Biology Grade 11, University Preparation (SBI3U)

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Course Title :Biology, Grade 11, University Preparation (SBI3U)
Course Name :Biology
Course Code :SBI3U
Grade :11
Course Type :University Preparation
Credit Value :1.0
Prerequisite :Science Grade 10 Academic, SNC2D
Curriculum Policy Document:Science, The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 11 and 12, 2008 (Revised)

Course Description

This course furthers students’ understanding of the processes that occur in biological systems. Students will study theory and conduct investigations in the areas of biodiversity; evolution; genetic processes; the structure and function of animals; and the anatomy, growth, and function of plants. The course focuses on the theoretical aspects of the topics under study, and helps students refine skills related to scientific investigation.

Outline of Course Content

Unit Titles and DescriptionsTime and Sequence
Unit 1: Evolution

In this unit, students will demonstrate an understanding of the theory of evolution and the evidence that supports it. They will examine the mechanisms by which it occurs, including thorough consideration of natural selection and punctuated equilibrium, and evaluate the logic that has drawn scientists to their conclusions. They will also analyse the economic and environmental pros and cons of artificial selection technology, and evaluate the impact of environmental changes on natural selection and species at risk.

22 hours
Unit 2: Diversity of Life

In this unit, students will demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of living things through the principles of taxonomy and phylogeny. They will use sampling and classification techniques to infer phylogenies and heredity. They will analyse the effects of human activity on biodiversity.

22 hours
Unit 3: Genetic Processes

In this unit, students will demonstrate an understanding of concepts, processes, and technologies related to the transmission of hereditary characteristics. They will investigate genetic processes, including but not limited to mitosis and meiosis, and solve basic classical genetics problems involving monohybrid and dihybrid crosses. They will consider the importance of recent contributions to our knowledge of genetics, and consider the impact and implications of genetic, genomic and proteomic research.

22 hours
Unit 4: Animals: Structure and Function

In this unit, students will demonstrate an understanding of animal anatomy and physiology, and describe disorders of some major organ systems. They will investigate by means of computer simulation and independent experimentation, the functional responses of the respiratory and circulatory systems of animals, and the relationships between major organ systems. They will analyse the relationships between changing societal needs, technological advances and our understanding of internal systems of humans, including detailed studies of some modern heart surgeries.

20 hours
Unit 5: Plants: Anatomy, Growth and Function

In this unit, students will demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of vascular plants, including but not limited to their structures, internal transport systems, reproductive cycles, roles in evolution, and roles in creating and maintaining biodiversity in the context of ecological succession and climax communities. They will investigate the structures and functions of plant tissues through laboratory exercises. They will consider the importance of the sustainable use of plants to society.

21 hours
Final Evaluation

The final assessment task is a three hour exam worth 30% of the student’s final mark.

3 hours
Total110 hours