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Together we can survive – Stage 6

Together we can survive – Stage 6

Course Codes

BIO11/12-5, BIO11/12-6, BIO11-10, BIO11-11, ACSBL013, ACSBL023, ACSBL024, ACSBL025, ACSBL026, ACSBL027, ACSBL028, ACSBL029

Course Description

The habitat requirements of native animals are in a continual state of decline due to present threatening processes. Threatened species depend on us for survival, and without knowledge and understanding of what threats individual species face, we cannot ensure the continual survival of many endangered species. In this program, students will apply scientific understanding and critical thinking skills to suggest possible solutions to identified problems. In addition, they will explore the relationships and interactions between species in ecosystems and discuss how human activities can reduce biodiversity and can impact on the magnitude, duration and speed of an ecosystem. Through connecting with threatened wildlife and engaging in conversation, students will learn about main threatening processes including overexploitation, habitat loss and destruction, pollution and disease, and identify solutions to the imminent danger many
species face.

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
  • BIO11-11 analyses ecosystem dynamics and the interrelationships of organisms within the ecosystem
  • Scientific knowledge can enable scientists to offer valid explanations and make reliable predictions (ACSBL013)
  • Species or populations, including those of microorganisms, fill specific ecological niches; the competitive exclusion principle postulates that no two species can occupy the same niche in the same environment for an extended period of time (ACSBL023)
  • Ecosystems have carrying capacities that limit the number of organisms (within populations) they support, and can be impacted by changes to abiotic and biotic factors, including climatic events (ACSBL025)
  • Ecological succession involves changes in the populations of species present in a habitat; these changes impact the abiotic and biotic interactions in the community, which in turn influence further changes in the species present and their population size (ACSBL026)
  • Ecosystems can change dramatically over time; the fossil record and sedimentary rock characteristics provide evidence of past ecosystems and changes in biotic and abiotic components (ACSBL027)
  • Human activities (for example, over-exploitation, habitat destruction, monocultures, pollution) can reduce biodiversity and can impact on the magnitude, duration and speed of ecosystem change (ACSBL028)
  • Models of ecosystem interactions (for example, food webs, successional models) can be used to predict the impact of change and are based on interpretation of and extrapolation from sample data (for example, data derived from ecosystem surveying techniques); the reliability of the model is determined by the representativeness of the sampling (ACSBL029)

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