Level 1 Science for Aotearoa Citizens (SAC101)

SAC101
Course Description

Teacher in Charge: M. Blackburn

Science for Aotearoa Citizens covers contexts in science with a NZ focus in the communication sector (waves and  a look in what is a 5G network), geological features (why NZ has volcanoes/ earthquakes) , genetics and adaptations and chemistry of everyday (rates, acids and bases). This course is for any student with an interest in science and would like to continue through to a year 12 science courses. The course is split 50/50 for external and internal to model upcoming NCEA. The course is a general science course. The physics external has been removed as this standard is the one that has proven to be the one that students in the past select not to attempt. The external has been replaced with a physics internal on waves with the idea that it will look at the electromagnetic spectrum and what 5G in the telecommunication sector means to society.


Course Overview

Term 1
TOPIC 1 Demonstrate understanding of the formation of surface features in New Zealand- Internal

Surface features may include one or more local and/or national features such as:
• volcanoes and/or volcanic features
• limestone formations such as caves, sink holes
• glacial features and valleys
• river features and valleys
• mountain ranges such as the Southern Alps, Kaikoura Mountains, Tararua Ranges
• the Alpine Fault and other major fault lines.
External processes may be selected from:
• erosion and weathering as caused by wind, ice, water, animal and plant action, human action, sea level changes.
Internal processes may be selected from:
• formation of volcanoes or mountains due to collisions between the Pacific plate and Australian plates
• lateral movement along tectonic plate boundaries
• formation of volcanoes by hot spots
• movement along fault lines, folding, faulting, and uplift
• land movement due to earthquakes.

Term 2
TOPIC 2 Investigate implications of wave behaviuor for everyday life - Internal

Implications of wave behaviour for everyday life may relate to issues involving individuals, groups of people, society in general, the environment, or natural phenomena. This involves providing reasons and linking the reasons in a way that clearly explains the science that is involved in this issue.
Examples of issues are : 5G network concerns, high voltage power lines, cellphone towers.

TOPIC 3
Demonstrate understanding of aspects of acids and bases -External
This topic will cover:
• Atomic Structure
• Properties of Acids
• Rates of Reactions

Term 3
TOPIC 3 Continues

TOPIC 4 Demonstrate understanding of biological ideas relating to genetic variation - External
This topic will cover;
• the continuity of life based on the inheritable nature of DNA
• links between DNA and variation in phenotypes
• variation in phenotypes as adaptive features.

Term 4
TOPIC 4 Continues

External Examination Revision

Pathway

Level 2 Science - Advanced Chemistry I (CHE230), Level 2 Science - Biology (BIO232), Level 2 Science - Earth and Space Science (ESS201), Level 2 Science - Modern Physics (PHY202)

For students who enjoy science and may choose to continue science at Level 2 with a balance of internals and externals. The course is not a repeat of year 10 work by looking at different aspects of Biology, chemistry, Physics and Planet Earth and Beyond. Science for Aotearoa Citizens covers contexts in science with a NZ focus in the energy sector, geological features, genetics and adaptations and chemistry of everyday (rates, acids and bases).

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

1B8 Exercise Book


Recommended Prior Learning

Students who in Year 9 and 10 Science have experience success in the different types of assessments. As two of the courses are internals, students who enjoy looking at science in a greater depth to look at what are scientific facts compared to media reports.


Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

Assessment
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 90942 v3 Science 1.3 - Investigate implications of wave behaviour for everyday life
1
I
4
Y
A.S. 90944 v4 Science 1.5 - Demonstrate understanding of aspects of acids and bases
1
E
4
A.S. 90948 v3 Science 1.9 - Demonstrate understanding of biological ideas relating to genetic variation
1
E
4
Y
A.S. 90952 v3 Science 1.13 - Demonstrate understanding of the formation of surface features in New Zealand
1
I
4
Y
Total Credits

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

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