SCIENCE 31F - Full Year

SCI31F
Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr I. Reeves

Citizen Science
This course is designed to develop the scientific literacy of students and provide them with the skills needed to make decisions involving science in the future. The exact contexts for the course will vary from year to year and be responsive to student interests and strengths, as well as current topics in Science. Students are expected to be capable of independent work with the guidance of the teacher. 
Topics could include:
- Socio-scientific issues (e.g. genetic modification, sustainable farming, climate change, fad diets, etc.)
- Restoration of biophysical environments
- Astronomy
- Earth Science
- Human Evolution

This course will provide the opportunity for at least 16 credits towards NCEA Level 3 and the standards will be selected from the list below with input from the students. It will NOT include all of the standards listed below.

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

NOTE: Due to the personalised nature of this course, it is highly recommended that students have a Chromebook or a laptop to support their learning. 

Future Possibilities

This course provides a useful background for students wishing to pursue tertiary study that requires some science background, but does not require specialisation in a particular subject area. It is also relevant for students on pathways that do not require specific science pre-requisites.


Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Approximately $25.00 for Field Trips


Recommended Prior Learning

14 Level 2 or Level 3 Science credits from Achievement Standards. NCEA Level 1 Literacy.


Credit Information
Assessment
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91735 v2 Education for Sustainability 3.2 - Evaluate measures that may be taken to sustain and/or improve a biophysical environment
3
I
4
4r *
A.S. 91607 v2 Biology 3.7 - Demonstrate understanding of human manipulations of genetic transfer and its biological implications
3
I
3
Y
3r *
A.S. 91606 v2 Biology 3.6 - Demonstrate understanding of trends in human evolution
3
E
4
Y
4r,4w *
A.S. 91602 v2 Biology 3.2 - Integrate biological knowledge to develop an informed response to a socio-scientific issue
3
I
3
Y
3r,3w *
A.S. 91415 v2 Earth and Space Science 3.6 - Investigate an aspect of astronomy
3
I
4
Y
4r *
A.S. 91411 v2 Earth and Space Science 3.2 - Investigate a socio-scientific issue in an Earth and Space Science context
3
I
4
Y
4r,4w *
A.S. 91393 v2 Chemistry 3.7 - Demonstrate understanding of oxidation-reduction processes
3
I
3
Y
*
A.S. 91389 v2 Chemistry 3.3 - Demonstrate understanding of chemical processes in the world around us
3
I
3
Y
3r,3w *
Total Credits
Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 28

* 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.

Total Credits Available: 28 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 4 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 24 credits.