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1 Writing up an investigation
Know how an investigation should be structured

2 How do you write up an investigation?
What should it include? What should it look like? Discuss these questions with your group.

3 One way of writing it Introduction - what’s the issue?
Methodology - how are we going to collect data? Question 1 - where is litter a problem? Question 2 - why is litter a problem? Conclusion - summarise your findings Evaluation - strengths, weaknesses, improvements

4 How is it going to be marked?
This is the mark scheme It’s exactly what we’ll use to mark your work You should read it carefully - it will help you to get a good mark for each section

5 Planning and organisation
Look at the last section of the mark scheme. There are 10 marks on offer for just being neat and tidy and spelling words properly! When you’ve finished writing up the investigation, look at this section again and see if you’ve done everything to get those extra marks.

6 The introduction Sets the scene - explain why you’re investigating the issue Include information about the location An annotated site map helps the reader to understand the different locations Don’t present any data here, or talk about how you collected the data!

7 Classwork and Homework
Start writing your introduction It needs to be handed in next lesson It can be hand written or typed Next lesson: how to write the methodology

8 Methodology This section explains how you collected the data
For each “method” you should explain: How you carried it out Why you used this method What problems are there with the method

9 Limitations (problems)
A methodology table Methodology (what I did) Justification (why) Limitations (problems) Bi-polar survey Photographs Questionnaire Although we told you to use this method, you should pretend that it was your idea This was the method you chose - make sure you explain why you thought it was a good idea

10 Remember your mark scheme
When you write each section, you should be thinking about what the mark scheme says. Use it as a checklist of what you need to do for each section. Afterwards, use it to give yourself a mark.

11 Writing the methodology
Start writing your methodology We need to get this finished by next lesson Next lesson: how to write the main part

12 The “main part” The main part of your project consists of three things: Analysis (answers to your two key questions) Your data presentation (to help you answer the two key questions) The conclusion

13 How you get marks The mark scheme shows you how the marks are allocated: The data presentation is worth 10 marks The analysis and conclusion are worth 14 marks This means that you should put a lot of time and effort into presenting the data

14 Presenting data You’ve collected data - so we need to present it in some way The next few slides show some examples of how you can present data Some of these methods are more appropriate than others

15 Location maps

16 Bar charts

17 Pie Charts

18 Isoline maps

19 Proportional circle maps

20 Photographs Bridge has been built to avoid flood-prone land
Farmland on sides of valley Field is flooded Summertime? Lots of greenery and blue sky

21 So how should I write the main part?
Start with your first question (where is litter a problem?) We used the bi-polar survey to collect data: think about how you want to show your results Draw the graph/map/etc Now write an answer to the question, remembering to refer to your results!

22 Now let’s tackle the second question
You were trying to find out why litter is a problem. Look at your results - how could you display this information effectively? Make your graph/map/etc. Now answer the question - make sure you refer to your results!

23 What about my photos? Photos also count as data
We must remember to put them where they will be useful - they’re not just there to make your work look pretty DON’T FORGET TO ANNOTATE THE PHOTOGRAPHS

24 The conclusion This is where you summarise your findings
Remind the reader about what you found out in question 1 and 2 Now suggest how the school could deal with the problem of litter.

25 The evaluation It’s time to look back and think about how our investigation has gone. Make yourself a list of what was good and what was bad Now think about how you’d improve the project if you had to do it again - maybe someone else used a method that you thought was particularly good, or perhaps you’d try collecting data at another time of day.

26 Homework – due Monday 20th April
Complete the project over Easter. You must have – an introduction, method table, data presentation (graphs, maps, photos), analysis (answer the questions), Finally conclude your answer and evaluate what you have done

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