Demonstrating the concept of a fair test and gathering valuable scientific data
1 Demonstrate the concept of a fair test and how to gather scientifically valuable data (Part 1)
2 Interpret current scientific research and use it to develop and design scientific experiments (Part 1&2)
3 Critically analyse relevant scientific research and apply statistical methods to produce an evaluative report in the style of a scientific paper (Part 2)
4 Competent experiment design to answer scientific questions (Part 1)
5 Good laboratory practice when carrying out a scientific experiment (Part 1)
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Choose one of the following scientific questions relating to a food process and try to find an answer by
carrying out a scientific experiment.
- The effect of salt on the respiration rate of yeast
- The effect of sugar on the foaming ability of egg white foams
- The effect of acid on the gelling conditions of agar
Part 1 – practical experiment. 50% of overall assessment grade (LO 1,2,4,5)
You have 1 week of allocated class time to carry out your experiment, and marks will be allocated for the experimental plan (50% of the marks), and the ability to carry out the experiment in a scientific way (the remaining 50% of the marks).
The total marks for this part are 100, which will be divided into 2 and used towards your final grade
Part 2 – experimental write up. 50% of overall assessment grade (LO 2,3,6)
For your assessment you will need to write up the findings of your experiment in a scientific report (total marks 100, which will be divided into 2 and used towards your final grade).
? Abstract (5%)
? Introduction (20%)
? Materials and Methods (15%)
? Results and discussion (25%)
? Conclusion (15%)
? Presentation and formatting (20%)
? You are expected to make reference to a wide range of academic sources and organise these using the Harvard Referencing system
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? Please note that all feedback will be subject to ratification at the validating University Subject Board,and all assessment may be subjected to a viva voce.
You will be notified of the outcome of your assignment within 3 working weeks after the submission deadline,not including college holidays of bank holiday.
Interpreting current research to design scientific experiments
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? Plan and carry out an experiment that addresses a scientific question
? Present a report summarising the experiment In addition to the above, for a student to achieve 40 – 49%, they must:
? Submit a report with information under each section
? The experiment has been planned and carried out In addition to the above, for a student to achieve 50 – 59%, they must:
? Report is written coherently, in scientific manner
? Previous scientific studies have been considered when writing the report
? Carry out the experiment in a scientific fashion In addition to the above, for a student to achieve 60 – 69%, they must:
? Evidence of further reading apparent on reading the report
? Carry out the experiment in a scientific fashion, with careful consideration of variables and controls In addition to the above, for a student to achieve 70%+, they must:
? Report written in a highly scientific way, with clear evidence of extensive further reading
? Experiment carried out in a highly scientific fashion, with extremely thorough consideration of all possible variables and controls.