BI300

Level 3 Biology

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Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs R. Rāpira-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 3 Biology.


Course Outline

Content stems from the Level 8 Achievement objectives in the Science learning area of the New Zealand Curriculum and a maximum of 18 credits can be gained through assessment of NCEA Level 3 achievement. 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:

Achievement 

Standards

Title

Credits

Mode 

Notes and possible contexts

AS91602v2

Bio 3.2

(Literacy)

Integrate biological knowledge to develop an informed response to a socio-scientific issue

3

Internal

If 3.2 was not achieved in BI200, it can be incorporated into 3.7 by looking into a socio-scientific issue relevant to New Zealanders that is related to one of these technologies, and developing an informed, personal response to this issue. Could be done in any context e.g. a human health issue, conservation issue etc. 

AS91603v2

Bio3.3

(Literacy)

Demonstrate understanding of the responses of plants and animals to their external environment

5

External

Students learn about the way in which plants and animals survive in their environment, through their senses and the way in which they respond physiologically and behaviourally to environmental cues.  Such concepts as biological clocks, animal navigation and courtship behaviour are covered.

AS91604v2

Bio 3.4

Demonstrate understanding of how an animal maintains a stable internal environment

3

Internal

Could be done in a human context, e.g. blood-sugar / diabetes or any other animal e.g. temperature control (homeotherms v poikilotherms)

AS91605v2

Bio 3.5

(Literacy)

Demonstrate understanding of evolutionary processes leading to speciation

4

External

Students were introduced to the concept of speciation in BI200 and learn more about how speciation occurs and look at the scientific evidence that supports the theory of evolution.  

AS91606v2

Bio 3.6

(Literacy)

Demonstrate understanding of trends in human evolution 

4

External

Students learn about human biological and cultural evolution, a fascinating and constantly changing field of study, covering the evolution of humans from their early primate ancestors to the emergence of modern day humans.

AS91607v2

Bio 3.7

(Literacy)

Demonstrate understanding of human manipulations of genetic transfer and its biological implications

3

Internal

Human manipulations of genetic transfer may involve selective breeding, whole organism cloning, transgenesis or the investigation and modification of the expression of existing genes.  If 3.2 was not achieved in BI200, it can be incorporated with this standard by looking into a socio-scientific issue relevant to New Zealanders that is related to one of these technologies, and developing an informed, personal response to this issue.



Equipment/Stationery

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 contribution to Education Perfect

Recommended Prior Learning

Students should have gained 12 credits or more in NCEA Level 2 Biology or Health Science, including achievement of AS91159.

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

This course is approved for University Entrance.

Total Credits Available: 14 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 6 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
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: 2, Week: 12

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

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

Assessments:
Term: 3, Week: 11

A.S. 91607 v2
NZQA Info
Biology 3.7 - Demonstrate understanding of human manipulations of genetic transfer and its biological implications
3
3
3
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 3r *
Numeracy Credits: 0

Assessments:
Term: 2, Week: 12

Credit Summary
Total Credits: 14
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 14
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 14
TotalNumeracy Credits: 0

Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 14

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.

Pathway Tags

There are a range of different jobs and careers that require the skills and knowledge you gain through studying Biology. You could find yourself working for: • Chemical, pharmaceutical or biotechnology companies • Companies in the agriculture, food, natural resource and utility industries • Environmental and engineering consulting firms • National and local government departments and agencies • Healthcare and education institutions, such as hospitals and universities • Medical and veterinary research organizations By studying Biology, you could find yourself in one of the following careers (some of them will require further study at a tertiary institution): • Agrologist • Anatomist • Audiologist • Beekeeper • Bio-Analyst • Biological Technologist • Biologist • Biomedical Engineer • Biomedical Ethics Researcher • Biophysicist • Biostatistician • Biotechnology Researcher • Blogger • Botanical Field Technician • Botanist • Cardiac Imaging Researcher • Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist • Cell Biologist • Chiropractor • Clinical Data Analyst • Clinical Research Associate • Clinical Research Coordinator • Clinical Technician • Conservation Officer • Crime Lab Assistant • Dentist • DNA Analyst • Doctor • Ecologist • Elementary School Teacher • Entomologist • Entrepreneur • Environmental Analyst • Environmental Lawyer • Epidemiologist • Food and Drug Inspector • Forensic Lab Analyst • Funeral Director • Genetic Counselor • Genetic Technologist • Geneticist • Health Educator • Herpetologist • High School Teacher • Horticulturalist • Ichthyologist • Immunologist • Industrial Hygienist • Laboratory Manager • Mammalogist • Marine Biologist • Medical Illustrator • Medical Laboratory Technologist • Medical Librarian • Medical Scientist • Medical Writer • Microbiologist • Military Officer • Molecular Biologist • Molecular Biophysicist • Mycologist • Nanotechnologist • Naturalist • Neurologist • Ornithologist • Orthopaedic Technician • Osteopathic Physician • Paleontologist • Pest Control Technician • Pharmacist • Physiologist • Plant Geneticist • Project Assistant • Public Health Director • Quality Control Specialist • Registered Nurse • Regulatory Affairs Manager • Regulatory Affairs Specialist • Research Assistant • Sales Representative • Science Advisor • Science Writer • Sensory Scientist • Sexual Health Educator • Soil Conservationist • Soil Scientist • Sports Medicine Physician • Technical Writer • Toxicologist • University Professor • Veterinarian • Wastewater Treatment Engineer • Water Quality Analyst • Wildlife Biologist • Wildlife Manager • Zoologist,

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