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Hey.

I've been doing the Unit 6 report for Edexcel Biology, and I didn't want to miss out anything.

Can anyone give us the FULL layout what to include in each section?

ie.

Research & Rationale
  • Abstract
  • Experimental Hypothesis
  • Null Hypothesis
  • Research


Planning
full list of what goes here?

Observing & recording
full list of what goes here?

Interpreting and Evaluating
full list of what goes here?


Communication
full list of what goes here?


I really don't know if I've included everything so if you'd be kind enough to let us know about everything we should put in.

Thanks.
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Research and rationale
Have you:
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• chosen your hypothesis so it is soundly based on an A-level biology theory?
• discussed your choice of investigation with your teacher?
• chosen a hypothesis that is clear, simple and does not attempt to investigate multiple variables?
• looked at a range of sources of information, not just websites?
• chosen the information carefully so that it helps to explain why you formed your hypothesis?
(Remember you have a 3300-word limit so keep it relevant.)
• found an academic source of information?
• listed your sources of information accurately and included the date you accessed the websites?


Planning
Have you:
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• described the apparatus you propose to use and explained why you chose it?
• considered the level of accuracy of any methods or apparatus you propose to use?
• described exactly what you are going to measure?
• considered how your results are to be analysed?
• explained why the number and type of measurements you propose to take is suitable?
• listed the variables that might affect your investigation?
• explained how you propose to control or monitor these variables?
• carried out a short pilot experiment?
• reviewed your plan using information from your pilot study?
Observing and recording
Have you:
• designed and drawn a table of results labelled clearly with suitable units?
• recorded at least five sets of measurements?
• repeated measurements if appropriate?
• used a consistent and suitable number of significant figures?
• explained any changes to your planned procedure?


Interpreting and evaluation
Have you:
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• processed your data to make it easier to identify trends and patterns?
• carefully identified trends and patterns in your data?
• carried out a suitable statistical test that is matched to your hypothesis?
• set out the calculation of your statistical test clearly?
• interpreted the results of your statistical test using a null hypothesis and a 5% (p=0.05)
confidence level if appropriate?
• drawn overall conclusions from your data and expressed them in writing or numerically where
possible?
• used A-level biology to explain your actual results?
• commented on limitations of your experimental design and suggested modifications or further development?


Communicating
Have you:
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• organised your report in the form of a scientific paper?
• used sub-headings to organise your report in a logical order?
• numbered each page?
• included a word count page by page?
• checked to make sure you have not exceeded 3300 words (including any appendices)?
• plotted a graph to help you to compare two sets of data?
• chosen the correct form of graph which is clearly labelled with units?
• made sure your graph is large enough to be clear and show all the plotted points, has accurately
labelled axes and a clear key to identify your plots?
• read through your work and checked you have attempted to address all the criteria?
• listed all your sources in a bibliography and made it clear in your report where you have used the
information?
• made some attempt to assess the scientific credibility of your chosen source.


I really hate this coursework.
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Quick question: does the communication section have to have it's own title? My teacher says it does but that doesn't make any sense to me because this section is about your presentation and how you write. She says I have to put my graphs at the end under a new title called 'Communicating'. Is this how it's meant to be done? Thanks.
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do you write these headins in the coursework? for e.g. communicating please tell me , thakns
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Also after each section do you write the sources? For e.g. after rationale you writ al the sources you use then or do you write them all at the end?
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Is there really a word limit for this Coursework? I thought that was just a guide. Pretty much everyone in my class is over that limit. Our teacher said that's just so you know roughly how much to write. Anyway, if my teacher does turn out to be wrong, will they not mark anything that is over the limit?!
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i've used 5000 words =/
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(Original post by Tzarchasm)
Research and rationale
Have you:
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• chosen your hypothesis so it is soundly based on an A-level biology theory?
• discussed your choice of investigation with your teacher?
• chosen a hypothesis that is clear, simple and does not attempt to investigate multiple variables?
• looked at a range of sources of information, not just websites?
• chosen the information carefully so that it helps to explain why you formed your hypothesis?
(Remember you have a 3300-word limit so keep it relevant.)
• found an academic source of information?
• listed your sources of information accurately and included the date you accessed the websites?


Planning
Have you:
Spoiler:
Show

• described the apparatus you propose to use and explained why you chose it?
• considered the level of accuracy of any methods or apparatus you propose to use?
• described exactly what you are going to measure?
• considered how your results are to be analysed?
• explained why the number and type of measurements you propose to take is suitable?
• listed the variables that might affect your investigation?
• explained how you propose to control or monitor these variables?
• carried out a short pilot experiment?
• reviewed your plan using information from your pilot study?
Observing and recording
Have you:
• designed and drawn a table of results labelled clearly with suitable units?
• recorded at least five sets of measurements?
• repeated measurements if appropriate?
• used a consistent and suitable number of significant figures?
• explained any changes to your planned procedure?


Interpreting and evaluation
Have you:
Spoiler:
Show

• processed your data to make it easier to identify trends and patterns?
• carefully identified trends and patterns in your data?
• carried out a suitable statistical test that is matched to your hypothesis?
• set out the calculation of your statistical test clearly?
• interpreted the results of your statistical test using a null hypothesis and a 5% (p=0.05)
confidence level if appropriate?
• drawn overall conclusions from your data and expressed them in writing or numerically where
possible?
• used A-level biology to explain your actual results?
• commented on limitations of your experimental design and suggested modifications or further development?


