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Year 10 Science Student Research Project – Marking Guidelines Planning the investigation
|0 |1 |2 |3 |4 |Marks | |Title Page and Coversheet |Does not include a coversheet and title page |Title page and coversheet do not include all relevant information |Title page and coversheet complete including Name, date, title of investigation | | | | |Aim |Does not state a problem/research question |States an aim that is not focused |States a focused problem or research question which may be in the form of an aim | | | | |Creativity and sophistication |Investigation lacks creativity and

only a single variable has been manipulated |Investigation lacks creativity or
only a single variable has been manipulated |Uses creativity and imagination in the analysis of problems and the development of possible solutions and
designs an innovative investigation in which multiple variables have been manipulated | | | | |Background information |Does not clarify the purpose of the investigation |Includes general background information but the purpose of the investigation and the procedure to be used is not clear or has not been explained or justified |Provides evidence of research into problem in the form of appropriate background information that clarifies the purpose of the investigation or justifies the procedure to be used |Provides evidence of research into problem in the form of appropriate background information that clarifies the purpose of the investigation and justifies the procedure to be used | | | |Hypothesis (a separate hypothesis should be written for each experiment within the investigation) |Does not state a hypothesis or make a prediction for any experiment (or irrelevant hypothesis or prediction is given) |States at least one testable hypothesis (or makes a valid prediction) but

does not provide any explanation or justification and
hypothesis/prediction is not written in terms of the effect of the independent variable(s) on the dependent variable |States a relevant hypothesis or prediction for each experiment but
does not provide any explanation or justification and
hypotheses/predictions are not written in terms of the effect of the independent variable(s) on the dependent variable |States a testable and relevant hypothesis or prediction for each experiment but

does not provide any explanation or justification or
hypothesis is not written in terms of the effect of the independent variable(s) on the dependent variable |Clearly states a testable hypothesis or prediction for each experiment written in terms of the effect of the independent variable(s) on the dependent variable and provides an explanation and justification for each hypothesis | | |Identifying variables |Variables have not been identified |Lists some variables but some are incorrectly identified/labelled |Correctly identifies the independent variable(s), dependent variables but has not identified some controlled variables that could reasonably be expected to affect the outcome. |Correctly identifies the independent variable(s), dependent variables and any controlled variables that could reasonably be expected to affect the outcome. | | | |Selecting appropriate equipment and materials |Has not identified the equipment used and

Has not reported on the risks associated with the investigation and how these could be minimised |Identifies and selects some appropriate apparatus and materials or
Has made some attempt to assess and record the risks associated with the investigation and suggest ways to minimise these risks |Identifies and selects some appropriate apparatus and materials and

Has made some attempt to assess and record the risks associated with the investigation and suggest ways to minimise these risks |Selects appropriate apparatus and materials in terms of their suitability, accuracy, precision and safety. and

Equipment is correctly named or identified
and
A risk assessment of intended experimental procedures has been carried out and...
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