Posts Tagged ‘syllabus guide’

Chemical elements and water

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

the world of water by Snap(R) on flickr

Here is the syllabus outline for Topic 3, and also Topics 7 and 8 since they are extensions of Topic 3.  Topic 3,7,8 – syllabus outline

The first section has to do with chemical elements and water.

  • What are the most frequently occurring chemical elements in living things? 
  • Why are calcium, sulfur, phosphorus, sodium and iron needed by plants, animals or prokaryotes?
  • What does a water molecule look like?
  • What are the thermal, cohesive and solvent properties of water?
  • How do these properties relate to water’s use in living organisms as a coolant, medium for metabolic reactions and transport medium?

Try this webquest (thanks Mr Hobbins) to help you cover these points: Water Web quest

This presentation might help, and so might this answer scheme!  Water Web quest MScheme

ToK link:  Some people have claimed that water has memory.  Others say this is pseudoscience.  Do some reading and make up your own minds!

Syllabus guides

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010
ghosts of semesters passed by foreverdigital on flickr

ghosts of semesters passed by foreverdigital on flickr

Here are the syllabus guides for the core (SL) and HL topics for the entire IB Bio course.  The syllabus guides for the options we have studied are in previous posts.

For SL – you need TOPICS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 only.

For HL – you need all the above PLUS TOPICS 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11.

Topic 1 – Statistical Analysis 2009 Syllabus   Topic 2 – syllabus outline  Topic 3,7,8 – syllabus outline   Topic 4 – Syllabus outline  Topic 5 – syllabus guide  Topic 6 – syllabus outline  Topic 9 – Syllabus outline  IB Biology HL Topic 10 – syllabus guide  Topic 11 – syllabus guide

Before you know it, mocks will be over, then Easter break, then in a few short weeks it will be May and you’ll start the REAL IB exams… and then graduation and tears of joy and sadness and a new chapter will begin…. One step at a time.  Keep studying.  It will end.

Options, Options

Monday, January 4th, 2010
Guide to a healthy balanced diet by Leo Reynolds on flickr

Guide to a healthy balanced diet by Leo Reynolds on flickr

So, no we begin the last part of the course, that is the option section.  We’ll start with OPTION A – Human nutrition and health.  I think you will find this a relatively easy option, hopefully interesting, and certainly relevant.  To get started, here is a copy of the syllabus guide. Option A – syllabus outline

Upcoming assessment

Monday, October 12th, 2009



free help by tadson on flickr

free help by tadson on flickr

We will be having a test next week. For SL that means topics 6.3 and 6.4 – Disease, immunity and gas exchange.  For HL that means 6.3 and 11.1 – Disease and immunity.  Topic 11 syllabus guide here: Topic 11


B Block – THURSDAY 22nd OCTOBER


F Block – WEDNESDAY 21st OCTOBER


G Block – THURSDAY 22nd OCTOBER


Come and see me in tutorial time if you need help with any of this.


Break down…. of food (not emotions)

Thursday, August 20th, 2009
Human parts by Mundoo on flickr

Human parts by Mundoo on flickr

Our next topic will be a loooooong one – Human Physiology will last the rest of the semester.  We’ll start with the core material, which is Topic 6.  You can download the syllabus guide here: Topic 6 – syllabus outline

The first section is on the digestive system.  You can get a head start by reading your textbook – Chapter 19.  We’ll cover the theory first, and end the week by dissecting a complete digestive system.  When will you have the chance to stick your hand inside a goat’s stomach again, or simulate peristalsis on some real intestines?

Topic 10 Syllabus outline

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009
Genetics by Here's Kate on flickr

Genetics by Here's Kate on flickr

Here is the syllabus guide for Topic 10 – the HL stuff on meiosis and genetics.    IB Biology HL Topic 10 – syllabus guide

It should help you prepare for your test NEXT WEEK.  Mark your diaries – Thurs 20th August.  The majority of the questions will be on Topic 10, but I reserve the right to throw in a few from Topic 4 – Syllabus outline (SL genetics) for good measure.  Format will be IB past paper questions, both multiple choice and short answer.

Topic 6 Human Physiology syllabus guide

Monday, August 10th, 2009

Several of you were asking for the syllabus guide for our new unit.  Here it is. Topic 6 – syllabus outline

Read through your notes on the digestive system and cross reference your textbook for clarification.  Come and see me in tutorials if there is anything you need help with.