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Introduction to what the DME exam is, what is expected and some tips.

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  • 1. The Sustainable Decision Making (SDM) Exam An Introduction S.Rackley (FEHS), updated Apr 2010
  • 2. What is the SDM?
    • An issue about sustainable developments
    • You have to learn about the issue, study the options to solve it, and then make the decision.
    • We are given a resource booklet which will be in the exam, but we can look at in advance.
    • It’s worth 25% of your final grade! Bad news: You have to work hard…! Good news: That’s 25% done and dusted!
  • 3. How do we do the SDM?
    • For 3 school weeks before the exam, we become experts on the contents of the resource booklet.
    • This will take 100% dedication with classwork and homework. You only get those 3 working weeks!
    • The exam, you have the booklet. And a set of questions to answer, totalling 40 marks.
  • 4. How is the booklet structured?
    • Three sections – the background , the options and the decision .
  • 5. The background
    • Usually contains photographs, facts, figures, graphs, maps etc.
    • What we have learnt in class so far will also help.
    • The information in the background should be used when making the decision.
  • 6. The options
    • Hints at the advantages and disadvantages of possible options to solve or develop the issue.
    • Will also contain the points of view of the stakeholders involved.
    • In the decision, you will explain which option is best, and why you didn’t chose the others.
  • 7. The decision
    • The exam will ask you to:
    • choose how you want to solve/develop the issue
    • state the advantages and disadvantages of your choice
    • say why you didn’t choose the other options.
  • 8. The exam
    • Not optional – The exam plus the 3 weeks teaching time are not skippable . Doing so jeopardises your GCSE. (You can’t help being ill, but try not to miss lessons!!!!)
    • 1 hour long, done under exam conditions with an invigilator in the hall/gym.
    • Worth 25% of your GCSE.
  • 9. Hints and Tips
    • Work hard! The next 3 school weeks can make the difference between setting yourself up to get a good grade or playing catch up for the rest of your GCSE .
    • Keep an eye on the news, the net and Fronter . SDMs are always about current issues. Do some light research on the net in your own time.
    • Keep up to date with homework. It is impossible to cover all the information in the SDM in class.
    • Have fun! The SDM mimics what real decision makers do in their jobs, and is up-to-date geography! You’re doing cutting-edge stuff!