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VCE Biology

Resources 2013–2016
Some of the print resources contained in this list may be out of print. They have been included
because they may still be available from libraries, bookshops and private collections.
At the time of publication the URLs (website addresses) cited were checked for accuracy and
appropriateness of content. However, due to the transient nature of material placed on the web,
their continuing accuracy cannot be verified. Teachers are strongly advised to prepare their own
indexes of sites that are suitable and applicable to the courses they teach, and to check these
addresses prior to allowing student access.
Curriculum and assessment information related to the VCE Biology Study Design 2013–2016
can be accessed at the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority website:

Books (Please note VCAA does not advocate the use of any one particular textbook)
Allen, R & Greenwood, T 2012, Year 11 Biology, Biozone Learning Media Ltd, New Zealand
(updated annually).
Allen, R & Greenwood, T 2012, Year 12 Biology, Biozone Learning Media Ltd, New Zealand
(updated annually).
Dirks, R 1991, Disease and Society: A Resource Book, Australian Academy of Science,
Evans, B, Ladiges, P, McKenzie, J, Sanders, Y & Latimer, H, 2005, Heinemann Biology 1, 4th
edn (textbook and student workbook), Pearson, Australia.
Evans, B, Ladiges, P, McKenzie, J, Batterham, P & Sanders, Y, 2011, Heinemann Biology 2
enhanced, 4th edn (textbook and student workbook), Pearson, Australia.
Kinnear, J & Martin, M 2005, Nature of Biology, Book 1, 3E (textbooks and activity manual),
John Wiley & Sons (Jacaranda), Australia.
Kinnear, J & Martin, M 2005, Nature of Biology, Book 2, 3E (textbooks and activity manual),
John Wiley & Sons (Jacaranda), Australia.
Semple, A, Borger-Smith, P, Cotton, C, Cunningham, F, Duncan, J & Jackel, S. 2006. Nelson
Biology VCE Units 3 & 4, Nelson, Australia.
Thain, M, Hickman, M, Thain, M, Raymond Turvey (Illustrator) 2009, The Penguin Dictionary
of Biology, 11th edn, Penguin, UK.
RESOURCES VCE Biology 2013–2016

Text listings can be accessed from the publisher’s websites:

Australian Academy of Science
Oxford University Press
Thomson Learning
Journals, news and articles
Australian Geographic (Journal of the Australian Geographic Society)
Australian Science Teachers Journal
Habitat (Australian Conservation Foundation)
Labtalk (STAV)
New Scientist
Scientific American
ABC Science – Science articles from the ABC
Biology Online – general Biology articles
Bugs in the News – good articles
New Scientist – Science News from New Scientist
Nova – Australian Academy of Science – Science in the News
Velocity: science in motion, ANSTO – Quarterly magazine featuring stories on breakthrough
Australian science.
Audiovisual software
Biozone Presentation Media Titles

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RESOURCES VCE Biology 2013–2016

Catalogues of available titles can be accessed from suppliers:

Video Education Australasia (VEA)
111A Mitchell Street
Bendigo Vic 3550
Tel: (03) 5448 2400
Fax: (03) 5448 2408

Bruno Annetta is a teacher in Victoria; he is the creator of ‘The Meiosis Square Dance’
Enough Rope with Andrew Denton, Interview with Professor Ian Frazer, 24 April 2006
Bio Links Online Database (with many biology links, updated regularly)
DEECD FUSE (searchable resource database)
Eisenhower National Clearinghouse
Interviews with Australian Scientists (Australian Academy of Science)
HAMAP Proteome, Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics
Nova (Australian Academy of Science)
The ABC Online
VCAA Biology Study
Cursions – a one-stop-shop that enables teachers to search for school excursions, incursions,
classroom activities and resources anywhere in Australia
Teach Genetics – Genetic Science Learning Centre, The University of Utah (linked to Learn
Genetics, see below)
Animal Diversity Web – University of Michigan, Museum of Zoology – classification of
Animated Science – animations and talks from Australian scientists
Becoming Human – human evolution
Biology Online Dictionary – concise definitions and links to other information
Biotechnology online – Australian Government resource for schools

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RESOURCES VCE Biology 2013–2016
Kidney animation
Cell City – interactive, compares cells to cities
Cells Alive – cell structure, microbiology, immunology, interactive, video clips
Cellupedia – a comprehensive site on cells
Crash course biology – interesting YouTube videos on lots of biology topics
DNA Interactive – discovering the DNA structure and beyond, covers techniques used in gene
DNA Learning Center – genetics education by an operating unit of Cold Spring Harbor
Laboratory, links to online education websites
FDA Food – US Food and Drug Association – good for VCE Unit 3
FDA Bad Bug Book (download copy) – disease causing organisms
Internet4Classrooms – Gateway Biology
Learn Genetics – very comprehensive, includes genetics, stem cells, drug design, cloning, and
Medline plus – health and medical information from NIH
Modern Theories of Evolution – an introduction to the concepts and theories that led to our
current understanding of evolution
Scishow – lots of videos covering many different science concepts including pracs
The Biology Web (Dr M J Gregory) – covers most areas of Biology, very clear animation of
University of Michigan Museum of Zoology – good for animal classification
Visible Human Project – University of Michigan
zeroBio – good for students, online science/biology quizzes and games

