Internal assessment - Campus des Nations process


  1. Ensure you have collected a copy of the support booklet.
  2. Ensure that all the data has been collated in one place.
    • The data inputted into Survey123 can be seen here. You will need to login with your ArcGIS username and password to gain access.
      • → Data → Export → CSV or Excel should help you get the data into Google Sheets.
      • → Open in Map Viewer to use ArcGIS Online.
  3. Ensure you have a copy of all the data digitally. You will need to show evidence that you collected the data - maybe by putting some into your IA's appendix.

Flowmeter count → velocity

Velocity (m/S) = 0.000854c+0.05 where c is the count in 1 minute.


  1. Submit 1-2 sub-hypothesis for approval.
    • Your sub-hypothesis should allow you to show your depth of knowledge, understanding and synthesis.

Data Processing

There is a need for you to take the raw data that was collected by Survey123 and process it in such a way that is useful to you. You will need to make some decisions in terms of the data you are going to use. Will you just use the data from your group, or from several groups, or from all the groups. Can you rationalise that decision as part of your methodology?

You should be processing your data in Google Sheets. If you, at a later point, decide to take the data into something like LoggerPro or back into ArcGIS Online that will be possible.

I am more than happy to help you with the processing of the data. You should be deleting (or hiding) columns you are not using. You should be using formula within Google Sheets to do any necessary calculations.

Data Presentation

You need to be aiming to show at least 6 different 'skills' when presenting your data.

Possible data presentation techniques include:

  • A well produced locational map that explains the of geographic context of the River Asse.
  • Statistical analysis - such as a measure of the strength of the relationship between two variables.
    • This must be well integrated into your discussion and not just 'dumped' into the IA.
  • Annotated photographs or aerial photography (from Google Earth or similar).
    • Annotations less than 10 words do not count towards your word count.
  • Scattergraphs.
  • Geolocated proportional symbols.
    • This could be done using ArcGIS Online or by hand.
  • Channel cross-sections.
    • Ensuring that the scales is always the same so that comparisons can be made.
  • Well produced and annotated field sketches.
  • A long profile of the river.
    • Altitude against distance from source/mouth.
  • Bar graphs / column graphs.
    • Would a scattergraph be more appropriate?
  • Maps with a number of layers to highlight elements such as underlying geology, land use, flood risk etc.
    • As the whole IA will be submitted as a single PDF such maps need to be well designed and clear.
  • Flowcharts that show processes, reasoning or linkage.


Most centres ... with the best performing candidates presenting ... either hand drawn or downloaded and personalized maps to show location of study areas.

Weaker candidates ... maps were weak as they were either not personalized or did not include all necessary conventions.

May 2020 Subject Report

Location maps if from secondary sources, should be manipulated well and should include all conventions. Hand drawn maps are recommended but should be big, labelled/manipulated clearly to show location details and include all conventions.

May 2020 Subject Report

Satellite images will only be effective in showing location of study area(s) if they are big enough, have all the conventions and are personalized clearly.

May 2019 Subject Report

Map conventions are 'bolts' →

Border, Orientation (compass rose), Legend, Title, Scale

Mr Reid - Campus des Nations

Interim deadline #1 - Data Presentation - 11h45 Thursday 1st October 2020.

Statistical techniques

Top range candidates identified and explained anomalies and where appropriate, correctly applied statistical tests and determined confidence levels.

May 2020 Subject Report

Introduction and Methodology

Introduction = Fieldwork question + Geographical content sections of the support booklet

Methodology = Methods of investigation section of the support booklet

Candidates who scored the highest mark in this criterion (B) also explained sampling methods, illustrated data collection methods and described how surveying equipment were used to collect sufficient primary data.

May 2020 Subject Report

In addition to description and explanation of methods used, candidates should explain relevance of the collected data to the fieldwork question, theory or model. Where appropriate, statistical tests should be described.

November 2019 Subject Report

Interim deadline #2 - Introduction and Methodology - 11h45 Thursday 8th October 2020.

Data Analysis

In the written analysis, students must demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the fieldwork investigation by interpreting and explaining the information they have collected in relation to the fieldwork question. This includes recognizing any trends and spatial patterns found in the information collected. Where appropriate, an attempt should be made to identify and explain any anomalies.

The treatment and display of material and the written analysis must be integrated within this section

DP Geography Guide

Criterion D: Written analysis

MarksLevel descriptor
7-8The written analysis includes descriptive and statistical techniques (with confidence levels if appropriate) that are appropriate to the data and the question
The trends, patterns and statistics found, including outliers and anomalies if present, are explained and linked to the question formulated, hypotheses, geographical theory, the fieldwork location and methods used.
The written analysis allows for answering the question formulated, with no or only minor gaps in the supporting evidence.

Interim deadline #3 - Data Analysis - 11h45 Thursday 22nd October 2020.

First draft deadline

12h00 on Monday 26th October 2020.

Final deadline

12h00 on Thursday 3rd December 2020.