23 Nov Internal assessment criteria
The Internal Assessment is scored against the following criteria:
- Identifying the context (6 marks, 20%)
- Planning (6 marks, 20%)
- Results, analysis, and conclusion (6 marks, 20%)
- Discussion and evaluation (6 marks, 20%)
- Applications (3 marks, 10%)
- Communication (3 marks, 10%)
The list below summarizes what the IB is looking for in the ESS IA, and it serves as a general outline for organizing the IA:
- Identifying the context:
- state a relevant, coherent and focused research question
- discuss a relevant environmental issue (either local or global) that provides the context for the research question
- explain the connections between the environmental issue (either local or global) and the research question.
- design a repeatable method appropriate to the research question that allows for the collection of sufficient relevant data
- justify the choice of sampling strategy used
- describe the risk assessment and ethical considerations where applicable.
- Results, analysis, and conclusion:
- construct diagrams, charts or graphs of all relevant quantitative and/or qualitative data appropriately
- analyse the data correctly and completely so that all relevant patterns are displayed
- interpret trends, patterns or relationships in the data, so that a valid conclusion to the research question is deduced.
- Discussion and evaluation:
- evaluate the conclusion in the context of the environmental issue
- discuss strengths, weaknesses and limitations within the method used
- suggest modifications addressing one or more significant weaknesses with large effect and further areas of research.
- justify one potential application and/or solution to the environmental issue that has been discussed in the context, based on the findings of the study
- evaluate relevant strengths, weaknesses and limitations of this solution.