ESS201

Level 2 Science - Earth & Space Science (ESS201)

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Course Description

Teacher in Charge: D. Holt

Earth Science explores the geological processes that shape New Zealand and cause the extreme events that we experience here. In Space we explore the life cycle of stars, objects in our solar system and examine the challenges faced by humans when exploring space.

This course offers 2 internally assessed achievement standards and 2 externally assessed achievement standards. Students are able to gain up to 16 credits and endorsement with Merit or Excellence in ESS.

The topics covered are:

  • Extreme Earth Events - Volcanic eruption, earthquakes and tsunamis
  • Geological processes in the Wellington region
  • Stars and planetary systems
  • Humans in space

We will be going on 2 field trips in the Wellington region in Terms 1 and 3.

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


Pathway

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

1 x 1B8 exercise book

Recommended Prior Learning

Students should have demonstrated previous success in Science, including passing at least 1 external paper at Level 1. Level 1 literacy is a requirement.

Credit Information

Total Credits Available: 16 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
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: 16
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 16
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
TotalNumeracy Credits: 0