Internal assessment process - Campus des Nations [2022]


Get all your data sorted and in one place

  • Remember to use your support booklet. It would be good to include, in the appendix of your IA, at least one page of data recorded by hand.
  • Ensure that you have all the possible data in one place - Geography Data Collection 2022.
  • You should make you own copy of the spreadsheet and then start to remove the data sets that you will not use.
  • You need to make a decision on the data you will use - just the data from your group or data from multiple groups combined together.

Flowmeter count (revolutions per minute)→ velocity (metres per second)

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

The formula needed to turn the flowmeter count into a velocity

Work towards one or two sub-hypothesis

  • You have already submitted 1-2 sub-hypothesis, for approval, by email.
    • Your sub-hypothesis should allow you to show your depth of knowledge, understanding and synthesis.

Processing the data

There is a need for you to take the raw data that was collected and process it in such a way that is useful to you as you address your sub-hypothesis.

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. You should 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 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.


Presenting the data as maps and graphs

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, probably produced on an A3 sheet of paper, that explains the 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 analysis 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, maybe as a base for presenting another data set.
    • Altitude against distance from source/mouth as a minimum.
  • 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.

Producing maps

Computer generated or downloaded maps should have candidate inputs/personalization and be clear and big enough, showing location and spatial aspects, and including all conventions. Hand-drawn maps are equally effective if location, necessary information, clarity, personalization and conventions are included.

May 2021 Subject Report

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

May 2020 Subject Report

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

Producing an A3 map to show geographical understanding

We would recommend that you include one map produced upon an A3 sheet, as part of your Internal Assessment. This sheet is uploaded as an extra to the PDF version of your IA. You should make sure you reference the A3 sheet from the writing in your IA.

Your A3 map could show the following →

  • The path of the river from its source to where it flows into Lac Leman.
  • The location of the fieldwork sites.
  • How human influences in the proximity of the river make impact it's flow and direction.
  • How different land uses, in the drainage basin of the river, may have impacted the fluvial characteristics that you have collected data upon.
  • All the necessary conventions - BOLTS!

You could use the one of the following sheets as your base map - or use a mapping service such as if you need a digital version. Using a digital platform such as Lucidpublish would help you annotate a base map at A3 scale

You could use Geofolio to help you research the River Asse using the thematic factsheets that the service can provide.


Are you using any statistical techniques?

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

May 2020 Subject Report

Interim deadline #1 - All your maps and graphs (Data Presentation) - 10h05 Friday 7th October 2022.


Writing your methodology

The suggested word count for this section of your IA is 300 words.

The voice of the candidate should be seen both in the description and justification of methods used.

May 2021 Subject Report

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

The following videos may help →

Interim deadline #2 - Methodology - 14h00 Thursday 13th October 2022.


Producing your 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.

First draft deadline → 12h00 on Thursday 3rd November 2022.

Final deadline → 12h00 on Thursday 8th December 2022.