IBDP Biology (German – HL /SL)

Course description and objectives:

The language of the course is German.

Biology is the science that describes life. It is a science dealing with life and living things, examining their structures, functions, relationships, living and non-living environment, changes, and diversity.

So the resources are endless in so many different fields in biology. Students studying Biology at DP learn how scientists work and communicate with each other. In this course, students learn about the types of scientific methods, how to design research methods, collect data, develop skills, analyze results, evaluate collaboratively, and share their findings.

The DP biology course aims to enable students to learn in line with the following items:

  1. They learn to appreciate scientific work and creativity in the context of stimulating and challenging opportunities in a global context
  2. Acquire the body of knowledge, methods, and techniques that characterize science and technology
  3. They apply and use the body of knowledge, methods, and techniques that characterize science and technology
  4. They develop the ability to analyze, evaluate and synthesize scientific knowledge
  5. They develop a critical perspective on the necessity and value of effective cooperation and communication during scientific activities.
  6. Develop experimental, investigative, and scientific skills by using up-to-date technologies
  7. Develop and apply 21st-century communication skills during scientific research
  8. As global citizens, they develop awareness about the use of science and technology in line with ethical values.
  9. Develop perspectives on the possibilities and limitations of science and technology
  10. They understand the relationships between disciplines and their effects on other fields of knowledge.

Curriculum outline and content:

Main Topics
Optional Topics (Chooses 1
out of 4 topics)
1. Cell Biology 1. Neurobiology and Behavior
2. Molecular Biology  2. Biotechnology and Bioinformatics
3. Genetics 3. Ecology and conservation
4. Ecology 4. Human physiology
5. Evolution and Biodiversity  
6. Human physiology Application Chart
  Projected and other applied work
Additional HL Topics Individual Research
7. Nucleic Acids Group 4 Project
8. Metabolism, Cell Respiration, and
9. Plant Biology  
10. Genetics and Evolution  
11. Animal Physiology  

Assessment information:

External Assessment SL:

Paper 1:  Time: 45min / Weight: 20% / Note: 30
(30 multiple-choice questions (Basic))

Paper 2:  Time: 1h 15min / Weight: 40% / Note: 50
(Data-based, short answer, and phased answer questions)

Paper 3: Time: 1s / Weight: 20% / Note: 35
(Data-based, short answer, and phased answer questions)

External Assessment HL:

Paper 1: Time: 60min / Weight: 20% / Note: 40
(40 multiple choice questions (Basic))

Paper 2: Time: 2h 15min / Weight: 36% / Note: 72
(Data-based, short answer, and phased answer questions)

Paper 3: Time: 1s 15min/ Weight: 24% / Note: 45
(Data-based, short answer, and phased answer questions)

Internal Assessment SL and HL:

Individual Research
Time: 10 hours / Weight: 20% / Points: 24
(6 to 12 pages of Review and Article Writing)