Level 2 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 the invention of the quantum computer.

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.

Students entering this NCEA Level 2 course MUST have taken NCEA level 1 science and mathematics courses and attempted the external exams. Specifically, it is HIGHLY encouraged that students have earned credits on the Level 1 Science AS90944 external assessment ("Demonstrate understanding of aspects of acids and bases") before enrolling in NCEA Level 2 Chemistry.

Chemistry at level 3, which in turn will lead to many tertiary study opportunities.

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

Term Number Credits Type Lit/Num Title
1.1 91161 4 Internal Num Carry out quantitative analysis
1.2 91166 4 External Lit Demonstrate understanding of chemical reactivity
2.1 91164 5 External Lit Demonstrate understanding of bonding, structure, properties, and energy changes
2.2 91163 3 Internal Lit Demonstrate understanding of the chemistry in a recent discovery or development
3.1 91165 4 External Lit Demonstrate understanding of the properties of selected organic compounds
3.2 - - - - AS91165 continued from Term 3.1
4.1 Revision

20 credits total.

Courses offered per block.

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