Level 3 Biology

3BIO
Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr R. Baars

Biology is the study of living things, how they function, how they are connected, and how change happens over time. Change, and how living things respond to it, has immediate and long-term implications for your health. It also impacts on the survival of species, through extinction and the evolution of new species. An understanding of how this happens will help you think about change on a wide range of time scales.


Subject Overview

Term 1
Responding to the environment - investigating animal behaviour at Orana Wildlife Park and learning about homeostasis in humans.

Term 2
Investigating and reporting on a socio-scientific issue and exploring how and why speciation occurs, with a strong focus on New Zealand - this country is Disneyland for Biologists!

Term 3
Developing our understanding of speciation further, then using what we have learnt to explore human evolution, including another trip to Orana Wildlife Park, looking at the primates there, along with their extensive hominid and hominin replica skull collection.

Recommended Prior Learning

14 credits at NCEA Level 2 in Biology, or by consultation with Mr Baars.


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. 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 *
Total Credits
Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 18

* 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: 18 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 10 credits.