L3BIO

Level 3 Biology

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr M. Dryburgh

Graduate profile: (What qualities/additional skills will learners achieve by taking this course?) 
Students should be looking at the Level 3 Biology website frequently, as resources will be added and updated. If they are absent, they should look here for any notes, videos or worksheets that they may have missed. It is the student's responsibility to catch up. Level 3 Biology requires study at home. Students will not get the marks they want or need from only turning up to class.  Only occasionally will specific homework be set, so students need to focus their study on reviewing what has been covered in class and practising exam questions.

Possible Career/ Vocational Pathway(s): (What career pathways are related to this course?)
Primary industries: aquaculture, horticulture, forestry, agriculture.

Learning outcomes/Assessment links: See standards list
NOTE: Courses are subject to change with the review of courses at the end of each year. This is a University entrance approved course. Scholarship Biology may be available. 

Progression: (What courses does this course lead to?)
University Biology and related fields.

Vocational/Industry links: (What vocational or industry learning experiences will be included in this course?)
Marine biology and conservation - Papa Taiao.

Contextualised contexts: (What local, cultural, real-life content is involved in this course?)
This is a pure science course.  Students are able to research a local issue for Achievement Standard 91602 (3.2).

Teaching and Learning Approaches: (How will I learn in this course?)
Students will learn through ICT use for visualisation of abstract ideas, future-relevant foundational understanding of the world, applied mathematics and statistics, scientific writing and scientific investigation and laboratory work. 


Course Overview

Term 1
Introduction. AS91604 (5 weeks); AS91602 (5 weeks)
KEY DATES: Week 6: AS91604 Assessment; Week 11: AS91602 Report Due

Term 2
AS91603 (7 weeks); AS 91601 (3 weeks)
KEY DATES:

Term 3
AS91601 (3 weeks); AS91603 (5 weeks)
KEY DATES: Week 3: AS 91601 Report due. Week 9 & 10: Derived Grade examinations

Term 4
Revision and reassessment (if required)
KEY DATES: Week 1: Revision and reassessments if required. Week 4: Special event; NCEA examinations

Resource Requirements

Purchasing the Study Guide is essential for success. It will cover the topics in far more detail than we are able to in class time.

Recommended Prior Learning

Students should have earned fifteen Level 2 Science credits, including four externally assessed credits plus literacy, or have approval from the Head of Science Learning Area. Top students may be included in a scholarship programme, working at Level 4.

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

This course is approved for University Entrance.

Total Credits Available: 23 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 13 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 10 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91601 v2
NZQA Info
Biology 3.1 - Carry out a practical investigation in a biological context, with guidance
4
4
4
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0 *
Numeracy Credits: Y

Assessments:
Term: 2, Week: 3
Term: 3, Week: 3

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

Assessments:
Term: 1, Week: 5

A.S. 91603 v3
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

Assessments:
Term: 2, Week: 7
Term: 4, Week: 5

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

Assessments:
Term: 1, Week: 5
Term: 1, Week: 6

A.S. 91605 v2
NZQA Info
Biology 3.5 - Demonstrate understanding of evolutionary processes leading to speciation
4
4
4
Level: 3
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4r,4w *
Numeracy Credits: 0

Assessments:
Term: 3, Week: 5
Term: 4, Week: 5

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
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 23
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 23
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 19
TotalNumeracy Credits: 4

Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 23

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.

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