Life Science (TASC Level 2)

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Life Sciences (TASC Level 2) - An Introduction

Knowledge and understanding of science, scientific literacy and scientific methods are necessary for learners to develop the skills to resolve questions about their natural and constructed world

The purpose of science education is to develop scientific literacy, helping learners: to be interested in, and understand, the world around them; to engage in discourse about science; to understand the testable and contestable nature of science, and question the claims made by others about scientific matters; to be able to identify questions and draw evidence-based conclusions; and to make informed decisions about the environment, about their own health and well-being, and about the role and impact of science on society. Life Sciences is the study of the fascinating diversity of life: as it has evolved, as it functions and how it interacts with the environment. It focuses on investigations of living systems at the subcellular, cellular and organism level. This knowledge enables us to explore and explain everyday observations, find solutions to biological issues, and understand the processes of biological continuity and change over time.

TASC. Life Sciences. Level 2, LSC215120, 2020.

Course information for TASC Life Sciences level 2 can be found here.

Library Resources
AV Resources
CSIRO Image Library
Web Resources

Library Resources

Dewey number

  • Life sciences 570
  • Natural resources - Conservation and protection 333.72
  • Ecology 577
  • Cell biology 571.6
  • Genetics 576
  • Evolution 576.8
  • Biotechnology 660.6
  • Reproduction 612.6

Keyword searching

  • Life sciences
  • Biological diversity
  • Biosphere
  • Ecology
  • Habitats
  • Overpopulation
  • Plant reproduction
  • Life cycles
  • Cell biology
  • Cell processes
  • Cellular respiration
  • Cytology
  • Cell Division
  • Photosynthesis
  • Osmosis
  • Biotechnology
  • Mitosis
  • Meiosis

Subject headings

Reference resources

Reference resources include encyclopedia, dictionaries, yearbooks and almanacs. Reference material can be a way to determine basic information about a new or unfamiliar topic.

General Encyclopedia

  • World Book Encyclopedia

Subject Encyclopedia

  • Encyclopedia of Life Science
  • Exploring Life Science
  • Endangered Wildlife of the World
  • Encyclopedia of Technology and Applied Science
  • The World of Science

CSIRO Image Library

The CSIRO Science Image Library has an extensive selection of images you can use in your assignments. They are available to download and copy under a Creative Commons licence. You must acknowledge and provide a citation to the CSIRO when you use any of these images.

Web Resources

Be careful what you download and use from the Internet.

Before using information from a web address ensure you are looking at a publication from a legitimate source. Material from the Internet often does not acknowledge the author or creator, does not cite references or footnotes, or include any type of bibliography or reference list. Use this type of material with caution. As part of your research process you need to sort out the reliable sources from the less trustworthy sites.

For further information read the Library Fact Sheet Evaluating Information from the Web.


Topics in the Life Sciences

These are broken down into core topics, followed by a variety of themes.

Cell Biology

Nature Education: Cell biology

Ecosystems and Biodiversity

Human Evolution

Human Genetics



Plant production

Animal production

Impacts of production on natural ecosystems


Environmental theme

Population dynamics

  • United Nations - Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP): Population dynamics

Human activities (Australian context)


The Nature of Matter

Cellular processes

Chemical reactions for life


Marine studies

Materials Input/Output

Multicellular organisms

Ecosystem dynamics


Faculty resources: All material purchased for the teachers in the Science Faculty is also available for student use if it is not required by the teachers. The resources are kept in the Library and can be found by using the Library catalogue.