Level 3 Year 13 Biology

13BIOL
Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs E. Jar

Year 13 Biology continues to develop independent research and investigation skills.  There are no course prerequisites, however, this is a language dense topic and the ability to write reports is an advantage.  During the year students research a socio-scientific issue (an social issue that has a scientific origin, eg: the diabetes epidemic), perform an independently researched and written biological investigation, gain greater depth of knowledge of how genes and variation impact evolution, and learn how our body maintains homeostasis.  

The study of Biology seeks to explain the nature of living things and their interrelationships, how evolution links life processes and ecology, and the impact that humans have on all forms of life. I In this course you will learn about how plants and
animals respond to the living and non-living environment around them, the evolutionary
processes leading to the formation of new species, and human biological and cultural
evolution. As well you will learn about new advances in biotechnology, and carry out
research into a socio-scientific issue. This course is an approved UE course



Course Overview

Term 1
Week 1-5 AS91602 Research a Socio-Scientific Issue.

Week 6-10 AS91604 Demonstrate understanding of homeostasis.

Term 2
Week 1-5 AS91601 Practical Investigation runs concurrently with
Week 1-5 AS91607 Biotechnology

Week 6-10 AS91605 Processes that lead to speciation

Term 3
Week 1-5 AS91603 Animal Behaviour and Plant Responses

Week 6-10 AS91606 Human evolution

Term 4
Revision and exam practise followed by external exams.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

A write-on notes book will be required. A personal laptop or tablet is an advantage but not essential.
Level 3 Biology Externals sciPAD and the Level 3 Biology Internals sciPAD


Recommended Prior Learning

Year 11 Science, year 12 Biology, year 12 English or Maori or another language dense subject such as history.


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. 91601 v2 Biology 3.1 - Carry out a practical investigation in a biological context, with guidance
3
I
4
Y
*
Y
A.S. 91602 v2 Biology 3.2 - Integrate biological knowledge to develop an informed response to a socio-scientific issue
3
I
3
Y
3r,3w *
A.S. 91603 v3 Biology 3.3 - Demonstrate understanding of the responses of plants and animals to their external environment
3
E
5
Y
5r,5w *
A.S. 91604 v2 Biology 3.4 - Demonstrate understanding of how an animal maintains a stable internal environment
3
I
3
Y
3r *
A.S. 91605 v2 Biology 3.5 - Demonstrate understanding of evolutionary processes leading to speciation
3
E
4
Y
4r,4w *
A.S. 91606 v2 Biology 3.6 - Demonstrate understanding of trends in human evolution
3
E
4
Y
4r,4w *
A.S. 91607 v2 Biology 3.7 - Demonstrate understanding of human manipulations of genetic transfer and its biological implications
3
I
3
Y
3r *
Total Credits
Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 26

* 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: 26 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 13 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 13 credits.

Pathway Tags

PATHWAYS / CAREER RELEVANCE: Medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, radiology, sports coaching and administration, optometry, veterinarian, agriculture, horticulture, environmental management, forestry, parks and recreation, education. It also opens up a wide range of career options from farming to a role in professional sports. It is usually a prerequisite for university courses for medical professions and veterinary science.


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