Domain - Earth Science

Domain - Earth Science

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Level 1

Demonstrate basic knowledge of weather
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 4

18981 Unit Standard 2 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: describe the layers of the atmosphere; describe the water cycle; and interpret a weather map.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Demonstrate knowledge of Earth science
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

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18982 Unit Standard 2 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: describe the structure of the Earth; describe the formation of rocks; describe the breakdown of rocks; and identify rocks in a local area.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Demonstrate knowledge of Earth and space
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

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18989 Unit Standard 2 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: describe Earth cycles; use given information to describe an object, or objects, in space; and identify star patterns.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Report on a geological resource in New Zealand
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 6

6356 Unit Standard 3 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: select information for a report on an important New Zealand geological resource; and report on an important New Zealand geological resource, using selected information.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Identify common minerals and rocks
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 6

6357 Unit Standard 3 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to identify common minerals and rocks.

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NZQA National Qualifications Services

Describe the formation of major rock types and describe the rock cycle
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 6 This unit standard has been replaced by AS90952.

6358 Unit Standard 3 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: describe the formation of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks; and describe the rock cycle.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Demonstrate knowledge of the measurement of geological time
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

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6359 Unit Standard 2 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: establish the sequence of geological events; use radiometric data to establish the absolute age of a rock layer; and recall the geological time scale.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA Science and Technology (General Education) NZQA National Qualifications Services

Level 2

Identify geological features from recorded visual information
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 6 This unit standard, unit standard 6361, and AS90312 have been replaced by AS91187.

6360 Unit Standard 2 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to identify geological features on satellite images and/or aerial photographs, and identify geological features from a geological map.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Investigate and report on the geology in an area
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 6 This unit standard, unit standard 6360, and AS90312 have been replaced by AS91187.

6361 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: collect and record geological field data in an area; construct a simple geological map for the area using the recorded data; and report on the geological history of the area.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Demonstrate an understanding of fossils
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 6 This unit standard and AS90767 have been replaced by AS91189.

6362 Unit Standard 3 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to describe how fossils are formed, and describe how the fossil record provides evidence of the history of environmental change and life on Earth.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Level 3

Describe the geological history of an area in the Southwest Pacific
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 2 This unit standard and AS90731 have been replaced by AS91412.

21614 Unit Standard 3 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to describe the geological history of an area in the Southwest Pacific.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Demonstrate knowledge of the geological history of New Zealand
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6363 Unit Standard 3 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to account for the major geological features of New Zealand in terms of plate tectonics, and investigate the geological history of New Zealand.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA Science and Technology (General Education) NZQA National Qualifications Services

Use plate tectonics to explain distribution of major NZ and Southwest Pacific geological features
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 6

6364 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to describe the present day major geological features of New Zealand (NZ) and the Southwest Pacific, and explain interrelationships between plate tectonic processes and major geological features in New Zealand and the Southwest Pacific.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Demonstrate knowledge of geological hazards
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

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6365 Unit Standard 3 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: describe geological hazards in a given area or areas from provided information; describe methods of monitoring a selected geological hazard; discuss the level of risk associated with a selected geological hazard; and discuss two techniques for reducing the risk from a selected geological hazard.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Explain factors affecting a water resource and its management, and plot and interpret hydrographs
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8153 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: explain the hydrological cycle and factors affecting a water budget and water flow; describe a water resource and the physical management of competing demands; and plot and interpret hydrographs.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Level 4

Investigate, interpret and report on geological features, landforms and active processes of a site
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8140 Unit Standard 5 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: produce an interpretative map of landforms; verify geological information using field observations; and produce a report of an investigated site.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Read geological maps and interpret geological history
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

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8145 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: identify and describe geological features using appropriate maps; describe the geological history of a given area; and construct elementary cross sections from geological maps.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Demonstrate a knowledge of the interior of the Earth and geophysical fields
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

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8147 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: describe the structure and composition of the Earth; discuss the basic relationship between rock types and geophysical fields; and describe the shape of the Earth and the nature of the Earth's potential fields.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Collect water samples for analysis
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8152 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to identify the requirements of surface and groundwater water sampling, and collect water samples.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Level 5

Collect geophysical data and samples
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

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8137 Unit Standard 6 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: locate sampling area and establish required spatial/temporal sampling pattern; select and calibrate equipment; and collect and store data and samples for a geophysical sampling programme.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Collect geotechnical data and samples
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8138 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: define sampling purpose, determine sampling strategies, and locate sampling area; select necessary sampling equipment; and collect and store samples and data of a geotechnical sampling programme.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Collect geological data and rock samples
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8139 Unit Standard 6 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: locate and describe a suitable outcrop, exposure or site; select sampling equipment; collect rock samples and record field description; collect and record geological field data; and store and manage data and samples, for a geological investigation.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Describe and classify soils using soil maps and pedological methods
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8141 Unit Standard 5 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: identify and describe distribution of soils with respect to landscape elements from a given map; describe and classify a soil profile in accordance with the current NZ Soil Description Handbook and NZ Soil Classification; and interpret soil profile information in relationship to the landscape and soil forming factors.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Identify and classify rock and soil materials for geotechnical purposes
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8142 Unit Standard 6 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: identify rock and soil materials; classify rock and soil materials; describe rock and soil mass.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Model subsurface geological features from geophysical and geological data
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8144 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: integrate information from a variety of given sources; correlate data between sites; and produce a diagrammatic representation of a subsurface feature.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Read and interpret geophysical maps
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8146 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to identify geophysical features, and interpret information from a given geophysical map.

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NZQA National Qualifications Services

Describe biogeochemical cycling of elements
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8148 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to describe distribution and cycling of elements, and discuss the impacts of human activities on biogeochemical cycles.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Analyse wastewaters and demonstrate an understanding of wastewater treatment and discharge
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

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8150 Unit Standard 10 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to collect samples and analyse wastewaters, and discuss wastewater treatment, discharge systems and their impacts on the environment.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Level 6

Demonstrate knowledge of soil formation and structure
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

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12364 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: describe the horizons found in a soil profile and explain processes of formation; describe the physical and chemical characteristics of soil; demonstrate an awareness of the New Zealand Soil Classification; and determine the physical and chemical characteristics of a soil.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Demonstrate knowledge of soil fertility
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12365 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to describe: the properties of soil with respect to water; the origins, role, and turnover of soil organic material; the chemical and physical factors which influence soil fertility; and the relationship between soil, plants and animals.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Describe, assess and report on a degraded landform
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14398 Unit Standard 7 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: describe the importance of soil and water conservation; describe the main forms and causes of erosion; describe control and prevention measures for the main forms of erosion; describe the impact of the contamination of soil and water; analyse erosion processes at a site; perform an assessment of soil physical conditions at a site; assess contamination in a waterway; evaluate measures for the control and prevention of degradation at the site; produce a report on a site exposed to degradation.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Describe, assess and report on a contaminated site
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

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8143 Unit Standard 8 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard will be able to: describe the impact of contaminants on the environment; describe contaminant pathways in soils, surface waters, and groundwaters; assess a contaminated site; and produce a report on an assessed site.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Perform sedimentological and paleontological analyses
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

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8149 Unit Standard 6 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: define a sampling purpose, determine sampling strategies and locate a sampling area; describe the stratigraphy of the sample site; perform sedimentological analyses; and identify and illustrate fossils from a sample.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Perform soil chemical analysis
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

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8151 Unit Standard 6 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to prepare a representative sub-sample from a given sample and analyse the oil sub-sample for chemical characteristics.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Data as at 16 June 2019