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Click the following for 2018 Level 3 Year Course Planner                                                         Online learning will use MyPortfolio for additional learning support, resources and assessment tasks. 

Total available credits in this course is 22

 Term Code  Achievement Standard Title  Credits  Int/ExtFOA 
 (**) R & W


Demonstrate understanding of how interacting natural processes shape a New Zealand geographic environment. 4 External No 
 All Year
 (** R & W) 


 Demonstrate understanding of a given environment(s) through selection and application of geographic concepts and skills  4 External No 
 ( * R)


 Analyse aspects of a contemporary geographic issue 3Internal  No 
 (* R)


 Analyse aspects of a geographic topic at a global scale 3Internal   No
 2 and 3 91430Conduct geographic research with consultation 5 Internal No 
  3   (* R) 91428 Analyse a significant contemporary event from a geographic perspective (this is an optional standard focusing on the Lantern Festival to be held in March) 3 InternalNo
Note:  Achievement Standards with two stars (**) contribute to BOTH UE Reading & Writing Literacy requirements.
  Note:  Achievement Standards with only 1 start (*) ONLY contribute to UE Reading Literacy requirements.

What should I have already achieved?

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

At Level 3 we will continue to explore our natural and cultural environments by examining a variety of               geographical environments both locally and globally.  You will apply geographic concepts and                           terminology to both your internal and external assessments, showing insight and understanding of the             topics you will study throughout the year.

Inquiry topics you will research and study in 2018 may include:  the analysis of a contemporary                 geographic topic taking into account differing perspectives; understanding of the global diamond trade,             global water supply; carrying out field research into a geographic topic e.g. eco-tourism planning, coastal management, tsunami recovery, cultural processes of tourism in Samoa through consultation with domestic and international tourists/local agencies.  Your two external exams include an understanding of a given environment(s) through a selection and application of geographic concepts and skills and a natural paper focusing on coastal processes occurring within the Muriwai Coastal Environment. 

Learning will take place both within the class room and beyond with at least two field trips taking our                 learning beyond the classroom. It is expected that you will participate in field trips offered in 2017 which           support internal and external assessment learning's.

Guest Speakers will also be invited to provide you with "hands-on" insights to support your learning's. 

How will this course be assessed?
This course will be assessed using a combination of 3 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.  The internal assessments and leanings support your externals exams.

This course offers 19 credits. 

Students are expected to complete ALL course work on time and to their highest abilities. 
Will there be any FAO?  (Further Assessment Opportunities)
Are there any Pre-requisite for Level 3 are:
12 credits in Geography or 12 credits or more in Level 2 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 into the following professions - environment law, civil engineering,                         geologists, policy makers in central and local government, communications, forestry, and urban design             are just some examples.  

To find out how Geography supports future careers

What are the 2018 Course Costs?

Geography Booklets $60.00 (paid to OSC Finance)

Workbook & Tools for note keeping - student choice but recommend is a 2B8 Book, Black Plastic Folder - 60-100 pockets, Protractor 180 degree, USB Stick, Highlighters, Colouring Pencils, Ruler, Easer, Pens for writing as identified in your 2018 Stationary List.

Workbook Required: Geography Skills for NCEA Level Three, Justin Peat. Can be purchase from OfficeMax

Guest Speakers: Koha (donation) will be given this will be $5 per student.

Field Trip One: Muriwai Coastal Environment(estimate only) $30 - $50.00 per student. This Full Day Field Trip is proposed for Term 3.  The cost is subject to class numbers. and transport costs. Students are not permitted to drive themselves.   

Field Trip Two:  Geographic Research (New Zealand)

In 2018 the field trip will return to Rotorua (3 days/ 2 nights) the estimate is $500 per student subject to course numbers. Students will undertaken both research over the 3 days and attend seminars. This will take place on the last day of term & July during the Term 2 Holiday

Learning Focus of both field trips is: learning's support two / three assessments the external Geographic Concepts and Skills Exam (4 Credits) and the internal Geographic Field Research Assessment (5 Credits) and/or understanding Tourism Development in Rotorua as a cultural process as an external paper (4 Credits) .

Please note that the cost is subject to class numbers,transport costs, accommodation rates, attraction rates etc. 

Level 3 AME Workbooklet - available Term 3 and covered in the $60 Geography Booklet Fee paid by students at the start of the Year.

Level 3 AME Geography Study Guide  - Recommend for students providing insight into how to complete assessment standards. Two copies on Loan in the OSC Library - Desk Copy