Biology 30 Exam Prep

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Biology 30 Diploma Exam Preparation

Cancelled for June 2017

Boost your Biology 30 mark by preparing the right way for your diploma exam  

This review of material, concepts and terminology gives you the tools you need to perform to your highest potential on the diploma exam. The course includes:

  • A review of the Biology 30 curriculum through a series of meaningful sequential activities
  • A thorough analysis of sample questions from past diploma exams
  • Assessments that indicate your readiness to take the diploma exam
  • A discussion of test taking strategies that will enhance your performance on the diploma exam


There are no prerequisites for this course. However, it is expected that students taking the course are currently enrolled in Biology 30 and preparing to take the Biology 30 Diploma Exam on Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

Text and Materials

Textbooks are not required for this course. A free study guide booklet containing all review materials and sample questions is included in the course fee.

Course Learning Outcomes

In this course, you will review the major learning outcomes specified in the approved Alberta Education Biology 30 curriculum. These include:

  • Explaining how the nervous system controls physiological processes
  • Explaining how survival of the human species is ensured through reproduction
  • Explaining how the endocrine system contributes to homeostasis
  • Explaining how human reproduction is regulated by chemical control systems
  • Explaining how cell differentiation and development in the human organism are regulated by a combination of genetic, endocrine and environmental factors
  • Describing the processes of mitosis and meiosis
  • Explaining the basic rules and processes associated with the transmission of genetic characteristics
  • Explaining classical genetics at the molecular level
  • Describing a community as a composite of populations in which individuals contribute to a gene pool that can change over time
  • Explaining the interaction of individuals in a population with one another and with members of other populations
  • Explaining, in quantitative terms, the change in populations over time
  • Designing pre-exam regimens to improve readiness
  • Utilizing effective exam taking strategies to maximize exam outcomes 

Andrea McLeod, Instructorce_img_andrea_mcleodAndrea has a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of Calgary.  She has been teaching in Alberta schools for 20 years and has been teaching Biology 30 and other high school science courses for the last 14 years.

For the last 13 years, Andrea has worked with the Learner Assessment Branch of Alberta Education, doing committee work for the Biology 30 diploma exam in the following areas:  assessment of written work, standards setting and item writing.

Andrea's goal is to provide an engaging, interactive and thorough review of the concepts covered on the Biology 30 diploma exam in a smaller class setting while also providing general test taking strategies to improve student performance.

Andrea enjoys traveling, hiking, curling and baking.