Level 2 Earth & Space Science

12ESS
Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms L. Barton

The standards and assessments in 2018 may vary slightly from those listed for levels 2 and 3.

Earth and Space Science is a stand-alone subject which looks at our environment and the factors which cause it to be the way it is, and at our place in space. In level 2 we focus more on our local neighborhood – what our planet is composed of, the different environments you might experience, how it is heated and where we fit in our solar system. In level 3 we look outside our own solar system at the possibility of life elsewhere in space, along with having a more academic focus on how our own atmosphere and oceans work – where the heat energy transfers occur and the implications for ocean currents and extremes of weather.

This course leads towards degrees in environmental science, geology and geography at most New Zealand universities. You can also sit Earth and Space Science as a scholarship subject. Taken together with physics it is good preparation for astrophysics or geophysics. It is a good supporting subject for students of geography.

You will learn to:
• carry out practical work, make observations, take and record measurements and evaluate techniques and processes
• identify the processes that have created the local Auckland landscape
• investigate the mechanisms for survival in extremely hot, cold, arid or deep water environments
• discuss how heat and light are produced and cycled within the physical and biological system of the Earth
• explain how stars, planets and moons are formed

Students need to be aware that AS91162 is also assessed in 12CHE and 12SCA


Pathway

Level 3 Earth & Space Science

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Workbook approximately $30 plus two field trips approximately $15 each. Education Perfect (recommended) $20.


Recommended Prior Learning Students must have achieved 12 achievement standard credits in level 1 Science, (10SCX, 11SCI) including *at least one external achievement standard* or at the Head of Department discretion
Credit Information
Assessment
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91193 v2 Earth and Space Science 2.7 - Demonstrate understanding of physical principles related to the Earth System
2
E
4
Y
A.S. 91192 v2 Earth and Space Science 2.6 - Demonstrate understanding of stars and planetary systems
2
E
4
Y
A.S. 91190 v2 Earth and Space Science 2.4 - Investigate how organisms survive in an extreme environment
2
I
4
Y
A.S. 91189 v2 Earth and Space Science 2.3 - Investigate geological processes in a New Zealand locality
2
I
4
Y
A.S. 91187 v2 Earth and Space Science 2.1 - Carry out a practical Earth and Space Science investigation
2
I
4
Y
Y
A.S. 91162 v3 Chemistry 2.2 - Carry out procedures to identify ions present in solution
2
I
3
Total Credits

Total Credits Available: 23 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 15 credits.