Level 3 exam - 3.1 feedback 2013

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Level 3 exam - 3.1 feedback 2013

  1. 1. 3.1 Exam Feedback September 2013
  2. 2. General Feedback  90% of students chose to answer Question 1  Overall marks were divided up as follows E 11% M 24% A 30% N 16% V 19%  Students that opted to READ THE QUESTION rather than just regurgitate what they had prepared earlier tended to do better overall.
  3. 3. Question One Interacting natural processes
  4. 4. Question One: Interacting natural processes  This question is about identifying HOW natural processes have worked together to produce natural features and which of these processes are most significant (a) Maps and diagrams were to show what the features are and where they were located (b) The writing provides the explanation of why they are there and how the processes work
  5. 5. Common Mistakes  The biggest mistake here was NOT READING THE QUESTION  Part (a) required you to draw an annotated map or diagram to show the LOCATION and CHARACTERISTICS (height, type of vegetation etc.) of 2 different features  Most students drew diagrams to show their formation here which was incorrect, this made it difficult to score above a 6
  6. 6. Not Achieved 0 – 2 N0 No response; no relevant evidence N1 A very limited answer. The answer only describes what is there and does not analyse N2 A good description but lacks analysis or fails to provide case study evidence. The visuals in part (a) contains little accurate information about the characteristics of the features. E.g. Motutara stack was created by process of wave erosion occurring over time. NO EXPLANATION of HOW the process operates
  7. 7. Achieved 3-4 A3 Analysis of HOW 2 natural process produce ONE natural feature. Visuals drawn in part (a) contain some characteristics of ONE natural feature. 2nd feature barely analysed. A4 Analysis of HOW 2 natural processes produce TWO natural features. Visuals drawn in part (a) contains some characteristics of TWO natural features Difference between Not Achieved and Achieved was to explain HOW processes operated to create the feature. E.g. Motutara stack was created by the sub- process of wave erosion known as hydraulic action. This is when……… helping to create a notch in Otakamiro headland
  8. 8. Merit 5-6 M5 Analyse in detail how TWO natural processes produce ONE natural feature (case study evidence used). Some understanding shown of the significance of these processes and how they work together. Visuals in part (a) describe most attributes of the features. 2nd feature is analysed to an achievement level M6 Both features are analysed in detail as above NB: If you drew diagrams to show the formation in part (a) it was difficult to get above a Merit. Diagrams were supposed to show LOCATION and CHARACTERISTICS (rock type, height, vegetation type etc.)
  9. 9. Excellence 7-8 E7 Fully analyses how TWO or more natural processes produce ONE natural feature. Visuals or writing integrates comprehensive supporting case study evidence. Insightful understanding of the significance of the processes and how they work together (interactions clear not inferred) e.g. Aeolian deposition occurs due to vegetation growth on the dunes. The type of vegetation determines at what rate aeolian deposition occurs …….(explain zone of 0 wind velocity, loss of energy, marram vs spinifex etc) Due to this interaction between vegetation growth and deposition a difference in the height of the dunes at the Southern end compared to the Northern end at Muriwai can be seen. Analyses a 2nd feature to Merit level E8 Both features analysed as above
  10. 10. Question Two Temporal variations
  11. 11. Question Two: Temporal Variations  This question is about how the operation of natural processes at different rates and/or scales causes temporal variations in natural features and/or elements of the geographic environment.  The focus is on HOW the different rates/scales in the operation of the process produce temporal variations  The maps/diagrams/cross sections could contain info about how the operation of the process at different rates/scales causes temporal variations
  12. 12. Not Achieved 0-2 N0 No response; no relevant evidence N1 Limited answer. The answer describes only and does not analyse (HOW and WHY). Case study evidence lacking N2 Answer may correctly describe and/or explain natural process(es) related to features but doesn’t discuss any changes over time. Case study evidence lacking. Visuals contain little accurate information.
  13. 13. Achieved 3-4 A3 Analysis of HOW the natural process working differently over time causes temporal variations in TWO natural features or elements. Some case study detail is included. Little analysis of a THIRD temporal variation A4 As above but done for THREE natural features or elements Example of analysis of 1 feature at an Achieved level e.g. At Muriwai, during summer, waves are spillers (ave. height of 1-2 m) with a gentle backwash and strong swash, this allows more deposition to take place. During winter (ave wave height 3- 5m), waves are plungers with a strong backwash which removes more sediment from the beach face, changing the shape of the beach profile. This results in a steeper beach face which is more built up in summer and flatter, more scoured out during winter. This is due to a change in wave action from summer to winter.
  14. 14. Merit 5-6 M5 Analyses in detail how the operation of natural processes at different rates/scales produce temporal variations in TWO natural features/elements with case study detail. Good visuals that describe attributes of the temporal variation are included. 3rd temporal variation analysed to an Achieved level. M6 All 3 natural features/elements are analysed to a Merit level As Achieved slide example with greater levels of specific detail and explanation
  15. 15. Excellence 7-8 E7 Fully analyses how the operation of natural processes at different rates/scales produce temporal variations in TWO natural features/elements. Comprehensive supporting case study evidence integrated. Focuses on the HOW the operation of process produces temporal variations in features/elements. Well drawn visuals that describe attributes of these temporal variations 3rd temporal variation done to a Merit level E8 As above but all THREE temporal variations fully analysed

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