GCSE Geography Coursework

St Ivo School Geography Department

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Work for Next Deadline – 19th September

Posted by R Chambers on August 15, 2008

Remember, during the summer break as well as making ammendments to the draft sections you have written, you need to be working on your 4 street write-ups that we talked through befoer work experience back in July.

The next deadline for work is Friday 19th September – by this date you need to hand in the following sections:

  • Introduction
  • Theoretical Background
  • Geographical Background
  • Method – 1970
  • Method – 2008
  • St Ives 1970 Write Up
  • St Ives 2008 Street Write ups (Bridge St, Broadway, Market Hill, Station Road)

Don’t forget there are lots of resources here on the blog to help you with this and you will have almost 3 weeks when we are back into school to come and ask questions / use AEGIS etc.

Remember, lessons in September will return to completing the rest of the coursework, we will then have a coursework fortnight just before half term, when for two weeks of lessons we will work on the final bit of the coursework – i.e. the analysis and the conclusions.

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Using AEGIS to help with Street Write Ups

Posted by R Chambers on July 3, 2008

In your street write-ups (for advice on how to do this see next posting) – you will need to make good use of maps, graphs etc. AEGIS is a digital mapping programme which can help you make good use of maps in both your street write up and analysis. You can use AEGIS in a number of different ways in your street write-up:

1. Create blank base maps of the four streets – e.g. to use in method for showing the four streets you are studying or zoomed in to each street to show their location in the individual street write-ups;

2. Create shaded land-use maps to show different land-uses in the streets (shaded like the GOAD map – but automatically!) – again you can zoom into individual streets

3. Create maps to show heights of buildings on each street

4. Use AEGIS to calculate distance from streets to the nearest car parks when looking at accessibility.

The following slides show 3 examples of how maps might be incorporated – remember you must annotate / refer to any that you include. You could also draw on traffic restrictions etc. if you wanted to.

You have all been given instructions sheets for AEGIS but they can also be downloaded from the key documents section.

Make good use of this and be inventive in the way you use it – think about what you can use it to show.

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1970s Write up (June 2008)

Posted by R Chambers on June 27, 2008

In this section you will be tackling the question “Where was the CBD in St Ives in the 1970s?”. In today’s session we have talked through how best to tackle this as well as analysing the GOAD map together. It is however important that you don’t rely just on what the GOAD map shows. In order to get to the highest marks it is important that you recognise that secondary sources may have an element of bias and it is important to try and cross-correlate from a number of sources before drawing a final conclusion.

The following is a brief guide / checklist of how to complete this section:

1. Give a brief introduction to this section (i.e. what are you intending / trying to do in this section and how)

2. Analyse the GOAD map (make use of the analysis grid that we completed in lessons, a blank is available here to help you structure your thoughts if you were absent). Using your ideas from your sheet – take each street in turn and talk through its charactersitics in the 1970s – i.e. main types of land-use etc. – discuss them in relation to your expectations of a CBD. Also identify any other key features such as bus stops etc. which may be identifed on the map. It is worth ending this by acknowledging what the map can’t show

3. Write up supporting background information – you should be doing some background research into what St Ives was like in the 1970s using other secondary sources such as St Ives Town Plans, 1970s St Ives, other websites, books, photographs (or even interviews with relatives / friends – if you do this – keep a clear record of your interview so it can be evidenced for initiative marks). (you may be able to locate old photographs through the Resources Centre, St Ives Library or even the Norris Museum).

4. Finally – drawing together what you have found from the GOAD map and the other resources – draw your final conclusion as to where you think the CBD was in 1970.

THE DEADLINE FOR THIS 1970’s WRITE UP IS FRIDAY 4th JULY

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1970s Goad Map (June 2008)

Posted by R Chambers on June 27, 2008

GOAD maps are quite simply detailed street maps showing buildings and their uses. They are named after Charles Goad who first produced these sorts of maps for Fire Insurance companies. We have used the Goad map as a way of identifying what the land-use was in St Ives in 1970 and enabling us to carry out a land-use survey based on a secondary resource.

Make sure that you are clear as to how and why you have shaded in your GOAD Maps. Remember the intention is to look at the land-uses in the four streets in the 1970s – hence the classification according to land-use. This will in turn provide the starting point of evidence for where the CBD was in the 1970s as you can start to look those areas which do have the typical land-use characteristics expected of a CBD and those which don’t.

Please make sure that you have fully completed your GOAD map – ready to hand in with your St Ives 1970 write up on 4th July. If you have any problems in reading any of the buildings – please make sure you come and see me at a lunchtime or breaktime.

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Methodology – 2008

Posted by R Chambers on June 25, 2008

This is a very important part of your project and with the introduction is worth a total of 40 marks (see the mark scheme)

Here you are describing WHAT data you collected, HOW and WHY?

YOUR METHODOLOGY SHOULD BE WRITTEN IN TWO PARTS: 

1. Identifying where the CBD was in the 1970s

  • Remember, you couldn’t go out on fieldwork and collect raw data for this as you were looking back in time; you are therefore very reliant on secondary data / information – talk about the significance / limitations of this and need to cross reference data
  • You need to fully explain how and why you shaded and used the GOAD map
  • Explain what secondary source you used – e.g. St Ives background from the GeoBytes website and personal research
  • HOW did you decide where the CBD was?

