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2018 SBA Checklist

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St. Andrew High School for Girls
Department of Geography & Environmental Science
Geography School-based Assessment
Final Checklist - June 2018
Guidelines for the School-Based Assessment
OVERVIEW
1.
The field study report must be no more than 1000 words in length approximately
10 – 12 [pages excluding bibliography, illustrations and appendices]. It may be hand written or technologically
aided.
2.
SBA reports that exceed the word limit by more than 150 words will lose up to maximum of 4 marks from the
final score.
3.
Each candidate must submit a completed Strategy Sheet.
CONTENT
The report should include:
1.
Table of Contents
2.
Introduction
3.
Aim of Study
4.
Location of Study -sketch maps and description of the location of the study.
5.
Methodology - description of the data collection methods used.
6.
Presentation of data [ maps, graphs, diagrams, photographs]
7.
Analysis of data
8.
Discussion of findings
9.
Conclusion
10.
Bibliography
PRESENTATION
1.
The cover page must have - Candidate’s Name, Registration Number, Name of Centre, Centre Code,
Territory, Year of Examination, Teacher’s Name and Title of Study.
2.
A Strategy Sheet must be the second page.
3.
Table of Contents should follow the Strategy Sheet. The Table of Content must be clear and page numbers
must correspond with headings.
4.
At least THREE different types of illustrations must be used. Where less than three types are used, a
deduction of 1 mark is made.
5.
All maps, tables, graphs, diagrams or any other appropriate illustration must be clearly annotated/labeled, titled,
and integrated into the written report.
6.
Bibliography/references must be listed in alphabetical order. A recommended format is shown on page 43
– 45 of the syllabus.
Author’s Name
Publication Date , Book Title, Edition, Publisher,
Eg: London, N & Senior, M. 2000, Principles of Geography for CXC, London: Longman.
7.
8.
Appendices [e.g. tally sheets, questionnaires, maps] must follow the bibliography.
The overall presentation must be well-organized, displaying cohesion and continuity.
NB: Information may be used from the Internet, pamphlets, and textbooks but should not be copied directly. These
sources must be appropriately acknowledged and included in the bibliography.
THE OUTLINE / CHECKLIST
TITLE OF STUDY
Title must be stated as a question and related to an objective and topic on the syllabus.
E.g.:
1.
What are the effects of wave action on the Robin’s Bay coastline in St. Mary
Jamaica?
2.
How do relief, geological and climatic factors influence the occurrence of mass movement along the Buff
Bay River Valley in Portland, Jamaica?
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction
Aim of Study
Location of Study Area
Methodology
Presentation of Data
Conclusion
Bibliography
Appendix [optional]
INTRODUCTION
Give a clear overview with justification of why the area/topic is being studied
[1 mark]
[2 marks]
AIM OF STUDY
[2 marks]
At least ONE aim which clearly defines and focuses on the study. It is based on the syllabus and allows for primary
data collection.
The aim should be short and simple, stating what you want to achieve.
E.g.; 1.
To investigate and describe the effects of wave processes on coastal landforms at Robin’s Bay in
St. Mary, Jamaica.
2.
To explain how rock type, rock structure and climatic factors result in landslides along the Buff
Bay River Valley in Portland, Jamaica.
3.
To explain the main factors influencing the formation of features along the course of the Spanish
River in Portland, Jamaica.
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LOCATION OF STUDY AREA
[4 marks]
Use techniques such as grid references, contour lines, and other topographical symbols and colours. Remember
border, title, scale, key and compass points, latitude/longitude.
MAP 1: The territory or part of it [Jamaica], showing the highlighted study area and related physical features and settlement
that are major reference points for the study site.
Figure 1:Map of Jamaica showing Robins Bay in the parish of St. Mary
MAP 2: Sketch Map of the actual study site in relation to roads, rivers, landforms,
settlement and other natural or man-made features important to the study.
Other maps may be added in the in the body of the report and credited as illustration.
Figure 2: Sketch map of Cherry Gardens Livestock Farm in St. Catherine, Jamaica
METHODOLOGY
[4 marks]
Outline of how the data was collected and examples of instruments used, as well as observations made and tests
done. Statement of when [time, date, month, year] and where [data collection sites] the data were collected.
PRESENTATION AND ANALYSIS OF DATA
[18 marks]
The written account is related to the aim of your study. It must be well organized and follow a sequence. It
includes an analysis of the information you collected in the fieldwork and discussion of the findings. To gain full
marks, integrate the data shown on the graphs, tables, photographs and sketches in the discussion. Each
illustration must be numbered, titled, labeled and or well annotated.
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Use paragraphs to separate different ideas, issues, features, processes or sub topics. Write in short simple
sentences. Remember to stick to the word limit of 1000 words.
CONCLUSION
[4 marks]
The conclusion answers the aim of the study and supported by the results of the field work.
It is a summary of the main findings of the field exercise. It may include suggestions/recommendations. No new
information must be mentioned in the conclusion.
COMMUNICATION OF INFORMATION
[4 marks]
Four marks are awarded for the extensive use of appropriate geographical terms, correct grammar and spelling.
BIBLIOGRAPHY
[1 mark]
This is a list of all textbooks, newspaper, atlases, maps and websites used to provide secondary data. At least three
relevant, up-to-date sources must be listed.
1.
Textbooks
Author’s Name
Publication Date
Book Title, Edition;
Publisher,
E.g. London, N & Senior, M. , 2000 Principles of Geography for CXC, London: Longman.
2.
Maps
Author, Publisher, Country, Sheet Number, Scale,
Edition, Year
E.g. Department of Survey, Jamaica, Sheet #5,
1:25000, 3rd ed., 1995
3.
Websites
http://www.learner.org/interactives/rockcycle/diagram.html
APPENDIX
[no mark awarded]
You may include a sample of work sheet, questionnaire, interview schedule, tally sheet, maps, brochure that
supports the main body of the report.
TOTAL MARKS
[40 marks]
Further Readings
1.
Jeanette Ottley & Marolyn Gentles - Longman Geography for CSEC; p.38-40
2.
Paul Guiness et al –Geography for CSEC; p.342-347
3.
Mark Wilson – The Caribbean Environment for CXC Geography; p.270-282
4.
John Niles- Modern Caribbean Geography, 3rd Edition; p.14-22
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