Human Biology ATAR
Pre-requisite: 60% in 10 Science Core or 50% in 10 Science Extension
An understanding of Human Biology is valuable for a variety of career paths. The course content deals directly and indirectly with many different occupations in fields, such as Medical, Health and Paramedical fields, Hospitality, Childcare, Sport and Social Work. Appreciation of the range and scope of such professions broadens students’ horizons and enables them to make informed choices. This helps to prepare all students, regardless of their background or career aspirations, to take their place as responsible citizens in society.
Human Biology covers a wide range of ideas relating to the functioning human. Students learn about themselves, relating structure to function and how integrated regulation allows individuals to survive in a changing environment. They research new discoveries that are increasing our understanding of the causes of dysfunction, which can lead to new treatments and preventative measures.
Reproduction is studied to understand the sources of variation that make each of us unique individuals. Through a combination of classical genetics, and advances in molecular genetics, dynamic new biotechnological processes have resulted. Population genetics is studied to highlight the longer term changes leading to natural selection and evolution of our species.
As a science, the subject matter of this course is dealt with through a variety of learning genres including practical laboratory work, research tasks, computer simulations and animations of anatomy, and models. Students are challenged to plan and conduct investigations, which enable ideas to be tested, develop practical skills and promote understanding of concepts.