Kamay Botany Bay Environmental Education Centre logo

Kamay Botany Bay Environmental Education Centre

Kamay Botany Bay Environmental Education Centre

NSW Department of Education Teachers

Telephone02 9668 9889 / 0477 742 284


Stage 6 - Ecosystem Dynamics - Biology Module 4

Stage 6 Biology Module 4


Kamay Botany Bay National Park, Kurnell


Biology Module 4 - ecosystem dynamics - enables mandatory fieldwork, including the comprehensive modelling of the working scientifically process though the inclusion of pre and post fieldwork lessons.

During the intertidal rocky shore investigation students are given the opportunity to observe patterns across the ecosystem. Students can then suggest reasons for these patterns and formulate hypotheses for testing in the field. Fieldwork data is later organised and presented through the use of tables and charts for analysis and ultimately reporting.

This field work could support a depth study.


  • BIO11/12-1 develops and evaluates questions and hypotheses for scientific investigation

  • BIO11/12-2 designs and evaluates investigations in order to obtain primary and secondary data and information

  • BIO11/12-3 conducts investigations to collect valid and reliable primary and secondary data and information

  • BIO11/12-4 selects and processes appropriate qualitative and quantitative data and information using a range of appropriate media

  • BIO11/12-5 analyses and evaluates primary and secondary data and information

  • BIO11-11 analyses ecosystem dynamics and the interrelationships of organisms within the ecosystem

Key Inquiry question:

What effect can one species have on the other species in a community?

Students will:

  • explore the rocky shores of Kamay Botany Bay National Park
  • use both a belt transact and quadrats to collect primary data (both qualitative and quantitative)
  • use instruments to collect abiotic data
  • analyse collected data to answer a key inquiry question

Learning across the curriculum content:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
  • Sustainability
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Personal and social capability
  • Numeracy