13BIO

NCEA Level 3 Biology

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs L. Brown

This course is aimed at students who wish to study biology in greater depth, and also wish to develop skills which will be important in studying biology at tertiary level.

The course could include:

- Animal and plant behaviour 

- Human evolution

- Patterns of speciation

- Biological investigation

- Maintaining a constant internal environment

- Socio-scientific research report

A student will be withdrawn from a standard if the teacher is not confident that the achievement of the standard is within the reach of the student or there is no evidence of the student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
Homeostasis - how organisms maintain a constant internal environment.
Plants and Animals - how organisms respond to the external environment
Practical Investigation - individual investigation into plant growth in response to environmental factors

Term 2
Plants and Animals - how organisms respond to the external environment
Speciation and/or Evolution - patterns of natural selection leading the formation of a new species with a focus on human evolution.

Term 3
Speciation and/or Evolution - patterns of natural selection leading the formation of a new species with a focus on human evolution.
Socio-scientific issue - students report on a current biological issue relevant to New Zealand (combined assessment with Health).

Term 4
Revision and exam preparation

Recommended Prior Learning

12 credits from level 2 achievement standard biology with at least 4 credits from external achievement standards.
12 credits from level 2 English 1 or English 2.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Computer or 1B8 punched, ringbinder,1B5 or 1B8 ex. Book pencil, 30cm ruler, blue & black pens, highlighter
It is recommended that students purchase a SCIPAD learning workbook at approximately $20.00.

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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