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OCR A2 Biology Module 5: Communication, homeostasis and energy

It is important that organisms, both plants and animals are able to respond to stimuli. This is achieved by communication within the body, which may be chemical and/or electrical. Both systems are covered in detail in this module. Communication is also fundamental to homeostasis with control of temperature, blood sugar and blood water potential being studied as examples.

In this module, the biochemical pathways of photosynthesis and respiration are considered, with an emphasis on the formation and use of ATP as the source of energy for biochemical processes and synthesis of biological molecules.

Learners are expected to apply knowledge, understanding and other skills developed in this module to new situations and/or to solve related problems.

5.1.1Communication and homeostasis
5.1.2Excretion as an example of homeostatic control
5.1.3 Neuronal communication
5.1.4Hormonal communication
5.2Energy for biological processes