Resources for teaching VCE Biology Unit 1


GTAC developed the following resources to complement the key knowledge points and key science skills for Unit 1 in the new 2016 - 2021 VCE Biology Study Design. Many of the resources feature in our Unit 1 & 2 overview Professional Learning events and advice for laboratory technicians is included where needed. Additional resources are intended to be added throughout 2016 as they are developed.

Sample timeline for teaching VCE Biology Unit 1

This timeline was created by the GTAC team with reference to the 2016 - 2021 VCE Biology Study Design. Opportunities to utilise GTAC resources are indicated and these resources are intended to be made available on this page as they are released. Click here to view the sample timeline.

 

Critically evaluating scientific posters

An online course in which students compare and contrast two scientific research posters on the same topic. Students critically evaluate each poster with the help of a scientific poster evaluation tool and make recommendations for improving the study and poster. Click here for more information on this resource.

 

Critically evaluating scientific research

An online course in which students are introduced to the key elements that contribute to the validity and reliability of a scientific study. They are guided through an evaluation of one study, then apply their critical evaluation skills to an additional study. Click here for more information on this resource.

 

Exploring cell membranes

A module in which students use particle models to make predictions, and formulate understandings and definitions of the processes of diffusion and osmosis. Click here to view this module.

 

Modelling cell specialisations

A series of activities where students construct 2D and 3D model cells to explore the roles of organelles and the structure and functions of specialised cells. Click here to view these activities.

 

Transformation of energy in cells

A suite of activities in which students construct models of photosynthesis and respiration, then plan and conduct investigations to interrogate their models. Click here to view these activities.

 

From gum to bum - a journey through the human digestive tract

A series of activities where students research the sections of the human digestive system, act out the function of each section and investigate common malfunctions. Click here to view these activities.

 

Homeostasis in the blood

A collection of activities in which students explore the insulin-mediated regulation of blood-glucose, classify components of the system within the stimulus-response model and diagnose a malfunction of this pathway for a diabetic patient. Click here to view these activities.

 

The AGTC of molecular classification

Activities in which students work collaboratively to formulate a hypothesis on the relatedness of 4 species then test this using DNA sequence data. They then investigate the relationships between species of their own interest using gene sequences obtained from a global online database and online bioinformatics software. Click here to view these activities.

 

Scientific poster templates

GTAC designed scientific poster templates for student investigations. Click here for more information on this resource.