In the module 8 exam you will have an essay question which will be introduced like this...

Write an essay on one of the topics below

EITHER

  1.  

    OR

  2.  

The maximum number of marks that can be awarded is:

 

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There will be the equivalent of two and a half A4 sides to write on (you can always ask for more paper but they always leave plenty of space for you to score full marks)

 

 

General Principles for Marking the Essay

Four skill areas will be marked: scientific content, breadth of knowledge, relevance and quality of language.

The following descriptions will form a basis for marking.

 

Scientific Content (maximum 16 marks)

Category

Mark

Descriptor

 

16

 

Good

 

14

Most of the material of a high standard reflecting a comprehensive understanding of the principles involved and a knowledge of factual details fully in keeping with a programme of A level study. Some material, however, may be a little superficial. Material is accurate and free from fundamental errors but there may be minor errors, which detract from the overall accuracy.

 

12

 
     
 

10

 

Average

8

A significant amount of the content is of an appropriate depth, reflecting the depth of treatment expected from a programme of A level study. Generally accurate with few, if any fundamental errors. Shows a sound understanding of most of the principles involved.

 

6

 
     
 

4

 

Poor

2

Material presented is largely superficial and fails to reflect the depth of treatment expected from a programme of A level study. If greater depth of knowledge is demonstrated, then there are many fundamental errors.

 

0

 

 

Breadth of Knowledge (maximum 3 marks)

Mark

Descriptor

3

A balanced account making reference to most if not all areas that might realistically be covered on an A level course of study.

2

A number of aspects covered but a lack of balance. Some topics essential to an understanding at this level not covered.

1

Unbalanced account with all or almost all material based on a single aspect.

0

Material entirely irrelevant.

 

Relevance (maximum 3 marks)

Mark

Descriptor

3

All material presented is clearly relevant to the title. Allowance should be made for judicious use of introductory material.

2

Material generally selected in support of title but some of the main content of the essay is of only marginal relevance.

1

Some attempt made to relate material to the title but considerable amounts largely irrelevant.

0

Material entirely irrelevant or too limited in quantity to judge.

 

Quality of Written Communication (maximum 3 marks)

Mark

Descriptor

3

Material is logically presented in clear, scientific English. Technical terminology has been used effectively and accurately throughout.

2

Account is logical and generally presented in clear, scientific English. Technical terminology has been used effectively and is usually accurate.

1

The essay is generally poorly constructed and often fails to use an appropriate scientific style and terminology to express ideas.

0

Material entirely irrelevant or too limited in quantity to judge.

Total 25 marks

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