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Unformatted text preview: lesser extent, databased topics. However some laboratory based essays did not address a research
question; i nstead, candidates reproduced a standard piece of work in order to validate a well -known
relationship. Some essays were far too simplistic an investigation. Other candidates confused fundamental
concepts thus seriously weakening the value of their investig ation.
A number of essays were original, imaginative and highly focused. However a number of topics were too
broad and generated only a very superficial survey. Candidates were unable to define a clearly focused
hypothesis and tended to discuss concepts a nd develop arguments that were not relevant.
Essays that dealt mostly with print resources were average or worse, mostly poor. A good number of
candidates could not carefully choose or critically analyse resources and synthesize their own content.
Hence t hey were unable to put their personal “stamp” on their essay. Some candidates manipulated data
from the Internet Library like pieces of a puzzle and they produced “scientific papers” without showing
their own relationship to the content. They were cases we re the contrast between the language of the parts
taken from the sources and that of the candidates was a strong indication that some candidates did not
produce an original essay. Secondary research or survey essays were often only thin summaries of
readin gs. Essays associated to topics far too broad or too t echnically advanced were doomed to failure.
Some topics were not directly relevant to physics (forecast of earthquakes, effect of electromagnetic
waves on health) but rather of interest to the candidat e. Even if the candidate was personally involved in
the topic, he/she could not score well in the physics assessment criteria. Some topics detrimentally relied
only on a very few sources. EXTENDED ESSSAY REPORTS – MAY 2003
Several essays produced a good theoretical overview of the small are a on which they were written and
they were often accompanied by some additional experimental work, but there was often very little
integration between the t...
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This note was uploaded on 09/30/2011 for the course CHEM 102 taught by Professor Tina during the Spring '11 term at Global.
- Spring '11