12BIO

NCEA Level 2 Biology

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs L. Brown


Level 2 NCEA biology course aimed at students who wish to study biology in greater depth and develop the skills which will be used in further study. This course covers plants and ecology, cell processes, genetics and evolution.

A student will be withdrawn from a standard if the teacher is not confident that the achievement of the standard is within the reach of the student or there is no evidence of the student attempting the assessment.


Course Overview

Term 1
Ecology - study of patterns in the environment and a possible field trip
Cell Biology - cell structure and use of microscopes

Term 2
Cellular processes - biochemical processes in the cell including photosynthesis, respiration, DNA replication and enzyme action.
Practical Investigation - this fit within the cellular processes topic.
Genetic Variation - this topic follows on from Level 1 Genetics covering inheritance patterns, genetic variation and natural selection.

Term 3
Gene Expression - study of how cells make proteins and how variation occurs
Research report - based on adaptations or current biological knowledge

Term 4
Review and revision - preparation for external exams

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

It is recommended students purchase a SCIPAD course book at approximately $20.
1B8 exercise book punched or computer, ringbinder, pencil, 30cm ruler,blue & black pens, highlighter

Recommended Prior Learning

A minimum of 12 science and/or agriculture credits, including one external standard at the achieved level, PLUS be enrolled for either 12MA1 or 12MA2 AND either 12EN1 or 12EN2.

Pathway

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

Total Credits Available: 23 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 12 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 11 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91153 v2
NZQA Info
Biology 2.1 - Carry out a practical investigation in a biology context, with supervision

This assessment involves planning and carrying out a practical investigation. The data gathered is analysed and a report written. 

4
4
4
4
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: Y

Assessments:
Term: 2, Week: 6

A.S. 91156 v2
NZQA Info
Biology 2.4 - Demonstrate understanding of life processes at the cellular level
Level: 2
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4w
Numeracy Credits: 0

Assessments:
Term: 4, Week: 6

A.S. 91157 v2
NZQA Info
Biology 2.5 - Demonstrate understanding of genetic variation and change
Level: 2
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4w
Numeracy Credits: 0

Assessments:
Term: 4, Week: 6

A.S. 91158 v2
NZQA Info
Biology 2.6 - Investigate a pattern in an ecological community, with supervision

This assessment uses field data gathered on the field trip. A scientific report is written immediately following the field trip. 

Further assessment opportunities will not be offered for this standard inline with NZQA guidelines

Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0

Assessments:
Term: 1, Week: 8

A.S. 91159 v2
NZQA Info
Biology 2.7 - Demonstrate understanding of gene expression
Level: 2
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0

Assessments:
Term: 4, Week: 6

A.S. 91160 v2
NZQA Info
Biology 2.8 - Investigate biological material at the microscopic level
3
3
3
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0

Assessments:
Term: 2, Week: 2

Credit Summary
Total Credits: 23
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 16
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 8
TotalNumeracy Credits: 4

Disclaimer

POLICY
It is the policy of Taupo-nui-a-Tia College to have school-wide policies that inform parents and students of the criteria for administering all Assessments for National Qualifications.

Credits listed may change.

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