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Extended Essay: Basic Information

This guide is to assist NPS students with their Extended Essay.

DP CO2021 TIMELINE

EXTENDED ESSAY TASK TIMELINE

         MONTH/ DATE             CHECK                                         TASK

August 2020

(First Week of School)

 

Meet with EE Supervisor to discuss:

  • Status Update
  • Create a Plan for Completion
  • Information on First Reflection (150 words)

First Reflection Due: Complete First Reflection in Managebac.

November 1, 2020

 

EE Full Draft Due: Submit completed EE in Managebac for Turnitin similarity report.

By November 20, 2020

 

Meet with EE Supervisor to discuss:

  • Rough draft with feedback about similarity report and guides for improvement available in Managebac.
  • Information on Second (Interim) Reflection (150 words).

Second (Interim) Reflection Due: Complete Second (Interim) Reflection in Managebac.

January 15, 2021

 

Final EE Draft Due:  Final EE Draft with all revisions due in Managebac.

Meet with EE Supervisor to discuss:

  • Final draft comments and guides for improvement available in Managebac.

February 26, 2021

Final EE for IB Submission Due: Final EE for IB Submission with all final revisions due in Managebac.

Meet with EE Supervisor to discuss:

  • Authenticity of student work and confirm there is no academic misconduct.
  • Information on Final (Viva Voce) Reflection (200 words).

Final (Viva Voce) Reflection Due:  Complete Final (Viva Voce) Reflection in Managebac.

CC CO2021 TIMELINE

EXTENDED ESSAY TASK TIMELINE

         MONTH/ DATE             CHECK                                         TASK

August 2020

(First Week of School)

 

In Senior Seminar:

  • Status Update
  • Create a Plan for Completion
  • Information on First Reflection (150 words)

Use original CP Advisor for support if needed.

November 1, 2020

 

EE Full Draft Due: Submit completed EE in Managebac.

By November 20, 2020

 

  • Rough draft with feedback from original CP Advisor of areas for improvement available in Managebac.
  • Information on Second (Interim) Reflection (150 words) given in Senior Seminar.

December 2020

 

Information on Final (Viva Voce) Reflection given in Senior Seminar.

January 15, 2021

 

Final EE Due:  Final EE with all revisions due in Managebac.

Final (Viva Voce) Reflection Due:  Complete final (viva voce) reflection (200 words) due in Managebac.

Understanding How Your Essay Will Be Assessed

ADVICE FOR STUDENTS

The table below is designed to help you think about the assessment criteria and whether you have addressed the expectations within your essay.  Use these questions to help you throughout your research, writing, and editing.

Criterion Unpacking The Criteria
A: Focus and Method

This criterion focuses on the topic, the research question, and the methodology.  It assesses the explanation of the focus of the research (this includes the topic and the research question), how the research will be undertaken, and how the focus is maintained throughout the essay.

  •  Does this essay meet the requirements for the subject for which you are registering it?
  • Is your research question stated as a question?
  • Have you explained how your research question relates to the subject that you selected for the extended essay?
  • Have you given any insight into why your area of study is important?
  • Is your research question feasible within the scope of the task?  Could your research question be "answered" or is it too vague?
  • Did you refer to your research question throughout the essay (not only in the introduction and conclusion)?
  • Did you explain why you selected your methodology?
  • Are there other possible methods that could be used or applied to answer your research question?  How might this change the direction of your research?
  • If you stated a particular methodology in the introduction of your essay, or specific sources, have you used them?
  • Are there any references listed in the Works Cited that are not directly cited in the text?
B: Knowledge and Understanding

This criterion assesses the extent to which the research related to the subject area/discipline used to explore the research question; or in the case of the World Studies Extended Essay, the issue addressed and the two disciplinary perspectives applied; and additionally, the way in which this knowledge and understanding is demonstrated through the use of appropriate terminology and concepts.

  • Have you explained how your research question relates to a specific subject you selected for the extended essay?
  • Have you used relevant terminology and concepts throughout your essay as they relate to your particular area of research?
  • Is it clear that the sources you are using are relevant and appropriate to your research question?
  • Do you have a range of sources, or have you only relied on one particular type, for example internet sources?
  • Is there a reason why you might not have a range?  Is this justified?
C: Critical Thinking

This criterion assesses the extent to which critical thinking skills have been used to analyze and evaluate the research undertaken.

  • Have you made links between your results and data collected and your research question?
  • If you included data or information that is not directly related to your research question have you explained its importance?
  • Are your conclusions supported by your data?
  • If you found unexpected information or data, have your discussed its importance?
  • Have you provided a critical evaluation of the methods you selected?
  • Have you considered the reliability of your sources (peer-reviewed journals, internet, and so on)?
  • Have you mentioned and evaluated the significance of possible errors that may have occurred in your research?
  • Are all your suggestions of errors or improvements relevant?
  • Have you evaluated your research question?
  • Have you compared your results or findings to any other sources?
  • Is there an argument that is clear and easy to follow and directly linked to answering your research question, and which is supported by evidence?
D: Presentation

This criterion assesses the extent to which the presentation follows the standard format expected for academic writing and the extent to which this aids effective communication.  

  • Have you read and understood the presentation requirements of the extended essay?
  • Have you chosen a font that will be easy for examiners to read on-screen?
  • Is your essay double-spaced and size 12 font?
  • Are the title and research question mentioned on the cover page?
  • Are all pages numbered?
  • Have you prepared a correct table of contents?
  • Do the page numbers in the table of contents match the page numbers in the text?
  • Is your essay subdivided into correct subsections, if this applicable to the subject?
  • Are all figures and table properly numbered and labeled?
  • Does your Works Cited contain only the sources cited in the text?
  • Did you use the same reference style (MLA, APA) throughout the essay?
  • Does the essay have less than 4.000 words?
  • Is all the material presented in the appendices relevant and necessary?
  • Have you proofread the text for spelling or grammar errors?
E: Engagement

This criterion assesses the student's engagement with their research focus and the research process.  It will be applied by the examiner at the end of the assessment of the essay, after considering the student's RPPF.

  • Have you demonstrated your engagement with your research topic and the research process?
  • Have your highlighted challenges you faced and how you overcame them?
  • Will the examiner get a sense of your intellectual and skills development?
  • Will the examiner get a sense of your creativity and intellectual initiative?
  • Will the examiner get a sense of how you responded to actions and ideas in the research process?