SBI3U, Grade 11, Biology, University Preparation

Course Title/ Grade/ Course Type: Biology, Grade 11, University Preparation

Ministry Course Code: SBI3U

Curriculum Document: Ministry of Education; The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 11 to 12, Science (Revised 2008); Ministry of Education; Growing Success Documents, 2010

Prerequisite: SNC2D, Science, Grade 10, Academic 

*If you are a current UMC High School student, please contact your advisor.

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This course furthers students’ understanding of the processes that occur in biological systems. Students will study theory and conduct investigations in the areas of biodiversity; evolution; genetic processes; the structure and function of animals; and the anatomy, growth, and function of plants. The course focuses on the theoretical aspects of the topics under study and helps students refine skills related to scientific investigation.


Outline of Course Content

Unit 1: Diversity of Living Things

You will analyze kingdoms animalia, plantae, fungi, bacteria, protists and archaea, exploring similarities and differences between them. You will investigate how human activities affect the diversity of living things in ecosystems around the world, and what we can do to minimize negative impacts. Finally, you will complete a project exploring a group of species at risk and measures being taken to protect them.

Unit 2: Genetic Processes

You will learn about genetic and genomic research techniques, and explore how they can have social, ethical and environmental implications. Finally, you will investigate a genetic disorder and how it affects humans, followed by a genetics unit test to practice your skills.

Unit 3: Evolution

You will explore how evolution by means of natural selection is the process of biological change over time, based on the relationship between species and their environment. You will analyze how humans have altered the course of evolution, and how we have evolved ourselves. Finally, you will complete a written summative assignment reflecting on your learnings.


Unit 4: Animals – Structure and Functions

You will learn in detail about the digestive, respiratory and circulatory systems. You will also touch upon the developments and uses of technology used in medicine to maintain human health and respond to the changing needs of society. Finally, you will construct a health and fitness plan to showcase your


Unit 5: Population Dynamics

Population growth follows predictable patterns. The increased consumption of resources and production of waste associated with population growth result in specific stresses that affect Earth’s sustainability. Technological developments can contribute to or help offset the ecological footprint associated with population growth and the consumption of natural resources.

Unit 6: Investigating Career Paths 

Students will investigate career paths associated with the biology curriculum, and research and discuss the big ideas in the course.


Final Mark will be determined following percentages:

70% Determined by the evaluations conducted throughout the duration of the course:

Products – Assignments, Test, Report

Observations – Presentations, Debates

Conversations – Conferences with the Teacher

30% Final Exam and/or Final Culminating Activity