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.

Version 6

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.

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NZQA National Qualifications Services

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

Version 6

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.

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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.

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NZQA National Qualifications Services

Identify common minerals and rocks
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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
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Version 6 This unit standard has been replaced by AS90952.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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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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.

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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

Data as at 11 July 2020