T Totals Coursework Mark Scheme For Economics

Meeting The Economics IA Rubric Requirements

On this, the third of three posts to make sure you score full marks on your Economics Internal Assessments, I want to give you a detailed checklist you can use to check your own work.

I have included what the IB says they expect for full marks, and translated that into actionable steps. If you do everything on the checklist your teacher will have to give you full marks.

A: Diagrams (3 marks)

IB Explanation: This criterion assesses the extent to which the student is able to construct and use diagrams.

IB Expectations: Relevant, accurate and correctly labelled diagrams are included, with a full explanation.

Checklist (to get full marks):

Drawing the diagram:

- You have fully labelled your x and y-axis (See the method here)

- You’ve chosen the most appropriate diagram (the one that best explains the theory that relates most to your case).

-You’ve used a full title (such as, “The Market for Apples in Singapore”)

-You’ve labelled all of your lines (D1, D2, S1, S2)

-You have marked all of your intersections with letters (i.e. E1, E2)

-You have shaded in and fully label the areas of the shapes on your diagram (i.e. excess demand)

-You have indicated the exact prices and quantities (or percentage changes in price or quantity if they are included in the article. (If no prices or percentage changes are mentioned,  label them Q1, Q2, P1, P2, etc.)

Explaining the diagram

-You have made sense of the diagram for the (unschooled) reader

-You have explained WHY the curves shift (etc), not just THAT they do.

-You have taken a step-by-step approach (See the method here)

B: Terminology (2 marks)

IB Explanation: This criterion assesses the extent to which the student uses appropriate economic terminology.

IB Expectations: Terminology relevant to the article is used appropriately throughout the commentary.

Checklist (to get full marks):

- You have defined the 4-5 words most important words related to the concepts involved

- You have connected these definitions to the case

- You have used economics words whenever possible

C: Application (2 marks)

IB Explanation: This criterion assesses the extent to which the student recognizes, understands and applies economic information in the context of the article. 

IB Expectations: Relevant economic concepts and/or theories are applied to the article appropriately throughout the commentary.

Checklist (to get full marks):

- You have stayed focused on the theory that’s related

- You have developed these theories

- You’ve chosen the most appropriate diagram

D: Analysis (3 marks)

IB Explanation: This criterion assesses the extent to which the student can explain and develop appropriate economic theories and/or concepts in the context of the article.

IB Expectations: There is effective economic analysis relating to the article.

Checklist (to get full marks):

- You have fully explained the diagram

- You have referred to areas that you’ve shaded in (i.e. consumer surplus), shifts in curves, (D1-D2), percentage increases in price, etc. Anything that can help you to fully explain the theory.

- You have explained clearly all of the effects the change (i.e. the drought) has had (i.e. supply, demand, price, quantity)

- You have explained related theory

- You have pointed out the extent to which what has actually happened (in real life) is not what theory would say would happen (i.e. perhaps price increased, but there was no increase in supply).

E: Evaluation (4 marks)

IB Explanation: This criterion assess the extent to which the student synthesizes his or her analysis in order to make judgments that are supported by reasoned arguments.

IB Expectations: Judgments are made that are supported by effective and balanced reasoning.

Checklist (to get full marks):

- You have evaluated using at least 3 different areas of CLASPP

- You have developed your evaluative insights

- You leave the reader feeling that they understand that this is a complicated situation, that you’ve laid out (for example) the pros and cons, stakeholder effects and the assumptions that the theory is based on fairly.

- You have drawn together (synthesised) the different CLASPP insights to draw conclusions for the policy (i.e. whether, as a whole, the policy is appropriate or not).

- You have made it easy for the reader to understand the full picture and believe (‘to be convinced by’) your final conclusion.

And that's it.

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Updates:

-Students must complete a summary portfolio sheet with details of the sources, syllabus sections, the date commentaries were written and word counts (from the IB).

-Students should not avoid choose excerpts from books, tutorial guides, government reports or personal blogs (from the IB).

-When you attach your article it should be the original print out from the internet, not a cut and pasted version. This will reassure your teacher that you didn't cut any bits of it out.

This page provides teachers and students with information regarding controlled assessments for: GCSE Business Studies Units 3 and 14; GCSE Applied Business Units 4,5 and 6 and GCSE Business and Communication Systems Unit 10.

Internally-assessed mark submission is changing from Summer 2016

We are delighted to announce e-Submissions (e-Subs), a new web-based system for submitting both centre and moderator marks for controlled assessment.

The new online system will offer schools and colleges a more efficient way to submit controlled assessment marks or grades and save you time.

As a teacher you can submit marks yourself, you just need an e-AQA login and the required access provided by your Exams Officer.

For further information and online tutorials go to e-Submissions

Submitting controlled assessments

If you have 20 or fewer students entered for a unit you will need to send all controlled assessments  to your moderator. Should you have 21 or more students entered for a unit your moderator will request a sample selection which you will then be required to send to them.

Your controlled assessment work will be returned to you in due course.

You will also receive a feedback form completed by your moderator detailing the outcome of your moderation. This will be sent to you by AQA.  

Business and Communication Systems controlled assessment FAQs

A list of answers to some frequently asked questions relating to the GCSE Business and Communication Systems controlled assessment task can now be found on the secure area of our website, e-AQA.

Controlled Assessment advisers

Each school or college is allocated a controlled assessment adviser. You can find out who your adviser is and their details by contacting the Business Studies subject team on business-studies@aqa.org.uk

Your adviser is available to assist you with any content queries that you may have, for example, the suitability of a task or what may be expected from students when completing their controlled assessment. If your query concerns the supporting administration, for example, deadline dates or submitting marks, please contact the subject team on the email address shown above. 

Standardisation

Online standardisation for the marking of the controlled assessment is available through the Teacher Online Standardisation System (T-OLS) which can be accessed through the secure area of the AQA website e-AQA.

Online standardisation is necessary in order to ensure that all schools and colleges are marking the controlled assessment in line with AQA's standards.

Release and deadline dates

The controlled assessment research task for GCSE Business Studies Units 3 and 14 is released on e-AQA on 1 September for submission in the second summer after its release.  For example, the task released on 1 September 2015 is for submission by students in the summer of 2017.  The front page of each task details which year it will need to be submitted. 

The controlled assessment research task for GCSE Business and Communication Systems Unit 10 is released on e-AQA on 31 January each year for submission in the summer of the following year.  For example, the task released on 31 January 2016 is for submission by students in the summer of 2017.  The front page of each task details which year it will need to be submitted.

Students will be required to submit the controlled assessment scenario that is due for submission in the series in which they certificate.

The research tasks for Applied Business Units 4, 5 and 6 are outlined within the specification and will remain the same for the life of the specification. The deadline for the submission of marks for each controlled assessment unit detailed above is 7 May each year. 

Exemplar materials and marking

Exemplar materials and other resources to help teachers prepare students for controlled assessment are available on T-OLS. Here you can mark pieces of exemplar work, compare your mark to that of the principal moderator, and read the rationale behind their mark. These are available throughout the year and are updated annually.

Additional exemplar materials and resources are also available on the Secure Key Materials section of e-AQA. 

Assessment criteria 

General assessment criteria grids for marking all controlled assessments are available in the specification.

Task specific grids are available for GCSE Business Studies Units 3 and 14 and GCSE Business and Communication Systems Unit 10, on the Secure Key Materials section of e-AQA. These grids are released to coincide with each new task.     

Predicting grades

Predicting your students' grades is easy with the uniform mark scale (UMS) converter, an online tool for converting marks from exams taken in different exam sessions.

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