• Agenda

    Agenda

    Biology | Category 2

    This agenda is subject to change.

     27 SEPTEMBER 2018, THURSDAY
    08:30 - 09:00 Welcome coffee and introduction
    09:00 - 10:30

    Session 1 

    General Introduction, ice breaker, aims, agenda, outline of the IB Diploma programme and the position of Biology in the Diploma programme model programme outline, burning questions & expectations.

    10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break
    11:00 - 12:30

    Session 2 

    Biology programme structure 

    Different components of the course/syllabus (NOS, Content, Assessments); In-depth discussion of the various components; Incorporating the Learner Profile and International Mindedness.

    12:30 - 13:30 Lunch 
    13:30 - 15:00

    Session 3

    Biology programme structure 

    Duration of topics; Producing a two-year logical sequence of topics 

    15:00 - 15:15 Coffee break
    15:15 - 16:45

    Session 4

    Biology programme structure 

    Internal assessment (prescribed and other relevant investigations); Incorporating practical activities into the sequence of topics produced above.  


    28 SEPTEMBER 2018, FRIDAY
    09:00 - 10:30 Session 5

    Internal assessment

    Purpose; IB animal experimentation policy; Role of the teacher and student; Academic honesty; Timing; Assessment Criteria & skills required; Managing the IA; Filling in PSOW; Formulating suitable research questions

    10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break
    11:00 - 12:30

    Session 6

    Internal assessment

    Applying the assessment criteria on sample IAs and comparing with examiner’s comments; Choosing appropriate Individual Investigations

    12:30 - 13:30 Lunch 
    13:30 - 15:00

    Session 7

    External Assessment 

    Components, timings, relevant part of syllabus tested, assessment objectives, command terms; Required skills for each component & student preparation; Assessment of NOS, TOK and IM

    15:00 - 15:15 Coffee break
    15:15 - 16:45

    Session 8

    External assessment

    Sample papers and marking schemes; The skill of answering questions.


    29 SEPTEMBER 2018, SATURDAY
    09:00 - 10:30

    Session 9

    Group 4 project

    -Purpose, stages, timing, incorporating group 4 project into the PSOW, planning, samples, formulating a group 4 project.

    Extended essay 

    -The new assessment criteria; Choosing appropriate topics; The role of the teacher and student

    10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break
    11:00 - 12:30

    Session 10

    Making connections and incorporating CAS and TOK to IB Biology 

    Sharing resources, reflections, burning questions

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