2BIOA

L2 Biology - Semester A

Course Description

Level 2 Biology - Semester A

This course teaches students about how life is possible at the cellular level.  Students will do a practical investigation using microscopes. The course covers how cells are structured and how they function. The processes covered are membrane transport, respiration, photosynthesis, DNA replication and cell division. These are enzyme controlled processes. 

Curriculum Skills:

  • Practical skills-Using a microscope and making slide preparations.

  • Research the application of osmosis in the real world.

  • Participating and contributing-Planning and carrying out an osmosis investigation.

  • Using language, symbols and text-Understanding scientific definitions and cell processes.

  • Thinking-Applying biological facts and processes to real life situations in living organisms.

  • Relating to others-discussing data, learning from peers, discussing with others.

  • Managing self-Revision and study techniques in preparation for the external examination in November.


In order to gain a Course Endorsement, students will have to go onto study Semester B of Level 2 Biology.


Prior Learning & Prerequisites

It is preferable if students taking this course have passed at least 1 Science external, however, due to the COVID-19 situation, entry to this course will be considered on a case by case basis.

Pathway

It is preferable if students undertaking this course have passed at least 1 Science external at Level 1.

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement, however, you will need to select both Semester A and B.

Total Credits Available: 11 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 4 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 7 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91153 v2
NZQA Info
Biology 2.1 - Carry out a practical investigation in a biology context, with supervision
4
4
4
4
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: Y
A.S. 91156 v2
NZQA Info
Biology 2.4 - Demonstrate understanding of life processes at the cellular level
Level: 2
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4w
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91160 v2
NZQA Info
Biology 2.8 - Investigate biological material at the microscopic level
3
3
3
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 11
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 4
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4
TotalNumeracy Credits: 4

Disclaimer

Selection of a course does not guarantee entry into the course. Courses may not run due to low numbers and timetable clashes may occur. In both of these situations, the student will be consulted about alternative courses during the Course Confirmation process.

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