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Human & Social Biology
Examples of Responses to Questions in the 2011 Examinations
In keeping with our drive here at CXC to enhance the support provided to candidates who are preparing to write our examinations, we are displaying on our website exemplars of candidates’ responses to examination questions. These are authentic, unedited responses. They are presented in the candidates’ own handwriting, accompanied by comments from the Examination Committee that indicate the Committee’s judgement of the quality of the responses and the justification for arriving at that judgement.
This is a pilot effort, covering only selected subjects. We at CXC welcome your feedback on how useful you find this information to be and, in particular, how we can improve on the provision of such information. Your comments will contribute to the future expansion and refinement of this material.
The Human and Social Biology Syllabus is designed to allow students to work individually and cooperatively, utilizing theoretical concepts of the course in interactive and practical activities. Students are expected to apply investigative and problem solving skills, be effective in communicating scientific knowledge and demonstrate an appreciation for all living organisms in their environment.
The syllabus provides students with a foundation for further study in fields where an understanding of the structure and functioning of the human body and the application of biological principles to the maintenance of health have relevance. It also helps to provide students with knowledge and skills that are important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
The syllabus is organised under five main sections:
Section I - Living organisms and the environment
Section II - Life processes
Section III - Heredity and variation
Section IV - Disease and its impact on humans
Section V - The impact of human activities on the environment