Biology 12

Biology 12 Course Details


Rhiannon Cockayne & Kathleen Pugh


It is recommended that students complete Science 10 or equivalent. Biology 11 is not necessary for Biology 12.


Biology 12 focuses on human biology, allowing students to develop an interest and understanding of science by looking at themselves and seeing how diverse body systems are integrated to preserve and sustain life. To prepare students for exploring human biological functions, the first two modules introduce the biology of the cell-the smallest unit of life that can perform all of life processes. Cell structure and function start students thinking about how their bodies are formed on a molecular level. The last two modules cover the major systems of the human body, focussing on anatomy and physiology. Students taking this course can complete most of the components at home, with the exception of 2 supervised Unit Tests. They will work with an experienced senior biology teacher who will guide and assist as necessary. Normally the commitment to complete the course is about 100 hours. Familiarity with online course management and Internet functionality are assets, but not a prerequisite.






Student-paced - for those who wish to take responsibility for establishing their own timelines or who need to have maximum flexibility in terms of course work in order to accommodate other activities in their lives.


4 units (13 quiz assignments)
4 tests


60% 13 quiz assignments
40% Tests

BC Performance Standards


SIDES Teacher


Optional Textbook: Inquiry into Life 11th or 13th edition isbn 0-07-242197-5 ($150.00 deposit)


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1. Quiz 1 Cell Structure
a. Introduction to Biology
b. Cell Structure
c. Organelle Cooperation

2. Quiz 2 Cell Compounds and Biological Molecules
a. Cell Compounds-Water, Acids, Bases, and Buffers
b. Biological Molecules-Carbohydrates
c. Lipids
d. Proteins
e. Nucleic Acids

3.Quiz 3 Transport Across Cell Membrane
a. Cell Membrane Structure
b. Passive Transport
c. Active Transport
d. Comparison of Transport Mechanisms
e. Potato Lab
f. Cell Size: Surface-Area-to-Volume Ratio

4. Quiz 4 DNA Replication
a. DNA/RNA Structure and Function
b. DNA Replication
c. Recombinant DNA

5. Quiz 5 Protein Synthesis
a. Protein Synthesis, Part 1: Transcription
b. Protein Synthesis, Part 2: Translation
c. Mutations of DNA

6. Quiz 6 Enzymes
a. Enzyme Metabolism
b. Factors Affecting Enzyme Action
c. Thyroxin

7. Quiz 7 Digestive System
a. Human Digestive System Anatomy and General Functions
b. From the Mouth to the Stomach
c. Pancreas: Structure and Function
d. The Liver and Gall Bladder: Structure and Function
e. The Small Intestine: Structure and Function
f. The Large Intestine: Structure and Function
g. Digestion and Enzyme Function Review

8. Quiz 8 Circulatory System
a. Types of Blood Vessels
b. Circulation-Circuits and Pathways
c. Capillary- Tissue Fluid Exchange
d. The Lymphatic System
e. Fetal Circulation
f. Blood

9. Quiz 9 The Heart
a. Anatomy of the Heart
b. Regulating the Heartbeat
c. Blood Pressure- Hypertension and Hypotension

10. Quiz 10 Respiratory System
a. Anatomy of the Respiratory System
b. Breathing
c. Internal and External Respiration

11. Quiz 11 Nervous System
a. Neurons-Electric Cells
b. Impulse Transmission
c. Synaptic Transmission
d. Reflex Actions
e. Divisions of the Nervous System
f. The Brain

12. Quiz 12 Urinary System
a. Urinary System Anatomy
b. Kidney Anatomy and Urine Formation
c. Renal Artery vs. Renal Vein
d. ADH and Aldosterone

13. Quiz 13 Reproduction
a. Male Reproductive Anatomy
b. Sperm Anatomy and Pathways of Seminal Fluid
c. Testosterone and Control
d. Human Female Reproductive System Anatomy
e. Ovarian and Uterine Cycles
f. Hormonal Changes


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