Introducing Unit Specifications and Unit Assessment Support Packs Economics National 5
Unit Assessment Assessments can be designed to provide evidence across more than one Unit or Outcome – combined assessments Flexible and open Evidence Requirements in Units Greater range of techniques and methodologies for assessment – encouraged through Unit assessment support packages More opportunities to gather naturally occurring evidence – assessment as part of learning and teaching
Unit Structure NATIONAL 3NATIONAL 4NATIONAL 5 N/A Economics of the Market N/A UK Economic Activity N/A Global Economic Activity
Key points: Economics Units standards remain the same feature the best approaches presently used have a hierarchical Unit structure that provide progression from National 5 to Higher
Unit Specifications UnitEconomics of the Market (N5) Outcome 3Apply knowledge and understanding of the concepts of demand and supply in a market economy by: 3.1Using information to prepare and label a demand curve and a supply curve accurately, illustrating the equilibrium point 3.2Identifying determinants of demand and determinants of supply 3.3Using a diagram to illustrate how a change in any of the identified determinants affects equilibrium price and quantity traded
Unit Specifications Evidence Requirements for this Unit: Assessors should use their professional judgement, subject knowledge and experience, and understanding of their learners, to determine the most appropriate ways to generate evidence and the conditions and contexts in which they are used. Evidence can be drawn from a variety of sources and presented in a variety of formats with learners using appropriate economic terminology and using relevant examples Evidence can be gathered in combination with other Outcomes, from this Unit, for the unit as a whole, or in combination with the Outcomes from other units. Evidence may also be gathered for individual Outcomes where appropriate.
Unit Assessment Support Packages - purpose UASPs can be used to: Assess your candidates Adapt for your own assessment programmes Help you develop your own assessments
UASPs – key features Valid from August 2013 Designed to encourage professional judgement Provide broad-based tasks – allow assessors to choose appropriate context and forms of evidence Show range of approaches to generating assessment evidence Give information on the type of evidence which could be gathered and how this is to be judged against Assessment Standards
ECONOMICS UASPs Package 1 Unit by Unit approach– discrete assessment tasks for each Unit at N5 – each assessment has at least 2 tasks. Package 2 Unit by Unit approach– discrete assessment tasks for each Unit at N5 – each assessment has one task. Package 3 Combined approach – one assessment which covers all 3 units.
N5 Internal Assessment of Course Components Controlled assessment is SQA’s approach to developing assessments (setting), the conditions of assessment (conducting), and marking assessments (marking). SQA is introducing controlled assessment for non-question paper components of the Added Value Unit and new National Courses at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher.
N5 Performance (speaking and listening) Controlled assessment This performance is: set by centres within SQA guidelines conducted under a high degree of supervision and control Evidence will be internally marked by centre staff in line with SQA marking instructions. Marking will be quality assured by SQA. The performance will be recorded.
Moving on Workshop 1 and 2 will give you the opportunity to look at the Unit Specifications and Unit Assessment Support Packages in detail.