VCE Surfing Biology Unit 4

  • Kerri Humphreys
  • Science Press
  • 2017
  • ISBN: 9780855837600

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This book covers the Biology content specified in the Victorian Certificate of Education Biology Study Design. Sample data has been included for suggested experiments to give you practice to  reinforce practical work in class.
Each book in the Surfing series contains a summary, with occasional more detailed sections, of all the mandatory parts of the syllabus, along with questions and answers.
All types of questions – multiple choice, short response, structured response and free response – are provided.
Questions are written in exam style so that you will become familiar with the concepts of the topic and answering questions in the required way.
Answers to all questions are included.
A topic test at the end of the book contains an extensive set of summary questions. These cover every aspect of the topic, and are useful for revision and exam practice.

Table of Contents

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Area of Study 1 How Are Species Related?
1 Assumed Knowledge
2 Allele Frequency
3 Point Mutations
4 Block Mutations
5 Transposable Genetic Elements
6 Chromosome Abnormalities
7 Polyploidy
8 Gene Flow
9 Genetic Drift
10 Speciation
11 Allopatric Speciation
12 Microevolution
13 Allele Frequencies and Natural Selection
14 Selective Breeding and Allele Frequencies
15 Selective Breeding Ethical Issues
16 Early Earth
17 Major Stages of Development of Life on Earth
18 Ideas from Different Cultures
19 Changes in Technology
20 Macroevolution, Speciation and Gondwanan Organisms
21 Fossils
22 Activity – Fossils Give a Timeline for Life on Earth
23 Gondwanan Fossils
24 Evolution of Australian Mammals
25 Play – Inside Palaeontology
26 Biogeography
27 Activity – Vertebrate Forelimbs
28 Transitional Forms
29 Developmental Biology
30 Historical Development of Evolution Theories
31 Punctuated Equilibrium
32 Evolution and Natural Selection
33 Activity – Model for Natural Selection
34 Extinction
35 Mass Extinctions
36 Molecular Homology
37 Gene Cascades and Limb Development
38 Ancestral Gene Homologues
39 DNA Hybridisation
40 Molecular Clocks
41 Evolution of Genes
42 Cladistics
43 Homologous and Analogous Traits
44 Darwin’s Finches
45 Cichlid Fish
46 Human Evolution
47 The Primates
48 Primate Hands and Feet
49 Primate Head and Skull
50 Primate Skeletons and Locomotion
51 Primate Reproductive Features
52 The Hominidae
53 The Hominins
54 The Australopithecines
55 Genus – Homo
56 Homo habilis
57 Homo ergaster
58 Homo erectus
59 Homo heidelbergensis and Homo floresiensis
60 Homo neanderthalensis
61 Homo sapiens
62 Dating Hominin Fossils
63 Models for Human Evolutionary Trees
64 Models for Evolution of Homo sapiens
65 Development of Culture

Area of Study 2 How Do Humans Impact on Biological Processes?
66 Endonucleases
67 DNA Ligases
68 DNA Polymerases
69 The Polymerase Chain Reaction
70 Gel Electrophoresis
71 Recombinant Plasmids
72 Gene Cloning
73 Genetic Screening
74 DNA Profiling
75 Genetically Modified and Transgenic Organisms
76 Managing Pandemics in the Asia Region
77 Modelling Disease Outbreak and Spread
78 Rational Drug Design
79 Antiviral Drugs and Antibiotics
80 Strategies to Control the Spread of Disease
Topic Test

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