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The Human Biology General course gives students a chance to explore how the human body works. Students focus on bones, muscles, nerves and hormones, and how they maintain the body to act in a coordinated manner. The causes and spread of disease and how humans respond to invading pathogens are studied, as well as the role of males and females in the process of reproduction.
Students investigate the body systems through real or virtual dissections and practical examination of cells, organs and systems. They research contemporary treatments for dysfunctions of the body systems and are encouraged to use ICT to interpret and communicate their findings in a variety of ways. Second-hand data is used to investigate transmission of diseases from a historical perspective and recent global incidences.
The Year 11 syllabus is divided into two units:
Unit 1 – Healthy body
Exploration of how the human body systems are interrelated to maintain a healthy body. The respiratory, circulatory, digestive and urinary systems are investigated. The lifestyle choices we make can have consequences for the optimal functioning of these systems.
Unit 2 – Reproduction
Explores the role of males and females in the process of reproduction, including contraception and the issues of sexually transmitted infections.
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