A bit about Intermediate 1 Biology.
A very enjoyable course with plenty of opportunity for experimentation and practical work. A very ‘hands-on’ course which can lead to studying Intermediate 2 Biology in S5.
There are three units in the Intermediate 1 Biology course:
· Health and technology
What does it mean to be healthy? How do we measure health? Healthy lungs, healthy heart and healthy body.
· Growing Plants
Grow a plant from seed to adult. How do plants reproduce? How can we grow palnts successfully? What might stop us from growing plants successfully? Who can make the most money from a pack of seeds?
· Biotechnological Industries
How we use yeast, how we can use enzymes, getting rid of waste products, what causes disease and how antibiotics can help fight against some illnesses.
Each unit has two parts which are tested·
This covers knowledge and understanding of the topics in the unit. The questions also test your problem solving skills. You will do a lot of practical work to help you to understand the work. At the end of each unit there will be a test of half an hour.
You will be tested carrying out a number of practical techniques. You will also have do one formal investigation and write a report on it.
Outcome 3 assessment.
This will be all your own work and will be done in class time. At the end of your course there will be an SQA exam in the hall. The exam will be 1.5 hours and will cover all the work you have done in your course. Section A of the exam will have 20 multiple choice questions, Section B will have 30 structured questions. You will have to do all the questions.
All your notes will be written in an A4 jotter. It is important that your notes are neat and tidy and that you catch up on any work that you miss. If you forget your jotter one lesson, you must copy the work up into your jotter for the next class so that you don’t end up with gaps in your notes. You will rely on these notes when it comes to revising for tests and exams so all the information needs to be complete.
You will be given homework to do each week. This will help you to learn the work needed for your outcome 1 tests and your end of course exam.
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