The New Zealand curriculum;
Learning Media for the Ministry of Education, 2007.
Designs of life : biology for year 13;
Investigations of life;
Patterns of life for NCEA level 2;
Pearson Longman, 2005.
Excellence in biology : a textbook for year 12 students;
New House Publishers, 2005.
Hill, Sylvia. , New Zealand., New Zealand;
Safety and science : a guidance manual for New Zealand schools;
Learning Media, 1997.
Hipkins, Rosemary. , Conner, Lindsey;
Alive & well. a systems approach;
Gene technology : techniques and issues;
New House Publishers, 2000.
Jarvis, Sue. , Schofield Ann, Hook, George;
Biology year 13;
New House Publishers, 2004.
Biology in the New Zealand curriculum;
Learning Media, 1994.
Paterson, Adrian. , Smith, Peter E;
Examples of evolution in New Zealand;
Lincoln University, 1998.
Relph, David. , Hook, George;
Biology : Year 12;
New House Publishers, 1999.
Smith, Peter E. , Educational Solutions Ltd;
Year 13 bio : student's practical guide 2000;
Educational Solutions Ltd, 2000.
Smith, Peter E. , Educational Solutions Ltd;
Year 13 bio : teacher's practical guide 2000;
Lincoln, N.Z. :Educational Solutions Ltd, 2000.
Smith, Peter E. , Lincoln University (Canterbury, N.Z.);
Biological control in New Zealand;
Educational Solutions ;Lincoln University, 1997.
Required Texts and Readings
Blumenfield, P., Kempler, T., Krajeiks, S., (2006). Motivation and Cognitive Engagement in Learning Enviroments In R.K. Sawyer (Ed). The Cambridge Handbook of The Learning Sciences (475-488) Cambridge University Press.
Hipkins, R. (2010) Engaging students in Science. N Z Science Teacher 1234. (37-40).
Griff, E. (September, 2006) How Neurons Work: An analogy and demonstration Using a Sparkler and a Frying Pan. The American Biology Teacher. (68,7)
Heeney, R., Tallon, A., & Butler, M. (2005). Biology Assignments for NCEA level 2. Auckland: Pearson Education.
Milne, C. (March 2008). The beaks of Finches and the Tool Analogy: Use with Care. The American Biology Teacher (70,3).
Snyder, J. (August, 2008) It’s All in the Bag: A Genetics Activity. The American Biology Teacher (70,6)
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All forms of cheating and dishonest practice are taken seriously and penalties will result. Students should refer to Regulation J of the General Course and Examination Regulations.
Three assignments marked according to the UC grading scale against defined standards and learning outcomes, as detailed in written requirements provided to students when assignments are issued. Course objectives and requirements are also provided to students in the first lecture.
Grade GPA Marks
A+ 9 90 – 100
A 8 85 – 89
A- 7 80 – 84
B+ 6 75 – 79
B 5 70 – 74
B- 4 65 – 69
C+ 3 60 – 64
C 2 55 – 59
C- 1 50 – 54
D 0 40 – 49
E -1 0 – 39
A Pass is 50 marks or over
Classes are participatory and therefore require full attendance. The same attendance expectations apply as would be expected of a teacher in a school. Students who attend less than 80% of lectures are likely to have difficulty completing the course requirements. Unavoidable absence should be notified to the lecturer, and where possible, prior to the class. Requests can be made for absence in exceptional circumstances. These should be made in advance to the lecturer (for absences up to three days) or to the Associate Dean (for absences of three days or longer). Evidence for the reason for the absence may be required. Students who do not meet attendance requirements for the course are liable to fail.
Students will be asked to make (anonymous if desired) written comment on:
• how the course may be improved.
• which aspects of the course they found most helpful.
Moderation will follow procedures for the School of Sciences and Physical Education.
Work is late if it is submitted after the due date without an extension having been granted by the lecturer. The final date for submission of work is the Wednesday of the week following the end of course. The lecturer reserves the right not to mark work handed in after this date. Resubmissions may not be granted on late work.
Assignments submitted should be of a professional standard and use APA formatting where appropriate. Students are expected to participate in all lecture-based activities and to undertake any additional tasks as may be set from time to time in lectures. Such requirements will be made clear to students in lectures.
Request for extensions must be made in writing (or by email) to the lecturer at least three days prior to the assessment due date.
Resubmissions will only be allowed in exceptional circumstances.
There will be no aegrotat available in this course.
All assignments are to be submitted, on-line. Assignments to be collected from the Academic Services Team in the College Office.