This Unit will give learners a solid grounding in both the principles and practice of investigative biology. Essential ethics for biologists, as well as an introduction to the purposes and forms of different types of scientific communication, are also covered.
Learners are also introduced to the skills involved in analysis and evaluation of scientific reports. The use of data analysis techniques to explore and confirm the significance of findings is described. The planning and carrying out of a 20 hour Biology Investigation is also part of this Unit. This Biology Investigation is designed to provide opportunities to further develop investigative skills through the completion of an investigation. It also provides the opportunity for self-motivation and organisation in the development of a plan for an investigation and the collection and analysis of information obtained.
The Investigative Biology unit is divided into 3 main areas of content viz: Scientific principles and process, Experimentation, and Critcal evaluation of biological research. In the sections that follow you will find a series of links to resources and activities - some of these have been produced by SSERC whilst others are from sources which we are happy to endorse/recommend.