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Higher Biology

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Higher Biology2018-11-12T11:51:36+00:00
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Within SSERC we have a range of activities which may be useful to support learning and teaching and these are listed in the following sections. Please note that some activities may be useful in more than one Unit and indeed may be useful in other Courses (e.g. Higher Human Biology, Advanced Higher Biology) and our categorisation of activities reflects this flexibility.

Through the study of DNA and the genome, this Unit explores the molecular basis of evolution and biodiversity. The universal nature of DNA as the information storage molecule is emphasised, while relevant differences in the organisation of DNA between prokaryotes and eukaryotes are highlighted. The link between the precision of replication of DNA and the complementary nature of DNA bases is central to the understanding of both DNA replication for cell division and the in vitro replication technology of PCR.

Metabolism is the network of connected and integrated pathways with its reversible and irreversible steps and alternative routes. The control of metabolic pathways is essential to cell survival.

Our human population is dependent upon sufficient and sustainable food production from the harvest of a narrow range of crop and livestock species. The importance of both plant productivity and the manipulation of genetic diversity in maintaining food security is emphasised. Many individual organisms are also interdependent, whether as symbiotic partners or as members of a social group. Biodiversity studies attempt to catalogue and understand the human impact on patterns of diversity and extinction in our biosphere.

SQA Assignment

SSERC has been involved in the preparation of resource packs to support the Higher Biology Assignment.  The first of these resources is available from the link below:

Data Sets

We have gathered together a number of data sets using standard protocols.  Access the data sets and associated files here.

Pages within Higher Biology

Animal Welfare

Animal Welfare

Data Sets (Higher Biology and Higher Human Biology)

Data Sets (Higher Biology and Higher Human Biology)

DNA and Gene Expression

DNA and Gene Expression

PCR and Genomics

PCR and Genomics

Cellular Differentiation and Stem Cells

Cellular Differentiation and Stem Cells

Mutations and Evolution

Mutations and Evolution

Cell Respiration and Metabolic Rate

Cell Respiration and Metabolic Rate

Metabolism and Microorganisms

Metabolism and Microorganisms

Ethics and GM Discussion Activities

Ethics and GM Discussion Activities

Photosynthesis and Plant Productivity

Photosynthesis and Plant Productivity

Food Security

Food Security

Biodiversity

Biodiversity

Enzymes

Enzymes