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L1 Science


COURSE TITLE:

Level 1 Science

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Level 1 Science course will explore all aspects of science including biology, chemistry, physics and Earth science. The course provides the background needed to study any of the sciences at Level 2.

WHAT WILL I LEARN:

You will study aspects of the following.

1. Biology, including micro-organisms.

2. Chemistry, including atomic structure and acids and bases.

3. Physics, including forces, energy and motion.

4. Astronomical event report (Extinction of the dinosaurs).

5. Planning, carrying out and reporting on a practical investigation.

WHAT SHOULD I HAVE DONE ALREADY?

There are no prerequisites for this course.

ASSESSMENT OUTLINE:


Standard
Number
Title Credit Value Internal / External L1
Literacy/Numeracy
90930 Carry out a practical chemical investigation with direction. 4 Internal Numeracy
90927 Demonstrate an understanding of biological ideas relating to micro-organisms 4External Literacy
90940 Demonstrate understanding of aspects of mechanics. 4 External Numeracy
90944 Demonstrate an understanding of aspects of acids and bases. 4 External
90955 Investigate an astronomical or Earth science event. 4 Internal Literacy
90952 Demonstrate understanding of the formation of surface features in New Zealand (done in Y10). 4 Internal Literacy
90948 Demonstrate understanding of biological ideas relating to genetic variation (optional). 4 External Literacy


TOTAL CREDITS AVAILABLE

24 
(28 max)


ASSESSMENT REGULATIONS:

Rules and Regulations

There will be two internal assessments during the year. You completed one internal assessment last year in Year 10.  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?

L1 Science provides a background for further study. At Year 12, science becomes split into Biology, Physics and Chemistry. If you wish to continue with any of the science disciplines in Level 2 there are certain standards that you need to achieve in.

Please refer to the Curriculum Handbook for accurate prerequisites for each subject. This document can be accessed through the Mount Aspiring College website, 

http://www.mtaspiring.school.nz/academic-programmes-enrolment/curriculum-documents

INDICATIVE COSTS:

You will be expected to purchase L1 Science sciPAD workbooks. These will be ordered by the school and you will be invoiced for the cost (approx. $30). These are used for both classwork and homework.