This engaging and fully-resourced lesson covers the content of specification points 5.1.4 (e and f) of the OCR A-level Biology A specification which states that students should be able to demonstrate and apply an understanding of the differences between diabetes mellitus type I and II and the potential treatments of this disease. The lesson has been designed to take place in a diabetes clinic where students will be challenged to perform a number of roles such as diagnosing a patient with either type I or II and to write a letter to this patient explaining how the disease was caused and any treatments that will be recommended to control the disease. It has been planned to build on the knowledge that they will have of these diseases from GCSE and links are made to other A-level topics such as the beta cells of the pancreas which they considered during the lesson on the control of blood glucose concentration. The final part of the lesson looks at the potential treatments which include the genetic modification of bacteria. This topic is covered in greater detail in module 6.1.3 so this section of the lesson focuses on the enzymes involved as well as the plasmid DNA from a bacterial cell.
This lesson has been designed for students studying the OCR A-level Biology A course and runs alongside the uploaded lesson on the control of blood glucose concentration as well as the other lessons that have been added for module 5.1.4