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SBI4U Biology – GRADE 11

PREREQUISITE : Grade 11 Biology, University Preparation.

GRADE : 12 (University)


SBI4U online at Profectus provides students with the opportunity for in-depth study of the concepts and processes that occur in biological systems. Students will study theory and conduct investigations in the areas of biochemistry, metabolic processes, molecular genetics, homeostasis, and population dynamics. In SBI4U online, emphasis will be placed on the achievement of detailed knowledge and the refinement of skills needed for further study in various branches of the life sciences and related fields

UNIT 1 :

Scientific Investigation Skills and Career Exploration (16hrs)

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate scientific investigation skills (related to both inquiry and research) in the four areas of skills (initiating and planning, performing and recording, analysing and interpreting, and communicating).
  • Identify and describe careers related to the fields of science under study, and describe contributions of scientists, including canadians, to those fields.

UNIT 2 :

Biochemistry (16hrs)

Students will be able to:

  • Analyse technological applications of enzymes in some industrial processes, and evaluate technological advances in the field of cellular biology.
  • Investigate the chemical structures, functions, and chemical properties of biological molecules involved in some common cellular processes and biochemical reactions.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the structures and functions of biological molecules, and the biochemical reactions required to maintain normal cellular function.

UNIT 3 :

Metabolic Processes (16hrs)

Students will be able to:

  • Analyse the role of metabolic processes in the functioning of biotic and abiotic systems, and evaluate the importance of an understanding of these processes and related technologies to personal choices made in everyday life.
  • Investigate the products of metabolic processes such as cellular respiration and photosynthesis.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the chemical changes and energy conversions that occur in metabolic processes.

UNIT 4 :

Molecular Genetics (16hrs)

Students will be able to:

  • Analyse some of the social, ethical, and legal issues associated with genetic research and biotechnology.
  • Investigate, through laboratory activities, the structures of cell components and their roles in processes that occur within the cell.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of concepts related to molecular genetics, and how genetic modification is applied in industry and agriculture.

UNIT 5 :

Homeostasis (16hrs)

Students will be able to:

  • Evaluate the impact on the human body of selected chemical substances and of environmental factors related to human activity.
  • Investigate the feedback mechanisms that maintain homeostasis in living organisms.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of human body systems, and explain the mechanisms that enable the body to maintain homeostasis.

UNIT 6 :

Population Dynamics (14hrs)

Students will be able to:

  • Analyse the relationships between population growth, personal consumption, technological development, and our ecological footprint, and assess the effectiveness of some Canadian initiatives intended to assist expanding populations.
  • Investigate the characteristics of population growth, and use models to calculate the growth of populations within an ecosystem.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of concepts related to population growth, and explain the factors that affect the growth of various populations of species.


Course Culmination (14hrs)

The Culminating Unit incorporates all four strands of the Science Curriculum, and covers the four achievement chart categories. It consists of two parts:

  • Culminating Project worth 15% and a
  • Final Exam worth 15%

Online Course Policies

Listed below are various mandatory policies as you take on this course.

  • Attendance is regularly tracked through student contributions to online discussion boards, assignment completion, and learning logs. Failure to complete allocated activities may challenge the student’s ability to attain the credit.
  • This course will be presented using an asynchronistic model whereby work will be posted on the Google Classroom and it is the student’s responsibility to complete it on their own time.
  • ALL portions of this course are intended to be learned and completed online.
  • Final Exams and Tests will be written on site at Profectus Academy of Toronto. Course instructors will relay this information to students and families.
  • The integrity of student work will be checked on an ongoing basis using Quetext or Turnitin. Plagiarism is not tolerated.

Assessment & Evaluation Policies

The primary purpose of assessment and evaluation is to improve student learning. The Achievement Chart for Science will guide all assessment and evaluation.

Knowledge and Understanding

The final grade will be determined as follows:

  • 70% based on Assessment OF Learning (including conversations, observations and products) conducted throughout the course.
  • 30% based on Culminating Tasks administered at or towards the end of the course.

Assessment and evaluation is divided into two important parts. The grade the student receives on a midterm or final report indicates achievement/ proficiency in Curriculum Expectations. A level of competence (Needs Improvement, Satisfactory, Good or Excellent) will be assessed and reported in the area of Learning Skills and Work Habits: Independent Work, Collaboration, Responsibility, Initiative, Self-Regulation, and Organization.