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### The Decision Making Exercise Intro

1. 1. The Sustainable Decision Making (SDM) Exam An Introduction S.Rackley (FEHS), updated Apr 2010
2. 2. What is the SDM? <ul><li>An issue about sustainable developments </li></ul><ul><li>You have to learn about the issue, study the options to solve it, and then make the decision. </li></ul><ul><li>We are given a resource booklet which will be in the exam, but we can look at in advance. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s worth 25% of your final grade! Bad news: You have to work hard…! Good news: That’s 25% done and dusted! </li></ul>
3. 3. How do we do the SDM? <ul><li>For 3 school weeks before the exam, we become experts on the contents of the resource booklet. </li></ul><ul><li>This will take 100% dedication with classwork and homework. You only get those 3 working weeks! </li></ul><ul><li>The exam, you have the booklet. And a set of questions to answer, totalling 40 marks. </li></ul>
4. 4. How is the booklet structured? <ul><li>Three sections – the background , the options and the decision . </li></ul>
5. 5. The background <ul><li>Usually contains photographs, facts, figures, graphs, maps etc. </li></ul><ul><li>What we have learnt in class so far will also help. </li></ul><ul><li>The information in the background should be used when making the decision. </li></ul>
6. 6. The options <ul><li>Hints at the advantages and disadvantages of possible options to solve or develop the issue. </li></ul><ul><li>Will also contain the points of view of the stakeholders involved. </li></ul><ul><li>In the decision, you will explain which option is best, and why you didn’t chose the others. </li></ul>
7. 7. The decision <ul><li>The exam will ask you to: </li></ul><ul><li>choose how you want to solve/develop the issue </li></ul><ul><li>state the advantages and disadvantages of your choice </li></ul><ul><li>say why you didn’t choose the other options. </li></ul>
8. 8. The exam <ul><li>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!!!!) </li></ul><ul><li>1 hour long, done under exam conditions with an invigilator in the hall/gym. </li></ul><ul><li>Worth 25% of your GCSE. </li></ul>
9. 9. Hints and Tips <ul><li>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 . </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep up to date with homework. It is impossible to cover all the information in the SDM in class. </li></ul><ul><li>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! </li></ul>