678 Science 2021

Course Overview


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This is a multi-level year-long science course for 2021, and the exact content will be decided based on the numbers, levels and interests of the students that sign up. There are strong links with Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Meteorology, Climate Science, Outdoor Education, Sustainability, Geology and Geography. Students interested in future tertiary study or employment in these areas will benefit from following this course.

We will be looking at our planet, how it works and how humans (and other organisms) interact with and affect their environment. We will be working towards a range of assessments, and there will be multiple field-trips to support course content.

The NCEA Level 3 standards in this course are approved for University Entrance, and many count towards UE literacy requirements.

NCEA level 1 standards will all be internally assessed.
NCEA level 2 and 3 students will need to be able to work reasonably independently, as the majority of teaching time will be directed towards lower-level students.

Course Structure....
Term 1
How are energy and matter transferred around our planet, the oceans and the atmosphere. How is this affected by, and impact on, life on Earth.
Camp - Peel Forest.
Assessments supported:
L1 - AS90951 (Sci1.12) Investigate the biological impact of an event on a New Zealand ecosystem (4 credits)
L2 - AS91188 (ESS 2.2) Examine an Earth and Space Science issue and the validity of the information communicated to the public (4 credits)
L2 - EXTERNAL - AS91193 (ESS 2.7) Demonstrate understanding of physical principles related to the Earth System (4 credits)
L3 - AS91411 (ESS 3.2) Investigate a socio-scientific issue in an Earth and Space Science context (4 credits)
L3 - EXTERNAL - AS91414 (ESS 3.5) Demonstrate understanding of processes in the atmosphere system (4 credits)

Term 2
the history and development of the whole universe, and how humans are limited in our ability to investigate and understand it. How are stars and planets born, live and die? How did biological life get started. Is there anything special about us or our planet?
Assessments supported:
L1 - AS90954 (Sci 1.15) Demonstrate understanding of the effects of astronomical cycles on planet Earth (4 credits)
L1 - AS90955 (Sci 1.16) Investigate an astronomical or Earth science event (4 credits)
L2 - EXTERNAL - AS91192 (ESS 2.6) Demonstrate understanding of stars and planetary systems
L3 - AS91415 (ESS 3.6) Investigate an aspect of astronomy
Camp - Tekapo.
L3 - EXTERNAL - AS91414 (ESS 3.5) Demonstrate understanding of processes in the atmosphere system (4 credits)

Term 3
What are the geological processes that drive the development of our planet and how do they affect humans and other animals. How can we estimate the ages of stars, planets and geological events?
Assessments supported:
L1 - AS90952: Demonstrate understanding of the formation of surface features in New Zealand (4 credits)
L2 - AS91189 (ESS 2.3) Investigate geological processes in a New Zealand locality (4 credits)
L2 - EXTERNAL - (4 credits)
L3 - EXTERNAL - AS91413 (ESS 3.4) Demonstrate understanding of processes in the ocean system (4 credits)
Camp - Kaikoura.

Term 4
Bringing it all together, given the available data. What has happened in the past, is happening now and is likely to happen in the future.
Assessments supported:
L1 - AS90955 (reassessment) Investigate an astronomical or Earth science event (4 credits)
L1 - AS90945 (Sci 1.6) Investigate implications of the use of carbon compounds as fuels (4 credits)
L2 - AS91188 (reassessment) Examine an Earth and Space Science issue and the validity of the information communicated to the public (4 credits)
L3 - AS91411 (reassessment) Investigate a socio-scientific issue in an Earth and Space Science context (4 credits)
revision for ALL EXTERNALS.
Camp - Hanmer



Courses offered per block.

TitleLA CodeBlockYear
Senior Earth and Space Science - SPACEMATP22021