Communicating
Have you:
Spoiler:
Show

• organised your report in the form of a scientific paper?
• used sub-headings to organise your report in a logical order?
• numbered each page?
• included a word count page by page?
• checked to make sure you have not exceeded 3300 words (including any appendices)?
• plotted a graph to help you to compare two sets of data?
• chosen the correct form of graph which is clearly labelled with units?
• made sure your graph is large enough to be clear and show all the plotted points, has accurately
labelled axes and a clear key to identify your plots?
• read through your work and checked you have attempted to address all the criteria?
• listed all your sources in a bibliography and made it clear in your report where you have used the
information?
• made some attempt to assess the scientific credibility of your chosen source.


I really hate this coursework.
Heyy did u follow this structure and if so what did u get on your coursework?
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Heyy did u follow this structure and if so what did u get on your coursework?
I think I followed that structure. I got an A in that coursework.
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I think I followed that structure. I got an A in that coursework.
ahhh cheers. I think i am going to follow that structure as well......seeing as u finished A2 biology and got your grade, mind sending me your coursework?
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(Original post by Tzarchasm)
I think I followed that structure. I got an A in that coursework.
Also where did you get that structure from?
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(Original post by Tzarchasm)
Research and rationale
Have you:
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• chosen your hypothesis so it is soundly based on an A-level biology theory?
• discussed your choice of investigation with your teacher?
• chosen a hypothesis that is clear, simple and does not attempt to investigate multiple variables?
• looked at a range of sources of information, not just websites?
• chosen the information carefully so that it helps to explain why you formed your hypothesis?
(Remember you have a 3300-word limit so keep it relevant.)
• found an academic source of information?
• listed your sources of information accurately and included the date you accessed the websites?


Planning
Have you:
Spoiler:
Show

• described the apparatus you propose to use and explained why you chose it?
• considered the level of accuracy of any methods or apparatus you propose to use?
• described exactly what you are going to measure?
• considered how your results are to be analysed?
• explained why the number and type of measurements you propose to take is suitable?
• listed the variables that might affect your investigation?
• explained how you propose to control or monitor these variables?
• carried out a short pilot experiment?
• reviewed your plan using information from your pilot study?
Observing and recording
Have you:
• designed and drawn a table of results labelled clearly with suitable units?
• recorded at least five sets of measurements?
• repeated measurements if appropriate?
• used a consistent and suitable number of significant figures?
• explained any changes to your planned procedure?


Interpreting and evaluation
Have you:
Spoiler:
Show

• processed your data to make it easier to identify trends and patterns?
• carefully identified trends and patterns in your data?
• carried out a suitable statistical test that is matched to your hypothesis?
• set out the calculation of your statistical test clearly?
• interpreted the results of your statistical test using a null hypothesis and a 5% (p=0.05)
confidence level if appropriate?
• drawn overall conclusions from your data and expressed them in writing or numerically where
possible?
• used A-level biology to explain your actual results?
• commented on limitations of your experimental design and suggested modifications or further development?


Communicating
Have you:
Spoiler:
Show

• organised your report in the form of a scientific paper?
• used sub-headings to organise your report in a logical order?
• numbered each page?
• included a word count page by page?
• checked to make sure you have not exceeded 3300 words (including any appendices)?
• plotted a graph to help you to compare two sets of data?
• chosen the correct form of graph which is clearly labelled with units?
• made sure your graph is large enough to be clear and show all the plotted points, has accurately
labelled axes and a clear key to identify your plots?
• read through your work and checked you have attempted to address all the criteria?
• listed all your sources in a bibliography and made it clear in your report where you have used the
information?
• made some attempt to assess the scientific credibility of your chosen source.


I really hate this coursework.


Hi, was just wondering if you lose marks for going over the 3300 word limit. I'm already on 4700 and haven't finished yet.
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That's (roughly) the structure given on the markscheme, so mine's arranged in a similar way.

I can't decide where to fit in my evaluation of the sources I have used - does this go with the bibliography? Or in research and rationale or the section for evaluating the study? Halp?

Thanks
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I realised I chose the most difficult topic to write about in my coursework, after I carried out the actual experiment.

My A2 Edexcel Biology Coursework is on Investigating how light intensity affect the leaf length of English Ivy (Hedera Helix) leaves?
The confounding variables I chose to measure were: wind speed, air temperature and humidity

Could anyone help me out with what I could write about in my Research and Rationale?
I spent so much time on this section, yet I am still not sure what to write about.

Also, is anyone aware of a layout of a pilot study, ideally related to my investigation?

I will greatly appreciate it, if anyone could pass by and help me out as soon as possible

Thanks in advance..
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Hi there

I am an A level Biology examiner

Your research and rationale should be background information on factors affecting plant growth from a wide range of sources including scientific articles from journals, internet and books, youtube videos - as many different sources as you can get your hands on.

You need to make clear from the beginning of your work what it is you are investigating and why you chose this particular topic.

Try not to make this section longer than 2 sides of A4 long.

Your pilot study should be a quick run through of your main experiment with one set of results, with details of controlled and uncontrolled variables etc. Do you have the mark scheme used by examiners?
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Hi there

I am an A level Biology examiner

Your research and rationale should be background information on factors affecting plant growth from a wide range of sources including scientific articles from journals, internet and books, youtube videos - as many different sources as you can get your hands on.

You need to make clear from the beginning of your work what it is you are investigating and why you chose this particular topic.

Try not to make this section longer than 2 sides of A4 long.

Your pilot study should be a quick run through of your main experiment with one set of results, with details of controlled and uncontrolled variables etc. Do you have the mark scheme used by examiners?
Will I need to find past examples of my investigation, as I am really not sure why I chose this investigation?

Furthermore, I don't have access to it. Where I can see the mark scheme used by the examiners?
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