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This course furthers students’ understanding of the processes that occur in biological systems. Students will study theory and conduct investigations in the areas of biodiversity; evolution; genetic processes; the structure and function of animals; and the anatomy, growth, and function of plants. The course focuses on the theoretical aspects of the topics under study, and helps students refine skills related to scientific investigation.
Assessment and Evaluation Guidelines
Assessment and evaluation are based on the provincial expectations and levels of achievement outlined in the provincial curriculum document for each subject in secondary school. A wide range of assessment and evaluation opportunities allows students to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways. This information provides the basis for reporting student grades on the Provincial Report Card. Achievement (reflected in a final mark) will be calculated using the following categories:
The student’s grade for the term marks will be based on the most consistent achievement with emphasis on the most recent within each category. Students will also receive descriptive feedback as part of the learning process which may not be assigned a mark. Final Mark = 70% Term + 30% Final Evaluation