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Level 1

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

Version 6

18973 Unit Standard 2 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: describe types of matter; describe methods used to separate the substances in a mixture; describe a simple model of an atom; and describe metals and non-metals.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Demonstrate knowledge of science in relation to a vehicle
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Version 4

18976 Unit Standard 2 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: describe the main parts of a vehicle, and identify a related scientific concept; calculate the speed of a vehicle; and describe how factors affect stopping distance.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Apply basic forensic science to a scenario
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Version 4

18983 Unit Standard 2 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: describe forensic science processes and related techniques; use forensic science techniques to gather evidence from a scenario; and process and interpret forensic evidence gathered from the scenario.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Select and use scientific equipment
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Version 6

18986 Unit Standard 2 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to select and use scientific equipment.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Follow instructions to carry out, and report on, a practical investigation and research
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Version 1

18987 Unit Standard 2 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to follow instructions to carry out, and report on, a practical investigation and research.

Standard-setting body:

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

Interpret information presented in tables, diagrams, and graphs to answer given questions
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 4

18988 Unit Standard 2 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to interpret information presented in tables, diagrams, and graphs to answer given questions.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Follow instructions to carry out and report on a practical scientific activity
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Version 5 This unit standard and unit standard 21612 replaced unit standard 18987.

21611 Unit Standard 2 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to follow instructions to carry out and report on a practical scientific activity.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Follow instructions to process and report on supplied scientific information
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 3 This unit standard and unit standard 21611 replaced unit standard 18987.

21612 Unit Standard 2 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to follow instructions to process and report on supplied scientific information.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Gather information and report on an item of technology and its related scientific concepts
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Version 6

6349 Unit Standard 3 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to gather information about an item of technology and the scientific concepts behind it, and report on the item of technology and its related science.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Carry out a scientific practical investigation with direction
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Version 3 This unit standard replaced unit standard 6348 and unit standard 6373.

8951 Unit Standard 6 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able, with direction, to: plan a practical investigation; gather information by practical investigation; process and interpret the information; and report on the practical investigation.

Standard-setting body:

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

Carry out a practical science investigation with direction
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 4

90186 Achievement Standard 4 Credits Externally Assessed

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Standard-setting body:

Ministry of Education NZQA National Qualifications Services

Process information to describe a use of science knowledge with direction
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Version 4

90187 Achievement Standard 2 Credits Externally Assessed

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Ministry of Education NZQA National Qualifications Services

Describe aspects of biology
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Version 3

90188 Achievement Standard 5 Credits Externally Assessed

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Ministry of Education NZQA National Qualifications Services

Describe aspects of chemistry
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Version 3

90189 Achievement Standard 5 Credits Externally Assessed

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Ministry of Education NZQA National Qualifications Services

Describe aspects of geology
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Version 3

90190 Achievement Standard 3 Credits Externally Assessed

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Ministry of Education NZQA National Qualifications Services

Describe aspects of physics
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Version 3

90191 Achievement Standard 5 Credits Externally Assessed

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Standard-setting body:

Ministry of Education NZQA National Qualifications Services

Describe aspects of astronomy
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Version 3 This achievement standard has been replaced by AS90954.

90192 Achievement Standard 2 Credits Externally Assessed

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Ministry of Education NZQA National Qualifications Services

Demonstrate understanding of aspects of mechanics

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Version 3

90940 Achievement Standard 4 Credits Externally Assessed

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Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 233 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Ministry of Education

Investigate implications of electricity and magnetism for everyday life

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Version 3 This achievement standard replaced unit standard 6370.

90941 Achievement Standard 4 Credits Externally Assessed

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Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 233 Word PDF

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Ministry of Education

Investigate implications of wave behaviour for everyday life

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Version 3

90942 Achievement Standard 4 Credits Externally Assessed

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Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 233 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Ministry of Education

Investigate implications of heat for everyday life

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Version 3 This achievement standard replaced unit standard 8767.

