BIO21F
This course requires 2 options.

BIOLOGY 21F - Full Year

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms A. Taylor

This course is intended to provide students with a broad understanding of Biology and the range of disciplines within it. The curriculum is largely centred around the building blocks of the living world; from the sub-cellular level up to whole physical systems and their function.

This includes the following:
• using a microscope
• cell form and function
• animal and plant adaptations to the environment
• investigating patterns in an ecological community
• genetic information and its transfer

Assessment
A total of 16 credits, all assessed at NCEA Level 2 and all are Achievement Standards. 8 credits are available from two external examinations, and 8 from two internal assessment opportunities.

Future Possibilities
This course leads to further study in Biology at Level 3 as well as giving a broad general background in a range of Biological Sciences, including microscopy, laboratory skills and ecological concepts. The content is extremely important for students hoping to pursue a career in the Health Sciences.


Pathway

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Donations will requested to defray the costs of the the three day field trip to Arthur's Pass to study the ecological patterns of alpine plants up to $250.

Recommended Prior Learning

Students are required to have gained 14 credits in Level 1 Science Achievement Standards including 90948 Science: Demonstrate understanding of biological ideas relating to genetic variation or approval from the Teacher in Charge.

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

Total Credits Available: 16 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91153 v2
NZQA Info
Biology 2.1 - Carry out a practical investigation in a biology context, with supervision
4
4
4
4
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: Y
A.S. 91156 v2
NZQA Info
Biology 2.4 - Demonstrate understanding of life processes at the cellular level
Level: 2
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91157 v2
NZQA Info
Biology 2.5 - Demonstrate understanding of genetic variation and change
Level: 2
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91158 v2
NZQA Info
Biology 2.6 - Investigate a pattern in an ecological community, with supervision
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 16
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 12
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
TotalNumeracy Credits: 4