Higher Biology & Environmental Science Assignment The Assignment • You will have to investigate a relevant topic in biology/environmental science and communicate your research findings in a report. This must relate to a key area of the Higher Biology/Environmental Science Course. • Worth 20 marks out of a total of 120 marks (the final exam is worth 100 marks), • Marked by the SQA. The Assignment consists of 2 stages: Research Stage • Select sufficient sources of information/data that: - are relevant: - are reliable: -have similar/different perspectives: • Information/data could include raw data from an experiment/practical activity, extracted tables, graphs, diagrams and text. • Record the sources you have used with enough detail to allow someone else to find them again. If one of the sources is an experiment/practical activity, then you need to record the title and the aim. Communication Stage • You need to write a report under exam conditions. • You can only use information/data that you have collected from your research. This may include, for example: statistical, graphical, numerical or experimental data; data/information from the internet; published articles or extracts; notes taken from a visit or talk; or notes taken from a written or audio-visual source, but it cannot include a prepared draft report. • As a guide, your report should be 800– 1500 words, excluding tables, charts and diagrams. You will be issued with a detailed guide to help you complete both stages of the Assignment....... •USE IT! Insects Make a list of positive and negative ways in which insects impact on humans. Assignment Titles Insects as a Potential Food Source. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p004v278 Insects and their Impact on the Human Population. Insects as a Potential Food Source Focus Questions Insects and their Impact on the Human Population. • Could entomophagy address food security issues? • What impact could climate change have on the incidence of malaria? • What is the nutritional value of entomophagy? • How do insects impact on intensive salmon production? • What are the issues surrounding using insects for human consumption? • How do insects impact on crop yield? • Could insects be used as pest management in intensive arable agriculture? • What role could insects play in famine relief? • Could insects be used as a feed source in intensive poultry production? • Could insects be used as a feed source in intensive fish farming? • How can edible insect resources be conserved and managed? Get started……… • Choose a focus question. You may have ideas for focus questions of your own. If so, check that it fits the remit with your teacher. • Read the ‘Instructions for Candidates’ booklet carefully. You MUST follow the advice given. • Start your research. Most of this will be done in your own time. Give yourself plenty of time to do this – its important! • Time to get busy. Assignment Deadline Dates • The Research stage should be completed by ????? • The Communication Stage will be on ??????????????