Science 3 (Internally Assessed)

SCI3
Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr J. Brewer

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for the course.  However, a basic understanding of Science to a Level 1 standard is prefered.


Science is the study of the physical, biological and chemical world around us.

Mostly Earth, Space and Environmental systems.
A follow on from SCP2 and students who drop Level 3 Physics, Chemistry or Biology; OR students who would enjoy a L3 Science course.

Subject UE approved

15 UE literacy credits available (15 reading and 15 writing)


Course Overview

Term 1
ESS 3.6 Astronomy (Int)

In this internal we look at our solar system and the possibility of finding life somewhere other than here on Earth.

We look at what life is, how we define it and what the different forms of that life consist of here on Earth. What does that life need to survive and how does our planet provide for those needs?

We then look at some of the extreme environments here on Earth and the organisms that can survive there. What adaptations do they have that allows them to live in the depths of the ocean with no light, very little oxygen and crushing pressures. Or in scalding hot pools of acidic geothermal water. Or buried hundreds of metres in the Antarctic ice.

Following that we look outward to our Solar system and the planets, moons and other objects that make it up. We know it’s a dangerous and extreme place with killer temperature extremes, radiation exposure, little to no oxygen, gravity extremes and other deadly conditions. Could we find places there that are close enough to Earth extremes that our extremophiles have a chance to survive? Is there life out there somewhere? You job is to find out!!

ESS 3.3 Geological Dating (Int)

This achievement standard involves investigating the evidence related to dating geological event(s). This will include:
- Justifying how a range of key evidence contributes to the understanding of the dating
of the geological event(s)
- Explaining how the cross-correlation of the evidence contributes to the understanding
of the dating of a geological event(s).

Term 2
ESS 3.3 Geological Dating (Int) (Continued...)

CHE 3.3 Chemical processes in the world around us (Int)

This achievement standard involves demonstrating understanding of chemical processes in the world around us.

Chemical processes in the world around us include either the chemistry related to an
environmental issue or the chemistry involved in the development of new technology
to meet a societal need.

Examples of environmental issues may include:
- an aspect of the greenhouse effect
- ozone depletion
- acidification of oceans
- acid rain
- volcanic eruptions
- pollution.

Examples of technologies may include
- an aspect of polymers
- energy production
- pharmaceuticals
- food production.

Term 3
This term includes a field trip to the Waihi gold mine that forms the basis for the next two Internal assessments.

ESS 3.1 Practical Investigation (Int)

This achievement standard involves carrying out an independent practical Earth and Space Science investigation. It will involve:
- stating a purpose for the investigation
- developing a method that includes:
- the valid range for key variables
- how key variables are measured
- the management of other variables
- the control of potential sources of error
- the management of sampling bias
- the reliable collection of raw data
- collecting valid raw data consistent with the chosen method
- recording and processing raw data relevant to the purpose
- interpreting the processed data to draw a conclusion related to the purpose of the
investigation
- explaining how the Earth and Space Science links to the investigation
- explaining how the investigation method allowed for reliable data to be collected
- reporting on the investigation.

ESS 3.2 Socio-Scientific Investigation (Int)

This achievement standard involves investigating a socio-scientific issue in an Earth an Space Science context. A socio-scientific issue refers to a current issue in an Earth and Space Science context that has an impact on individuals and society. This will include:
- evaluating the issue and the impact on individuals and society
- justifying a personal response to the issue
- evaluating a societal response to the issue.

Term 4
3.2 Socio-Scientific Investigation (Int) (Continued...)

This achievement standard involves investigating a socio-scientific issue in an Earth an Space Science context. A socio-scientific issue refers to a current issue in an Earth and Space Science context that has an impact on individuals and society. This will include:
- evaluating the issue and the impact on individuals and society
- justifying a personal response to the issue
- evaluating a societal response to the issue.

Learning Areas:

Science



Career Pathways

Mining Engineer, Auditor, Agricultural/Horticultural Scientist, Agricultural/Horticultural Consultant, Zoologist, Barrister, Microbiologist, Chemical Engineer, Biosecurity Officer, Mechanical Engineer, Urban/Regional Planner, Science Technician, Civil Engineer, Civil Engineering Technician/Draughtsperson, Cleaner, Miner/Quarry Worker, Mine/Quarry Manager, Dairy Farmer, Driller, Geologist, Environmental Scientist, Energy/Carbon Auditor, Environmental Engineer, Environmental/Public Health Officer, Firefighter, Ranger, Fishery Officer, Pest Control Technician, Landscape Architect, Health and Safety Inspector, Health and Safety Adviser, Health Promoter, Immigration Officer, Quarantine Officer, Water/Wastewater Treatment Operator, Geospatial Specialist, Dairy Herd Manager, Epidemiologist, Facilities Manager

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

$30 course related costs and field trips. There are four research-based internal standards for this course. You must have your own IT device and it is strongly recommended that it has a physical keyboard. Touchscreen only devices (Tablets, iPads etc...) will make these internals difficult.

Description Type Value
Waihi goldmine fieldtrip to support ESS 3.1 and ESS 3.2 Contribution $30.00
$30.00

Pathway Tags

Mining Engineer, Auditor, Agricultural/Horticultural Scientist, Agricultural/Horticultural Consultant, Zoologist, Barrister, Microbiologist, Chemical Engineer, Biosecurity Officer, Mechanical Engineer, Urban/Regional Planner, Science Technician, Civil Engineer, Civil Engineering Technician/Draughtsperson, Cleaner, Miner/Quarry Worker, Mine/Quarry Manager, Dairy Farmer, Driller, Geologist, Environmental Scientist, Energy/Carbon Auditor, Environmental Engineer, Environmental/Public Health Officer, Firefighter, Ranger, Fishery Officer, Pest Control Technician, Landscape Architect, Health and Safety Inspector, Health and Safety Adviser, Health Promoter, Immigration Officer, Quarantine Officer, Water/Wastewater Treatment Operator, Geospatial Specialist, Dairy Herd Manager, Epidemiologist, Facilities Manager