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Subject Reference: Biology 1.2

Title: Report on a biological issue

Level: 1

Credits: 3

Assessment: Internal

Subfield: Science

Domain: Biology

This achievement standard involves collecting and processing data and/or information to report on a biological issue.

 

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Biology

18969(expiring) Demonstrate knowledge of the characteristics of living things, organs, and an organ system 2 credits Internal
Unit standard (43KB) (46KB)
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90925 Carry out a practical investigation in a biological context, with direction 4 credits Internal
Achievement standard 2015 (15KB) (68KB)
Achievement standard 2014 (70KB) (69KB)
Achievement standard 2011 (41KB) (68KB)
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90926 Report on a biological issue 3 credits Internal
Achievement standard 2015 (13KB) (56KB)
Achievement standard 2014 (68KB) (57KB)
Achievement standard 2011 (40KB) (60KB)
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90927 Demonstrate understanding of biological ideas relating to micro-organisms 4 credits External
Achievement standard 2015 (15KB) (62KB)
Achievement standard 2014 (84KB) (51KB)
Achievement standard 2011 (41KB) (53KB)
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90928 Demonstrate understanding of biological ideas relating to the life cycle of flowering plants 4 credits External
Achievement standard 2015 (13KB) (63KB)
Achievement standard 2014 (67KB) (62KB)
Achievement standard 2011 (39KB) (63KB)
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90929 Demonstrate understanding of biological ideas relating to a mammal(s) as a consumer(s) 3 credits External
Achievement standard 2015 (13KB) (62KB)
Achievement standard 2014 (67KB) (52KB)
Achievement standard 2013 (70KB) (54KB)
Achievement standard 2011 (38KB) (54KB)
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Level 1 Biology assessment resources

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The level 1 achievement standards for Biology are registered and have been published on theNZQA website.

Exemplars of student work or expected student responses (written by subject moderators) have been developed for Level 1 achievement standards. The exemplars are on the NZQA Subject Specific Resources pages on the NZQA website and are all available for use.

Assessment resources and exemplars for all Level 1 externally assessed standards have been published on the NZQA website.

NZQA approved assessment resources

Biology

Version date: 06 May 2013
Key changes: Version 2
Subject facilitator email: seniorsecondary@tki.org.nz

Biology.

Biology

What is this guide about?

This teaching and learning guide describes: what constitutes valued knowledge in science at curriculum levels 6, 7, and 8; what good teaching and learning in science looks like; how science forms part of the wider The New Zealand Curriculum.

The guide also introduces teachers to pūtaiao, the science curriculum for Māori-medium learning.

Why do teachers need this guide?

This guide provides comprehensive elaboration of the science learning area statement and achievement objectives found in The New Zealand Curriculum.

The New Zealand Curriculum requires teachers to focus on the Nature of Science as the overarching, unifying strand in the science curriculum. This guide will help them design senior programmes that centre on this strand.

Note that this guide refers to the four contextual strands of the curriculum (living world, material world, physical world, and planet earth and beyond) by their more familiar names of biology, chemistry, physics, and earth and space science, except where the curriculum is directly sourced (as with the achievement objectives).

Chemistry, physics, biology and earth and space science provide the contexts for students to develop scientific knowledge and learn about how scientists work. Detailed elaboration of these contextual strands can be found in this guide.

Following the alignment of NCEA standards to The New Zealand Curriculum and the inclusion of Nature of Science in the new science standards, teachers have new opportunities to design teaching and learning programmes that will engage their students in science learning.

Who needs the guide?

This teaching and learning guide will be useful for:

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  • parents looking to discover what learning in science is about
  • students wanting to know why they should study science
  • curriculum leaders when reviewing the place of science in their senior programmes.

Who wrote the guide?

The writers of this guide were leading teachers selected for their subject expertise, their innovative practice, and their understanding of how to focus teaching and learning on the Nature of Science strand.

