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Please note for 2018 and 2019 - 14 Internal Credits and 8 External credits are available. You will have a potential of 18 or 22 credits.

Click on the following for 2018 Level 2 Year Course Planner   Online learning will use MyPortfolio for additional learning support, resources and assessment tasks. 

                                                                               Total available credits in this course is 18 to 22 

 Term
CodeAssessment Standard Title CreditsInt/ExtFAO
 All Year 91243 Apply geography concepts and skills too demonstrate understanding of a given environment 4 ExternalNo
 2
91240

(** R & W)


 4External No
 191245Explain aspects of a contemporary New Zealand geographic issue.  3 InternalNo
 191246 Explain aspects of a geographic topic at a global scale 3Internal No
 2 91244
(N & W)
Conduct geographic research with guidance 5InternalNo
 3 91241
(W)
Demonstrate geographic understanding of an urban pattern  3Internal  No 

Note: Achievement Standards with two stars (**) contributes to BOTH UE Reading & Writing literacy requirements.
Note: Achievement Standards with only 1 start (*) ONLY contributes to UE Reading literacy requirements. 
Note: This standard offers both Numeracy & Literacy at Level 2

What should I have already achieved?

 

You should have a developing knowledge of geography. 
What will I learn?

Our learning takes place within and outside the classroom as we explore and investigate contemporary issues and topics that shape how people view and interact both socially and economically with their environment. 

You will use and apply geographic concepts and geographic terminology to both internal and external assessments to show insight and understanding of the topics studied throughout the year.

Topics we will research and study in 2019 may include: the investigation of different perspectives                     /viewpoints for allowing 1080 in the Hunua Ranges or Aqua Farming in New Zealand; understanding the global pattern and impact of Hip Hop / Korean Pop Music or other topics such as the impact of HIV around the world today or a topic of your choice; undertake field research into fluvial river processes in the Hunua Ranges; investigating the urban pattern.  The two external exams focus on applying geography concepts and skills to demonstrate your understanding of a given environment as well as demonstrating your understanding of natural processes occurring in a large natural environment. Both externals draw on the internal assessments completed during the year along with specific case study knowledge also undertaken by you.

Learning will take place both within the classroom and beyond with the potential of 2 field trips taking our learning beyond the classroom.  It is expected that you will participate in field trips which support the assessment learnings.

Guest Speakers invited will also attend class sessions to support your learning. 

How will this course be assessed?

This course will be assessed using a combination of 4 internal assessments completed during the year and 2 external assessments. Assessments will require you to demonstrate your understanding of geographic concepts in relation to case studies using graphs, maps, diagrams and written paragraph answers. 

This course offers 18 to 22 credits depending on your course of study.

It is expected that ALL students complete ALL assessments on-time and to their highest abilities.
Will there be any FAO?  (Further Assessment Opportunities)
No.
Are there any Pre-requisites? Yes, for Level 2 they are:
Achievement of 11 credits in Level 1 Geography.

OR

12 Credits or more in Level 1 NCEA English.  

Geography requires a high level of English writing and reading skills.

What does Geography lead too?  

Geography can be taken at University as a Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) course.             Geography supports people in the following professions - environment law, civil engineering,                         geologists, policymakers in central and local government, forestry and urban design are just some examples.  

What are the 2019 Course Costs?

Geography Booklets $70.00 (paid directly to OSC Finance at the start of Term 1).  

Student Workbook Required: Geography Skills for NCEA Level Two, Justin Peat. 2nd Edition. Can be purchase from OfficeMax https://www.officemax.co.nz/School-Supplies/Textbooks-Workbooks/Geography/Geography-SkillsWorkbook-Level-2-Year-12-9780170230759-2947196

Equipment used in Geography (internal / externals) is a-  2B8 Book, Black Plastic Folder - 100-60 pockets, 16MG USB Memory Stick, Colouring Pencils, 180 degree Protractor; 30cm Ruler, Easer, Pens for writing as identified in your Stationary List.

Field Trips for 2018 will comprise of TWO all-day field trips. Trips for 2019 - TBC

Field Trip One: Proposed Dairy and Goat Farm Excursion. The purpose is to experience dairy and goat farming in New Zealand and the issues facing farming in New Zealand today and in the future. This field trip supports AS91245 (3 credits) in Term 1. Cost: (estimate only) $30-$100.00 per student.Please note that the cost subject to class numbers, bus rates. It may be necessary for students to arrange own travel to and from the field investigation field

Trip Two: Proposed Location is Auckland East Coast - Hunua Ranges.   This field trip supports two assessments the External Exam (4 Credits) and Geographic Field Research (5 Credits).  Cost: (estimate only) $30-$100.00 per student. Please note that the cost subject to class numbers, bus rates. It may be necessary for students to arrange own travel to and from the field investigation. 

Study Guides for Level 2 Geography by Jean McCann - available in bookshops and/or 4 copies available in the school library.