SUBJECT NAME: Stage 1 Biology and Psychology

SACE CREDITS: 20 Credits

KEY CONTACT: Kate Berry

RECOMMENDED BACKGROUND: A's and B's in Year 10 Science

COURSE CONTENT:
Biology has a human physiology focus and aims to provide students with an understanding of the living world through the study of living organisms with particular emphasis on Macromolecules and Cells, Reproduction and Genetics and Human Physiology. Practical and communication skills will be developed along with an understanding of biological facts, concepts and principles. Discussion will also include an awareness of the implications and social effects of developments in biotechnology. Students will have the opportunity to engage with the work of biologists and to participate in discussions about how biology impacts on their lives, on society, and on the environment.

Psychology has a behavioural focus where students look at their own behaviours and the behaviours of others. It has direct relevance to their personal lives. Psychological knowledge can be applied to improve outcomes and the quality of experience in various areas of life, such as education, intimate relationships, child rearing, employment and leisure.

Psychology builds on the scientific method by involving students in the collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data. By emphasising evidence-based procedures (i.e. observation, experimentation and experience) the subject allows students to develop useful skills in analytical and critical thinking, and in making inferences.


ASSESSMENT:
Students demonstrate evidence of their learning through the following assessment types:
  • Investigations Folio
  • Practical and Social Issues Investigations
  • Skills and Applications Task
  • Topic tests and Examination

SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THIS COURSE LEADS TO:
Stage 2 Biology or Stage 2 Psychology