Biology UNIT 3: Photosynthesis and biochemical pathways



Learners analyse the structure and regulation of biochemical pathways and investigate factors that affect the rate in of photosynthesis.

Program Overview

Students complete an investigation that could also be used for Unit 4: AOS 3- Scientific Inquiry.

Living algae and yeast can be trapped in alginate where they continue to carry out their life processes in a controlled, uniform environment. Students will investigate how temperature and light availability affects photosynthesis in algal balls, sharing and discussing their results.

Across the class cohort, students will conduct three different pracs investigating photosynthesis, which can collectively be used for the ‘three prac portfolio’ SAC.

Curriculum Focus

VCE Biology Unit 3 – AOS 1: Outcome 2: Photosynthesis as an example of biochemical pathways

  • the factors that affect the rate of photosynthesis: light availability and temperature
  • inputs, outputs and locations of the light dependent and light independent stages of photosynthesis in C3 plants

Science and Plants for Schools project

Duration: 2.5 hours (booking times negotiable)
Max students: 24

Students will be added to KIOSC’s Learning Management System for their coursework.