the title

This is either the Title that the Department of Education & Science gave you,

or the title of the experiment you chose!

the period

This simply means when did you carry out these experiments. Write in the dates.

Statement of problem (3 , 6)

This is nothing more than re-writing the title in your own words

specifing what exactly you want to measure / prove / find out in this investigation

(i) Statement / identification of problem / hypothesis statement / topic to be investigated:

(must elaborate on title)

What will you measure, or try to prove / demonstrate

Indicate your particular interest in this problem / topic

Why did YOU CHOOSE this Project Title.

You should try to engage the examiner, make them feel that you are interested in the topic

Background Research (2,4)

Before you attempt to do an experiment you should do some study on the topic that you are concerned with. This will help you make correct decisions on what you need to change and what you need to measure. It should also help you to draw the most appropriate graphs.

You Must Name

  1. the Person and the reason they are qualified to help. Your teacher may actually have helped you but are not accepted this as a legitimate research tool.
  2. If you found any information in a book, then you should quote The book and the Author
  3. the website and give an exact URL, some students put down a video from the Youtube

Preparation and planning (20, 40)

Variables and Controls (3 + 3 + 4) (5 + 5 + 5 + 5)

Independent Variable

The part of the experiment YOU change, YOU control! What can you do to change the experiment.

This factor must be measurable, and by measurable, we mean being able to put a value on a quantity.

Dependent Variable

The part of the experiment or the measurement that changes BECAUSE you changed something! the bit you measured!

Measurable quantities:

temperature // time// carbon dioxide production // density.

Quantiities of Heat are not usually measured, but found from other quantities, temerature in this case, therefore they are not measurable quantities.

We changed the _______ we used in each experiment.

That caused the _________ to change.

Controls / fixed variables

These are the factors (things) what you have kept the same in every run of the experiment, there will usually be many controls, not just one, many things that if they were changed would lead to change in the results. You should identify at least 2 controls.

Only if the experiment was repeated and results averaged would certain parameters need to be replicated i.e. controlled. These would include:

concentration of glucose, concentration and source of yeast, initial temperature etc.

In every run of the investigation we kept the ________ the same


List of equipment

list every piece of equipment you used in the investigation,

(1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1) (1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1)

List of tasks to be carried out

what do you have to do to complete your experiment?

break it down into 3-5 sections,

explain what you have to do in these sections

Identify two tasks pertinent to each experiment and any other three tasks carried out in investigations.

This can include research, plotting data, drawing a conclusion. But 2 taks must include something that had to done to this experiment. Identify tasks carried out in investigation

Procedure (20, 40)


Name at least 2 safety concerns or precautions you took

'Try not to hurt yourself' is not a precaution.

(3 + 2) (3 + 3)

Procedure / method

If you were to read this before you start your project, then just keep a diary of what you did every day,

put this into numbered steps

Identify any 8 steps taken in conducting these investigations, three steps common to the whole experiment and one step pertinent to each sub experiment

(1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1) (3 + 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 + 3)


Draw your diagrams clearly taking time, using a pencil, ruler and colours to make the diagram clear.

Add labels using a pen and ruler for lines. There are at least 4 pages with space for diagrams, complete these.

You can also make a good diagram of some of your apparatus

Recorded data

This page should be filled with excerpts (examples) of the table and data you took down while doing your experiment

(1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1) (1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1)

Results and Conclusions (20, 40)

Calculations / Data Analysis

1 or 2 statements that sum up the trends in the data and or the graphs

4 Fair statement

7 Good statement

10 Excellent statement

Conclusions (20)

1 or 2 statements that state what you think causes these trends in the data.

4 Fair statement

7 Good statement

10 Excellent statement

Comments (10, 20)

One comment on refinement / extension / source of error / reliability of data / how process could be improved / possible reason for unexpected result / possible extension of the investigation

When we were carrying out this experiment _______________________

If we were to do this experiment again we would _____________________

Limited comprehension OR

Good comprehension OR

Excellent comprehension(5 + 5) ( 5 + 5 + 10)

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