Human Biology


In Human Biology (Stage 2 Scientific Studies) students learn about the cellular and overall structures and functions of a range of human body systems.

About the subject

Students have the opportunity to make connections between human biology and their lives and how biology of the human body impacts on their lives and society.

Students design and conduct biological investigations and gather evidence from their investigations. As they explore a range of biology-related issues, students recognise that the body of biological knowledge is constantly changing and increasing through the applications of new ideas and technologies.

Examples of areas of study include.

  • Cellular Biology including blood
  • Physiology of the circulatory and immune systems


Students demonstrate evidence of their learning through the following assessment types:

School-based AssessmentWeighting
Investigations Folio40%
Skills and Applications Tasks30%
External Assessment 
Practical Investigation30%

Information on the External Assessment - Practical Investigation

The practical investigation consists of two parts:

  • investigation design proposal
  • investigation report

The investigation design proposal includes a statement of a question or hypothesis, identification of variables, and an outline of the proposed research approach and method. This is assessed before the student begins the practical investigation.

The investigation report includes the hypothesis investigated, the method, the results, the conclusion, and an evaluation of the practical investigation. It is presented in written form of up to a maximum of 1000 words for a 10-credit subject and up to 2000 words for a 20-credit subject.

The teacher and the SACE Board external assessor make a decision about the quality of the investigation with reference to performance standards.

Performance Standards

The Scientific Studies Subject Outline includes performance standards, which describe five levels of achievement that are reported with the grades A to E at the student’s completion of the subject.

The school-based assessments and the external assessment will be graded with reference to the performance standards.

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