Course Review Information
Student Entry Level
The majority of students entering the University of Alberta Introductory
Biology courses will have taken the High School Biology curriculum developed
by Alberta Education.
Clicking on the highlighted text will allow you to read the Alberta Education
Biology 20 - 30 curriculum in an Adobe Acrobat format. On the Alberta Education
site first click on 'Science', on the next page 'Programs of Study' then
The curriculum opens with a Vision Statement that covers all Alberta
Education Science curricula. The document then lists all the learning outcomes
expected of students completing the program.
Outcomes are stated in three areas:
Knowledge: the scientific information and processes that are to be learned.
Knowledge is developed around six overarching themes:
Skills: the identified skills are:
STS Connections: students are required to demonstrate an understanding
of the processes by which scientific knowledge is developed, and the interrelationships
among science, technology and society.
initiating and planning
collecting and recording
organizing and communicating
connecting, synthesizing and integrating
evaluating the process or outcomes.
A Global Issue?
The following link is to an Australian Broadcasting Corporation Radio National
broadcast on High School Biology Curricula. The transcript is from the
weekly science program named Ockham's
Is Science Talent Squandered?
A link to an article in Science
Science - Far More Than Required High School Coursework
A link to an article in the Science series Essays
on Science and Society
Further information on this topic can be obtained by contacting John
© University of Alberta, Dec 23, 2002.