Level 3 Science - Earth and Space Science (ESS301)

ESS301
Course Description

Teacher in Charge: M. Blackburn

This course looks at planet Earth and the Universe. Understanding how the Earth systems (Oceans, atmosphere, biosphere, geosphere) are inter-related and how “man” interacts with these. The standards are taken from the Earth and Space Science learning area allows a variety of contexts to be studied. 

The course looks at current issues that are relevant to NZ and our Pacific neighbours eg sea level rise, earthquakes, how changes in climate are a result of global warming.  How scientist use current technologies to investigate our local star cluster.


Course Overview

Term 1
TOPIC 1
Investigate a socio-scientific issue in an Earth and Space Science context


TOPIC 2
Investigate an aspect of astronomy

Term 2
TOPIC 2 Continued

TOPIC 3
Carry out an independent practical Earth and Space Science investigation

Term 3
TOPIC 4
Investigate the evidence related to dating geological event(s)

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

1 x 1B5 exercise book,


Recommended Prior Learning

Level 3 Earth Space Science is open to all students completing their Level 3 year. It is recommended that student have Level 2 English and either have 12 credits at Level 1 Science or completed a level 2 course. Students that have not completed a Level 2 Science course are advised to speak with the HOD Science before selecting.
Four internal standards are offered (16 credits). A choice of an external standard with the removal of one internal standard for students wishing to gain an endorsement. Earth and Space Science is an approved subject for entry into university.


Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

This course is approved for University Entrance.

Assessment
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91410 v2 Earth and Space Science 3.1 - Carry out an independent practical Earth and Space Science investigation
Assessments:
Term: , Week:
3
I
4
Y
4r,4w *
Y
A.S. 91411 v2 Earth and Space Science 3.2 - Investigate a socio-scientific issue in an Earth and Space Science context
Assessments:
Term: , Week:
3
I
4
Y
4r,4w *
A.S. 91412 v2 Earth and Space Science 3.3 - Investigate the evidence related to dating geological event(s)
Assessments:
Term: , Week:
3
I
4
Y
*
A.S. 91415 v2 Earth and Space Science 3.6 - Investigate an aspect of astronomy
Assessments:
Term: , Week:
3
I
4
Y
4r *
Total Credits
Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 16

* 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.

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