90943 Achievement Standard 4 Credits Externally Assessed

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Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 233 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Ministry of Education

Demonstrate understanding of aspects of acids and bases

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Version 4

90944 Achievement Standard 4 Credits Externally Assessed

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Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 233 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Ministry of Education

Investigate implications of the use of carbon compounds as fuels

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90945 Achievement Standard 4 Credits Externally Assessed

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Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 233 Word PDF

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Ministry of Education

Investigate the implications of the properties of metals for their use in society

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Version 3

90946 Achievement Standard 4 Credits Externally Assessed

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Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 233 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Ministry of Education

Investigate selected chemical reactions

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Version 4 This achievement standard replaced unit standard 6324, unit standard 6325, and unit standard 8938.

90947 Achievement Standard 4 Credits Externally Assessed

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Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 233 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Ministry of Education

Demonstrate understanding of biological ideas relating to genetic variation

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90948 Achievement Standard 4 Credits Externally Assessed

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Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 233 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Ministry of Education

Investigate life processes and environmental factors that affect them

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Version 3

90949 Achievement Standard 4 Credits Externally Assessed

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Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 233 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Ministry of Education

Investigate biological ideas relating to interactions between humans and micro-organisms

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Version 3 This achievement standard and achievement standard 90927 replaced unit standard 6298.

90950 Achievement Standard 4 Credits Externally Assessed

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Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 233 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Ministry of Education

Investigate the biological impact of an event on a New Zealand ecosystem

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Version 3

90951 Achievement Standard 4 Credits Externally Assessed

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Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 233 Word PDF

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Ministry of Education

Demonstrate understanding of the formation of surface features in New Zealand

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Version 3 This achievement standard replaced unit standard 6358.

90952 Achievement Standard 4 Credits Externally Assessed

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Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 233 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Ministry of Education

Demonstrate understanding of carbon cycling

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Version 3

90953 Achievement Standard 4 Credits Externally Assessed

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Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 233 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Ministry of Education

Demonstrate understanding of the effects of astronomical cycles on planet Earth

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Version 3 This achievement standard replaced AS90192.

90954 Achievement Standard 4 Credits Externally Assessed

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Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 233 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Ministry of Education

Investigate an astronomical or Earth science event

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Version 3

90955 Achievement Standard 4 Credits Externally Assessed

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Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 233 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

Ministry of Education

Level 2

Collect, and use computer technology to store and process, numeric data for a scientific purpose
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Version 2

21610 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: collect primary sourced numeric data for a scientific purpose, and store the data using computer technology, and process primary and/or secondary sourced numeric data for a scientific purpose using computer technology.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Report on the historical development of a scientific idea, with supervision
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Version 6

6351 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able, with supervision, to gather and interpret information on, and report on, the historical development of a scientific idea.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Report on an issue affecting the environment from a scientific perspective, with supervision
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Version 6 This unit standard and AS90771 have been replaced by AS91188.

6352 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able, with supervision, to gather and interpret information on, and report on, an environmental issue from a scientific perspective.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Carry out a scientific practical investigation with supervision
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 3 This unit standard replaced unit standard 6350 and unit standard 6384.

8952 Unit Standard 6 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able, with supervision, to: plan a practical investigation; gather information by practical investigation; process and interpret the gathered information; and report on a practical investigation.

Standard-setting body:

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

Carry out a practical scientific investigation with supervision
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Version 3 This achievement standard, unit standard 6360, and unit standard 6361 have been replaced by AS91187.

90312 Achievement Standard 4 Credits Externally Assessed

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Ministry of Education NZQA National Qualifications Services

Describe the nature and life cycle of stars
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Version 2 This achievement standard has been replaced by AS91192.

90764 Achievement Standard 2 Credits Externally Assessed

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Ministry of Education NZQA National Qualifications Services

Describe the chemical properties and effects of fertilisers
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Version 2

90766 Achievement Standard 4 Credits Externally Assessed

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Ministry of Education NZQA National Qualifications Services

Describe New Zealand's geological history
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Version 2 This achievement standard and unit standard 6362 have been replaced by AS91189.

90767 Achievement Standard 3 Credits Externally Assessed

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Standard-setting body:

Ministry of Education NZQA National Qualifications Services

Use physics concepts and principles to describe the behaviour of light
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Version 2

90768 Achievement Standard 4 Credits Externally Assessed

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Standard-setting body:

Ministry of Education NZQA National Qualifications Services

Research information to present a scientific report
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 2 This achievement standard and unit standard 6352 have been replaced by AS91188.

