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Inverkeithing
High School

Biology

Welcome to the Biology Department!

 

Our department is a safe, nurturing department where young people can learn the skills required for learning, life and work.

Biology, the study of living organisms, plays a crucial role in our everyday life, and is an increasingly important subject in the modern world. Biology affects everyone, and biologists work to find solutions to many of the world’s problems.

Biology courses allow candidates to acquire a deeper understanding of cellular processes, physiological mechanisms and their impact on health, aspects of the nervous system and defence mechanisms as they apply to the human species. It also involves the study of our ecosystems, global warming, and conservation. Biology courses also involve numeracy skills; including drawing graphs, calculating percentages and ratios, and other problem solving skills.

 

STAFF LIST:

PTC Dr L Pirie (Room S106)

Mrs D Crawford (Room S110)

Ms S Harper (Room S114)

Miss A Lynch (Room S100)

Mrs L McCloskey (Room S104)

Miss M Ovens (Room S100)

Miss B Thomas (Room S108)

 

HOMEWORK POLICY - 

  • All S3-S6 learners are expected to complete homework regularly as part of their Biology course.
  • In addition to set homework, pupils should consolidate their learning by reviewing class notes, making revision materials, utilising revision websites and practicing exam style questions.

BIOLOGY COURSE OUTLINES:

S3 BIOLOGY (BGE)

 

This Biology course endeavours for pupils to continue their broad general education, whilst simultaneously starting to lay the foundations towards National 4 and National 5 chemistry courses. The course consists of a mixture of both theoretical and practical work, during which pupils will study the following three units and subtopics. The concepts developed are taken from the Curriculum for Excellence level 4 experiences and outcomes. These allow young people to study different aspects of Biology such as

 

Body Systems and Cells

  • Respiration
  • Fermentation
  • Lungs
  • Homeostasis (temperature regulation, kidneys, hormones)

Biodiversity and Interdependence

  • Food Webs
  • Adaptation of Organisms
  • Carbon Cycle and Climate Change

Plant Growth and Reproduction 

  • Sexual reproduction
  • Asexual reproduction
  • Development in plants and animals
  • Photosynthesis

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL 4 COURSE:

 

This is covered over 3 units of work:

Unit 1: Cell Biology

Topics covered in this unit are:

  •  Cell division and its role in growth and repair
  • DNA, genes and chromosomes
  • Therapeutic uses of cells
  • Properties of enzymes and their use in industries
  • Properties of microorganisms and their use in industries
  • Effect of limiting factors on photosynthesis
  • The process of respiration
  • Controversial biological procedures

 

Unit 2: Multicellular Organisms

Topics covered in this unit are: 

  • Sexual and asexual reproduction
  • Propagating and growing plants
  • Commercial uses of plants
  • Genetic information
  • Growth and development of different organisms
  • Biological actions in response changes

 

Unit 3: Life on Earth

Topics covered in this unit are: 

  • Animals and plants species depend on each other
  • Impact of population growth and natural hazards
  • Nitrogen cycle
  • Fertiliser design
  • Adaptations for survival
  • Learned behaviour

 

Useful Websites for revision:

 https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z3ykjxs

https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/47422.html

https://sites.google.com/a/edubuzz.org/nat4biopl/

 

   

 

 

 

NATIONAL 5 COURSE:

This is covered over 3 units of work:

Unit 1: Cell Biology

Topics covered in this unit are: 

  • Cell structure
  • Transport across membranes
  • DNA and the production of proteins
  • Proteins
  • Genetic engineering
  • Respiration

 

Unit 2: Multicellular Organisms

Topics covered in this unit are: 

  • Producing new cells
  • Control and communication
  • Reproduction
  • Variation and inheritance
  • Transport systems in plants
  • Transport systems in animals
  • Absorption of materials

 

Unit 3: Life on Earth

Topics covered in this unit are: 

  • Ecosystems
  • Distribution of organisms
  • Photosynthesis
  • Energy in ecosystems
  • Food production
  • Evolution of species

 

 Useful Websites for revision:

 https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zync87h

http://www.oronsay.org/Nat5.htm

http://nat5biopl.edubuzz.org/

https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/47427.html

https://www.sqa.org.uk/pastpapers/findpastpaper.htm?subject=Biology&level=N5    

 

Assessment

Component 1 – Question paper

The purpose of the question paper is to assess breadth, challenge and application of skills, knowledge and understanding from across the course.

The question paper is a set 2 hours 30 minutes and has a total of 100 marks

The question paper has two sections: 

  • Section 1 – Multiple choice questions (25 marks)
  • Section 2 - structured and extended response questions (75 marks)

 

Component 2 – Assignment

 The purpose of the assignment is to assess the application of skills of scientific inquiry and related biology knowledge and understanding.

 It is recommended that no more than 8 hours is spent on the WHOLE assignment. A maximum of 1 hour and 30 minutes is allowed for the report stage which is completed under exam conditions to gain a maximum of 20 marks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HIGHER HUMAN BIOLOGY:

This is covered over 3 units of work:

The course is suitable for candidates who are secure in their attainment of National 5 Biology or an equivalent qualification.

