Aqa A2 History Coursework Source Evaluation Report

1. Stick to your word limit, its 2000 words for a reason. Also you do not want to be penalised for writing too much.

2. In your introduction really focus on the historic event you are assessing, make explicit reference to it, supporting with statistics or relevant historic policies.

3. Clearly concentrate on your coursework question, make clear in your introduction what the different interpretation`s views of this question are. Which ones you think are the most credible and why, support with historical evidence. Then make your judgment.

4. Remember at the end of the day your coursework is indeed similar to an AS History source exam. So structure it and think of it as an essay.

5. Some schools may have given you a structure for how to tackle the sources. If they have use it, it will assist the flow and structure of your essay. If they have not given you a structure, familiarize yourself with each of the interpretations. Additionally you might find it useful to start with the interpretations which support the question.

6. In your planning stages ensure you include all of the relevant quotes from whichever of the interpretations you are examining. You might find it useful to create a table for this.

7. Then you want to briefly examine or explain this quote in your own words and demonstrate how this supports the historian`s interpretation or view. Again you could include this in the table in a new column.

8. Next still using your table justify and support your analysis so far with relevant historical evidence to support the interpretation. This could be another column in your table.

9. Ensure you frequently refer to and demonstrate with quotes, explanation/analysis or historic evidence the historian`s credibility, persuasiveness or demonstrate the strength of their argument. Again use the terms "credibility", "credible argument", "credible", "supported" etc...

10. Introduce the next interpretation by noting how it is similar to the first. E.g. "Similarly" then follow the same format as before.

11. Then highlight the limitations or weaknesses of these interpretations by explaining what they have omitted or not examined.

12. Next demonstrate how the next interpretation differs from the previous interpretation, then follow the same format for this and your final interpretation.

13. Your conclusion should explain which two sources are the most credible and why, then answer the question

Best wishes with your coursework everyone.

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As such anyone on the current specification will not need to do the following documentation:

  • i. System Maintenance
  • ii. User Guide

The following subsections are also no longer required:

  • i. Analysis: Realistic appraisal of the feasibility of potential solutions
  • ii. Analysis: Justification of chosen solution
  • iii. Design: Identification of storage media
  • iv. Design: Description of measures planned for security and integrity of data
  • v. Design: Description of measures planned for system security
  • vi. Design: Overall test strategy

This chapter aims to give you the skills to complete your A2 Computing project. Unlike the rest of the course this unit is entirely based on coursework submitted in May. This is great because if you work hard enough then you can make sure you get some really good marks, you have access to the mark scheme after all!

Your project involves making a complex programming project that will likely involve data processing, and then writing a report about it. You have to make a program for a real user, this is very important, you can't just make them up. It doesn't have to be incredibly complicated, but you need a degree of complexity in order to write a good report. You can write a computer game but they can be an awful lot of work (2–3 years with a team of 40+ people for the latest console games) and it's often difficult to find a real life user and a real need.

Over the course of the project you will be creating a report. This is really important and lots of people spend so much time coding that they forget to complete the write up. The write up is worth nearly 70% of the mark and will take you through a waterfall model of system development. There are many other forms of system development out there and you might find yourself completing sections of the course not necessarily in the order given, the important thing is that you make it a cohesive whole and complete everything.

Please use the links below to get you started and note where all the marks are awarded, you might create a brilliant bit of code but if you don't complete your writeup your grade will suffer.

The classic waterfall model

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