Biology - Level 3

BIO3
Course Description

Teacher in Charge: B. Salmon

• Animal behaviour
• Plant responses
• Genetics
• Evolution
• Current biological issues


Course Overview

Term 1
Critical thinking and biotechnology. Students learn about cutting edge genetic editing tools and investigate whether we should be using these in New Zealand.

Biology experiments. Students investigate the effects of caffeine on microscopic water fleas.

Term 2
Thermoregulation: Students learn how the body reacts during extreme sports events and how you can keep yourself from cool or warm when you need to.

Plant responses and animal behaviour: Students learn the responses plants make to their environment and the behaviour of individual and groups of animals. Along the way you will learn and experience why you should always stay put if you get lost in a snowstorm.

Term 3
Speciation: Learn how it is that there are so many different types of species on our planet. Why not just one species though natural selection?

Human evolution: Discover the fascinating scientific story of how humans came to exist and the evidence behind it. Find out how our evolutionary history gives important insight into many comtemporary human situations.

Term 4
Human evolution continued.

Pathway

Biology - University or NZ Scholarship

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

$24 Materials; $35 Field Trip


Prerequisites

If you did not take a pathway course at Level 2, or did not achieve 8 external credits in that course, you will need HOD approval.
There is a large research component to this course so we strongly recommend a personal device that has a keyboard.


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. 91606 v2 Biology 3.6 - Demonstrate understanding of trends in human evolution
Assessments:
Term: 3, Week: 8
3
E
4
Y
4r,4w *
A.S. 91605 v2 Biology 3.5 - Demonstrate understanding of evolutionary processes leading to speciation
Assessments:
Term: 3, Week: 8
3
E
4
Y
4r,4w *
A.S. 91604 v2 Biology 3.4 - Demonstrate understanding of how an animal maintains a stable internal environment
Assessments:
Term: 1, Week: 8
3
I
3
Y
3r *
A.S. 91603 v2 Biology 3.3 - Demonstrate understanding of the responses of plants and animals to their external environment
Assessments:
Term: 3, Week: 8
3
E
5
Y
5r,5w *
A.S. 91602 v2 Biology 3.2 - Integrate biological knowledge to develop an informed response to a socio-scientific issue
Assessments:
Term: 1, Week: 5
3
I
3
Y
3r,3w *
Total Credits
Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 19

* 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: 19 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 13 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 6 credits.

Pathway Tags

Medicine, Nursing Technician, Technologist, Teaching, Marine Biologist, Zoologist, Veterinarian/Vet, Nurse, Bio-Chemist, Forensic Scientist


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.