Level 2 Biology
Teacher in Charge: Mrs R. RÄpira-Davies
AIMS OF THE COURSE:
- To increase the knowledge and understanding, and foster the enjoyment of Biology.
- To promote the relevance of Biology for informed decision-making in today’s increasingly technological society.
- To further develop students understanding and application of the scientific method in the study of living organisms by developing observational and experimental skills in the field and in the laboratory.
- To equip students with the skills and knowledge to attain at their highest potential in NCEA Level 2 Biology.
- To prepare students for Biology 300 course.
Content stems from the Level 7 Achievement objectives in the Science learning area of the New Zealand Curriculum (and L8 if doing AS3.2) and a maximum of 18 credits can be gained through assessment of NCEA Level 2 achievement standards (which may include NCEA L3 credits if doing AS3.2). This maximum may be exceeded at the Principals’ discretion if you provide a good argument.
We will construct this course together in class in the first week of Term 1, based on your needs and interests. It will then be added to this document and accessed through Google Classroom. You can print it off if you want your own hard copy.
The standards that can be assessed are outlined below:
Notes and possible contexts
Carry out a practical investigation in a biology context, with supervision
Students plan and carry out an investigation (fair test or pattern-seeking), form a conclusion and discuss the findings. This could be done alongside Bio 2.6 in an ecological context, or in a Cell Biology unit, e.g. investigating enzyme action, or as part of Bio 2.3, investigating a life process.
Analyse the biological validity of information presented to the public
Students determine whether information presented to the public is scientifically accurate and if it is used in an unbiased way to convey a biological idea. This could be done in any context e.g. it would fit well with an ecological study looking at Predator-free NZ 2050 programme combined with Bio 2.6 (e.g. Takahe) and Bio 3.2 (e.g. use of 1080 / biological control etc).
Demonstrate understanding of adaptation of plants or animals to their way of life
Students learn how one life process differs over three taxonomic or functional groups of multicellular plants or animals and how the adaptations enable each organism to survive in its habitat. This could be done within either an ecology or a cell biology unit.
Demonstrate understanding of life processes at the cellular level
While studying the concepts required for this exam the following could be incorporated:
2.1 (enzyme activity), 2.3 (life processes in different taxonomic groups), 2.8 (microscope skills).
Demonstrate understanding of genetic variation and change
Students learn content to prepare for exam.
Investigate a pattern in an ecological community
Students analyse and interpret information from an ecosystem (could be collected as part of 2.1 e.g. zonation at rocky shore, or provided e.g. Takahe data) to identify a pattern in a community. Could lead into Bio 3.2 e.g. issues related to Predator-Free NZ 2050 programme, and Bio 2.2 (looking at related info being presented to public).
Demonstrate understanding of gene expression
Students learn content to prepare for exam.
Investigate biological material at the microscopic level
Students prepare, view and draw biological material (2 different plant tissues and a unicellular organism) and then identify observed specialised features. Can be done concurrently with 2.4.
Integrate biological knowledge to develop an informed response to a socio-scientific issue
Can be done in any context if there is an interest in an issue related to that context, e.g. environmental management. Done in BI300 if not done in this course.
Students have the option of purchasing a write-on workbook at a cost of approximately $25 which enables students to spend less time writing notes about what they have learned in class.
It is of benefit to students to bring a laptop to lessons although they will not be disadvantaged academically if they do not.
There are opportunities during the year for students to go on optional field trips that may have a cost associated with them.
$15.00 contribution to Education Perfect
Recommended Prior Learning
Students should have gained 12 credits or more in NCEA Level 1 Science, preferably including AS90948 (Demonstrate understanding of biological ideas relating to genetic variation).
This course is eligible for subject endorsement.
This course is approved for University Entrance.
Total Credits Available: 19 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 11 credits.
Term: 1, Week: 6
Term: 1, Week: 8
Term: 2, Week: 10
Term: 3, Week: 6
Term: 1, Week: 10
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