OVERVIEW

 IB Geography students investigating the impact of tourism in mountain communities.

IB Geography students investigating the impact of tourism in mountain communities.

Internal assessment (fieldwork) is an integral part of the Geography course and is compulsory for both SL and HL students. It enables students to demonstrate the application of their skills and knowledge, and to pursue their personal interests, without the time limitations and other constraints that are associated with written examinations.

The internal assessment requirements at SL and at HL are the same. The time allowed is 20 hours. For SL students the IA makes up 25% of the final grade in IB Geography. For HL students it is 20% of the final grade.  Students are required to undertake fieldwork collecting primary information and produce one written report of maximum 2500 words that is based on a fieldwork question. 

 

research question

To what extent has tourism had a positive impact on Riederalp, Switzerland?

 
 
 

EXAMPLE IA

 

 

SHARED FOLDER

 
 
 

DATA COLLECTION & METHODOLOGY

Complete the table below

 

FIELDWORK GUIDES

 
 

tasks

  1. Read, highlight and annotate the fieldwork guide

  2. Read and find quotes on the value of the Swiss tourism industry and the community of Riederalp.

  3. Convert book titles and links used to MLA reference using easybib.com. Add to bibliography.

  4. Brainstorm types of data to collect and the methods of sampling you will use.

  5. How will you show a spatial element to the data?

  6. Which statistical test will be appropriate for the data collected?

  7. Which data presentation methods will be best for showing data spatially?

  8. Make a high quality hand drawn base map to photocopy, ensure it has north arrow, scale etc.

 
 

READING LIST

 
 

MOUNTAIN GEOGRAPHY

Price, Martin F. Mountain Geography: Physical and Human Dimensions. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.

 
 

THE FIELDWORK PROCESS

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IMPACTS OF TOURISM

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data & DATA presentation

Each group should complete their page in the document below.

 
 
 

FIRST DRAFT CHECKLIST

Before submitting your first draft, check it against these criteria. 

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