90771 Achievement Standard 3 Credits Externally Assessed

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Standard-setting body:

Ministry of Education NZQA National Qualifications Services

Describe the factors and processes involved in the evolution of New Zealand's plants and animals
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Version 2 This achievement standard replaced AS90314.

90772 Achievement Standard 4 Credits Externally Assessed

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Standard-setting body:

Ministry of Education NZQA National Qualifications Services

Level 3

Research and report on a scientific sustainability issue, with guidance
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 2

21613 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able, with guidance, to: plan to research a scientific sustainability issue; and gather and interpret information on, and report on, the sustainability issue.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Work safely in a science laboratory

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Version 3

26117 Unit Standard 2 Credits

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This unit standard is for any person working in a laboratory. People credited with this unit standard are able to: identify and describe hazards in a laboratory; and follow laboratory procedures for health and safety practices.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 113 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Carry out an extended scientific practical investigation with guidance
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 4

6353 Unit Standard 6 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able, with guidance, to: plan an extended investigation; gather qualitative and quantitative data; analyse and interpret the data gathered; and report on the extended practical investigation.

Standard-setting body:

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

Produce a case study on a current scientific controversy with guidance
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 4

6354 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able, with guidance, to: plan a case study on a current scientific controversy; gather the information; process and interpret the information; and report on the case study to a nominated audience.

Standard-setting body:

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

Research and report on a current environmental issue from a scientific perspective, with guidance
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 6

6355 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able, with guidance, to select and define, gather and interpret information on, and report on a current environmental issue from a scientific perspective.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Carry out a practical scientific investigation with guidance
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 3 This achievement standard has been replaced by AS91410.

90727 Achievement Standard 4 Credits Externally Assessed

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Standard-setting body:

Ministry of Education NZQA National Qualifications Services

Research a current scientific controversy
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 3 This achievement standard has been replaced by AS91411.

90728 Achievement Standard 4 Credits Externally Assessed

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Standard-setting body:

Ministry of Education NZQA National Qualifications Services

Describe genetic processes
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Version 3

90729 Achievement Standard 4 Credits Externally Assessed

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Standard-setting body:

Ministry of Education NZQA National Qualifications Services

Describe selected organic compounds and their uses
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Version 3

90730 Achievement Standard 4 Credits Externally Assessed

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Standard-setting body:

Ministry of Education NZQA National Qualifications Services

Describe geological processes affecting New Zealand
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Version 3 This achievement standard and unit standard 21614 have been replaced by AS91412.

90731 Achievement Standard 2 Credits Externally Assessed

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Standard-setting body:

Ministry of Education NZQA National Qualifications Services

Describe selected properties and applications of EMR, radioactive decay, sound and ultrasound
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 3

90732 Achievement Standard 4 Credits Externally Assessed

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Standard-setting body:

Ministry of Education NZQA National Qualifications Services

Report on a recent astronomical event or discovery
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 3 This achievement standard has been replaced by AS91415.

90733 Achievement Standard 2 Credits Externally Assessed

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Standard-setting body:

Ministry of Education NZQA National Qualifications Services

Demonstrate knowledge of units and notation in science
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 6 This unit standard has been replaced by unit standard 27388.

9183 Unit Standard 3 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: demonstrate knowledge of basic Systeme International (SI) units of measurement and the derived units used by laboratories, and the corresponding quantities; demonstrate knowledge of quantity calculations; and use formulae to solve problems.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Level 4

Use a laboratory information management system

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Version 4

26344 Unit Standard 2 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: acquire and input data into a LIMS from production samples or a simulated scenario; use functionalities of a LIMS; and evaluate the report produced by LIMS for a project.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 113 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Demonstrate knowledge of units, notation, and calculations in science

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Version 3 This unit standard replaced unit standard 9183.

