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Excellence in Biology NCEA Level 3

By | Copyright Year:2013 | ISBN-13: 9780170233286

Excellence in Biology Level 3 has been fully updated to take the realignment of Level 3 Biology into account. This resource has a highly visual approach and presentation. Hundreds of specially drawn illustrations, all in full colour, help students to understand biological concepts. The text includes comprehensive coverage of external NCEA Level 3 Achievement Standards and also the internally-assessed ‘How animals maintain a stable internal environment’ and ‘Human manipulation of genetic material and its biological implications’. The content is biologically accurate and rigorous, and maximum priority is given to linking concepts. Each chapter concludes with a summary of essential facts and ideas, and a quick self-test of basics. Extension material is also provided for deeper understanding.


Part 1: Responses of Organisms to their Environment
1. Introduction to behaviour
2. Biological clocks
3. Seasonal behaviour and photoperiodism
4. Orientation in animals
5. Orientation in plants: Tropisms
6. Competition
7. Exploitation: Predation and parasitism
8. Cooperative interactions and commensalism
9. Courtship, parental care and life history strategies

Part II: Homeostasis in Animals
10. Introduction to homeostasis
11. Nervous communication and integration
12. Effectors: Muscle
13. Hormonal regulation
14. Control of body water: Osmoregulation
15. Control of blood sugar
16. Control of blood pressure
17. Control of respiratory gases
18. Regulation of body temperature

Part III: Evolution in a New Zealand Context
19. Evolutionary basics: Lamarck, Darwin and Weisman
20. Genes in populations
21. How do new species arise?
22. Patterns in evolution

Part IV: Human Evolution
23. Primate legacy
24. A peculiar ape
25. Prelude to fossils: Rocks and dating
26. The first hominins: The Australopithecines
27. The first stone tools: Homo habilis
28. The use of fire: Homo erectus
29. ‘Archaic Homo sapiens’: Homo heidelbergensis, H. neanderthalensis and the Denisovans
30. The first modern humans
31. The origin and spread of Homo sapiens
32. The Neolithic revolution: Agriculture and settlements

Part V: Biotechnology
33. Recombinant DNA technology: Tools of the trade
34. Applications of techniques in biotechnology