CCEA GCE Biology - Operation Wallacea

CCEA GCE Biology


Introduction: Each WRL data set was linked to the appropriate part of the CCEA GCE Biology course which we thought could be a relevant place in which to use a particular case study. The CCEA Biology course codes were then noted and linked to the reference code for WRL. Whilst some links are more directly applicable to the data set than others, they might be a valuable example to use and include in a scheme of work. We also realise that some of our matching may be more ‘on target’ than others (I suppose you can only do this accurately if you actually teach it!) so we welcome any feedback from teachers and how they have or might use this resource. Click on the WRL dataset module codes in the table below for an overview of the relevant case study. For CCEA GCE Biology the WRL data sets could be particularly useful for synoptic work, stretch and challenge and the chance to improve mathematical skills.The matching was based on the CCEA GCE Biology Specification (version 7 Sept 2014)

Unit Topic Description WRL dataset
Unit AS 1: Molecules and Cells 1.3 DNA Technology: 1.3.1 PCR MO4D01
Unit AS 2: Organisms and Biodiversity 2.2 The Adaptation of Organisms: 2.2.1 organisms are adapted to their environment: MO1D01
2.2.2 ecological factors have an influence on the distribution of organisms:
2.2.3 the role of selection in maintaining the adaptiveness of populations of organisms in their environment: MO1D04
2.2.4 Practical Work: Describe and carry out qualitative and quantitative techniques used to investigate the distribution and relative abundance of plants and animals in a habitat: MO1D01
2.3 Biodiversity: (a) The variety of life: 2.3.2 biodiversity involves variation among living organisms at all levels of biological organisation: MO1D04
2.3.3 Measure species diversity and appreciate that genetic diversity can be measured:
2.3.4 the principle of taxonomy: MO1D04
2.3.5 the concept of the species:
2.3.6 the other taxa within which species can be grouped:
(b) Human impact: 2.3.14 factors that have an adverse impact on biodiversity MO1D02
2.3.15 the need for strategies to encourage biodiversity:
Unit A2 1: Physiology and Ecosystems (a) Populations: 4.4.3 the ways in which populations may interact MO2D01
4.4.6 Practical Work: the size of an animal population using a simple mark/recapture technique:
(b) Communities: 4.4.7 the concept of an ecological community: MO2D04
4.4.8 the concept of an ecosystem:
(e) Adverse impact of human activity: 4.4.15 State the source/cause of specific pollutants: global warming MO1D03
4.4.16 Appreciate traditional farming methods:
4.4.17 Appreciate the adverse impact of intensive farming methods:
Unit A2 2: Biochemistry, Genetics and Evolutionary Trends 5.6 Mechanism of Change: 5.6.5 the concept of species and the process of speciation: (Evolution) MO1D04
4.5 Synoptic assessment work  Majority of data sets
4.6 Mathematical and statistical knowledge  All data sets
4.8 Stretch and challenge  Majority of data sets


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