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Biology - Modules 3 and 4 (Wetlands Campus)


Students engage in first hand investigations using a variety of sampling techniques to obtain data that will allow them to expand on their understanding of biological concepts whilst analysing the biotic and abiotic factors operating within the wetland ecosystem. Students participate in collaborative investigation to collect qualitative and quantitative primary data, discuss the validity and reliability of data and improvement to fieldwork methods. This program may be used as part of a depth study.

Prior to the fieldwork- students are asked to complete a pre learning activity.

The program will include:

  • Abiotic investigations- Measuring abiotic factors to investigate their impact on a wetland ecosystem and to determine the water quality (including measuring: water and air temperature, humidity, water depth, pH, turbidity, dissolved oxygen and using data loggers in fresh and brackish systems).
  • Biotic investigations – Comparing the biodiversity and abundance of pond animals at two sites, using data collected to determine the water quality of the pond, plant and animal adaptations, predation, competition and symbiotic relationships in a wetland ecosystem.
  • Human impact investigation- Discussion on the past human activity and subsequent impacts on this wetland ecosystem including the water quality. Discussion and observation of strategies used to rehabilitate the site and past management practices that have informed future management approaches.

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