27388 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to demonstrate knowledge of: Systeme International (SI) base and derived units of measurement and their corresponding quantities, as used by laboratories; and quantity calculations.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 226 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Work safely in a microbiological laboratory

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Version 7

8029 Unit Standard 2 Credits

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This unit standard is for any person working in a technical capacity in a microbiological laboratory. People credited with this unit standard are able to: demonstrate knowledge of microbiological hazards; and follow microbiological laboratory procedures for health and safety practices

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 113 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Use and maintain a light microscope

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Version 6

8091 Unit Standard 2 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: describe light microscopes; select, operate, and maintain a microscope; and determine specimen size by measuring under a microscope.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 113 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Conduct a scientific experiment with guidance

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Version 6

8096 Unit Standard 5 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to, with guidance: form a hypothesis and plan a scientific experiment; perform the scientific experiment; and analyse, interpret and report on the experimental results.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 113 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Demonstrate knowledge of sampling for laboratory analysis
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 4

8442 Unit Standard 2 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: explain the requirement for a sampling plan; describe lot sampling; describe sub-sampling to provide a laboratory sample; describe the sampling of gases and liquids; and describe sample storage.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Demonstrate competent use of laboratory measurement and recording procedures

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Version 7

8466 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: convert units and quantities; explain the concept of uncertainty of a measurement quantity; record experimental observations and measurements; and process and interpret data.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 113 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Work safely in a chemical laboratory

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Version 7

8467 Unit Standard 3 Credits

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This unit standard is for any person working in a chemical laboratory. People credited with this unit standard are able to: demonstrate knowledge of chemical hazards; and follow chemical laboratory procedures for health and safety practices.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 113 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Level 5

Write a scientific report based on results of a scientific process in an industrial or research laboratory

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Version 3

26346 Unit Standard 10 Credits

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This unit standard is for people who wish to gain practical experience to show competency working in an industrial or research laboratory. People credited with this unit standard are, in an industrial or research laboratory, able to: apply scientific skills to execute a scientific process; record the data and results from the performance of a scientific process; and write a scientific report based on the recorded data and results of the scientific process performed.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 113 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Plan and manage a science field trip
This standard has expired and is no longer available.

Version 4

8136 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to: establish the scope of a field trip; plan and prepare for a field trip; co-ordinate and support a field trip; and carry out post field activities of a science field trip.

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Describe laboratory quality systems

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Version 7

8441 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to describe: the aims of laboratory quality systems; the management of laboratory quality systems; and the technical requirements of laboratory quality systems in accredited laboratories.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 113 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Level 6

Demonstrate knowledge of the hazard analysis critical control point (HACCP) system

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Version 5

12368 Unit Standard 4 Credits

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People credited with this unit standard are able to explain: the HACCP system; the process of developing a HACCP plan; the features of a critical control point; and the process for setting and responding to critical limits for a critical control point.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 113 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Manage hazardous substances compliance in a science laboratory

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Version 4

20885 Unit Standard 8 Credits

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This unit standard is designed for a technician working in a science laboratory. People credited with this unit standard are able to: plan hazardous substances management for a science laboratory; and audit a science laboratory for compliance with hazardous substances legislation.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 113 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Demonstrate knowledge of hazardous substances in science laboratories and related legislation

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Version 4

20886 Unit Standard 5 Credits

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This unit standard is for any person working, or planning to work, as a technician in a science laboratory. People credited with this unit standard are able to: demonstrate knowledge of properties and classification of hazardous substances; and describe legislated requirements relating to hazardous substances in science laboratories.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 113 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Write, and present orally, a scientific report in an industrial or research laboratory

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Version 3

26347 Unit Standard 30 Credits

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This unit standard is for people who wish to gain practical experience to show competency working in an industrial or research laboratory. People credited with this unit standard are, in an industrial or research laboratory, able to: demonstrate skills for a scientific process; report, record, and evaluate the requirements of a scientific process; and write a scientific report and make an oral presentation of the requirements for a scientific process.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 113 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Comply with quality management procedures in an accredited laboratory

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Version 7

8440 Unit Standard 10 Credits

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This unit standard is intended for laboratory technicians working in an accredited laboratory. People credited with this unit standard are able to comply with quality management procedures in an accredited laboratory.

Consent & Moderation Requirements:

CMR 113 Word PDF

Standard-setting body:

NZQA National Qualifications Services

Data as at 13 December 2019