NCEA Course Booklet

Year 13

Prerequisites Year 12 Chemistry.

development of their understanding of more advanced chemical processes.

Assessment The course contributes towards NCEA Level 3 and University Entrance, with 15 of the 22 credits externally assessed through examination, and the remaining 6 credits internally assessed.

Candidates for this course are expected to have completed the Level 2 Chemistry course successfully. The few that wish to take Year 13 Chemistry without successfully achieving in all the topics of the Level 2 course will find the work very demanding and must seek prior approval from the HoD Chemistry. Description The course started in Year 12 is developed further, with the intention of providing an academic basis for university study. Familiarity with reaction chemistry remains core, particularly aspects that involve organic compounds and redox species, but the emphasis on the general principles which govern how all chemicals behave is maintained. Students will explore scientific techniques used in industrial and university settings, as well as experience advanced chemical reactions involved in the production of synthetic products. Because Chemistry is all about us, because we live in an age of chemistry-based technology and because Chemistry is the subject which links the other two major sciences of Physics and Biology, the range of careers that require chemical expertise is immense. It also provides the basis for many key areas of study such as Health Sciences, Agriculture, Geology, Food Technology, Engineering, Textile Technology, Forensics and Materials Science. The economy of New Zealand is based largely on primary industry and Chemistry plays a vital role in developing products and ensuring their market competitiveness. For this reason, chemists usually find no difficulty in finding employment. Students who have enjoyed the practical aspects of Chemistry in Years 11–12 will enjoy a continued

The following Achievement Standards will be assessed:

• AS 91388 (3 credits – internal) Demonstrate understanding of spectroscopic data in Chemistry. • AS 91390 (5 credits – external) Demonstrate understanding of thermochemical principles and the properties of particles and substances. • AS 91391 (5 credits – external) Demonstrate understanding of the properties of organic compounds. • AS 91392 (5 credits – external) Demonstrate understanding of equilibrium principles in aqueous systems. • AS 91393 (3 credits – internal) Demonstrate understanding of oxidation- reduction processes. From Term 2, a weekly extension session will be available to Year 13 Chemistry students who wish to explore more advanced chemical concepts. These will prepare students for the Scholarship Chemistry examination at the end of the year. The three external standards will be assessed in a three-hour end-of-year examination timeslot. Trial examinations will be held during the year to help prepare students.

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