L2EOSC

L2 Earth and Ocean Science

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms J. Grattan

This course is an introduction to the field of Marine and Earth Science.  

Students will critically examine the information presented to the public on the issue of rising levels of plastic in the world’s Oceans.  Carry out a practical investigation to learn about the adaptations of the marine animals on the Tauranga Harbour mudflats to their environment.  Investigate the properties of oil, the effect of oil spills on our environment and different methods of cleaning up oil spills. Learn about adaptations of marine organisms to life in the deep ocean trenches as well as having the opportunity to complete their Open water Scuba Diving course through DiveZone Tauranga (optional).  Investigate the geological processes that led to the formation of the Rotomahana volcano and the rocks found at that location.  There will also be an optional externally assessed Achievement Standard offered in either Physical principles of the Earth System or the Causes of Extreme Earth Events.

L3 Unit Standards 7, L2 Achievement Standards 16 plus 4 optional externally assessed credits. This course offers a challenging and interesting mix of both unit standards and achievement students to prepare students for Polytech and University courses in Marine Biology, Earth Science, Environmental Science and other practical Science pathways.

Required Prior Learning


Minimum entry of 14 credits in L1 Science or if given HOD approval.


Course Costs

Diving course includes fees of elearning, diving equipment hire of tanks, regulator, BCD and instruction cost - this must be paid up front. $550
Note - Students must provide own mask and snorkel.

Medical: All students must supply a recreational diving medical certificate stating they are medically fit to undertake SCUBA diving. This is due week 2 of term 1. $60-90.

Pathway

Course Credit Information

This course is eligible for Course Endorsement.

Total Credits Available: 31 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 23 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
U.S. 28392 v2
NZQA Info
Scuba dive in open water to a maximum depth of 18 metres
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 7
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0

Assessments:
Term: 1, Week: 7

A.S. 91158 v2
NZQA Info
Biology 2.6 - Investigate a pattern in an ecological community, with supervision
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0

Assessments:
Term: 1, Week: 10

A.S. 91187 v2
NZQA Info
Earth and Space Science 2.1 - Carry out a practical Earth and Space Science investigation
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: Y

Assessments:
Term: 2, Week: 7

A.S. 91189 v2
NZQA Info
Earth and Space Science 2.3 - Investigate geological processes in a New Zealand locality
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91190 v2
NZQA Info
Earth and Space Science 2.4 - Investigate how organisms survive in an extreme environment
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91191 v2
NZQA Info
Earth and Space Science 2.5 - Demonstrate understanding of the causes of extreme Earth events in New Zealand
Level: 2
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91193 v2
NZQA Info
Earth and Space Science 2.7 - Demonstrate understanding of physical principles related to the Earth System
Level: 2
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 31
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 24
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Total Numeracy Credits: 4

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