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RESOURCES VCE Biology 2013–2016

Biology Teachers’ Network
Science Teachers’ Association of Victoria (STAV)
STAV House
5 Munro Street
Coburg Vic 3058
Postal: PO Box 109, Coburg Vic 3058
Tel: (03) 9385 3999
Fax: (03) 9386 6722

Department of Sustainability and Environment
Tel: 136 186
Learning Materials by Lisachem
PO Box 2018
Hampton East Vic 3188
Tel: (03) 9598 4564
Fax: (03) 8677 1725
National Educational Advancement Programs (NEAP)
96–106 Pelham Street
Carlton Vic 3053
Tel: (03) 8341 8341
Fax: (03) 8341 8300
Parks Victoria Information Centre
Level 10
535 Bourke Street
Melbourne Vic 3000
Tel: 13 19 63
Fax: (03) 9629 5563
Southern Biological Services, Pty Ltd
1/44 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield Vic 3180
Tel: (03) 8644 2461
Fax: (03) 9753 3959
Tain Electronics Pty Ltd
10 Rowern Court
Box Hill North Vic 3129
Tel: (03) 9898 7366
Fax: (03) 9899 7992

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RESOURCES VCE Biology 2013–2016

Learning Experiences
Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) Science Specialist Centres
Six Victorian centres provide students state-wide with contemporary, experiential VCE science
and mathematics curriculum programs and teacher professional learning opportunities:
Earth Ed (at Mount Clear College)
Olympic Avenue
Mount Clear Vic 3353
Tel: (03) 5337 2090
Ecolinc Science and Technology Innovations Centre
17–23 Labilliere Street
Bacchus Marsh Vict 3340
Tel: (03) 5367 0171
Gene Technology Access Centre (at University High School)
1H Royal Parade
Parkville Vic 3052
Telephone: (03) 9340 3600
Quantum Victoria (at Charles La Trobe College)
Cnr Kingsbury Drive & Waiora Road
Macleod West Vic 3085
Tel: 9223 1460
Victorian Bioscience Education Centre – BioLab (at Belmont High School)
Rotherham Street
Belmont Vic 3216
Tel: (03) 4245 4100
Victorian Space Science Education Centre (at Strathmore Secondary College)
400 Pascoe Vale Road
Strathmore Vic 3041
Tel: (03) 9379 3456
CSIRO Education offers a diverse range of hands-on science programs for students and teachers
in Victoria.
CSIRO Education Victoria
Graham Road
Highett Vic 3190
Tel: (03) 9252 6387
Marine Discovery Centre – offers a diverse range of hands-on specialist programs for students
and professional development for teachers.
2A Bellarine Highway
Queenscliff Vic 3225
Tel: (03)5258 3344

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RESOURCES VCE Biology 2013–2016

Melbourne Aquarium – offers a range of educational programs including some hands-on

specialist programs for students and professional development for teachers.
Cnr King and Flinders Streets
Melbourne Vic 3000
Tel: (03) 9923 5999
Museum Victoria
Museum Victoria ( provides a wide range of educational material
and programs for teachers and students of all ages at Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks, the
Immigration Museum and online.
Melbourne Museum
11 Nicholson Street
Carlton Vic 3053
General enquiries: 13 11 02 (within Victoria), 1300 130 152 (Australia wide)
Website: www.
2 Booker Street
Spotswood Vicria, 3015
Telephone: 131102
Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne
Cnr Ballarto Road and Botanic Drive
Cranbourne (off South Gippsland Highway)
Cranbourne Vic 3977
Tel: (03) 5990 2245
Fax: (03) 5990 2250
Royal Botanic Gardens, South Yarra
Birdwood Avenue
South Yarra Vic 3141
Tel: (03) 9252 2358
University of Melbourne
Department of Genetics – offers practical sessions for students
Parkville Vic 3010
Tel: (03) 8344 6240
Zoos Victoria
Zoos Victoria ( offers a wide range of programs for teachers and students
through the Healesville Sanctuary, Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo.
Healesville Sanctuary
Badger Creek Road
Healesville Vic 3777
Tel: (03) 5957 2818
Fax: (03) 5957 8273
Melbourne Zoo
Elliott Avenue
Parkville Vic 3052

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RESOURCES VCE Biology 2013–2016

Tel: (03) 9285 9355

Fax: (03) 9285 9340
Werribee Open Range Zoo
K Road
Werribee Vic 3030
Postal: PO Box 460, Werribee Vic 3030
Tel: (03) 9731 9601
Fax: (03) 9731 9644
Free Workshops for Students
Get into Genes – free hands-on curriculum linked program for secondary students

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