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Biology – annotated exemplars Level 1 AS90926

Report on a biological issue (1.2)

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Low Excellence

Commentary
Student response
Student 1 (PDF, 2MB)

For Excellence, the student needs to report comprehensively on a biological issue. This involves:

  • identifying multiple links between the biological ideas that are related to the question or purpose
  • evaluating sources of information/data with respect to the question or purpose
  • taking and justifying a position on the issue with a recommendation for action.

The extract shows some links between the biological ideas, related to the refined question of the long term effects on a population of parents choosing the gender of a baby before conception (1) (2). A general position related to genetically inherited diseases is identified and justified by evidence (3).

To reach Excellence more securely the student would need to:

  • identify more links between the biological ideas that are related to the refined question
  • identify at least two different points of view, supported by evidence, e.g. from named people, groups or organisations, showing the sources of data and information, recorded in a way that can be accessed by others.

High Merit

Commentary
Student response
Student 2 (PDF, 1.5MB)

For Merit, the student needs to report in depth on a biological issue by:

  • explaining the biological ideas that are related to the question or purpose
  • identifying at least two different points of view supported by evidence
  • taking and justifying a position on the issue

Biological ideas that are related to the question are explained (2) and different points of view supported by evidence are identified (3.) A position on the issue is taken and justified (4). The extract shows a brief evaluation of a source of information (5), used with respect to the question of whether consumers should support genetically modified corn (1).

To reach Excellence the student would need to evaluate a range of at least three sources of data and/or information with respect to the question or purpose.

Low Merit

Commentary
Student response
Student 3 (PDF, 1.7MB)

For Merit, the student needs to report in depth on a biological issue. This involves:

  • explaining the biological ideas that are related to the question or purpose
  • identifying at least two different points of view supported by evidence
  • taking and justifying a position on the issue

The biological ideas related to the refined purpose on the outbreak of novel H1N1influenza (1) are explained in varying degrees (2). A general position on the issue is taken (3).

For a more secure Merit the student would need more detail to:

  • explain the biological ideas that are related to a refined purpose
  • take and justify a clear position on the issue with more specific reference to supporting information.

High Achieved

Commentary
Student response
Student 4 (PDF, 1.8MB)

For Achieved, the student needs to report on a biological issue. This involves:

  • refining a given or agreed question or purpose
  • describing the biological ideas that are related to the question or purpose
  • collecting and processing primary or secondary data and/or information from a range of sources
  • taking a position on the issue
  • presenting findings.

The extract shows description and some explanation of the biological ideas (2) that are related to the refined question (1).

A position on the issue is taken and justified (3).

To reach Merit the student would need more detailed evidence to:

  • explain the biological ideas that are related to the refined question
  • justify the position taken on the issue with more specific reference to supporting information.

Low Achieved

Commentary
Student response
Student 5 (PDF, 1012KB)

For Achieved, the student needs to report on a biological issue. This involves:

  • refining a given or agreed question or purpose
  • describing the biological ideas that are related to the question or purpose
  • collecting and processing primary or secondary data and/or information from a range of sources
  • taking a position on the issue
  • presenting findings.

The extract shows a focus on the impact of the review to limit the snapper quota on commercial and recreational fishers (2), rather than describing the biological ideas (3) related to the refined question (1) on why the current quota is being reviewed in NZ.

To reach Achieved more securely, the student would need more specific evidence describing the biological ideas (3) related to the refined question (1) on why the current quota is being reviewed in NZ, e.g. to maintain breeding stock and stabilise the age structure of the population.

High Not Achieved

Commentary
Student response
Student 6 (PDF, 1005KB)

For Achieved, the student needs to report on a biological issue. This involves:

  • refining a given or agreed question or purpose
  • describing the biological ideas that are related to the question or purpose
  • collecting and processing primary or secondary data and/or information from a range of sources
  • taking a position on the issue
  • presenting findings.

The extract shows isolated descriptions of biological ideas on how swine flu is spread, and some possible symptoms of infection and medication (1).

To reach Achieved the student would need to:

  • refine a given or agreed question or purpose to guide the research and present the findings
  • show more specific evidence describing the biological ideas that are related to this refined question or purpose.