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Geography Coursework Data Analysis

When collecting and selecting geographical data, make sure that you:

  • Stick to the title of the task you have been given.
  • Identify the relevant geographical questions.
  • Collect and record data in ways that are appropriate for your project.
  • Undertake your own research - even if you are doing your coursework through a teacher-led investigation. This will improve your results, and make the work more interesting!

For example, if you are doing a shopping survey - make sure you understand the geographical issues related to local population structure, economic activity, transport patterns and urban planning. If you can find case studies on the issues you are looking into, make sure you refer to these and link them to what you have found in your own research.

Representing data

Use a range of graphs, tables and charts to represent your data. You don't have to put all your data in graphs, but you do need to show that you know how to present data in a variety of ways.

It's also a good idea to explain why you have chosen a particular statistical method to represent your data. If you use a scattergraph, for example - say why this kind of graph helps with understanding the information.

Presentation on theme: "How to write your Geography coursework analysis"— Presentation transcript:

1 How to write your Geography coursework analysis
Learning Objective:Know what an analysis isTo understand what makes an good analysisPractice analysing dataPeer assessment

2 What is an analysis?

3 DescribeExplain

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5 Mock analysisTask question: to delimit the area of your chosen urban area’s CBD.Land use - there will be more shops, services and offices in the CBD compared with the outer areas where there will be mostly residential areas.Traffic count – there will be more traffic in the CBD as people will want to get there.Pedestrian count – there will be more pedestrians in the CBD than the outer areas this is because people want to come here to use the shops and public facilities.Building height – there will be taller buildings in the CBD as the land is very expensive here.

6 DescribeExplain

7 Combining data….On its own its harder to explain why things are the way they are so we need to look at other pieces of information to help our explanation.

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10 What could we say about these 3 bits of information together?

11 Language for analysis Therefore….. This shows that…..
This may be explained by…..This indicates that… This was expected… Because… However……This suggests that… In comparison to…..

12 Peer assessment of an analysis
Task question: to delimit the area of your chosen urban area’s CBD.Land use - there will be more shops, services and offices in the CBD compared with the outer areas where there will be mostly residential areas.Traffic count – there will be more traffic in the CBD as people will want to get there.Pedestrian count – there will be more pedestrians in the CBD than the outer areas this is because people want to come here to use the shops and public facilities.Building height – there will be taller buildings in the CBD as the land is very expensive here.

13 Your checklist for analysis
Analysis and conclusionsDone?I have described what the data showsI have explained why the data shows thisI have linked my explanations to geographical theoryI have linked my results to the sub questionsI have made links between the various resultsI have referred to the figure numbers when describing the dataI have described anomalies in the dataI have given an overall conclusion to the study and answered the initial questions

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15 What did you give them and why?
What grade I have given the work and why…..What I think they have done to improve this analysis ….What I have learnt from this for my own analysis…

16 What Edexcel said….The data is described in some detail and there are a number of analytical as well as descriptive comments. There are several attempts to draw together the main findings and to delimit the CBD of the chosen settlement. The conclusions drawn return to the task question and the student makes a number of valid suggestions to help substantiate the conclusions. However, the lack of analytical comments in some sections of the analysis prevents this work from reaching the top of Level 3. 8 marks

17 Practice analysing this data

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20 What have I learn today to get my analysis as…..

21 Our analysis… What background information may we consider?
Why does land use change along a transect?

22 What should we include?


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