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Adaptations & Darwinism – Stage 6

Adaptations & Darwinism – Stage 6

Course Codes

BIO11/12-5, BIO11/12-6, BIO11-10, BIO12-12, BIO12-13, ACSBL013, ACSBL018, ACSBL016, ACSBL017

Course Description

2009 marked the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin and his theories still have great relevance today. In this program, students will learn the importance of scientific theories and investigate how the theory of evolution and natural selection has shaped today’s knowledge on animal adaptation, predation, and survival. Take a journey back in time and explore some of the early evolutionary theories as you observe and interact with some of our most impressive and intimidating animals- the carnivores! During this hands-on program students will have the opportunity to closely observe and analyse various animal skulls and suggest how observed animal features have enabled animals to adapt for obtaining food and avoiding predation. As students explore incredible characteristics of some of our native wildlife, they will identify selective pressures and adaptations that help each animals survive. In a changing climate with many extra human pressures who is best placed to evolve into the future?

Course Details

  • BIO11/12-5 analyses and evaluates primary and secondary data and information
  • BIO11/12-6 solves scientific problems using primary and secondary data, critical thinking skills and scientific processes
  • BIO11-10 describes biological diversity by explaining the relationships between a range of organisms in terms of specialisation for selected habitats and evolution of species
  • BIO12-12 explains the structures of DNA and analyses  the mechanisms of inheritance and how processes of reproduction ensure continuity of species BIO12-13 explains natural genetic change and the use of genetic technologies to induce genetic change
  • Scientific knowledge can enable scientists to offer valid explanations and make reliable predictions (ACSBL013)
  • Most common definitions of species rely on morphological or genetic similarity or the ability to interbreed to produce fertile offspring in natural conditions – but, in all cases, exceptions are found (ACSBL018)
  • Biological classification is hierarchical and based on different levels of similarity of physical features, methods of reproduction and molecular sequences (ACSBL016)
  • Biological classification systems reflect evolutionary relatedness between groups of organisms (ACSBL017)

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