G322 Section B: Institutions and Audiences The Videogames Industry
Structure of the Exam
As you know, the G322 exam is 2 hours long. This breaks down in the following way:
30 mins for viewing the TV Drama clip and making notes.
45 mins for writing up your TV Drama answer.
45 mins for answering the Institutions and Audiences: Videogames question.
DO NOT make the mistake of giving yourself less than 45 mins for your section B answer .
There are 100 marks available for the whole of the G322 paper:
50 for the Section A: TV Drama question AND
50 for the Section B: Institutions and Audiences question.
How you will be marked…
Your section B answer will be marked out of 50 and these 50 marks are allocated under 3 headings:
Explanation/ analysis/ argument (maximum of 20 marks).
Use of examples (maximum of 20 marks).
Use of terminology (maximum of 10 marks).
Keep these 3 headings at the forefront of your mind as you are answering the question in order to allow yourself maximum possible marks.
The mark scheme has 4 levels (level 4 is the top level) and you will be allocated marks depending on how your answer best fits each of the 3 areas above. You can be marked across levels ie. you might have Explanation/analysis/argument which fits a good level 3, but your Use of terminology might only fit a middle level 2.
The Mark Scheme
Explanation/analysis/argument (0-7 marks)
Shows minimal understanding of the task
Minimal knowledge and understanding of institutional/audience practices – general opinions or assertions predominate
Minimal argument evident, with little reference to case study material
Of minimal relevance to set question or a brief response (under one and a half sides of answer booklet)
Use of examples (0-7 marks)
Offers minimal use of case study material
Offers a limited range of or inappropriate examples
Offers examples of minimal relevance to set question
Use of terminology (0-3 marks)
Minimal or frequently inaccurate use of appropriate terminology
The Mark Scheme
Explanation/analysis/argument (8-11 marks)
Shows basic understanding of the task
Basic knowledge and understanding of institutional/audience practices – factual knowledge will have some accuracy
Basic argument evident, with some reference to case study material
Some relevance to set question
Use of examples (8-11 marks)
Offers some evidence from case study material
Offers a partial range of examples from case study and own experience
Offers examples of some relevance to the set question
Use of terminology (4-5 marks)
Some terminology used, although there may be some inaccuracies
The Mark Scheme
Explanation/analysis/argument (12-15 marks)
Shows proficient understanding of the task
Proficient knowledge and understanding of institutional/audience practices – factual knowledge is mostly accurate
Some developed argument, supported by reference to case study material
Mostly relevant to set question
Use of examples (12-15 marks)
Offers consistent evidence from case study material
Offers a range of examples from case study and own experience
Offers examples which are mostly relevant to the set question
Use of terminology (6-7 marks)
Use of terminology is mostly accurate
The Mark Scheme
Explanation/analysis/argument (16-20 marks)
Shows excellent understanding of the task
Excellent knowledge and understanding of institutional/audience practices – factual knowledge is relevant and accurate
A clear and developed argument, substantiated by detailed reference to case study material
Clearly relevant to set question
Use of examples (16-20 marks)
Offers frequent evidence from case study material – award marks to reflect the range and appropriateness of examples
Offers a full range of examples from case study and own experience
Offers examples which are clearly relevant to the set question
Use of terminology (8-10 marks)
Use of terminology is relevant and accurate
A good answer…
Will engage directly with the question in the exam paper and shape case studies to fit that question.
Will present both sides of an argument.
Will give clear examples for EVERY point made.
Will use specific terminology to argue each point.
Will have a clear introduction and conclusion.
Will place the chosen case study in the wider context of the chosen media industry.
A poor answer…
Will be short.
Will not answer the question, but just ‘dump’ the case study.
Won’t have a clear argument.
Won’t use terminology.
Will be vague and lack examples.
Will make facts up!
Your Case Studies.
You will have two case studies to draw from in the exam:
Grand Theft Auto 4.
Your own case study.
The reason you are going to have 2 case studies is so that you can compare and contrast two games and two companies behind the games.
You will be given the GTA4 case study, which will cover all of the key elements required in the exam. The key elements are:
Production/ Distribution/ Marketing/ Exchange/ Audience Consumption/ The relationship between Audiences and Institutions.
You will then use these headings to create your own case study on a game of your choice.