78 Science 2107

Course Overview

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The 78Science course is targeted primarily at students that want to include some Science in their senior subject options, but do not want or need to undertake a specialist Biology, Chemistry or Physics course. It may also appeal to students that want to extend their science studies beyond B/C/P, as the course will draw on the other domains. Standards covered will be drawn from the Earth and Space Science domains. There are strong links with Outdoor Education, Education for Sustainability and Geography

The level 3 papers in this course are approved for University Entrance, and many count towards UE literacy requirements.

The L7 and L8 components of the course will run in parallel, and offer a mixture of internal and external assessment opportunities. There are three 4-credit externals for NCEA Level 2, Two NCEA Level 3 4-credit externals and a scholarship exam. A new external topic will be covered each term. There are a range of internal assessments, some of which complement externals. Internals may be worked on independently and/ or in class through the year.

Term 1:
L7 - Extreme Earth events (ext) geological processes (int)
L8 - Atmospheric science (ext) geological dating (int)
Term 2:
L7 - Stars and planets (ext) ESS isues (int)
L8 - Ocean Science (ext) astronomy (int)

Term 3:
L7 - Physical processes (ext) extreme life (int)
L8 - Socio-scientific issues (int) ESS investigation (int) (scholarship practice)

Term 4:
L7 - revision/ finish internals
L8 - revision/ finish internals
Scholarship practice

Assessment Information - assessments can be chosen from the following....
NCEA Level 2 externals (4 credits each, L1 literacy):
ESS2.5 AS 91191 - Demonstrate understanding of the causes of extreme events in New Zealand
ESS 2.6 AS 91192 - Demonstrate understanding of stars and planetary systems
ESS2.7 AS 91193 - Demonstrate understanding of physical principles related to the Earth system
NCEA Level 2 internals (4 credits each, L1 literacy):
ESS 2.3 AS91189 - Investigate geological processes in a New Zealand locality
ESS 2.2 AS 91188 - Evaluate, from an ESS perspective, information communicated to the public
ESS2.4 AS 91190 - Investigate how organisms survive in an extreme environment

NCEA level 3 externals (4 credits each; UE lit, W&R):
ESS 3.5 AS91414 - Demonstrate understanding of processes in the atmosphere system
ESS 3.4 AS91413 - Demonstrate understanding of processes in the ocean system
NCEA level 3 internals (4 credits each):
ESS 3.1 AS91410 - Carry out an independent practical ESS investigation (UE lit - W&R)
ESS 3.6 AS91415 - Investigate an aspect of astronomy (UE lit - W&R)
ESS 3.2 AS91411 - Investigate a socio-scientific issue in an ESS context (UE lit - W&R)
ESS 3.3 AS91412 - Investigate the evidence related to dating geological event(s)

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