12ESS

Year 12 Earth and Space Science

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: D. Holt

Earth Space Science explores the interconnections between the land, ocean, atmosphere and life on our planet. ESS also explores the cyclical interactions between the Earth system, the sun and the moon.

This course offers 3 internally assessed achievement standards and 2 externally assessed achievement standards. Students are able to gain up to 20 credits and endorsement with Merit or Excellence in ESS.

The topics covered are:

  • Extreme Earth Events - Volcanic eruption, earthquakes and tsunamis
  • Earthquake risk in cities
  • Geological processes in the Wellington region
  • Extreme environments and the things that live there
  • Astronomical Cycles

We will be going on 2 field trips in the Wellington region in Terms 1 and 2.

This course leads to 13 ESS but not other Science courses.


Pathway

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

1 x 1B5 exercise book

Recommended Prior Learning

This course is restricted to students who have achieved a minimum of 8 credits in Year 11 Science or Science1

Credit Information

Total Credits Available: 20 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 12 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91188 v2
NZQA Info
Earth and Space Science 2.2 - Examine an Earth and Space Science issue and the validity of the information communicated to the public

Further assessment opportunities will not be offered for this standard inline with NZQA guidelines

Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0

Assessments:
Term: 2, Week: 6

A.S. 91189 v2
NZQA Info
Earth and Space Science 2.3 - Investigate geological processes in a New Zealand locality

Further assessment opportunities will not be offered for this standard inline with NZQA guidelines

Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0

Assessments:
Term: 2, Week: 2

A.S. 91190 v2
NZQA Info
Earth and Space Science 2.4 - Investigate how organisms survive in an extreme environment

Further assessment opportunities will not be offered for this standard inline with NZQA guidelines

Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0

Assessments:
Term: 2, Week: 10

A.S. 91191 v2
NZQA Info
Earth and Space Science 2.5 - Demonstrate understanding of the causes of extreme Earth events in New Zealand

Further assessment opportunities will not be offered for this standard inline with NZQA guidelines

Level: 2
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0

Assessments:
Term: 1, Week: 8
Term: 3, Week: 9

A.S. 91193 v2
NZQA Info
Earth and Space Science 2.7 - Demonstrate understanding of physical principles related to the Earth System

Further assessment opportunities will not be offered for this standard inline with NZQA guidelines

Level: 2
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0

Assessments:
Term: 3, Week: 7
Term: 3, Week: 9

Credit Summary
Total Credits: 20
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 20
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
TotalNumeracy Credits: 0