BIO31F
This course requires 2 options.

BIOLOGY 31F - Full Year

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms A. Taylor

This course explores Life with particular emphasis on how individuals or populations respond to their environment including evolutionary change and adaptations.

This will include topics such as:
• Plant and animal responses to the environment
• Trends in Human Evolution
• Carrying out a practical Biology investigation
• Researching a contemporary issue in Biology
• How animals maintain a stable internal environment

It is academically challenging and has a balance of internally and externally assessed content that requires students to be focused on achievement in both areas in order to gain the 14 credit threshold for University Entrance in this subject.

Assessment
A total of 19 credits, all assessed at NCEA Level 3 and all Achievement Standards. 9 credits are available from two external examinations and 10 from three internal assessment opportunities.

If a student achieves 14 Level 3 credits in this course it will be counted as an approved subject for University Entrance.

Future Possibilities
This course is good preparation for further study in Biology, Medicine, Health Sciences and Physical Education.


Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

$40.00 for field trips.
$30.00 for the course manual / course specific workbooks.

Recommended Prior Learning

Students are required to have gained 12 credits in Level 2 Science Achievement Standards including AS Biology 2.5 Genetics.

Credit Information

Total Credits Available: 19 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 9 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 10 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91606 v2
NZQA Info
Biology 3.6 - Demonstrate understanding of trends in human evolution
Level: 3
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4r,4w *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91604 v2
NZQA Info
Biology 3.4 - Demonstrate understanding of how an animal maintains a stable internal environment
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 3r *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91603 v2
NZQA Info
Biology 3.3 - Demonstrate understanding of the responses of plants and animals to their external environment
Level: 3
Internal or External: External
Credits: 5
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 5r,5w *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91602 v2
NZQA Info
Biology 3.2 - Integrate biological knowledge to develop an informed response to a socio-scientific issue
3
3
3
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 3r,3w *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91601 v2
NZQA Info
Biology 3.1 - Carry out a practical investigation in a biological context, with guidance
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0 *
Numeracy Credits: Y
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 19
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 19
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 15
TotalNumeracy Credits: 4

Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 19

Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.