 The course allows candidates to acquire a deeper understanding of cellular processes, physiological mechanisms and their impact on health, aspects of the nervous system and defence mechanisms as they apply to the human species. The course also involves numeracy skills and problem solving skills.

 

Course Content:

 Unit 1: HUMAN CELLS

Topics covered in this unit are: 

  • division and differentiation in human cells
  • structure and replication of DNA
  • gene expression
  • mutations
  • human genomics
  • metabolic pathways
  • cellular respiration
  • energy systems in muscle cells

 

Unit 2: PHYSIOLOGY AND HEALTH

Topics covered in this unit are: 

  • gamete production and fertilisation
  • hormonal control of reproduction
  • the biology of controlling fertility
  • antenatal and postnatal screening
  • the structure and function of arteries
  • capillaries and veins
  • the structure and function of the heart
  • pathology of CVD
  • blood glucose levels and obesity

 

Unit 3: NEUROBIOLOGY AND IMMUNOLOGY

 Topics covered in this unit are: 

  • divisions of the nervous system
  • the cerebral cortex
  • memory
  • cells of the nervous system and neurotransmitters at synapses
  • non-specific body defences
  • specific defences against pathogens
  • immunisation
  • clinical trials of vaccines and drugs

 

Useful Websites for revision:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zhstqp3

https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/47915.html

https://www.sqa.org.uk/pastpapers/findpastpaper.htm?subject=Human+Biology&level=NH

 

 Assessment

 Component 1 – Question paper

 The purpose of the question paper is to assess breadth, challenge and application of skills, knowledge and understanding from across the course.

 The question paper has two sections: 

  • Section 1 – Multiple choice questions (25 marks – 40 minutes)
  • Section 2 - structured and extended response questions (95 marks – 2 hours and 20 minutes)

 

Component 2 – Assignment

The purpose of the assignment is to assess the application of skills of scientific inquiry and related biology knowledge and understanding.

It is recommended that no more than 8 hours is spent on the WHOLE assignment. A maximum of 2 hours is allowed for the report stage which is completed under exam conditions to gain a maximum of 20 marks, which is scaled up to 30.

 

 

 

 

 

ADVANCED HIGHER BIOLOGY

This is covered over 3 units of work:

The course provides for the development of a theoretical understanding deeper than that possible at Higher level and further develops the outcomes of Knowledge and Understanding, Problem Solving and Practical Abilities.

 

Unit 1 : Cells and Proteins

You will develop knowledge and understanding of: 

  • proteins
  • membrane proteins
  • communication and signalling and protein control of cell division

(The study of protein is primarily a laboratory-based activity, so the Unit includes important laboratory techniques for biologists)

 

This skills-based sequence covers health and safety considerations, through the use of liquids and solutions, to a selection of relevant separation and antibody techniques. In addition, much work on cell biology is based on the use of cell lines, so includes techniques related to cell culture and microscopy.

 

 

Unit 2 : Organisms and Evolution

You will develop knowledge and understanding of: 

  • evolution
  • variation and sexual reproduction
  • sex and behaviour and parasitism

(This Unit covers suitable techniques for ecological field study. Methods of sampling and the classification and identification of organisms are introduced, along with the study of animal behaviour)

 

Investigative Biology

You will develop knowledge and understanding of the principles and practice of investigative biology and its communication. The Unit covers scientific principles and processes, experimentation along with reporting and critical evaluation of biological research.

You will do this through the key aspects of the scientific method, literature and communication and ethics; pilot studies, variables, experimental design, controls, sampling and ensuring reliability; evaluating background information, experimental design, data analysis and conclusions. The collection of experimental data will provide an opportunity to develop planning and organising skills.

 

Useful Websites for revision:

 https://www.sqa.org.uk/files_ccc/AHCourseSpecBiology.pdf

https://www.sqa.org.uk/pastpapers/findpastpaper.htm?subject=Biology&level=NAH

 

Assessment

Course Assessment

You will draw on and extend the skills they have learned during the Course. These will be assessed within a question paper and a project, requiring demonstration of the breadth of skills, knowledge and understanding acquired from across the Units in unfamiliar contexts and/or integrated ways.

 

Component 1 — question paper

The purpose of this question paper is to assess breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding from across the Units. The question paper will assess scientific inquiry skills and analytical thinking skills.

The question paper is a 3 hour exam and will have 100 marks.

The question paper will have two Sections:

Section 1 will contain objective questions and will have 20 marks.

Section 2 will contain restricted and extended response questions and will have 80 marks.

 

 

Component 2 — project

The purpose of the project is to allow you to carry out an in-depth investigation of a biology topic and produce a project–report.

The project will assess the application of skills of scientific inquiry and related biology knowledge and understanding.

The project will have 30 marks and will contribute 25% of the overall

The project–report will be externally assessed.