2ESS

Level 2 Earth and Space Science

Course selection will be active in August.

Course Description

This course covers topics such as star and planet formation, the geology of the local area, how humans survive in space using technology and the effects of impacts from space on planets including the Earth. Students will be able to explain these concepts as well as designing and carrying out a practical experiment to collect data and test relationships.

Learning Opportunities

In this course you will need to:

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  • Scientific thinking.
  • Geological processes in the formation of different rock types.
  • Measurement and analysis.
  • The formation of stars, planets and moons.
  • Experimental analysis.
  • The effect of meteorite and asteroid impacts on Earth.
  • Written communication.
  • How humans survive in the harsh extremes of space.

Field trips (no cost) will occur mostly in term 1, but there is a possibility of a visit to RocketLab and AUT’s large radio telescope. Most field trips will depart and arrive back at school during school hours.

Resources Required

1B8 or 1E8 exercise book or similar
14J8 refill graph paper
ESA Level 2 Earth and Space Science Learning Workbook (recommended) Optional
Scientific or graphic calculator

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

Total Credits Available: 16 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 4 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 12 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91187 v2
NZQA Info
Earth and Space Science 2.1 - Carry out a practical Earth and Space Science investigation
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: Y
A.S. 91189 v2
NZQA Info
Earth and Space Science 2.3 - Investigate geological processes in a New Zealand locality
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91190 v2
NZQA Info
Earth and Space Science 2.4 - Investigate how organisms survive in an extreme environment
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91192 v2
NZQA Info
Earth and Space Science 2.6 - Demonstrate understanding of stars and planetary systems
Level: 2
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 16
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 16
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Total Numeracy Credits: 4

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