THE BLUEPRINT OF LIFE

Introduction

This component of the HSC biology course looks at the blueprint of life. The word blueprint means“a detailed plan” or a“program”. To put it another way, this topic examines the logic of life. There are two key aspects: (i) the fact that over a long period of time, living things tend to change (evolution), and (ii) the instructions for life that are passed from one generation to the next generally follow certain well established rules (genetics). To do well in this course (as with all HSC science courses), you must demonstrate that you

(a) understand the essential concepts of evolution and genetics

(b) can demonstrate your understanding using specific examples

(c) can interpret scientific data (from primary and secondary sources), including experimental information

(d) can make connection between the different concepts that are discussed in this topic.


Links to the other pages in this topic

Evolution

A simplified overview of evolutionary theory

The evidence for evolution

Modes of Evolution

Divergence and convergence

Sham Nair 2014