National 5 Biology Assignment Marking Scheme Accounting

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National 5 Biology Assignment SSERC Resources

 Examiner marksYour marks
Research Methods6 /6/6
Research Findings6 /14/14
Total12/ 20/ 20

Examiner comments:

Candidate 1 - River Study (Commentary revised April 2016)

Candidate 1 has achieved 12 out of a possible 20 marks for the National 5 Geography Assignment.

Research Methods

The candidate was awarded 6 out of 6 marks

A mark was awarded at the end of the first sentence for the technique of measuring river depth. A second mark was awarded for the content within the second sentence in this section which gives further development of the technique (use of a metre stick to measure depth).The candidate gained two further marks in the third and fourth sentences for a more detailed explanation about measuring depth ie explaining that the metre stick touches the bottom and by making measurements at 1 metre intervals across the river. At this point the candidate has achieved the maximum number of 4 marks allowed for one technique.

However, in the fifth sentence the candidate goes on to describe the second technique - use of a flow meter to measure velocity - so gained a fifth mark. A developed point is then made in the following sentence about repeating the flowmeter measurements regularly across the river at the same 1 meter intervals. This statement gained a sixth mark.

The candidate achieved full marks for this section at this point. The final statement simply repeats the research topic and would not receive credit.

Research Findings

The candidate was awarded 6 out of 14 marks for their research findings and conclusion.

In the second sentence the candidate gained their first mark for stating the result that “the depth in the upper course of the river is much shallower than the lower course”. A second mark was awarded for a development of this point in the third sentence. A third mark was awarded in the fourth sentence for further development of the results found about depth in the lower course “the river got up to 58cms deep”. The fifth sentence gained a fourth mark for a summative statement about the differences in river depth between the upper and lower courses. The candidate gained the maximum of four marks available for their description of findings.

In the seventh sentence the candidate describes the results for velocity - that the upper course was much faster than the lower course – which could have gained a descriptive mark. They then make two further descriptive points about river velocity - firstly by quantifying the maximum river speeds found in the upper and lower course, and secondly by quantifying the minimum river speeds in the upper and lower courses. These would also have merited descriptive marks. However, the candidate had already received the maximum number of four descriptive marks by the end of the fifth sentence

Later in the final two sentences of this answer the candidate goes on to offer explanations for their findings and so is able to gain a further two marks. In the second last sentence the candidate explains that the faster river speed in the upper course is due to the steeper gradient. In the final sentence the candidate goes on to give a good explanation as to why the river is slower flowing in the lower course. So in addition to the four marks for description the candidate has gained a total of two marks for explanation


The candidate gains no further marks here. In practice, sections B and C are marked together, so for this candidate further marks were still available but all of the statements made in the conclusion simply repeat findings or conclusions which they have already made in the research findings section. The candidate does not receive credit twice for making the same point.



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