Research Briefing Coursework Checklist

Task: To produce a written Research Briefing of around 3 pages A4, about 1000 words (Certainly NOT more than 2000 words), in your own words, that summarises the key results and ideas in a topic area of physics that you have chosen. As well as assessing the written report you will meet with the teacher marking it who will question you about the report to test your understanding of what you have written. Warning: Direct copying and pasting of text from books, magazines or websites is cheating and will lead to disqualification of your coursework. Make sure that everything is rephrased in your own words.  The title of the report is given as a question e.g. ‘What physics is used in the design of an F1 car?’  The report has a clear structure with report split up into sections with headings  It is written so that an average A2 pupil can read and understand it.  Report is all you own words NOT copy and pasted together.  Between 1000 and 2000 words (correct spellings and grammar)  100-word abstract at the start – this should summarise what is contained in your report and encourage people to read the rest of the report.  Includes well chosen graphs, diagrams and/or tables which are referred to in the text.  A summary and conclusion at the end of the report.  Physics explanations included  Physics of A2 standard makes up at least 50% of the report.  Some physics beyond the A2 course is included (Required for an A grade)  All technical words are defined clearly  Appropriate physics explained in own words (leaving out unnecessary detail.)  Appropriate maths and equations included  A wide variety of sources are used effectively  References to sources are used throughout the report to make it clear which source contributed to each part of the report  Variety of sources used NOT just websites.  For websites: full URL and date accessed.  For books/magazines: full title, author, publisher and page number.  Ideas are clearly selected from sources avoiding inessential detail.  Reliability and suitability of each source discussed  By cross checking information between several sources  By checking if the website/book is from a reputable scientist or university  Physics put in a wider context e.g. history, uses, or impacts on society  Under Questioning by the teacher you can:  Explain any technical terms used in the report  Give a summary of the key findings in the report  Expand on some of the ideas in the report

Click the cursor at the point in your document where you want to refer to the reference again. The cross reference is now inserted. 2. By Friday 17th September have a finished report to hand in. Go to menu Insert | Reference | Cross-reference 3. After handing in the final version you will have a short interview with the teacher marking it to assess your understanding of the report. Deadlines • • • • In the next week log on to the school website and add a forum topic in which you explain what area your coursework will be on and some possible sources of information. This will be read by one of your teachers and suggestions given on how you might improve it. Use relevant technical language when answering questions. 4. 2. Making sure that the reference numbers are all updated 1. Then type the reference information. • • Click the cursor at the point in your document where you want to add a Go to menu Insert | Reference | Footnote: Choose the endnote option to make all your references appear at the end of Choose the number format that you want and then click insert. Go to the menu Edit | Select all. Choose the endnote from the drop down list of reference types and click on the reference that you want to refer to. Right click on some of the selected text and choose Update Field . • • the document. How to refer to the same reference for a second time 1. You will then have until Friday 15th October to complete the final version. Instructions for making embedded references in Word Inserting a Reference • reference.