NCEA L3 Sustainable Marine Science

SMS3
Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr M. Anderson

Recommended Prior Learning

An interest in marine species, the outdoors and the marine ecosystem is recommended.


A course aimed at continuing to develop an understanding of the biology of selected marine species with a focus on aquaculture and the factors which influence sustainable marine farming. 

Study species include salmon, paua, kōura and kina. Students will learn how to monitor seafood species populations and how living and non-living factors affect them. Students will develop an understanding of the interactions between different species in the marine ecosystem.

Skills that are useful across the Biological Sciences will be practiced including dissection of marine species, microscope use, measuring the size of populations of marine species. This course is particularly significant for students who would like a career in aquaculture, fisheries compliance, or the fishing industry.



Course Overview

Term 1
Kina biology, life cycle, feeding, reproductive cycle, habitat and disease.
Paua biology, life cycle, feeding, reproductive cycle, habitat and disease.

Term 2
Paua biology, life cycle, feeding, reproductive cycle, habitat and disease.
Marine ecology -the interactions between marine species and their ecosystem.

Term 3
Salmon biology, life cycle, feeding, reproductive cycle, habitat and disease.
Kōura biology, life cycle, feeding, reproductive cycle, habitat and disease.

Term 4
Kōura biology, life cycle, feeding, reproductive cycle, habitat and disease.

Learning Areas:

NCEA Level 3, Science - Pūtaiao



Career Pathways

Zoologist, Aquaculture Farmer, Marine Biologist, Insurance Loss Adjuster, Automotive Electrician, Boat Builder, Naval Architect, Cabinet Maker, Fishing Skipper, Ship's Officer, Insurance Claims Officer, Diver, Industrial Designer, Geologist, Environmental Scientist, Welder, Ranger, Marine Engineer, Geophysicist, Insurance Adviser, Ship's Master, Refrigeration/Air-conditioning Technician