BIOLOGY 21F - Full Year

BIO21F
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 19 credits, all assessed at NCEA Level 2 and all are Achievement Standards. 8 credits are available from two external examinations, and 11 from four 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 Medical Health sciences.


Pathway

BIOLOGY 31F - Full Year

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Donations will requested to defray the costs of the the three field trip to trip to the mountains to study a patterns in 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.

Assessment
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91153 v2 Biology 2.1 - Carry out a practical investigation in a biology context, with supervision
2
I
4
Y
A.S. 91155 v2 Biology 2.3 - Demonstrate understanding of adaptation of plants or animals to their way of life
2
I
3
Y
A.S. 91156 v2 Biology 2.4 - Demonstrate understanding of life processes at the cellular level
2
E
4
Y
A.S. 91157 v2 Biology 2.5 - Demonstrate understanding of genetic variation and change
2
E
4
Y
A.S. 91158 v2 Biology 2.6 - Investigate a pattern in an ecological community, with supervision
2
I
4
Y
Total Credits

Total Credits Available: 19 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 11 credits.