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SBI3U Biology – Grade 11 (University)

  • Grade 11

PREREQUISITE: Science, Grade 10, Academic

GRADE: 11 (University)

AVAILABILITY: Full-time – All Campuses, Private – All campuses, Blyth Academy Online


Course Overview

SBI3U online 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. SBI3U online focuses on the theoretical aspects of the topics under study and helps students refine skills related to scientific investigation.


Essential Question: How do genetic technologies impact our society?

In this unit, students will explore cell theory as well as DNA structure and function. Students will make connections between meiosis and genetic diversity. Students will also explore inheritance of genetic characteristics at the most basic level. Students will further begin to predict the outcomes of genetic crosses using simple probability tables, predict the outcomes of genetic crosses involving incomplete and co-dominant traits and predict the outcomes of genetic crosses involving multiple alleles and sex-linkage.


Essential Question: How can we make better decisions about our health?

In this unit, students will look at the social and physiological impacts of the obesity epidemic. Emphasis will be placed on proper nutrition with micro and macro nutrients and how obesity impacts all organ systems in the body. Students will also look at the path that food and water takes as it goes through their bodies as well as the accessory organs for digestion and their functions. Students will then look at the structure and function of the organs of the respiratory and circulatory systems and how they connect to the digestive system.


Essential Question: Why is maintaining biodiversity important to human health?

In this unit, students will explore classical Linnaean binomial classification to help them classify diversity of life on Earth. Students will also practice interpreting and creating dichotomous keys to separate different organisms based on their physical characteristics. Students will examine the lifeforms under the six kingdoms in regards to how they look, live and reproduce.


Essential Question: Are humans still evolving?

In this unit, students will begin to investigate how organisms and populations can change over time in response to environmental pressures. Students will examine the impact of human beings on the selection process through artificial selection. Students will explore the development of the Theory of Evolution by looking at how scientific theories are formed, and the various research that led to Darwin creating the theory. Students will investigate the mechanisms of evolution – gene flow, genetic drift, mutations, non-random mating and various types of selection.


Essential Question: What jobs do plants do for people?

In this unit, students will examine the differences and similarities between various plants in regards to their structure and function. Students will learn about photosynthesis and the various plant tissues. Students will look into xylem and phloem to see how food and water are transported through a plant and how plants grow and adapt based on various environmental stimuli. This unit will also examine what plant hormones are and how they impact plant growth.

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