Larkhall Academy

National 3 Biology

Cell Biology

In this Unit, learners will develop their scientific skills and carry out practical and other learning activities related to the investigation of the cell, including ethical and topical issues. This develops the concept of the cell as the basic unit of life. Learners will investigate the key areas of the structure and variety of cells and their functions; the function of DNA; the risks and benefits of DNA profiling, photosynthesis; different types of microorganisms and how growth of microorganisms can be controlled.

Multicellular Organisms

In this Unit, learners will develop their scientific skills and carry out practical and other learning activities related to the investigation of multicellular plants and animals. Learners will investigate the key areas of the structure and function of organs and organ systems and their role in sustaining life; the role of technology in monitoring health and improving quality of life; body defences against disease and role of vaccines; fertilisation and embryonic development and risks to embryo.

Life on Earth

In this Unit, learners will develop their scientific skills and carry out practical and other learning activities related to the investigation of ecosystems and biodiversity. Learners will investigate the key areas of sampling and identifying living things from different habitats to compare their biodiversity and suggest reasons for their distribution; Different types of chemicals in agriculture, the alternatives and their impact on global food production.

Skills, knowledge and understanding

♦ using, with guidance, biology knowledge and understanding

♦ solving simple problems and making decisions

♦ safely carrying out experiments/practical investigations

♦ using, with guidance, information handling skills by selecting, presenting and processing information

♦ making basic generalisations from evidence/information

♦ drawing valid conclusions from evidence/information

♦ communicating findings/information

Links

SQA National 3 Biology - http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/48581.html