2. Identifying the location of the CBD in 2008

  • How you worked in groups
  • How you designed your data collection sheet – you MUST explain what data you wanted to collect, how you were going to collect the data (e.g. traffic count for 10 mins but why?) and justify why you needed to collect that data. REMEMBER all your data collection is to help you identify WHERE the CBD is today.
  • include one copy of your data collection sheet this will go in your appendix (at the very back of your project)
  • you could include a location map to show the 4 streets where you collected data, (remember a heading and labels are needed)
  • you need to explain how the data collection when on the day? What did you actually collect and how? Were there any problems on the day or things that affected data collection? e.g. larger numbers of pedestrians because it was market day? figures affected by time of day etc. / Bridge street being pedestrianised affecting traffic counts etc.
  • What other additional data did you collect? This should be anything that shows your initiative (you get extra marks for this) e.g. photographs, property prices, landvalues, sketches etc.

This is to be handed in next Tuesday – 1st July 2008

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GCSE Coursework 2008

Posted by R Chambers on June 25, 2008

My apologies for not having the blog sorted out earlier, there has been alot going on recently, but hopefully this will now be helpful to you as you start the major writing up stages. There are various pages of information that will help (see the links along the top to select). What I am going to do on this front page is provide support for each section that you need to write up for homework, and remember you can email me at anytime if you have any questions.

We have already completed:

  • Introduction
  • Geographical Background
  • Theoretical Background

…. but if you are making corrections and want some more help click on the links above.

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Analysis and Conclusions

Posted by R Chambers on June 28, 2007

Ok – the final part of your coursework! I will update this post this evening – but am just putting some materials on quickly for you to use next lesson.

Here is the analysis and conclusion sheet for download – just in case you happen to lose the one you have been given!

I will be talking through this during the lesson – here is a copy of the powerpoint used in the lesson:

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APOLOGIES – STREET WRITE UPS

Posted by R Chambers on June 21, 2007

Just a couple of things. Firstly my apologies for having not got the promised street histories on here yet. If you just continue with the rest of the street writeups I will put the street histories up over the weekend. My apologies.

 Also – regarding next week, we don’t have Tuesday’s lesson due to the Year 10 Holocaust Day. Therefore what I propose we do is on Monday I will talk over the analysis and conclusions so that we have gone through it – then you can have Thursday’s lesson to finish off the street write-ups. Because we are short of a lesson – as long as I have a minimum of three completed street write-ups in on Thursday to take in and feedback on that will be ok – you can then finish the fourth in your own time. If anyone wants to tackle analysis and conclusions before the summer holiday if you have finished your street write ups that is fine. Remember I am not in for your lessons on the last week but you MUST COME AND COLLECT YOUR WORK FROM ME ON THE THURSDAY OR FRIDAY – I will have written feedback on your work so that you can make improvements over the summer holiday. Of course you can also e-mail me over the summer if you need any help.

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Methodology

Posted by R Chambers on June 14, 2007

This is a very important part of your project and with the introduction is worth a total of 40 marks (see the mark scheme)

Here you are describing WHAT data you collected, HOW and WHY?

YOUR METHODOLOGY SHOULD BE WRITTEN IN TWO PARTS: 

1. Identifying where the CBD was in the 1970s

  • Remember, you couldn’t go out on fieldwork and collect raw data for this as you were looking back in time; you are therefore very reliant on secondary data / information – talk about the significance / limitations of this and need to cross reference data
  • You need to fully explain how and why you shaded and used the GOAD map
  • Explain what secondary source you used – e.g. St Ives background from the GeoBytes website and personal research
  • HOW did you decide where the CBD was?

2. Identifying the location of the CBD in 2007

  • How you worked in groups
  • How you designed your data collection sheet – you MUST explain what data you wanted to collect, how you were going to collect the data (e.g. traffic count for 10 mins but why?) and justify why you needed to collect that data. REMEMBER all your data collection is to help you identify WHERE the CBD is today.
  • include one copy of your data collection sheet this will go in your appendix (at the very back of your project)
  • you could include a location map to show the 4 streets where you collected data, (remember a heading and labels are needed)
  • you need to explain how the data collection when on the day? What did you actually collect and how? Were there any problems on the day or things that affected data collection? e.g. larger numbers of pedestrians because it was market day? figures affected by time of day etc. / Bridge street being pedestrianised affecting traffic counts etc.
  • What other additional data did you collect? This should be anything that shows your initiative (you get extra marks for this) e.g. photographs, property prices, landvalues, sketches etc.

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Street Write Up 1 – Using AEGIS

Posted by R Chambers on June 13, 2007

In your street write-ups (for advice on how to do this see next posting) – you will need to make good use of maps, graphs etc. AEGIS is a digital mapping programme which can help you make good use of maps in both your street write up and analysis. You can use AEGIS in a number of different ways in your street write-up:

1. Create blank base maps of the four streets – e.g. to use in method for showing the four streets you are studying or zoomed in to each street to show their location in the individual street write-ups;

2. Create shaded land-use maps to show different land-uses in the streets (shaded like the GOAD map – but automatically!) – again you can zoom into individual streets

3. Create maps to show heights of buildings on each street

4. Use AEGIS to calculate distance from streets to the nearest car parks when looking at accessibility.

The following slides show 3 examples of how maps might be incorporated – remember you must annotate / refer to any that you include. You could also draw on traffic restrictions etc. if you wanted to.

You have all been given instructions sheets for AEGIS but they can also be downloaded from the key documents section.

Make good use of this and be inventive in the way you use it – think about what you can use it to show.

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