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IB Biology Guide to the IA Coursework

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This is a very basic overview of how the IA is assessed for the International Baccalaureate in Biology

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IB Biology Guide to the IA Coursework

  1. 1. Internal Assessment Guide • Makes up 20% of your marks • 6-12 page report • Based on 5 criteria
  2. 2. 1. Personal Engagement (8%) • Show that you have specific reasons for being interested in the research question. • Show that your investigation involved as many of your own ideas as possible and were not just copied from elsewhere without modification.
  3. 3. 2. Exploration (25%) • Describe the biology relating to your investigation so that it is clear why you want to ask your research question. • State the research question clearly. It must be focused so you can make definitive conclusions at the end. • Explain how you designed and developed your experimental procedures, including preliminary trials, how you will make sure the data is reliable. • Include a risk assessment of the methods involved. Include an audit of environmental and ethical considerations.
  4. 4. 3. Analysis (25%) • Present raw data appropriately. • Titles • Headings • SI Units • Decimal places • Uncertainties • Calculate means, standard deviations and relevant statistical tests. • Plot graphs • Means with variation • Join points with straight lines • No extrapolation
  5. 5. 4. Evaluation (25%) • Explain in detail your conclusions based on your data and analysis of it. • Compare with published research or with general scientific consensus. • Assess strengths and weaknesses of all aspects of your investigation. • Discuss suggestions for improving and extending your investigation.
  6. 6. 5. Communication (17%) • Present it clearly. • Divide report into sections with suitable headings: • Developing the research question • Methods • Results and analysis • Conclusion • Evaluation • Keep it concise • Check for errors and correct terminology • Include a numbered list of sources (bibliography)
  7. 7. Section Total Marks Available Personal Engagement 2 Exploration 6 Analysis 6 Evaluation 6 Communication 4 Total Marks Available: 24

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