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Student Name (candidate number) This template is designed to help organise the write up [bracketed] notes are general points of advice more detail can be found on the Bioknowledgy . It is strongly advised that students self-mark their IA reports using the resources on Bioknowledgy before handing it in. [IV = independent variable, DV = dependent variable, CV = control variable] Title: “ The effect of the IV upon the DV in XXXX?”. XXXX refers to the organism or biological material being studied Research Question: [Phrased in a similar format to “What is the effect of the IV upon the DV in XXXX?”. XXXX refers to the organism or biological material being studied. ] Background information: [Scientific theory is used to describe and explain how the chosen IV affects changes in the organism/biological material being dealt with.] [Explain why the chosen DV is a good measure of change in the organism/biological material] [Citations are used effectively to support the background. Textbooks should be the first port of call when looking for a citation.] [A graph should be sketched/copied from cited sources that can be used to illustrate the rationale of your hypothesis]. Hypothesis: [The hypothesis should be based on the theory identified in the background] [ A possible format is “ If (insert) independent variable increases/decrease then insert) dependent variable increase/decrease because (insert rationale from background information ) “] [Where possible the hypothesis should be quantified, e.g. It is expected that the optimum pH for the activity of catalase to be 6.2 ] Variables: Variables (Independent, dependent, control, uncontrolled) (discuss) Likely impact upon the investigation How the variable will be changed/ measured/controlled Independent variable (IV) [Describe the independent variable] [Explain how would changing this variable would effect the dependent variable] [What values (with units) have been chosen] [Why have these values been chosen] Dependent variable [Describe the dependent variable] [Explain why is the chosen variable is a good measure to answer the research question] [How will measurements be taken (include units)?] [Do any calculations such as a reaction rate need to be done?] Control variables [What variables need to be kept constant to ensure a fair test?] [Discuss how and why these variable might impact the data collected] [Suggest how these variables will be kept constant and if necessary how they will be monitored] Uncontrolled variables [Variables that might affect the investigation, but are impractical to control] [Discuss how and why these variable might impact the data collected] [Suggest how the effect of the variable could be minimized and/or monitored, if possible]
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Student Name (candidate number) Apparatus: [List all equipment used] [Include all items, quantities, concentrations, volumes, masses etc., for measuring equipment uncertainties] Method: [The method must describe how to manipulate the IV, including specific details of range or increments.]
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