Level 3 Biology

L3BIO
Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr M. Dryburgh

What will I learn and how will I learn?
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.  There is an expectation that 30 minutes of study is completed each night.  This may be done each night or in bigger lumps.  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.

New Scientist is a great source of background information and current research.

Conditions of Assessment
Most assessment will be completed with a mixture of in class and out of class time. However, some standards require work only to be completed in class time. This is to ensure authenticity, ie, that all work students submit is their own. It is important that students understand the conditions of assessment for these standards and that they direct any questions about when and how they are able to work on them to their teacher. The teachers will be working together to get the best results for students as individuals from their year of study.  There will be two school examinations. These will be set and marked to the same standard as NZQA.  They are very good indicators for progress towards gaining NCEA, and students should take them seriously by preparing themselves through revision.

Submitting Internal Assessments
It is important that you take note of the due dates for your internal assessments. All internal assessments must be submitted on or prior to the due date, unless prior approval has been granted for special circumstances (refer to NCEA guidelines or talk to their teacher about this). Assessments that are submitted after the due date, without prior approval, will receive a Not Achieved.

Resubmissions and Reassessments
Further assessment opportunities MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE due to the full content nature of this course.


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); AS91605 (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

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

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.


Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

This course is approved for University Entrance.

Assessment
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91601 v2 Biology 3.1 - Carry out a practical investigation in a biological context, with guidance
Assessments:
Term: , Week:
Term: , Week:
3
I
4
Y
*
Y
A.S. 91602 v2 Biology 3.2 - Integrate biological knowledge to develop an informed response to a socio-scientific issue
Assessments:
Term: , Week:
3
I
3
Y
3r,3w *
A.S. 91603 v3 Biology 3.3 - Demonstrate understanding of the responses of plants and animals to their external environment
Assessments:
Term: , Week:
Term: , Week:
3
E
5
Y
5r,5w *
A.S. 91604 v2 Biology 3.4 - Demonstrate understanding of how an animal maintains a stable internal environment
Assessments:
Term: , Week:
Term: , Week:
3
I
3
Y
3r *
A.S. 91605 v2 Biology 3.5 - Demonstrate understanding of evolutionary processes leading to speciation
Assessments:
Term: , Week:
Term: , Week:
3
E
4
Y
4r,4w *
Total Credits
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.

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

Pathway Tags

Medicine, Nursing Technician, Technologist, Teaching, Marine Biologist, Zoologist, Veterinarian/Vet, Nurse


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