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Taxonomy & Classification – Stage 6

Taxonomy & Classification – Stage 6

Course Codes

BIO11/12-5, BIO11/12-6, BIO11/12-7, BIO11-10, BIO12-13, ACSBL013, ACSBL006, ACSBL016, ACSBL017, ACSBL018

Course Description

For thousands of years people have grouped living things in different ways. This program enables students to engage in classifying wildlife both found here at the Sanctuary and across Australia. Hands on wildlife encounters coupled with education from experienced experts provide students with the opportunity to identify how animals are classified both informally through many common names and formally through their Latin / scientific name.

Over time scientists have devised a comprehensive model of classification that utilises many of these characteristics. It is a model that has been adapted and modified by succeeding generations of biologists, zoologists, botanists and ecologists as advances in scientific knowledge and technology provide scientists with a greater understanding of life on earth. Students will learn about the systems that reflect evolutionary relatedness between groups of organisms according to size, diet, habitat, skeletal structure, method of reproduction, period of activity, dentition, ease of domestication, vocalisation and method of regulating body heat.

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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