Unit Assessment: Advanced Higher Investigative Biology
This Unit has two Outcomes which are both internally assessed: Outcome 1 Apply skills of experimentation and draw on knowledge and understanding of scientific principles and process to carry out a biological investigation. Outcome 2 Draw on knowledge and understanding to analyse and evaluate reports of biological research. Advanced Higher - Investigative Biology Unit Assessment: Outcomes
Assessment Standards 1.1Designing investigative procedures appropriate to the aim 1.2 Taking account of ethical considerations, as appropriate, in, for example, the use of living materials, human subjects and the conservation of natural habitats 1.3 Identifying potential hazards, assessing associated risks and applying appropriate control measures 1.4Collecting data with precision and accuracy 1.5 Using initial results to develop or confirm procedures in the experimental design Advanced Higher - Investigative Biology Outcome 1: Assessment Standards
The investigation from this Unit can also provide the basis of the project–report for the Course Assessment. Topic choice – candidates can choose any topic provided it enables them to achieve Outcome 1 of the Unit. Candidates are not permitted to work in groups. Assessor support is essential. A record of work is required. Advanced Higher - Investigative Biology Outcome 1: Points to note
If a candidate has passed Outcome 1 for the Investigative Biology Unit this can be used as evidence of a pass for Outcome 1 in the other Units of the Course. However, an Outcome 1 pass in the other Units of this Course cannot be used as a pass for Outcome 1 for the Investigative Biology Unit. Advanced Higher - Investigative Biology Outcome 1: Transfer of Evidence
Advanced Higher- Investigative Biology Outcome 2 : Assessment Standards Assessment Standards 2.1Evaluating the scientific method 2.2Analysing the experimental design 2.3Evaluating the analysis and presentation of data 2.4Evaluating conclusions
The report must be given to candidates in advance of the actual assessment. Assessors may discuss the underlying biology in the report with the candidates but direct discussion of the scientific methods must be avoided. The assessment questions focus on the scientific approach, the experimental methods used, the analysis of the results and the conclusions drawn in the report. Candidates are not permitted to take any notes, supporting materials or the report into the assessment. Advanced Higher - Investigative Biology Outcome 2: Points to note
Advanced Higher - Investigative Biology Outcome 2: Transfer of Evidence Evidence for the achievement of this Outcome is not transferable to other Units of this Course.