The Level 1 Biology course
- Investigate and compare the diversity and organization of different communities.
- Investigate and describe the structure and function of mammal organ systems, including the consequences of these systems malfunctioning.
- Investigate and describe the structure associated with, and factors affecting the functions of plant processes.
- Observe and describe cell division for growth and reproduction, and explain how genetic information is passed from one generation to the next.
- Identify and explain effects of introduced plants and animals on New Zealand’s native flora and fauna, and methods for controlling their impact.
- Focus and plan by making testable predictions and designing controlled experiments (fair test).
- Gather information by recording quantitative and qualitative observations, and locating relevant background information.
- Process and interpret information using appropriate statistical and graphing procedures, identify trends, relationships and patterns, and draw and justify conclusions.
- Report in a well-rounded, concise and appropriate manner with conclusions that justify and are supported by relevant data.
Section A: Communities: Diversity and organization of two different communities: adaptations, food chains, food webs, trophic levels, habitat, environment, interrelationships, nutrient cycles, population size. Human influences on the ecosystem.
Section B: Cells, Microbiology and Genetics: Cell structure and organization, types of cells, diffusion, osmosis, enzymes. Biological ideas relating to viruses, bacteria and fungi. Chromosomes, mitosis, meiosis, monohybrid inheritance, sex determination, mutation, selection.
Section C: Plant Processes: Structures associated with the following plant processes and factors affecting their function: photosynthesis, leaf structure, mineral requirements, growth and development, transport, sexual and asexual reproduction of flowering plants.
Section D: Organ Systems: Structure and function of the following systems and the consequences of these systems malfunctioning: circulatory, digestive (plus nutrition and food tests), nervous and endocrine, respiratory, excretory, reproductive.