The application of scientific principles and the conduct of relevant research are of significant importance in identifying, assessing and realising the potential of the resources of Caribbean territories. A good foundation in the sciences will enhance the ability of our citizens to respond to the challenges of a rapidly changing world using the scientific approach.
Biology is the discipline in science which seeks to understand the organisation of the organic world through an exploration of the structure and function of life forms at the molecular, cellular, organismal and ecosystem levels, as well as the complex interactions and interdependencies which occur at each of these levels. This knowledge provides the foundation for understanding the opportunities for promoting the well being of humans and other living organisms in the environment. It generates an awareness of the importance of our biodiversity and the unique role of humans in conserving, protecting and improving the quality of the biological environment for future generations.
The syllabus aims to:
- develop an understanding of fundamental biological principles and concepts (such as structure and function relationships; unity in diversity; energy transduction), based upon practical and theoretical knowledge of living organisms and the environment;
- make accurate observations of biological material and phenomena, both in the field and in the laboratory;
- develop the ability to record information accurately;
- formulate hypotheses and plan, design and carry out experiments to test them;
- develop the ability to appraise information critically, identify patterns, cause and effect, stability and change and evaluate ideas;
- appreciate that although generalisations have predictive value, there are often exceptions to them;
- develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills;
- develop an awareness that principles of Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and other disciplines are necessary for a proper understanding of Biology;
- recognise the dynamic nature of the interrelationships between organisms and their environment;
- develop a natural curiosity about living organisms and a respect for all living things and the environment;
- develop the ability to work independently and collaboratively with others when necessary;
- apply biological knowledge for further studies as well as in everyday life situations;
- acknowledge the social and economic implications of Biology;
- integrate Information Communication and Technology (ICT) tools and skills.