Course Description For SBI4U Grade 12 Biology Online Course
Grade 12 Biology (SBI4U) provides students with the opportunity for in-depth study of the concepts and processes that occur in biological systems. Students will study theory and conduct investigations in the areas of biochemistry, metabolic processes, molecular genetics, homeostasis, and population dynamics. Emphasis will be placed on the achievement of detailed knowledge and the refinement of skills needed for further study in various branches of the life sciences and related fields.
Summary Of Units And Timelines For Grade 12 Biology SBI4U
Below is the suggested sequence of course unit delivery as well as the recommended number of hours to complete the respective unit. Please note that while the unit called “Scientific Investigation Skills and Career Exploration” is not listed below however the specific expectations listed in this unit are threaded and incorporated within the delivery and assessment of the other five units. For complete details of targeted expectations within each unit and activity, please see each Unit Overview found in the SBI4U course profile.
|Unit Order||Unit Name||Suggested Time|
|Unit 1||Biochemistry||20 Hours|
|Unit 2||Metabolic Processes||20 Hours|
|Mid Semester Point|
|Unit 3||Molecular Genetics||22 Hours|
|Unit 4||Homeostasis||25 Hours|
|Unit 5||Population Dynamics||21 Hours|
|Final||Final Exam||2 Hours|
Fundamental Concepts Covered in Grade 12 Online Course
This course provides students with the opportunity for in-depth study of the concepts and processes that occur in biological systems. Students will study theory and conduct investigations in the areas of biochemistry, metabolic processes, molecular genetics, homeostasis, and population dynamics. Emphasis will be placed on the achievement of detailed knowledge and the refinement of skills needed for further study in various branches of the life sciences and related fields.
Teaching and Learning Strategies in an Online School
Teachers will bring enthusiasm and varied teaching and assessment approaches to the classroom, addressing individual students’ needs and ensuring sound learning opportunities for every student. The activities offered should enable students to relate and apply these concepts to the social, environmental, and economical conditions and concerns of the world in which they live. Opportunities to relate knowledge and skills to these wider contexts will motivate students to learn in a meaningful way and to become life-long learners. Teachers will help students understand that problem solving of any kind often requires a considerable expenditure of time and energy and a good deal of perseverance. Teachers also will encourage students to investigate, to reason, to explore alternative solutions and to take the risks necessary to become successful problem solvers. Effective instructional approaches and learning activities draw on students’ prior knowledge, capture their interest, and encourage meaningful practise both inside and outside the classroom. Students will be engaged when they are able to see the connection between the scientific concepts they are learning and their application in the world around them and in real-life situations. Due to its importance, students will have opportunities to learn in a variety of ways- individually, cooperatively, independently, with teacher direction, through hands-on experiences, and through examples followed by practice. The approaches and strategies teachers use will vary according to both the object of the learning and the needs of the students. Teachers will accomplish this in online environment with the use of: virtual labs, online simulations, animations, videos, discussion forums, live chat and other interactive objects.
Accommodations for students with an IEP in an online high school
All students can succeed. Some students are able, with certain accommodations, to participate in the regular course curriculum and to demonstrate learning independently. Accommodations allow access to the course without any changes to the knowledge and skills the student is expected to demonstrate. The accommodations required to facilitate the student’s learning can be identified by the teacher, but recommendations from a School Board generated Individual Education Plan (IEP) if available can also be consulted. Instruction based on principles of universal design and differentiated instruction focuses on the provision of accommodations to meet the diverse needs of learners.
Examples of accommodations (but not limited to) include:
- Adjustment and or extension of time required to complete assignments or summative tasks
- Providing alternative assignments or summative tasks
- Use of scribes and/or other assistive technologies
- Simplifying the language of instruction
Teachers will bring additional resources and teaching materials that provide a rich and diverse learning environment. Units in this course profile make specific reference to the intended textbook for this course but can be substituted for any relevant and approved text.
- Di, Giuseppe Maurice. Nelson Biology 12. Toronto: Nelson Thomson Learning, 2003. ISBN 0-17-625987-2
- Blake, Leesa. McGraw-Hill Ryerson Biology 12. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 2002. ISBN 0-07-088713-6
- “HHMI’s BioInteractive – Virtual Labs.” Howard Hughes Medical Institute | Biomedical Research & Science Education (HHMI). Web. 22 June 2010.
- End, The. “Access Excellence:Virtual Field Trips and Labs.” Access Excellence @ the National Health Museum. Web. 22 June 2010.
- “BiologyLabs.” Your Page Title. Web. 22 June 2010.
- “Human Disorders.” Rush University Medical Center. Web. 22 June 2010.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is SBI4U?
SBI4U is a Grade 12 Biology course at a University preparation level.
What are 4U courses?
4U refers to the Grade level of the courses and the pathway. 4 means it is a grade 12 course and U means it is a university preparation course.
What is the prerequisite course for SBI4U?
Prerequisite: SBI3U, Grade 11 Biology
How long does it take to complete the SBI4U online course?
At Ontario Virtual School (OVS) you can complete an online highschool credit courses as quickly as 4 weeks, or take as long as 12 months.
Will my marks be sent directly to OUAC or OCAS?
Yes, we can send the marks for your online courses directly to OUAC, OCAS, your home, and to your day school.