BIOLOGY 20

Summary of Course Content and Activities

Biology 20 is the first course in the Biology 20-30 sequence.

This course includes the following strands:

  • Energy and Matter Exchange in the Biosphere: An exploration of Earth's cycles and nature's dependence on them.
  • Ecosystems and Population Change: Including a study of the Creation/Evolution debate.
  • Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration: A indepth look at the processes of energy production in plants, animals and humans.
  • Human Systems: A study of the digestive, respiratory, excretory and circulatory systems.

Students will also participate in a on-line, virtual pig dissection.

Philosophy statement for teaching this course

Biology is the study of life and living systems from the molecular level to the biosphere. Through the study of Biology learners are given an opportunity to explore and understand the natural world that God created. They are made aware of the profound influence of Biology in their lives. Relating the study of Biology to what the learners already know, deem personally useful and consider relevant, facitilitates learning. Learning proceeds best when it originates from a base of concrete experiences that present an authentic view of Biology within the larger context of science and technology. In Biology 20-30, students learn Biology in relevant contexts and are encouraged to engage in its content from a Biblical perspective. Students are also encouraged to appreciate it as a scientific endeavor with practical impacts not only on their own lives, but also on the larger contexts of society, environment and economy.

Prerequisites

Students taking Biology 20 are presumed to have reached the acceptable standard or better in Science 10.

Materials and Resources

Provided by NSA

  • Nelson Biology: Alberta 20 - 30
  • Access to Nelson's Student Web Centre

Purchased by Students

  • Microsoft Office 97 (or greater) especially Word and Excel
  • Scientific Calculator (approved graphing calculator is acceptable)
  • Bible

Forecasted amount of time required to complete each week's lesson

Semester students can expect to complete the course in about 6 hours per week over eighteen weeks. Full year students will complete the course in about 3 hours per week over thirty-six weeks.

Description of student evaluations, quizzes and tests.

For semester courses, there are two major grading periods, while for full year courses there are four major grading periods, one after each quarter. Assignments will make up 35% of your final grade, participation in group discussions another 10%, your I Can Objective Journal 20% and finally tests and quizzes making up 20%.
There will also be a final exam at the end of this course that will make up the last 15% of your final course grade.

BIOLOGY 30

Summary of Course Content and Activities

Biology 30 is the second course in the Biology 20-30 sequence.
This course includes the following strands:

  • The Nervous and Endocrine Systems: A look at both their structure and fuction, especially as they help to maintain equilibrium.
  • Reproduction and Development: A study of both hormone control and pregnancy.
  • Cell Division, Genetics and Molecular Biology: A detailed study of the processes involved in genetic inheritance.
  • Populaiton and Community Dynamics: A look at the factors influencing gene pool and population composition.

Philosophy statement for teaching this course

Biology is the study of life and living systems from the molecular level to the biosphere. Through the study of Biology learners are given an opportunity to explore and understand the natural world that God created. They are made aware of the profound influence of Biology in their lives. Relating the study of Biology to what the learners already know, deem personally useful and consider relevant, facitilitates learning. Learning proceeds best when it originates from a base of concrete experiences that present an authentic view of Biology within the larger context of science and technology. In Biology 20-30, students learn Biology in relevant contexts and are encouraged to engage in its content from a Biblical perspective. Students are also encouraged to appreciate it as a scientific endeavor with practical impacts not only on their own lives, but also on the larger contexts of society, environment and economy.

Prerequisites

Students taking Biology 30 are presumed to have reached the acceptable standard or better in Biology 20.

Materials and Resources

Provided by NSA

  • Nelson Biology: Alberta 20 - 30
  • Access to Nelson's Student Web Centre

Purchased by Students

  • Microsoft Office 97 (or greater) especially Word and Excel
  • Scientific Calculator (approved graphing calculator is acceptable)
  • Bible

Forecasted amount of time required to complete each week's lesson

Semester students can expect to complete the course in about 8 hours per week over eighteen weeks. Full year students will complete the course in about 4 hours per week over thirty-six weeks.

Description of student evaluations, quizzes and tests.

Each week consists of online Lesson assignments and discussion boards that are graded for participation.  In addition to the 4 unit exams there are also several quizzes throughout the course.  Students final grade will be weighted 70% from course work and the remaining 30% from the diploma exam

Class work (70%)
Lesson Assignments: 50%
Quizzes and Tests: 40%
Discussion Forums: 10%
Diploma Exam (30%)

School Notice

High School Enrollment/Withdrawal Deadline

- High School non primary registration closes Feb 29, 2024
- High School course withdrawal deadline is Feb 29, 2024.
After that date, there is a $200/course withdrawal fee