Level 3 Chemistry 2018

Course Overview

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Welcome to chemistry, a branch of science steeped in rich history, and also at the forefront of the most exciting scientific and technological breakthroughs of today! The field of chemistry evolved out of mankind’s insatiable curiosity about the “stuff” that makes up the world around us, and how it can react and change to produce useful and extraordinary things. For thousands of years, people have built upon Democritus’ and Leucippus’ ideas in Ancient Greece about the nature of matter, and the fruit of that work is all around us. It has allowed us to achieve things that were once thought impossible, from developing new medicinal drugs to fight off difficult diseases, to producing new fuels to propel us further into outer space, to breakthroughs in quantum computing.

Chemistry is a subject that builds upon the knowledge of those that have come before us. Similarly, one day’s chemistry class will often be the basis for the next. As such, it is important for students to take responsibility for their learning to avoid falling behind. Students are encouraged to bring their sense of curiosity and inquiry along with a healthy amount of dedication and hard work, and the payoff will be tremendous.

This overview contains an outline of the NCEA Level 3 chemistry class on offer at Ao Tawhiti along with details of assessment opportunities and attendance requirements.

Students entering this NCEA level 3 course MUST have taken the NCEA Level 2 Chemistry and Level 2 Mathematics courses and attempted the external exams.

Chemistry is a university approved subject, thus leading to university entrance together with two other approved subjects and literacy credits. 18 credits are needed (often only 14 is enough) in chemistry at level 3 for students to be eligible for most branches of physical and life science programs, engineering, veterinary, exercise and sport science studies at post-secondary institutions. It also helps for varied programmes such as nursing, food technology, and more.

Assessment Dates
At the beginning of each block you will be advised of the dates for each assessment. The content assessed externally will include a practice test to be done in class.

Further Assessment Opportunities
Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery school policy, following national guidelines, is to allow one reassessment opportunity for internally assessed standards where feasible for students who failed to gain credit or higher at the first attempt. Students will also need to demonstrate that they have made progress in their learning since the first assessment to make the second opportunity worthwhile. Students should read this course outline carefully to make sure that they fully understand reassessment as it applies to this subject.

If a resubmission on any internally assessed standard is required by the Learning Advisor, the student will be instructed to attend a verbal and/or written resubmission class. Here they will be given the opportunity to provide verbal or written corrections and/or validation of their work. In the case of reassessments, students will be given a maximum of five weeks following the final due date, to hand in work for reassessment.

Assessment work completed must be your own work. For each assessment submitted, you will be asked to sign a statutory declaration confirming that the work is your own. Where evidence indicates work presented is not your own, the school policy on “Breaches of the Rules” will be followed.

Retention of Student Work
Student internal assessment material will be retained by the department until it is no longer required for moderation purposes.

Late work
Student work is due on the date set at the time of the assessment activity. Late work will not be accepted unless an extension has been arranged with the LA before the due date.

Non submission of work / No assessment taken place
No grade will be awarded when no assessment has taken place for whatever reason.

Questions, concerns, other matters
Please direct questions to zack.williams@aotawhiti.school.nz

Below is a list of standards available during the year in this class.

Term Number Credits Type Lit/Num Title
1.1 91392 5 External Lit & Num Demonstrate understanding of equilibrium principles in aqueous systems
1.2 91389 3 Internal Lit Demonstrate understanding of chemical processes in the world around us
2.1 91390 5 External Lit Demonstrate understanding of thermochemical principles and the properties of particles and substances
2.2 - - - - AS91390 continued from Term 2.1
3.1 91391 5 External Lit Demonstrate understanding of the properties of organic compounds
3.2 91388 3 Internal - Demonstrate understanding of spectroscopic data in chemistry
4.1 Revision Revision

21 credits total.

Courses offered per block.

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