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Year 11 - Biology depth study

Future of Minnamurra River 

Ecosystem dynamics / Biological diversity



Minnamurra River

Inquiry and focus questions

  • What effect can one species have on another species in a community?
  • How can human activity impact on an ecosystem?
  • How do adaptations increase the organism’s ability to survive?

Program overview

Students begin their depth study by researching the river ecosystems, adaptations for survival and potential impacts of climate change. The fieldwork day allows students to develop an hypothesis and conduct an investigation into the current state of the ecosystems. Back at school students complete their depth study using their first hand data and secondary sources of data and information that helps them conclude the future of the river. Students are asked to consider their audience when developing a communication piece that addresses mitigation strategies.  

Supporting resources

Follow the links to the following resources for both teachers and students.

Key syllabus outcomes

Biology Yr 11

Ecosystem Dynamics and Biological Diversity

  • BIO11-11 analyses ecosystem dynamics and the interrelationships of organisms within the ecosystem
  • BIO11-10 describes biological diversity by explaining the relationships between a range of organisms in terms of specialisation for selected habitats and evolution of species