Resources for teaching VCE Biology Unit 3 & 4


 

GTAC developed the following resources to complement the key knowledge points and key science skills for Units 3 & 4 in the new 2016 - 2021 VCE Biology Study Design. Many of the resources feature in our Overview of Unit 3 Biology and Overview of Unit 4 Biology professional learning events.

 

GTAC Suggested timeline for Unit 3 & 4 VCE Biology

This timeline was created by the GTAC team with reference to the 2016 - 2021 VCE Biology Study Design. The sample timeline covers all key knowledge points from the study design. Some key knowledge points are ordered so that they can be explored within overarching narratives. Resources that compliment the study design are intended to be made available on this page as they are developed. Click here to view the sample timeline.

 

SAC resources

A range of SAC tasks are available including marking criteria and advice to teachers. Backwards design was employed to design each SAC task to ensure students have the opportunity to demonstrate the highest level of performance for each criteria/descriptor. Click here to view the SAC resources.

 

Unit 4 AOS 3 Practical Investigation

A stepped process for completion of a Unit 4 Area of Study 3 Practical Investigation. This resource can be used as the third in a sequence of resources that includes Strategies to deal with the emergence of an outbreak of foodborne disease and Antibiotics in Action. Click here for more information on this resource.

 

 

Scientific poster templates

GTAC designed scientific poster templates for student investigations. 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.

 

 

 

An investigation of movement of substances across membranes

A practical investigation in which students investigate the ability of four different solutes to diffuse across a semi-permiable membrane. Click here for more information on this resource.

 

Exploring the structure of DNA

A short online course in which students deconstruct the DNA molecule and examine its structure and components. Students can access this resource by clicking Students > Online courses on the GTAC homepage. Click here to view this resource.

 

 

Exploring protein structure

An activity in which students use Cn3D, a free web-based tool for viewing the 3-dimensional structures of proteins, to explore the primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary structure of proteins and relate structure to function. Click here to view this resource.

 

 

The many colours of photosynthesis

An online course in which students identify and manipulate the key inputs and outputs of photosynthesis. Students can access this resource by clicking Students > Online courses on the GTAC homepage. Click here to view this resource.

 

 

Chemical signalling: Insulin and Antidiuretic hormone

Resources that explore the role of Insulin and Antidiuretic hormone (ADH) and how they interact with their receptors, triggering a range of molecular interactions inside cells. Click here to view these resources.

 

 

Cellular signalling in a macrophage

An online course in which students are introduced to the components of the stimulus-response model and how molecules involved in cellular signalling fit within the model. Students can access this resource by clicking Students > Online courses on the GTAC homepage. Click here to view this resource.

 

Modelling respiration pathways

An online course in which students explore the process of respiration as animated molecules take them on a journey into the cell. Students can access this resource by clicking Students > Online courses on the GTAC homepage. Click here to view this resource.

 

Discovering how apoptosis works

An online course in which students explore experiments and use models to learn about the process of apoptosis. Click here for more information on this resource.

 

 

Stories of cell death and malfuncations in apoptosis

An online course in which students explore the need for apoptosis and consider how malfunctions in apoptosis can cause disease. Click here for more information on this resource.

 

 

The sunburn response and skin cancer: A case study of a malfunction in apoptosis

An online course in which students explore how a malfunction in apoptosis can lead to skin cancer and a promising treatment called Venetoclax. Click here for more information on this resource.

 

 

Active Immunity: The adaptive (specific) immune responses and vaccination

Resources that unpack the humoral and cell-mediated immune responses, including the cells involved and their roles, and the nature and function of some vaccines. Click here to view these resources.

 

Pathogen Attack: GTAC's immunology game

Students learn about the adaptive immune response by defending the body from pathogen attacks. Students can access this resource by clicking Students > Learning resources on the GTAC homepage. Click here to view more information and play this game.

 

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.

 

 

Deficiencies and malfunctions of the immune system as a cause of human disease

In this module students draw on their prior knowledge of the immune system as they investigate the mechanisms of immune deficiency and malfunctions of the immune system through an exploration of three diseases: Multiple sclerosis, HIV and allergic rhinitis. Click here for more information on these resources.

 

Melanoma search and destroy - Monoclonal antibody treatments for melanoma

Students are introduced to a selection of monoclonal antibody treatments for melanoma, then play a game to explore the effectiveness of the treatments. Click here for more information and to view this resource.

 

Outbreak! Strategies to deal with the emergence of a new infectious disease

An online course in which students model DNA manipulation techniques to identify the pathogen responsible for an outbreak and propose strategies to prevent an pandemic. Click here for more information about this resource.

 

Strategies to deal with the emergence of an outbreak of foodborne disease

Students explore approaches applied by epidemiologists and pathologists to control an epidemic of bacterial foodborne disease. This resource can be used as the first in a sequence of resources that includes Antibiotics in Action and Unit 4 AOS3 Practical investigation. Click here for more information on this resource.

 

Antibiotics in Action - Practical activity

A practical laboratory activity to identify an antibiotic to treat a foodborne infection. This resource can be used as the second in a sequence of resources that includes Strategies to deal with the emergence of an outbreak of foodborne disease and Unit 4 AOS3 Practical investigation. Click here for more information on this resource.

 

Unit 4 AOS 3 Practical Investigation

A stepped process for completion of a Unit 4 Area of Study 3 Practical Investigation. This resource can be used as the third in a sequence of resources that includes Strategies to deal with the emergence of an outbreak of foodborne disease and Antibiotics in Action. Click here for more information on this resource.

 

Evolutionary developmental biology

An online course in which students analyse evidence to explain the role of Bmp4 in evolutionary developmental biology. Click here for more information on this resource.

 

 

Models of human evolution

An online course in which students use fossil evidence to construct and critique models of human evolution. Click here for more information on this resource.

 

 

 

Polymerase Chain Reaction

A short online course in which students use digital models and animations to explore the steps in the DNA manipulation technique Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR). Click here for more information about this resource.

 

 

Gel Electrophoresis

A short online course in which students use digital models and animations to explore the DNA manipulation technique gel electrophoresis. Click here for more information about this resource.

 

 

 

Rational Drug Design

An online course in which students follow in the footsteps of an Australian team of scientists who applied the process of Rational Drug Design to develop a new drug (Relenza) to treat and prevent influenza infections. Click here for more information about this resource.

 

 

Using biotechnology to diagnose Human Papillomavirus infections

Students apply their understanding of DNA structure to demonstrate the processes underpinning a restriction digest and gel electrophoresis. This resource has been designed as a sample SAC task for Unit 4, Outcome 2. Click here for more information and to view this resource.