The marking criteria has 5 specific sections that link well to the structure of the essay:
A breakdown of the key information for each marking criteria is below:
CRITERION A: FOCUS AND METHOD
Criterion A focuses mostly on the basis and basics of your EE, mainly;
ARE YOU INVESTIGATING A GOOD TOPIC (E.G. NOT SIMPLE CHEM)?
- Does your EE topic have a strong grounding in chemistry?
This may sound obvious, but if your EE topic stretches too much into biology (if you look into biochem) or physics (if you look at energy), then it may not have a strong enough grounding in chemistry. Your EE will be marked based on it’s chemistry. If you have 500 words of background research in your essay that focuses on some biological aspect of for example proteins that isn’t really biochemistry, none of it will be marked, it’s not chemistry.
DO YOU HAVE A WELL FOCUSED AND SPECIFIC RESEARCH QUESTION
- How clear is your research question?
By clear, I mean easy to understand, not simple. This part of the criteria will also assess the amount of subject specific terminology in your research question.
IS YOUR METHODOLOGY APPROPRIATE FOR INVESTIGATING YOUR RESEARCH QUESTION?
- Are you using the right methods to answer your research question? Have you used the best method you could? If not, this needs to be discussed somewhere in the report.
JUSTIFICATION OF METHODOLOGY AND EXPERIMENTAL VARIABLES
Both of these sections need to be in your report because they help to answer the above questions, to do with the validity of your experimental method. These sections are discussed more on the ‘Essay Structure’ section.