13ESS

Year 13 Earth and Space Science

Course selection will be active from the 14th August 2020.

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: N. Major

Earth and Space Science is about our planet and where it fits into the universe. At Level 3, this includes looking at the Oceans or atmosphere, how they work and human impact on them, as well as formation of geological features on Earth. We will also carry out an investigation into the hunt for exoplanets - planets that could have life (although probably not as we know it!). 

Course content:

You can choose any of the units to study with a minimum expectation of 4 units (16 credits) over the year. This is an open course where you can choose the standards you want to study and the order you want to study them in.


Dating the geology of the Northland area, specifically looking at the Onerahi chaos breccia and the Northland allochthon. These rocks baffled scientists for years, as the oder rocks are nearer the surface and newer rocks are underneath. What caused this to happen? There are field trips for this unit to Northland geological features.


An investigation into astronomy, focusing on life on other planets. Are there planets out there that could support life? How do we know about them and could we ever get to them? NASA and other agencies are carying out a lot of research into these planets, not because we have a hope of getting to these planets, but just for the sake of curiosity and human exploration. As Arthur C. Clarke once said 

“Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.”


Processes in the atmosphere where we focus on the composition of the atmosphere, atmospheric circulation, the carbon cycle, transportation of matter and heat energy, cycles and climate. Our atmosphere extends from just below the surface of the planet to 10,000km above the surface, is a mixture of gases and water vapour and is held in place by gravity.


Processes in the ocean system, looks at the composition of the oceans, ocean circulation and currents, the carbon cycle, transportation of heat energy and matter (including rubbish...) and the Southern oscillation. Our oceans cover 70% of the Earth's surface, although teachnically there is one ocean with many basins (such as the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian etc).

Investigation - this unit gives you the opportunity to carry out an investigation in an Earth and Space Science context, with choices that include lava flow rate, oil spills and clean up, liquefaction or something else of our choosing. You will look at the science behind the topic and then plan and carry out an investigation to find out something about the topic.

ESS issue -  again, an open investigation about an Earth and Space Science issue, that could include ocean acidification, fracking, global warming, mining or any other of your choice. You will need to investigate the science of the issue as well as finding a societal response to the issue and justifying your own position on the issue. 


Contributions and Equipment

One standard book for note writing and / or A4 refill
Possibly the ESA L3 ESS book - optional
Access to the CK12.org website

Recommended Prior Learning

Open Entry, but some level of Science knowledge from L1 and L2 preferred.

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

This course is approved for University Entrance.

Total Credits Available: 24 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 16 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91410 v2
NZQA Info
Earth and Space Science 3.1 - Carry out an independent practical Earth and Space Science investigation

Further assessment opportunities will not be offered for this standard inline with NZQA guidelines

Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4r,4w *
Numeracy Credits: Y
A.S. 91411 v2
NZQA Info
Earth and Space Science 3.2 - Investigate a socio-scientific issue in an Earth and Space Science context
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4r,4w *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91412 v2
NZQA Info
Earth and Space Science 3.3 - Investigate the evidence related to dating geological event(s)
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0 *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91413 v2
NZQA Info
Earth and Space Science 3.4 - Demonstrate understanding of processes in the ocean system
Level: 3
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4r,4w *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91414 v2
NZQA Info
Earth and Space Science 3.5 - Demonstrate understanding of processes in the atmosphere system

Further assessment opportunities will not be offered for this standard inline with NZQA guidelines

Level: 3
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4r,4w *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91415 v2
NZQA Info
Earth and Space Science 3.6 - Investigate an aspect of astronomy
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4r *
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 24
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 24
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 20
TotalNumeracy Credits: 4

Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 24

This course is University approved and will allow you to meet the requirements for University Entrance.

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