Aims/Objectives of the National Curriculum (2000)

According to National Curriculum the board aims of the Biology course are to:

  1. Enable the student to appreciate that Allah (S.W.T) is the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe.
  2. Broaden and stimulate student’s interest in and enjoyment of learning Biology and to help them to acquire self initiative in the study of Biology.
  3. Develop an understanding of Biological facts, concepts and principles and an appreciation of their significance.
  4. Develop appreciation of importance of experimental and investigatory work in the study of Biology.
  5. Develop awareness of applications of Biology in personal, social, economic, environmental and technological contexts.
  6. Be complete in itself and perform useful educational functions for students not intending to study Biology at a higher level.
  7. Suitably prepare for higher education courses in Biology, for biological studies in other educational establishments and for professional courses which require students to have knowledge of Biology.
  8. Develop feelings for living things.
  9. Become well informed, confident and responsible citizens in a modern technologically advanced changing world.

General Objectives
According to the National Curriculum the objectives of Biology are as follows:

A. Knowledge and Understanding
Students should be able to:

  1. Recall

    (a) Biological facts;
    (b) Biological terms;
    (c) Biological concepts and principles.
  2. Recall some of the ways in which biological knowledge is applied in daily life.
  3. Organize, interpret data from various sources and draw inferences from it.
  4. Use appropriate instruments and to take accurate and precise measurements.
  5. Recognize biological problems.
  6. Devise methods for testing hypotheses, using controls where appropriate.

B. Attitudes
Students should acquire:

  1. An interest and enjoyment in studying living organisms and their interrelationships;
  2. A feeling for living organisms;
  3. A critical and inquiring mind;
  4. An objective attitude towards evidence;
  5. A positive attitude in discussing biological issues in personal, social, environmental and technological contexts;
  6. An awareness that the body of biological knowledge is not static; and that experimental and investigatory work is important for its advancement;
  7. An awareness of the need for appropriate safety procedures;
  8. An awareness of both the usefulness and limitations of hypotheses in making predictions and describing biological phenomena.

C. Practical Skills
Students should be able to:

  1. Use instruments and apparatus to the limits of accuracy appropriate to a given problem.
  2. Observe and describe objects and phenomena accurately.
  3. Perform common laboratory techniques and handle chemicals, apparatus and biological materials carefully and safely.

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