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L3 Biology


COURSE TITLE:

L3 Biology

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course explores more aspects of biology such as evolution and animal and plant behaviour and responses.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

1. How animals maintain a stable internal environment
2. Evolutionary processes leading to speciation
3. An informed response to a socio-scientific issue
4. Responses of animals and plants to their external environment
5. Trends in human evolution

WHAT SHOULD I HAVE DONE ALREADY?

A minimum of 11 L2 Biology credits which must include 'Achieved' grades in AS2.4 'Genetic variation & change' and AS2.5 'Cellular processes'.

ASSESSMENT OUTLINE:


Standard
Number
Title Credit Value Internal / External UE Literacy R/W
91604 Homeostasis - An animal maintaining a stable internal environment 3 Internal Reading
91605 Evolutionary processes leading to speciation 4 External Reading & Writing
91602 Integrate knowledge to develop an informed response to a socio-scientific issue 3 Internal Reading & Writing
91603 Responses of plants and animals to their external environment 4 External Reading & Writing
91606 Trends in human evolution – human biological and cultural evolution, patterns of dispersal of hominins 4 External Reading & Writing


TOTAL CREDITS AVAILABLE

19


ASSESSMENT REGULATIONS:

Rules and Regulations

There will be two internal assessments during the year.  There WILL NOT be any reassessment opportunities offered.

The final examination in November assesses the three external standards.

It is vital that you read and understand the rules relating to NCEA in the Student Handbook.  The following rules are emphasized here:

Late Work

Work submitted late for the internally assessed standards will not be marked.  

If you have a genuine reason why you are unable to submit work by the due date or unable to take part in an assessment on the set day, then you are able to apply for an extension.  This should occur prior to the due date/date of assessment, not after.  Approach your subject teacher and make your case.  Read the NCEA Student Handbook for more detail.

Authenticity and Appeals

These issues are dealt with by the college’s assessment procedures.  Essentially all work must be your own.  If you copy anything from the internet or a book, you must attribute the source of the work. Do not claim it as your own! You have the right to appeal a grade if you consider you have been treated unfairly. Read your NCEA Student Handbook for details. 

WHERE DOES THIS COURSE LEAD?

L3 course provides some knowledge required for undertaking Polytech and University science courses.

INDICATIVE COSTS:

Approximately $30 for an Externals sciPAD and Internals sciPAD. These will be ordered by the school and you will be invoiced for the cost. These are used for both classwork and homework.