Information for Students : Case Study (GCSE Core)
These assignments should arise naturally from work on the course or from an issue that arises while candidates are following the course. They should be related to an aspect of science that involves an element of controversy, in terms either of the interpretation of evidence, or of the acceptability of some new development. Topics for study should be selected by candidates in discussion with teachers, and should be seen as an extension or consolidation of studies undertaken as a normal part of the course. The work should be capable of being completed within approximately 4-6 hours over a period of time, for example, one lesson per week for half a term, with some non-contact time.
North Chadderton School: Guidance for Case Studies
1. Choosing a Suitable Project
Discuss this with your teacher. It should contain a significant amount of science, but also elements of controversy and/or discussion. Ideas for projects are on our website at www.scienceblog.org/community/
2. Research (up to 3 hours)
(a) Find as much information about your topic as possible from a variety of sources. This could include newspapers, periodicals, magazines, and sources on the internet.
(b) Keep a careful record of the sources, such as the names of books, date of publication,page numbers, and especially internet addresses. You will need this information for your references at the end of the project.
(b) Try to keep within the focus of your Case Study. Don't attempt to collect everything about your chosen topic of study.
(c) If you are trying to collect information about a controversial issue you should present arguments for and against the chosen issue. Of course, you can provide your own personal views!
3. Organising and Presenting your Project ( up to 4 hours)
You can do this in a number of ways.
It can be a Powerpoint presentation, a word-processed document, a handwritten presentation, a booklet, or an informative poster.
Make sure that your project has some organised structure!
(a) A Suitable Title
Discuss this with your teacher. It needs to be precise, and to the point.
(b) An Introduction
This should explain carefully your project is intended to show, and how you intend to go about it!
(c) The Main Section
This should involve a presentation of the science, the main issues, the controversy, and all the facts and relevant issues and opinions (keep a careful record of your sources for later). You might find it useful to divide this section into sub-sections, such as science background, technology, issues, controversy (as relevant)
(d) Discussion and Summary
Make a list of ALL the sources that you have used in your project. Include website addresses, newspaper titles and dates, and book references. Make sure the website addresses are accurate. Please do not write 'I found it on Google' or 'On the internet'