Year 11 Science - Forensic & Marine Science

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: S. Scourfield

Do you love the ocean? What about True Crime stories?

This course covers Marine Biology and Forensics skills (1 term of each). 

Throughout this course you'll learn how to:

  • understand that scientific knowledge can be applied to solve problems; 
  • use reflection and analysis during investigations;
  • collect, process and interpret data to draw conclusions;
  • understand that scientific evidence informs decisions that impact on people and the environment.

This course has two separate parts:

Term 1/Term 4 - Marine Reserves. Working alongside Experience Marine Reserves (EMR) you may have the opportunity to experience Marine Conservation in action by participating in marine monitoring. Classes usually head out to Reotahi Marine Reserve (Whangarei Heads) to snorkel and do some fish monitoring. Weather permitting, classes may also have an opportunity to visit Goat Island Marine reserve and the Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre.

Term 2/Term 3 - Forensics. Learn the science behind forensic techniques and investigation. You'll carry out lots of practical science skills and inquiries. Various experts in the field may visit the classroom to share how they investigate crimes. Practical work will involve fingerprinting, DNA analysis, blood spatter analysis, use of microscopes. Case studies will be analysed too. 


Year 12 Earth and Space Science, Year 12 Environmental Science, Year 12 General Science, Year 12 Primary Industries

Note that this course does NOT prepare students for entry into Level 2 Chemistry or Physics.

Marine Science focuses on Ecology concepts but does not provide a broad knowledge of other biology concepts.

Contributions and Equipment

1 x 1E5 or 1B5 (or equivalent)

Recommended Prior Learning

Open entry

Pathway Tags

Marine Biology, Conservation, Environmental Management, Ecology, Forensic Science, Law, Microbiology, Investigation, Aquaculture Farmer, Marine Biologist, Insurance Loss Adjuster, Boat Builder, Naval Architect, Cabinet Maker, Ship's Officer, Insurance Claims Officer, Diver, Industrial Designer, Geologist, Welder, Marine Engineer, Geophysicist, Ship's Master, Police Officer, Forensic Scientist