IB DP GEOGRAPHYFIELDWORK GUIDEIs there a pattern of urban stress in Antwerp’s districts or region, Belgium?
IMPORTANT POINTS•The IA is compulsory for SL and HL students. •The IA counts for 25% of the final assessment in the SL course and 20% in the HL course. •It is recommended that 20 hours is spent on the IA for both SL and HL students. • The IA must not exceed 2500 words. Only footnotes of less than 15 words and textboxes with less than 10 words in them, the bibliography and appendices areexcluded from the word count. •The IA is a piece of fieldwork usually based on mainly primary data collection. For May 2021 the IB is allowing students to use 50/50 between primary and secondary data. •The topic must relate to the syllabus and have a lcational element to it. •It must be on a local scale, but not necessarily close to the local area of the school. •Two or three hypotheses are recommended. •Good map work with annotations and photographs which help to give locational context are recommended. • If using questionnaires, avoid questions which give Yes/No answers as this will limit theway data can be presented. Avoid long qualitative answers which will impinge on theword count. •Creative presentation of data is rewarded. •The focus of the write up is the analysis, purely descriptive work will not produce high grades. •Teacher support is vital. Seek advice from your teacher for completion of your work. •Academic honesty is of the utmost importance. •Teacher advice is provided on the first draft only - make sure it is fully completed! The next version handed in must be the final one. 2
Outline of the criteria, marks and word count for each section(The suggested breakdown of the word limit is offered as guidance and is not prescriptive. Students will not be penalized if they write more or less for each section provided the work remains within the total word limit of 2,500 words.)3
FLOW CHART OF THE IA PROCESS4
TIMELINE21/08/201 - Fieldwork Preparation (IA guide, piloting surveys and start methodology)From 21/08 to 03/09Independent fieldwork in local neighborhood28/08/202 - FIELDWORK QUESTION & GEOGRAPHIC CONTEXT (Research, Bibliography, introduction, hypotheses, theory) 04/09/202 - FIELDWORK QUESTION & GEOGRAPHIC CONTEXT and 3 - METHODS OF INVESTIGATION 11/09/20 3 - METHODS OF INVESTIGATION And 4 - DATA PRESENTATION 18/09/204 - DATA PRESENTATION and 5- DATA ANALYSIS25/09/205 - DATA ANALYSIS 02/10/206 - CONCLUSION / EVALUATION18/10/20First draft submission02/11/20Final IA submission5
INTERNAL ASSESSMENTThis is a compulsory element of your International Baccalaureate Programme.Ifyou fail tosubmit an Internal Assessment in Geography you will fail your whole diploma, not justGeography.The aim of producing an Internal Assessment is to demonstrate your application of skills andknowledgeYour Internal Assessment counts for 25% of your final grade at Standard Level and 20% of yourfinal grade at Higher Level.