Level 3 Earth & Space Science

13ESS
Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms L. Barton

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 subject works well with Geography and expands on some of the learning from level 2.

You will learn to:
• investigate a current isue in an Earth and Space science context that has an impact on individuals and society
• collect scientific information from a variety of sources and report on an investigation
• investigate an astronomical event, discovery or phenomena and explain the science behind this event
• research and understand a range of methods used to date geological events
• link oceanic composition, currents, tides and cycles with phenomena such as El Nino and La Nina
• link atmospheric composition, currents, convection transport and cycles with phenomena such as trends in climate change

Students need to be aware that AS91389 is also assessed in 13CHE


Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Workbook approximately $30, Biozone online ESS Academy $12, Field trip $15.


Recommended Prior Learning Students must have achieved 12 credits in any of 12ESS, 12CHE, 12BIO, 12PHY including *at least one external achievement standard*
Credit Information
Assessment
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91415 v2 Earth and Space Science 3.6 - Investigate an aspect of astronomy
3
I
4
Y
4r *
A.S. 91414 v2 Earth and Space Science 3.5 - Demonstrate understanding of processes in the atmosphere system
3
E
4
Y
4r,4w *
A.S. 91413 v2 Earth and Space Science 3.4 - Demonstrate understanding of processes in the ocean system
3
E
4
Y
4r,4w *
A.S. 91412 v2 Earth and Space Science 3.3 - Investigate the evidence related to dating geological event(s)
3
I
4
Y
*
A.S. 91411 v2 Earth and Space Science 3.2 - Investigate a socio-scientific issue in an Earth and Space Science context
3
I
4
Y
4r,4w *
A.S. 91389 v2 Chemistry 3.3 - Demonstrate understanding of chemical processes in the world around us
3
I
3
Y
3r,3w *
Total Credits
Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 23

* 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: 23 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 15 credits.