Year 11 General Science

Course Code: 
11Sci
Year Level: 
Year 11
NCEA Level: 
1
Learning Area: 

Department / Subject Area:

In General Science students learn how science works as a process to explore and explain how the universe works. This course covers concepts and themes from across the science strands to open a wide pathway for students intending to take a senior science course. It also provides a sound foundation of science literacy and capability for students to apply to everyday life.

Prerequisites: A Level 1 Science course is compulsory.  Participation in two Science courses at this level is at the discretion of the Head of Learning Area.

General Science is a full year course, of five topics, that works towards gaining 20 Level One NCEA credits. Three of the standards are assessed internally (12 credits), the two remaining standards are externally assessed (8 credits).

Students need to gain 12 credits at Level 1 to be eligible for entry into a Level 2 Science course; including Science 1.2 for Level 2 Physics and Science 1.8 for Level 2 Chemistry.

Level 1 General Science Course Information 2015

Topics and Assessment (in approximate order covered)

Topic

Achievement Standard Number

Description

Literacy

Numeracy

Credits

Assessment

Date

Rates of Reaction

90930v3 (Che 1.1)

Internal

Carry out a practical chemistry investigation

N

Y

4

Term 1 Week 7

(Summative)

Chemical Reactions

90947v4 (Sci 1.8)

Internal

Investigate chemical reactions

N

N

4

Term 2 Week 4

(Summative)

Electricity and Magnetism

 90941v3 (Sci 1.2)

Internal

Investigate implications of electricity and magnetism for everyday life

N

Y

4

Term 2 Week 11

(Summative)

Mechanics

 90940v3 (Sci 1.1)

External

Demonstrate understanding of aspects of mechanics

N

Y

4

Term 3 Week 6

(Formative)

Genetic Variation

90949v3 (Sci 1.9)

External

Demonstrate understanding of biological ideas relating to genetic variation

Y

N

4

Term 4 Week 2

(Formative)

The Science Learning Area website provides an online learning environment students can use to revise their work and prepare for future learning. They will be able to complete quizzes, contribute to forums, access resources and receive important notices. The site is accessed by going to http://tinyurl.com/LCSciencePage.

Stationary RequirementsTo ensure that students can access all course work during the year, particularly for the external standards, all notes and exercises are to be completed in a 1B8 Hardcover exercise book. Students are issued with a write on workbook ‘sciPAD Level 1 Science’ at a cost of $15. 

If further information is required please contact the Head of Learning Area Helen Mora at mor@linwoodcollege.school.nz