Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Extreme Environments Coursework & Global Warming Websites

Here is the handout for the coursework which tells you how to improve it to an A* standard, and also the MARK SCHEME which we shall use to mark it.
Please try to use this to guide your work. Look at what we are expecting you to do, and try not to make us disappointed ! Use the half-term wisely to get a good folder of images and text to use for your finished product.
Remember that there will be 3 x 500 word pieces of coursework this year, which we will make into a portfolio which we will mark, and which will then be moderated externally (we will send some samples off to someone appointed by the exam board to check that we have marked them correctly...)

Don't copy from the Internet and cut and paste - we WILL be able to tell and will not give you marks.
Credit any sources that you have used

How to make your coursework into an A*

Try to make your work match the descriptions below. This is what teachers will be looking for to award an A*!

Tick them as you achieve them. We will give you a printed copy of the sheet...


  • Show good knowledge and understanding of Svalbard.
  • Show you understand the concept of ‘possible futures’.
  • Give arguments to support your view of a possible future.
  • Present interconnected / linked ideas.
  • Make your interpretation of the future detailed.
  • Develop and show the complexity of your personal view, including how it will affect you
  • Justify your personal view.


  • Develop an appropriate technique to present your ideas.
  • Use particular skills to communicate your findings
  • Focus on clear communication to your intended audience.
  • Make sure that you communicate appropriate information

Remember that there are marks for the quality of your written communication. These are obtained by:

  • Presenting relevant information in a form that suits its purpose
  • Ensuring text is legible
  • Using a suitable structure and style of writing appropriate to the task

And here is the cover sheet which we shall put onto the work...




TASK A: Concept map of Environmental Change on Svalbard

TASK B: Global Warming on Svalbard

Futures: possible ideas in the context of Svalbard

Applying understanding to particular context of Svalbard

Expressing personal views of the issue which is being explored

Basic – one option

1 mark

Lacks confidence in applying what they know to Svalbard

1 mark

Limited personal comment

1 mark

Sound – at least two options

2 marks

Can apply what they know to Svalbard

2 marks


own views

2 marks

Detailed – more than 2 options, and options compared

3 marks

Shows the way in which Svalbard is linked to other places

3 marks

Complex and linked views

3 marks

Total (12)


There is also an ICT section to add:

Using ICT for clarity in presentation and to aid analysis

ICT used for presentation only

1 mark

ICT to support analysis and presentation

2 marks

ICT used appropriately and sources quoted

3 marks

Here are some possible websites to get you started on the Global Warming task:

http://www.svalbard-images.com/spitzbergen/climate-change-a.php - some images from Greenpeace showing coastal retreat - note that these are copyright images. You should always check whether you have permission to use images and ideas...

In August 2002, Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior travelled to Svalbard to study glacier's decline.

Greenpeace took photos of Blomstrandbreen, a glacier in the King's Bay area (Kongsfjorden) to illustrate a retreat of the glacier of approximately 2 km in the past 80 years.

The glacier was connected to the peninsula Blomstrandhalvøya (halvøya means peninsula) until 1992 but now there is a passage of nearly 1km between Blomstrandhalvøya, which is now an island, and the glacier's front

Since 1960, the average retreat of that glacier has been about 35 m a year, accelerating in the last ten years. Greenpeace says other glaciers in the area are showing an overall retreat.

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