Year 11 - Biology Unit 1-2



Biology is the study of living organisms, of life processes, and of the different levels of organisation from the cell to the biosphere.  It includes the study of interactions between organisms and between organisms and their environments.  It considers the unity and continuity of life as well as diversity and change. Students will enjoy a range of experiments and excursions throughout the year based on our units of study. Excursions may include visiting Werribee Zoo, Queenscliff Marine Discovery Centre, Barwon Heads Bluff, Geelong Botanical Gardens.


Unit 1: How do living things stay alive?

In this unit students are introduced to some of the challenges to an organism in sustaining life, from the single celled to the multicellular organism. They will look at types of adaptations that enhance the organism’s survival in a particular environment and consider how organisms maintain a stable internal environment. Students will investigate how organisms live together in an interconnected community, what factors they need to have in their habitat and the factors that will affect the growth of a population.


An individual practical investigation related to the survival of an organism or species is undertaken in this unit.


Unit 2: How is continuity of life maintained?

In this unit students will focus on how cells pass on information from generation to generation, and how new cells are formed. They will investigate how inheritance occurs and the role that genes play in this.


A student-directed research investigation into, and communication of, an issue related to genetics and/or reproductive science is undertaken in this unit.



–       Biozone – Year 11 Biology Workbook

–       Nelson Biology VCE Units 1 & 2 Text Book (New edition in 2016)

–       A4 student workbook.

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Biology Unit 3-4

COURSE DESCRIPTION Unit 3 begins with some basic chemistry to help explain the structure and function of cells and their organelles. Cellular processes, such as respiration and photosynthesis, are…