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The Jacaranda Nature of Biology series has been rewritten for the VCE Biology Study Design (2022-2026) and offers a complete and balanced learning experience that prepares students for success in their assessments by building deep understanding in both Key Knowledge and Key Science Skills.
Preparing students for both the SACs and exam, with access to 1000s of past VCAA exam questions (now in print and learnON), new teacher-only and practice SACs for every Area of Study and much more.
Students can hear another voice and perspective, with 100s of videos where expert VCE Biology teachers unpack concepts, VCAA exam questions and sample problems.
All students can understand deeply and succeed in VCE, with content mapped to Key Knowledge and Key Science Skills, careful scaffolding and contemporary case studies that provide a real-word context.
Resources to support learning (eWorkbook) and the increased requirement for practical investigations (eLogbook), which includes over 80 practical investigations with teacher advice and risk assessments.
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Topic 1: Cellular structure and function
Topic 2: The cell cycle and cell growth, death and differentiation
Unit 1: Area of Study 1 Review
Topic 3: Functioning systems
Topic 4: Regulation of systems
Unit 1: Area of Study 2 Review
Topic 5: Scientific investigations
Unit 1: Area of Study 2 Review
Topic 6: From chromosomes to genomes
Topic 7: Genotypes and phenotypes
Topic 8: Patterns of inheritance
Unit 2: Area of Study 1 Review
Topic 9: Reproductive strategies
Topic 10: Adaptations and diversity
Unit 2: Area of Study 2 Review
Topic 11: Exploring and communicating bioethical issues
Unit 2: Area of Study 3 Review
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Topic 1: The relationship between nucleic acids and proteins
Topic 2: DNA manipulation techniques and applications
Unit 3: Area of Study 1 Review
Topic 3: Regulation of biochemical pathways
Topic 4: Photosynthesis, cellular respiration and
Unit 3: Area of Study 2 Review
Topic 5: Responding to antigens and acquiring immunity
Topic 6: Disease challenges and strategies
Unit 4: Area of Study 1 Review
Topic 7: Genetic changes in a population over time
Topic 8: Changes in species over time
Topic 9: Determining the relatedness over time
Topic 10: Human change over time
Unit 4: Area of Study 2 Review
Topic 11: Scientific investigations
Unit 4: Area of Study 3 Review
Read our Teacher’s Guide to the VCE Biology Study Design (2022-2026) to learn more about:
As the original authors of Jacaranda’s Nature of Biology, Judith Kinnear and Marjory Martin’s lifelong interest in, and passion, for the biological sciences and education are the driving forces in their continuing academic studies and professional achievements. Having taught at both school and university levels, with experience in both curriculum development and academic research, their continuing aim is to produce resources that engage students in the many facets of biology and encourage them to understand the living world as a dynamic, evolving science.
For the brand new sixth edition, Judith and Marjory will be joined by a passionate team of experienced VCE Biology educators:
Sarah has a Bachelor of Science (Plant Physiology and Honours in Meteorology), and a Diploma of Education. Formerly a research scientist, Sarah’s rich passion for teaching, education, and communicating complex scientific concepts, led her to become a teacher. Having taught for over 13 years, Sarah is currently the Assistant Head of Science at St Kevin’s College in Toorak where she is a teacher of VCE Biology, Science and Geography. Sarah has also been a VCAA assessor for VCE Biology.
After completing a Doctorate in Medicine (Immunology) from Monash University, Lucy spent time as a research scientist investigating areas from cancer research to gene therapy. Currently a senior Biology teacher at an independent school in Melbourne’s west, Lucy is committed to inspiring the next generation of students to appreciate Biology and the scientific world around them, instilling a passion for learning as well as hoping to inspire the next generation of scientists.
Originally from England, Nick’s passion for Science, specifically the practical work of data collecting and being able to use evidence to test the theories, led him to study a Bachelor of Science (Honours in Genetics) from the University of Liverpool. After working as a research scientist for the UK Government, Nick completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, and taught GCSE Science and A-level Biology. Since emigrating to Australia in 2013, he has taught VCE Biology at regional and metropolitan schools in Victoria.
Elise has a Science degree focused in Conservation and has recently completed a Masters in Clinical Teaching. Elise has over 15-years’ experience working in secondary education, having taught in Australia, Japan and the United Kingdom. Currently the Head of Science at Saint Ignatius College Geelong, Elise has a passion for developing curriculum which incorporates evidence-based learning that caters for all students.
Sacha discovered her passion for science during high school, leading her to embark on a career in teaching and inspiring VCE Biology students. She has been a senior Biology teacher since 2009, teaching in both rural and city schools, and across sectors. Currently the Head of House at a grammar school in Melbourne, Sacha teaches VCE Biology, and has been VCAA assessor since 2014.
Ritu graduated from Delhi University (India) with a Bachelor of Microbiology (Honours) and completed her Diploma of Education from University of Melbourne. Ritu has been teaching Maths, Science and VCE Biology at Roxburgh College for the past 11 years. Currently at Roxburgh College, she is dedicated to continuously improving student literacy outcomes.
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