Topic outline

  • General

    Welcome to DP Biology. This Moodle course is for ISL diploma candidates taking biology for the spring 2015 exam session. Below you will find the course syllabus along with the IBO subject guide, useful resources, and the assignments for each topic we will study. 

  • Topic 1

    Cells (2)
    (2.1) Cell theory
    (2.2) Prokaryotic cells
    (2.3) Eukaryotic cells
    (2.4) Membranes
    (2.5) Cell division

    Readings
    Cell theory, prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells: BCC Cells.pdf
    Membranes: BCC Membranes.pdf 
    Cell dision: BCC Cell division.pdf 

  • Topic 2

    Chemistry of life
    (3.1) Chemical elements and water
    (3.2) Carbohydrates, lipids and proteins
    (7.5) Proteins
    (3.3) DNA structure
    (7.1) DNA structure
    (3.4) DNA replication
    (7.2) DNA replication
    (3.5) Transcription and translation
    (7.3) Transcription
    (7.4) Translation
    (3.6) Enzymes
    (7.6) Enzymes
    (3.7) Cell respiration
    (8.1) Cell respiration
    (3.8) Photosynthesis
    (8.2) Photosynthesis 

    Readings
    3.1, 3.2, and 7.5 - BCC Chemicals of life.pdf
    3.3-4 and 7.1-2 - BCC pp 58-65 (BCC DNA structure and replication.pdf)
    3.5 and 7.3-4 - BCC pp. 66-75
    3.6 and 7.6 - BCC pp  76-88
    3.7 and 8.1 - BCC pp  89-100

    Assignments
    Chemicals of life: SL - qq 1-4 p 57 / HL - qq 1-8 p 57
    DNA structure and replication: SL and HL - qq 1-5 p 58
    Cellular respiration: SL - qq 1-2 p 100 / HL - qq 1-5 p 100

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    Topic 3

    Statistical analysis

    Genetics
    (4.1) Chromosomes, genes, alleles and mutations
    (4.2) Meiosis
    (10.1) Meiosis
    (10.2) Dihybrid crosses and gene linkage
    (10.3) Polygenic inheritance
    (4.3) Theoretical genetics
    (4.4) Genetic engineering and biotechnology 

    Readings
    Meiosis - BCC pp 134-141
    Genetics - BCC pp 142-156
    Advanced genetics (HL only) - BCC pp 157-164
    Genetic engineering and biotechnology - BCC pp 165-174

    • Topic 4

      Semester Exam
      13 December (Fri) 10:00-11:35

      Exam will be cumulative: all topics other than those yet to be covered will be found on the test. It will consist of two sections corresponding to the first 2 papers of the IB final exam.

      Paper 1 - Multiple choice questions
      Paper 2 - Data-based question and short-answer questions