This course will provide candidates with the required number of practicals forming the practical workbook which will be certified by qualified tutors, in fulfillment to sit for the MATSEC Biology Advanced Paper IV Examination as listed in the syllabus.
Candidates will also gain knowledge about different practical techniques, compilation, analysis and discussion of results, and biological drawings. This will help candidates undertake successfully the MATSEC Advanced Biology examination papers III and IV.
Practicals that will be covered are the following:
Will commence on Wednesday 22 January 2020.
Weekly 3-hour session every Wednesday from 17:00 to 20:00.
Candidates are expected to have at least First Year Advanced Level Biology knowledge or equivalent. This course will focus on the practical aspects and will assume that candidates are familiar with the theory component.
Candidates cannot register for this course if they are full-time students registered with the Junior College.
Each practical will be allotted 10 marks.
Marks will be awarded on questions in the follow-up part of the schedule, drawings, plotting of graphs and other practical techniques.
A certificate, which must be presented to MATSEC along with the practical write-ups for eligibility to sit for paper IV of the Biology Advanced MATSEC Examination, will be issued if the following requirements are met:
The following is stated on the MATSEC Biology Advanced Syllabus:
Paper IV - 1.5 hours
Candidates will be allowed to proceed with this paper only if they submit to the examiners their original laboratory and practical reports which have been properly certified by their tutors (See section on Practical Work below). These practical reports will be marked by MATSEC examiners so that a 10 mark allocation is given according to the quality of the practical workbook(s) as described below.
This practical hands-on part of this paper will involve experimental work and observations to be carried out in laboratory. It will consist of one question – involving an experiment to test the ability to follow laboratory instructions, to design experiments, to make accurate observations, to record their observations in an appropriate manner and to interpret and analyze experimental data.
Candidates are expected to bring their dissection kit, watch and calculator to the examination.
Both laboratory and field work should form the basis of the course. Candidates are required to submit their original practical reports (workbook(s)), properly certified by their tutors, to be examined by the MATSEC examiners, to the MATSEC Office or as instructed by a given date. They will not be allowed to proceed with Paper IV if they fail to do so, or if they fail to satisfy the examiners that these practical reports are their own original work. 10/50 marks will be allotted to the quality of the practical workbooks (consisting of a minimum of 25 practicals) in the following manner:
Private candidates should make arrangements with a school to gain the practical experience required.