Cells, organs and body systems – At GTAC


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In Levels 7 and 8, the science curriculum focus is on explaining phenomena involving science and its applications. In this program, students investigate a case study of coeliac disease and how malfunctions in the digestive system and immune system of patients can contribute to its development. They perform an Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay to diagnose if patients immune systems are producing rogue antibodies that target cells of the intestines. They then use research grade microscopes to view intestinal biopsies to learn about the damage that can occur when these antibodies are present. They link form and function at a cellular level and explore the organisation and interconnectedness of these two body systems. They make predictions and propose explanations, drawing on evidence to support their views so they can design interventions to improve the health of patients.


VCAA F10 Science Curriculum links

Science as a human endeavour:

Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations

Biological sciences:

Cells are the basic units of living things and have specialised structures and functions

Multicellular organisms contain systems of organs that carry out specialised functions that enable them to survive and reproduce

Analysing and evaluating:

Use scientific knowledge and findings from investigations to identify relationships, evaluate claims and draw conclusions


Communicate ideas, findings and solutions to problems including identifying impacts and limitations of conclusions and using appropriate scientific language and representations


Level – Years 7 & 8

Venue - At GTAC in Parkville

Full day program: runs 9:30am – 2:45pm with a one hour lunch break

Approximate dates – Term 2: 8th June - 24th June 2021


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Program designers - Alex Sipidias, Chris Szwed & Simon Windley