The year 12 HSC biology syllabus requires you to see the world through the eyes of a biologist. You will learn to think at the molecular scale, through to a cellular and biological systems level. It emphasises the importance of scientific problem solving and communication skills in order to help you adapt to an ever changing world.
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Module 5: Heredity
- Mechanisms of reproduction
- Experiment: Bread mould
- Experiment: Culturing microbes
- DNA and polypeptide synthesis
- Genetic variation
- The theory of evolution by natural selection (year 11 recap)
- Inheritance patterns in a population
Module 7: Infectious Disease
- Pasteur and Koch
- Causes of infectious disease
- Responses to pathogens
- In depth: Malaria
- Prevention, treatment and control
- How the Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine Works [Extension]
- Diseases in Plants
- Infectious disease exam
Module 6: Genetic Change
- Is Jurassic world possible? Crispr, cloning and hybrids
- Recombinant technology: Insulin production
- Sanger Sequencing [Extension]
- Polymerase Chain Reaction [Extension]
- Reproductive technology
Module 8: Non-infectious Disease
Module: Scientific Skills
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