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Year 11: Biology

Activity name: Presenting information about a current issue in biology

Grade Student work samples
Grade A Jody
Grade B Chandra
Grade C Jude
Grade D Kim Stacey
Grade E Robyn Nalah

Description of activity

You have worked individually and/or as part of a team to gather and process information from a range of secondary sources about:

  • reasons why biodiversity needs to be maintained
  • a current effort to monitor biodiversity.

Your data/information has been collated into an annotated bibliography. For each appropriately acknowledged secondary source in the bibliography there should be a brief summary of the relevant information. You may refer to your annotated bibliography in this open book assessment activity.

Present a summary (maximum 400 words) of key points, identifying the relevant scientific concepts/ideas to clearly and logically explain why a current effort to monitor biodiversity should be maintained. You should make reference in your summary to any listed, correctly acknowledged sources that you provide.


Students have been studying Module 8.5 Evolution of Australian Biota of the Biology Preliminary course. During the unit, class time has been provided for students individually and/or in teams to research a current example of an effort to monitor biodiversity and reasons why biodiversity needs to be maintained. During this time the teacher monitors and provides feedback to the students on their progress in accessing, gathering and collating data/information into their annotated bibliography.

Area(s) of learning

Knowledge and understanding of:

  • current issues, research and developments in biology
  • biological diversity

Skills in:

  • communicating information and understanding
  • developing scientific thinking and problem-solving techniques


A student:

  • P5 describes the scientific principles employed in particular areas of biological research
  • P7 describes the range of organisms in terms of specialisation for a habitat
  • P13 identifies appropriate terminology and reporting styles to communicate information and understanding in biology
  • P14 draws valid conclusions from gathered data and information

Criteria for assessing learning

(These criteria would normally be communicated to students with the activity.)

Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • justify inferences and/or conclusions using scientific concepts/ideas
  • synthesise data/information to develop plausible explanations
  • present key ideas clearly and logically using correct scientific language
  • refer to in summary and correctly use data/information from acknowledged sources.
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