Inquiry question: How does reproduction ensure the continuity of a species?
● explain the mechanisms of reproduction that ensure the continuity of a species, by analysing sexual and asexual methods of reproduction in a variety of organisms, including but not limited to:
Inquiry question: How important is it for genetic material to be replicated exactly?
● model the processes involved in cell replication, including but not limited to:
● assess the effect of the cell replication processes on the continuity of species
Inquiry question: Why is polypeptide synthesis important?
● construct appropriate representations to model and compare the forms in which DNA exists in eukaryotes and prokaryotes
● model the process of polypeptide synthesis, including:
– transcription and translation
– in transcription and translation tRNAassessing the importance of mRNA and
– analysing the function and importance of polypeptide synthesis
– assessing how genes and environment affect phenotypic expression
Inquiry question: compared?be How can the genetic similarities and differences within and between species
● conduct practical investigations to predict variations in the genotype of offspring by modelling meiosis, including the crossing over of homologous chromosomes, fertilisation and mutations
● model the formation of new combinations of genotypes produced during meiosis, including but not limited to:
– interpreting examples of autosomal, sex-linkage, co-dominance, incomplete dominance and multiple alleles
– Punnett Squares constructing and interpreting information and data from pedigrees and
● collect, record and present data to represent frequencies of characteristics in a population, in order to identify trends, patterns, relationships and limitations in data, for example:
– examining frequency data
analysing single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP)–
Inheritance Patterns in a Population
Inquiry question: Can population genetic patterns be predicted with any accuracy?
● investigate the use of technologies to determine inheritance patterns in a population using, for example:
● for example: investigate the use of data analysis from a large-scale collaborative project to identify trends, patterns and relationships,
- the use of population genetics data in conservation management
- population genetics studies used to determine the inheritance of a disease or disorder