity and diversity of life forms. Scientists classify organisms according to their evolutionary relationships. Students study the geological timeline to discuss when life originated on Earth.
- EVOLUTION OF AUSTRALIAN BIOTA
In this unit students study the development of the uniqueness of the Australian continent. The isolation of Gondwana led to an array of diverse and specialised species only found in Australia.
HSC Course Topics (Biology)
- MAINTAINING A BALANCE
Multicellular organisms have specialised organ systems that are adapted for successful living. The basis of healthy body functioning in all organisms is the health of their cells.
- BLUEPRINT OF LIFE
In this unit students study reproduction and the inheritance of characteristics. Genetic information within a species can mutate leading to variation. Students investigate the structure and function of DNA.
- SEARCH FOR BETTER HEALTH
In this unit students study ways to identify and treat a variety of diseases of humans and other organisms. Increased understanding of diseases and technological advances have changed the treatment and management of diseases.
- OPTION: COMMUNICATION
This option focuses on the two senses that are important for many vertebrate and invertebrate animals – sight and hearing. Increased advances in technology assist people to overcome problems in communication.