11 College Biology

Welcome to Grade 11 College Biology!

Grade 11 College Biology

Teacher Contact Information

Semester:    1 Block:  A Room:  F432
Teacher:  Ms. M. Trainor  

Teacher email:          marie_trainor@wrdsb.on.ca

Teacher webpage:   http://teachers.wrdsb.ca/trainor/

Course Description

This course focuses on the processes that occur in biological systems. Students will learn concepts and theories as they conduct investigations in the areas of cellular biology, microbiology, genetics, the anatomy of mammals, and the structure of plants and their role in the natural environment. Emphasis will be placed on the practical application of concepts, and on the skills needed for further study in various branches of the life sciences and related fields.

Essential Learnings:

By the end of the course, I will be able to:

Assessments (missing critical evidence of learning may result in no earned credit)
Term (70%) Final (30%)
  • Demonstrate scientific investigation skills (related to both inquiry and research) in the four areas of skills (initiating and planning, performing and recording, analysing and interpreting, and communicating)

Lab Investigations

Lab Reports

Final Summative (10%)

  • the impact of environmental factors and medical technologies on certain cellular processes that occur in the human body
  • some social, ethical, and environmental implications of genetic research and related technologies

Case Studies

Article reviews

Biotechnology Assignment

Investigate through laboratory, inquiry and computer simulation:

  • the structures and functions of cells, and the factors that influence cellular activity
  • the development and physical characteristics of microorganisms
  • the process of meiosis
  • the anatomy, physiology, and response mechanisms of mammals
  • some of the factors that affect plant growth


In class labs and activities

Final Summative (10%)
Analyse the:

  • ethical issues related to microorganism use in biotechnology
  • data related to the laws of heredity and the impact of lifestyle choices on human health
  • social or economic impact of a technology used to treat systems in the human body
  • roles of plants in ecosystems

Case Studies

Article reviews

Biotechnology Assignment

Genetics Problem Set

Final Summative (10%)
Demonstrate an understanding of:

  • the basic processes of cellular biology
  • the diversity of microorganisms and the relationships that exist between them
  • the process of meiosis, and explain the role of genes in the transmission of hereditary characteristics
  • the structure, function, and interactions of the circulatory, digestive, and respiratory systems of mammals
  • the structure and physiology of plants and their role in the natural environment



Final Exam (20%)

Course Evaluation

  • Throughout the course, teachers will gather evidence of student learning through observations, conversations, and student-produced work.  
  • Seventy percent (70%) of the final mark will come from term work, and thirty percent (30%) will come from final evaluations.  Report card grades will reflect the student’s most consistent level of achievement, with consideration given to more recent evidence.

Learning Skills

The Learning Skills and Work Habits section of the provincial report card is an integral part of a student’s learning.  Students will be assessed in the following areas:

  • Responsibility
  • Independent Work
  • Organization
  • Initiative
  • Collaboration
  • Self-Regulation

The following scoring system is used for Learning Skills:    E=Excellent; G=Good; S=Satisfactory; N=Needs Improvement

Course Materials

In order to be successful it is important to be organized and prepared for each class.  You will be expected to have the following items with you in class each day:

  • pens and pencils (at least 2 different colours is helpful)
  • a charged chromebook
  • scientific calculator (especially for assessments – no cell phones allowed!)
  • binder with plenty of lined paper
  • metric ruler (clear is better)


Absences must be validated and missed work completed outside of class time. If you miss a test/quiz or lab for a valid reason, be prepared to complete it on the day you return. It is your responsibility to find out what you missed and catch up after being absent. If you know ahead of time about an absence make arrangements beforehand!

Extra help is available– your teachers are pleased to assist you! The Science Office is Room F434; please make arrangements with your subject teacher or visit peer tutoring in room A202 if extra help is needed.

For more information about the content of this course outline, please consult:

  • Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute:  Student Guidelines
  • CHCI Website
  • WRDSB’s Administrative Procedure 1660 (Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting)
  • The appropriate CHCI teacher or administrator.