NCEA Course Booklet

Year 13

Prerequisites Any of the Level 2 sciences.

• Atmospheric and oceanic processes. • Telescopes and astronomical observations • An investigation of Canterbury’s unique braided rivers using satellite imagery. Assessment This course contributes towards NCEA Level 3 and University Entrance, with 4 of the 20 credits externally assessed by examination, and the remaining 16 credits internally assessed. The following Achievement Standards will be assessed: • AS 91410 (4 credits – internal) Carry out an independent practical Earth & Space Science investigation. • AS 91411 (4 credits – internal) Investigate a socio-scientific issue in an Earth & Space Science context. • AS 91412 (4 credits – internal) Investigate the evidence related to dating geological events. • AS 91413 (4 credits – external) Demonstrate understanding of processes in the ocean system. • AS 91414 (4 credits – external) Demonstrate understanding of processes in the atmosphere system. • AS 91415 (4 credits – internal) Investigate an aspect of astronomy. The course may be tailored to meet the needs of the class or student as appropriate, following discussion with the teacher.

Description Earth and Space Science involves the scientific investigation of the Earth and its place within the solar system. Students will study the Earth's interconnected systems and processes, the solar system, and observe the universe beyond. This Earth and Space Science course integrates aspects of Physics, Chemistry and Biology by applying them in real world contexts, such as weather in the atmosphere and astronomical observation. The course includes study of a wide range of topics including geology, astronomy, river processes, satellite imagery and the Sun. There will be a field trip to Tekapo to conduct astronomical observation and plenty of other opportunities for both research and practical investigation. Earth and Space Science would be a good choice for anyone who has an interest in the environment around them or is fascinated by the night sky. It offers an ideal opportunity for students to develop their general scientific understanding and knowledge. Topics include: • Movement along the Alpine Fault and how to date geological events. • Solar Storms and their impact on Earth and our society.

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