BIOLOGY 9 – Grade 9 required course (2 hours)

Textbook: Sylvia S Mader Biology and its associated website.

This course provides an introduction to basic concepts in biology while being introduced to the basic terminology in biology. The aim of the course is to prepare the students for their further study in Biology. They will develop an understanding of basic fundamental topics, as well as improving their written and spoken English. The topics of the 9th grade Biology Course are; Concepts & Methods in Biology, the Chemical Foundations of Cells & Carbon Compounds in Cells, and Matter Transport through Cell Membrane. Laboratory hours are integrated into the program. The laboratory work provides students with an opportunity to practice their laboratory skills and to use the application process to deepen their understanding of the topics.

 

Success in Biology 9 requires students to use their textbooks effectively, take notes, review their work frequently, and to make connections between the topics studied. Assessment will include exams, quizzes, lab-work, worksheets and online homework.

 

This course is taken by all students in grade 9. As it covers the basic concepts of Biology, it provides a backbone for their knowledge and the students will make use of this knowledge in Biology 10 which is also a compulsory course.

 

HEALTH and TRAFFIC CULTURE – Grade 9 required course (1 hour)

Textbook: The Textbook approved by Ministry of Education

 

This course provides an introduction to the basic concepts of Health in the first semester. The aim of the course is for students to become aware of importance of health including its Physical, Mental and Social aspects. This course requires good language skills to be able to understand the different concepts in Health. Good language skills are also required to understand the connections that exist between Health and Biology. This course enables students to become aware and also sensitive to their own health needs and learn appropriate ways to protect their personal health. Topics covered in the Health course include: Introduction to Health, Personal Health Care, the Life Cycle, Addiction and Health, and First Aid at the first semester. The second semester topics are Culture and the rules of traffic, security in traffic and accidents.

 

Success in Health 9 requires students to take notes, review their work frequently and to make connections between the topics studied. Assessment will include exams, presentations, projects, quizzes and worksheets. This course is required for all 9th graders.

 

BIOLOGY 10 – Grade 10 required course (3 hours)

Textbook: Sylvia S Mader Biology and its associated website

This course provides an introduction to basic concepts in biology and builds directly upon the topics of Biology 9.  It is taken by all students.  The aim of the course is to make the students become aware of the unity and the diversity among living things. This course requires good language skills, in this case English, and the ability to relate the different areas of science. The topics of the 10th grade Biology Course are; Ecology, Cell Division (Mitosis & Meiosis); Asexual and sexual reproduction, Growth and development ,Genetics. Laboratory hours are integrated into the program. The laboratory work provides students with an opportunity to practice their laboratory skills and to apply their theoretical knowledge and so deepen their understanding of the topics studied.

Success in Biology 10 requires students to use their textbooks effectively, take notes, and review their work frequently and to make connections between the topics studied. Assessment will include exams, quizzes, lab-work, worksheets and online homework.

This course is taken by all students. As it covers the basic concepts of Biology, the students will make use of this knowledge in Advanced Biology 1.

 

BIOLOGY 10 IB HL - Grade 10 IB program elective course (5 hours)

Textbook:  A. Damon, R. McGonegal, P. Tosto, W. Ward, Pearson Baccalaureate, Higher Level

The IB Biology HL, is a challenging program of education that prepares students for scientific success at university and life beyond.

It consists of the following topics: Cell biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Ecology, Evolution & Biodiversity, Nucleic acids, Genetics & Evolution and Plant Biology.

The IB Biology HL Program provides students with:

• a broad and balanced, yet academically demanding, programme of study

• the development of critical-thinking and reflective skills

• the development of research skills

• the development of independent learning skills

• the development of intercultural understanding

• a globally recognized university entrance qualification.

The assessments aim to test all students’ knowledge and understanding of key concepts through:

• applying and using scientific methods, techniques and terminology

• constructing, analysing and evaluating scientific hypotheses, research questions and predictions,

scientific methods and techniques, and scientific explanations

• demonstrating both the personal skills of cooperation, perseverance and responsibility appropriate for effective scientific investigation and problem-solving and the manipulative skills necessary to carry out scientific investigations with precision and safety.

Students’ success in the biology higher level course is measured by combining laboratory group work and reports, quizzes, participation in class, completing any requirement of IBDP program and the written exams.

 

ADVANCED BIOLOGY 1 - Grade 11 elective course (4 hours)

Textbook:  Sylvia S Mader Biology and its associated website

Advanced Biology 1 builds upon the topics in Biology 10 and students are expected to apply the knowledge and understandings gained during that introductory course.This course is intended to give students a deep understanding of the human body and its relationship to its environment and other organisms.  The focus of this course is on how cells, tissues, organs and organ systems combine to help maintain the internal stability essential to life.  Students will study animal tissues, and the various systems in vertebrate and invertebrate organisms including the Skeletal System, the Muscular System, the Nervous System, the Endocrine System, the Cardiovascular System, the Lymphatic System, the Immune System, the Respiratory System, the Digestive System, the Excretory System and the Reproductive System.  Students will also consider the important disorders and diseases associated with each system and some of the developments occurring in genetics and biotechnology.  Laboratory work is integrated into the program and will give students the chance to compare the diagrams in the book with real specimens.

Success in Advanced Biology 1 requires students to use their textbooks effectively, take notes, review their work frequently, and to make connections between the topics studied. Assessments will include laboratory work, online homework, worksheets, quizzes and exams.

This course is very strongly recommended for students planning to enter any national and/or international exams that require Advanced Biology background knowledge. It is especially important for students considering the study of medicine, biology or related sciences.


