All Things Lab
DP ESS Internal Assessment
DP ESS IA Checklist, Question
IA ESS Checklist, Rubric Aligned
The experimentation policy must be considered in EVERY lab report. As well as Safety!
ESS IA Template (if you're stuck)
Student work -- graders comments -- specific criteria grades
Gender Analysis, Global Warming and Energy Use --- annotated --- assessment (GOOD)
Population size and CO2 emission --- annotated --- assessment (OK)
Biodiversity and undisturbed areas in Peru --- annotated --- assessment (GOOD)
Air Pollution and Urban Heat --- annotated--- assessment (EXCELLENT)
The environmental issue is the overarching reason for your lab. (Think is it in the book). EVERYTHING IS LINKED BACK HERE!
Large ideas could include but are not limited to:
Example: Urbanization of the Dallas, TX, USA metro area is causing and increasing demand for water.
Warnings: Narrow your focus from overly broad issues to something specific to a country or local connection.
Broad: Climate Change
More Focused: the destruction of the Trinity River Deciduous Forest in Dallas, TX, USA due to urbanization.
Broad: Air pollution
More focused: use of coal plants in Lima, Peru and their energy choices
How to Write a Research Question
Bad: Does temperature affect the enzyme?
WHY?! not precise or clear, does not explain How or what you are doing, no dependent variable.
Good: How does the change in temperature, measured using a temperature probe, affect the rate of catalase in the degradation of hydrogen peroxide?
WHY?! Specific, clear, know what you are going to do without reading it, independent and dependent variables are clear.
Variable Help - Choosing Variables
How to - Write a good procedure
Carrying out an Ecology Investigation
How to Write a PROPER Survey
Making a Table- with Word
Making a Table- with Pages
How to present data in tables
How to record accuracy and uncertainty in Practical work
Which way is correct?- different formats of processing/ presenting data
Choosing the Correct Statistical Test
Data Processing Student Practice Data
For More Help with Statistics See Statistical Analysis page
How to make Graphs/ Statistics
What to do with your data... flowchart
Conclusion & Discussion
Your conclusion and discussion should connect the Data with the research question, and answer to the hypothesis within the scientific context (ie the science of the lab) to each other. Relate the conclusion to the environmental issue for the discussion.
Your evaluation should discuss the validity and reliability of your data and experiment using any errors or statistics to justify your evaluation. This should also include improvements for each error identified. Final Section is Further Inquiry. This is not an improvement, it is expansion of the experiment.
Data Analysis and Evaluation Explained
FURTHER INQUIRY: This is a discussion of how you would expand or continue the research you started.
Application is the solution to your environmental issue based on your research, data, and conclusion. You must present a realistic solution to the environmental issue your report is based around. You must then justify and evaluate your solution looking at its connection the the conclusion, the strengths, and the weaknesses of your proposed solution.
Think Management Strategies here. Which of the three levels are you focused on for your solution? (See Topic 1.5)