There is a range of material available, including examples of candidate evidence with commentaries, as part of our Understanding Standards programme. This material is for teachers and lecturers to help them develop their understanding of the standards required for assessment. As new material is developed we will publish this information in our weekly Centre News. All material available can be found in the following locations:
- Available from our Understanding Standards website Material relating to externally assessed components of course assessment, with the exception of those subject to visiting assessment.
- Available from our secure website Material relating to internally assessed components of course assessment, and components of course assessment which are subject to visiting assessment. In addition, material relating to freestanding units which are no longer part of National 5 courses can be found on this website. Teachers and lecturers can arrange access to these materials through their SQA Co-ordinator.
More information on Understanding Standards material for this subject can be found on our Understanding Standards website at http://www.understandingstandards.org.uk/Subjects/Biology
The National 5 webinar provides a detailed overview of the revised course assessment for this subject.
National 5 Biology 15 June 2017
Additional CPD support
Where any particular areas of concern are identified, which are not addressed by our Understanding Standards events or support materials, we will offer free continuing professional development (CPD) training, subject to request. CPD support is subject-specific and can be tailored to cover one or more qualification level. To find out more about this service visit our CPD page.
SSERC, in partnership with SQA, have produced teacher/technician guides that provide background information to teachers/lecturers. Candidate guides containing protocols have also been produced. These are available via the following link:
National 5 Biology Assignment SSERC Resources
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1 National 5 Biology Assignment
20 marks out of 100 in total.The course is graded A-D.
2 The assignment assesses the following skills, knowledge and understanding:
selecting information from a variety of sourcesapplying knowledge of biology to new situations and interpreting informationpresenting information appropriately in a variety of formsprocessing the information (using calculations and units, where appropriate)drawing valid conclusions and giving explanations supported by evidence/justificationcommunicating findings/information
3 Assignment Stages Research Stage – 6 hours
You will have to investigate a relevant topic in biology. The topic must have an application with an effect on the environment/society.Communication Stage – 2 hoursIn this stage of your assignment you need to select, process and present information/data from the sources you have gathered, and produce your report under exam conditions.
4 ApplicationThe application of Biology must be a deliberate act by humans.For example it is not enough to say pesticides are used by farmers.You would have to say something like “pesticides are used to protect crops from insects”Check with your teacher that your chosen topic for research has an appropriate application
5 EffectYour effect must indicate what happens to the environment or society due to your application.For example “pesticide use means crops are not damaged” or “pesticide use means more food is grown”This effect can be positive or negative.
6 Research Most of the work at this stage is to gather data/information.
This could come from:InternetBooksJournalsNewspaper articlesNotes taken from a tv programmeInformation may include:Numerical or experimental dataGraphs or notesVisual diagrams
7 Warning!Download of text directly from the internet or copying directly from books may suggest to the assessor that you have not understood the biology involved. This may be considered as plagiarism unless you acknowledge the sources carefully.It is always best to put things in your own words to make sure you really understand them.
8 Selecting DataYou must ensure that the raw data is included for all processed data.For example if you process a table into a graph you must include the table as your raw data, and reference where it came from.When processing your information, you must ensure that your data is from 2 different sources.You can copy + paste the raw data into your assignment. It is best to reference the source alongside the raw data
9 Selecting DataYou can gain marks for explaining why you use your source on the basis of:RelevanceReliabilityOr differing/similar perspectives.You MUST use the appropriate word from “relevant”, “reliable” or “perspective” when doing this!You must use at least 2 of these words for your sources of raw data.
10 Processing DataData must be processed into 2 different formats chosen from:Bar graphLine graphPie chartSummary textDiagramE.g. If you process a table of raw data into a bar graph, your second processed data cannot be a bar graph.Process each piece of data once
11 Processing DataThere is also 1 mark available for correctly labelling your processed data.Labels must be copied directly from the source data e.g. if the raw data table heading is “Number of people”, the processed graph axis label must be “Number of people” not “No. of people”
12 Processing DataThere is 1 mark available for stating a comparison between your 2 pieces of processed data.This should state any link between your two sources of data, and if there is no link between them you must state this also.HOWEVER if you state there is no link and a link is visible to the marker you will lose this mark.
13 Conclusion There is 1 mark available for drawing a valid conclusion.
This must relate back to your aim and be supported by evidence from your research.Do not introduce any new ideas within the conclusion.
14 Underlying BiologyThis section may be completed throughout your assignment, or you may choose to do it as an independent and headed section.This should include all of the principles or explanations of Biology relating to your topic.Remember you must use terms and ideas appropriate to the level of National 5 Biology.
15 Structure of reportYou may want to use headings to help give your report structure, ensure these are appropriate and informative headings.All sources of information must be listed at the end of the report in sufficient detail to allow someone else to find them. In addition, if you include diagrams, data or direct quotes you must also reference your source at that point.There is a final mark available if your report is clear and concise. This means that it is flowing well, and information presented comes in a logical order.Suggested Headings:AimApplicationResearch- choice of sources- data/informationConclusionUnderlying biologyReferences
16 Structure of reportAs a guide, your report should be words, excluding tables, charts and diagrams.There is no penalty for being out with this range.
17 Mark Allocation Skills, knowledge and understanding Marks allocation
The aim of the investigation1Application/effect on the environment/society2Selection of sources of data/informationSelection of relevant information from sourcesProcessing and presentation of data/information6Drawing a valid conclusionApplying knowledge and understanding of biology3Report structure
18 Mark Allocation