Biology - Level 2

BIO2
Course Description

Teacher in Charge: B. Salmon

Biology is the study of living things and their interactions with each other and their environment.
• Ecology
• Cell structure
• Genetics and evolution
• Animal diversity
• Skills


Course Overview

Term 1
Animal diversity. Students explore the diversity among living things in how they obtain nutrition and then compare animals of their choice which may include sharks, crocodiles, whales, humans, elephants, cows.

Biological experiment. Students learn how to carry out a biochemical experiment on enzymes in the laboratory.

Term 2
Ecology. Students learn how New Zealand's unique flora and fauna interact. Students get to experience some of New Zealand's rare taonga including the kokako and the karearea from the $50 and $20 notes respectively.

Cell processes. Students learn about the processes happening in cells that keep all animals and plants alive. Students use microscope to examine our own cells and to investigate the myriad of microscopic life that is in our everyday life, but too small to see. Students examine their own DNA from inside their cells.

Term 3
Gene expression. Students learn how the chemical instructions inside our body get transformed into blood and bone to make us who we are.

Genetic variation. Students learn how biodiversity is created and how the combination of our parents can lead to what makes us similar but different from either of them.

Term 4
Genetic variation continued.

Pathway

Biology - Level 3, Science - Level 3

Career pathways include those in the sciences, medicine and sports.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

$24 Course Materials
$35 Field Trip Fee


Prerequisites

If you did not take a pathway course at Level 1, or achieved fewer than 8 credits externally in that course, you will need HOD approval.


Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.
Course endorsement provides recognition for a student who has performed exceptionally well in an individual course.
Students will gain an endorsement for a course if, in a single school year, they achieve:
14 or more credits at Merit or Excellence, and
at least 3 of these credits from externally assessed standards and 3 credits from internally assessed standards.

Assessment
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91159 v2 Biology 2.7 - Demonstrate understanding of gene expression
Assessments:
Term: 4, Week: 8
2
E
4
Y
A.S. 91158 v2 Biology 2.6 - Investigate a pattern in an ecological community, with supervision
Assessments:
Term: 2, Week: 7
2
I
4
Y
A.S. 91157 v2 Biology 2.5 - Demonstrate understanding of genetic variation and change
Assessments:
Term: 4, Week: 8
2
E
4
Y
A.S. 91156 v2 Biology 2.4 - Demonstrate understanding of life processes at the cellular level
Assessments:
Term: 4, Week: 8
2
E
4
Y
A.S. 91155 v2 Biology 2.3 - Demonstrate understanding of adaptation of plants or animals to their way of life
Assessments:
Term: 1, Week: 4
2
I
3
Y
A.S. 91153 v2 Biology 2.1 - Carry out a practical investigation in a biology context, with supervision
Assessments:
Term: 2, Week: 2
2
I
4
Y
Total Credits

Total Credits Available: 23 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 12 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 11 credits.

Pathway Tags

Medicine, Nursing Technician, Technologist, Teaching, Marine Biologist, Zoologist, Veterinarian/Vet, Nurse


Disclaimer

POLICY
It is the policy of Tauranga Boys’ College to have school-wide policies that inform parents and students of the criteria for administering all Assessments for National Qualifications.