 

INTRODUCTION TO AP BIOLOGY - Grade 11 elective course (3 hours)

This course has prerequisites.

Textbook: Campbell Biology Concepts and Connections Seventh Edition (international edition)

Students should have an average of at least 85 % from their biology course at the end of the first term in grade 10 to be able to take this course. The course requires high ability to think critically on biological issues. AP Biology will cover all of the four big ideas in AP Biology Curriculum. Topics to be covered include Energy in cells, Animal Biology, Plant Biology, and Evolution. AP Biology Practice Tests will be used to enforce students’ skills in many sessions.

Students should already be familiar with practical work design, data collection and data processing, as well as various concepts of Biological relationships.

Assessments are based on individual and group work, laboratory reports, worksheets and hand-outs, written exams and quizzes.

 

BIOLOGY 11 IB HL - Grade 11 IB program elective course (7 hours)

Textbook:  A. Damon, R. McGonegal, P. Tosto, W. Ward, Pearson Baccalaureate, Higher Level

11 IB Biology HL, is the second year of the challenging program of education that prepares students for scientific success at university and life beyond.

It consists of the following topics:

Metabolism, Photosynthesis and Cell Respiration, Human Physiology, Animal Physiology and as AHL Option: Human Physiology

11 IB Biology HL Program provides students with:

• a broad and balanced, yet academically demanding, programme of study

• the development and practice of critical-thinking and reflective skills

• the development and practice of research skills

• the development  and practice of independent learning skills

• the development of intercultural understanding

• a globally recognized university entrance qualification.

The assessments aim to test all students’ knowledge and understanding of key concepts through:

• applying and using scientific methods, techniques and terminology

• constructing, analysing and evaluating scientific hypotheses, research questions and predictions, scientific methods and techniques, and scientific explanations

• demonstrating both the personal skills of cooperation, perseverance and

responsibility appropriate for effective scientific investigation and problem-solving and the manipulative skills necessary to carry out scientific investigations with precision and safety.

Students’ success in the biology higher level course is measured by combining laboratory group work and reports, quizzes, participation in class, completing any requirement of IBDP program and the written exams.


 

ADVANCED BIOLOGY 2 – Grade 12 elective course (4 hours)

Textbook:  Sylvia S Mader Biology and its associated website

This course provides an opportunity for the students to review the human organ systems. The topics of Advanced Biology 2 course are Nucleic Acids and Protein Synthesis; Flowering Plants: Structure and Organization, Nutrition and Transport, Control of Growth Responses and Reproduction. Lab work related with the topics is integrated into the programme. The course will prepare the students to study Biology at the university level as well as help to prepare them for entrance to university. Advanced Biology 2 will also prepare students to understand the biological issues they may meet in their future lives.

Success in this course requires students to use their textbooks effectively, take notes, review their work frequently, and to make connections between the topics studied. Assessments will include class participation, lab-work, assignment, quizzes and exams.

This course is very strongly recommended for students planning to enter any national and/or international exams that require Advanced Biology background knowledge. It is especially important for students considering the study of medicine, biology or related sciences.


 

BIOLOGY 12 IB HL - Grade 12 IB program elective course (6 hours)

Textbook:  A. Damon, R. McGonegal, P. Tosto, W. Ward, Pearson Baccalaureate, Higher Level

12 IB Biology HL, is the challenging program of education that prepares students for international IBDP exams, scientific success at university and life beyond.

It consists of the revision of the whole syllabus. Students go through mock exams to get familiar with the actual exams that take place in November.

 

APPLIED BIOLOGY - Grade 12 elective course (2 hours)

Textbook:  Sylvia S Mader Biology and its associated website

The Applied Biology course provides students with an opportunity to review some of the topics from Biology 10 and Advanced Biology 1 by making more advanced experiments and more detailed observations.  The main focus of this course is to improve the necessary laboratory skills of designing and conducting experiments, and writing an accurate and informative laboratory report.  The major topics of the course include; Organic Molecules, Cell & Transportation through the Cell Membrane, Human Nutrition and Health, Functions of the Liver, Immune System & Vaccination and Plant Structure. Students will also learn about the history of biology as well as being introduced to various biologists and their contributions to biology.

By studying the topics included in this course you will become better prepared for your studies at the university level especially if you are planning to study biology, medicine or a related science area.  Field trips and Surgery Observations will be organized to give students a chance to see implications of biological methods. Assessments are based on laboratory work, presentations and written exams which also include questions on the practical work undertaken.

This course is strongly recommended for students who want to deepen their understanding of biology through laboratory work.  It is strongly recommended for students planning to study biology or its related sciences, including medicine, at university.  This course will contribute to a student’s understanding of biology which can benefit those who will enter any national and/or international exams.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES  AND THE FUTURE OF OUR PLANET - Grade 12 elective course (2 hours)

Are you a sensible world citizen? If yes, then you must definitely be a part of this course. This is a multidisciplinary course mainly based on biology and chemistry. Hence, the course will be instructed both by a biology and a chemistry teacher to be able to discuss ecological problems from a broader perspective.

The students are expected to have an understanding of the essential attributes of the important environmental issues to be discussed in class and show how an individual, through their own lifestyle and personal preferences, can make an impact upon the environment and how they might be able to contribute in finding solutions to environmental problems.

The main topics to be discussed in this course to acquire a sustainable living on our planet are; Climate Change and Its Impacts, Atmospheric and Ocean Chemistry, Changes in the Arctic, Intensive Farming and Its Consequences.

There will be one written exam and a project on an environmental issue to be counted as the second written exam per semester. Two performance grades will be based on enthusiasm to be the part of the solution, creativity in raising awareness within the school community and completing assignments.