• DP Biology Year 2 (syllabus and internal assessment)

    Course Syllabus

    Biology DP Year 2 Syllabus 2020/2021
    Dr. Mark Sivy
    Concord High School

    Please note that due to the unique nature of the 2020-21 academic year, items in this syllabus are subject to change.

    Course Description

    This is Year 2 of the two-year Diploma Program Biology course for the International Baccalaureate Program. This year, you complete your Internal Assessments and we wrap up the remaining course topics. Advanced algebra skills are essential for this course, as a large amount of time will be used processing and analyzing raw lab data. The overall goal of this course is to not only prepare you for the IB Biology paper, but to have you develop a thorough background in Biology that can be applied to many aspects of your personal life and as a preparation for college level science.

    Remaining Topics

    Topic 7.1-7.3 - Nucleic Acids

    Topic 9.1-9.4 - Plant Biology

    Topic 8.1-8.3 - Metabolism, Cell Respiration, Photosynthesis

    Topic 11.1-11.4 - Animal Physiology

    Topic 6.1-6.6 - Human Physiology

    Option C.1-C.6 - Ecology & Conservation

    Grading Policy
    (this is subject to change)

    Major Assessments (Tests, Projects, and Lab reports) – 75%

    Minor Assessment (Quizzes and smaller labs without reports) - 25%

    In-Class Materials (some with Online)

    Pen and pencil every day!


    3-Ring Binder (2 inch)

    Composition notebook

    Jump Drive

    Loose-leaf paper

    Glue Stick

    Colored pencils

    Graph Paper

    One large box of tissue


    Class Rules/Expectations            

    • Be in your seat (or Microsoft Teams) and prepared for class before class begins.
    • Be respectful of your peers and teacher.
    • Follow Cabarrus County Schools and Concord High School rules.
    • Consequences are dealt with according the CHS guidelines

    Student Objectives and Expectations

    During this course, it is intended that you achieve the following objectives.

    1. Demonstrate an understanding of:
      1. scientific facts and concepts
      2. scientific methods and techniques
      3. scientific terminology
      4. Methods of presenting scientific information.
    2. Apply and use:
      1. scientific facts and concepts
      2. scientific methods and techniques
      3. scientific terminology to communicate effectively
      4. appropriate methods to present scientific information.
    3. Construct, analyze and evaluate:
      1. hypotheses, research questions and predictions
      2. scientific methods and techniques
      3. scientific explanations.
    4. Demonstrate the personal skills of cooperation, perseverance and responsibility appropriate for effective scientific investigation and problem solving. 

    Access to Grades (www.powerschool.com)

    Your grades will be available to you and your parents/guardians online using PowerSchool.  To login, use the directions given to you by the school. 


    All assignments must be turned in no later than the stated time, otherwise a grade of zero is earned. If you received an assignment, but you’re absent on the due date, the assignment is due the day you return.

    During class, you’re expected to work on the given assignment until it’s been submitted. Any assignments to be completed as homework must be submitted at the beginning of the next class meeting.

    If you are absent, it is your responsibility to contact me to find out what you need to make up. I will gladly go over the material you missed. Including the day you return, you have three calendar days to complete the missed work. If you are out the day before a quiz/test, you may still be required to take the quiz/test on the day you return. This is your responsibility!

    Food and Drink Policy

    My classroom is a biology laboratory so, in accordance with standard safety procedures, food and beverages will not be allowed at my lab desks at any time.  This is not negotiable.

    Phone/Technology Classroom Policy

    The classroom is a biology laboratory so, in accordance with standard safety procedures, food and beverages will not be allowed at any time. The only exception is a water in a container with a hard seal.

    Internal Assessment

    Internal assessment is an integral part of the course and is compulsory for both SL and HL students. It enables students to demonstrate the application of their skills and knowledge, and to pursue their personal interests, without the time limitations and other constraints that are associated with written examinations. The internal assessment requirements at SL and at HL are the same. Students will start research for their Internal Assessment the summer after their 1st year.

    Dropout Prevention / Driver’s License

    The Dropout Prevention/Driver’s License legislation from the State of North Carolina requires that the CHS is to notify the Department of Motor Vehicles when a student is not making adequate academic progress or drops out of school.  “Adequate academic progress” is defined as having passing grades in 70% or more of student’s classes during each semester.  A student on the 4 X 4 block (Cabarrus County high schools) will have his/her license or permit revoked if the student does not pass at least three (3) courses during a semester. 

    Students who drop out of school and are not making adequate academic progress will also have his/her license or permit revoked.  A new Driving Eligibility Certificate cannot be granted for a period of six-months even if the student enrolls in a non-public school or community college.

    Internal Assessment

    If you choose to do a simulation or database analysis for your IA, be sure you're analyzing and manipulating the data in some way. You cannot simply tell about on the data you retrieved from a simulation or database.  You have to produce data tables, graphs and statistics of your own.

    Biology IA General Information

    The Scoring Rubric Introduced

    IA Self-Assessment Score Sheet

    IB Animal Experimentation Policy

    Consent Form Template

    IA for Biology General Info

    BIA Timeline v1.3



    Database and Simulation Links (no guarantee that all links in these documents are active or useful)

    Database Links Document

    Simulation Links Document


    Biology IA Write-up Examples


    IA 1 Scored 23 of 24

    IA 2 Scored 23 of 24

    IA 3 Scored 23 of 24

    Example 1 (with comments)

    Example 2 (with comments)

    Example 3 (with comments)


    Simulation IA 1 (annotated)


    Database IA 1 (scored 23 or 24)

    Database IA 2 (with comments)