Year 11 Science - Microbes and Genetics

Course Description

In Microbes & Genetics students explore the life processes of microorganisms and the beneficial and harmful effects that they have on the human body. We also consider DNA as the basis for genetic inheritance. This course aims to develop students’ research skills as they independently find and process information about disease in humans and will build their ability to communicate effectively in written form as preparation for senior biology. 

Learning Opportunities

In this course you will need to:

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  • Scientific skills - how to develop, carry out, and interpret the results of scientific investigations
  • Different types of microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, viruses) and their way of life, including culturing samples  
  • Reading & writing - how to interpret texts to build understanding and communicate this in written form
  • Beneficial and harmful effects of microorganisms on the human body, including disease-causing pathogens
  • Research skills- independently finding and processing information to develop and share knowledge
  • DNA as the universal code shared by all living things, exploring how traits are passed on in a species and how changes to DNA affect offspring

Resources Required

Science Book - 1B8
Level 1 Scipad Micro Book 1.9 Genetic Variation is recommended