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Personal Project 2017/18: Report

Report structure

  • Use the material from your Process Journal to write your report
  • The report must be broken into 4 identifiable sections:
    • Investigating
    • Planning
    • Taking Action and
    • Reflection
  • These sections will become your 4 main headings
  • Under each heading divide your report further into the sub-sections as seen in the four criteria boxes below
  • For example:
    • Investigating
      • Goal and Global Context
      • Prior Learning and subject-specific knowledge
      • Research skills
  • Make sure you provide a copy of your draft report to your supervisor to read and give feedback to you at least two weeks before it is due.

Order of the report:

1. Cover sheet - includes name, project title, length, school name, year and word count (use the template provided on this page)
2. Academic Honesty Form - completed and signed by you and your supervisor (both sides)
3. Table of Contents page - all sections and sub-sections must be listed with their corresponding page numbers and all pages in the report must be numbered

4. Body of the report - arranged in sections and sub-sections

5. Appendices - these are short sections from your process journal that exemplify the knowledge, processes and skills you developed through the project. You cannot submit any more than 10 A4 pages. You must identify them by a letter or number e.g. Appendix A or Appendix 1. Arrange the appendices according to the order in which you refer to the appendices in the report. Anything you include as an appendix must be referred to in the body of your report.  

6. Evidence of your product/outcome. You need to include evidence of the product or outcome. You need to identify (and include as an appendix in your project report) an extract from your product/outcome that does not exceed these limits: 5 still images presented in a single PDF, 30 seconds of audio/video, or 1 A4 page of text. This evidence is in addition to your 10 appendices demonstrating evidence of your ATL skills.

7. Bibliography - use Cite This For Me and use the Harvard style (consult Learning Commons staff for assistance)

Checklist: Criterion A: Investigating

Section 1 – Criterion A: Investigating

This is your introduction. You started the project by investigating, but you may have followed the inquiry cycle (inquiry, action, reflection) more than once in order to strengthen, extend or refine your inquiry.

Define a clear goal and context for the project, based on personal interests

 

(develop a clear and highly challenging goal and global context for the project, based on personal interest)

 

In my report:

  • I give the precise meaning of the goal of my project; I explain ‘what I wanted to achieve; when, where, how and why I wanted to achieve it’.
  • I define the global context that applies best to my project and explain how it meaningfully relates to the global context
  • I describe what makes my project personal: the experiences, interests and ideas that make it important to me.
  • If I made changes to my goal during the project, I explain the changes and why I made them.
  • I justify why the goal is highly challenging to me.

Identify prior knowledge relevant to the project

 

(identify prior learning and subject- specific knowledge that is consistently highly relevant to the project)

  • I describe with appropriate detail what I already knew about this topic/project and the source of my knowledge.
  • I identify what I learned in MYP subject groups before the project started, and how this was helpful.

Demonstrate research skills

 

(demonstrate excellent research skills)

 

  • I outline the research skills I had when I started the project
  • I discuss the research skills I developed through the project.
  • I explain how I may have shared my research skills to help peers who needed more practice.
  • I discuss the extensive range of sources and variety of source types I used and provide evidence in the appendices.
  • I discuss how I evaluated sources for their reliability and relevance and include samples in the appendices
  • I have included evidence of appropriate and sophisticated research skills used effectively throughout the project
  • I have included a bibliography which is appropriate, consistent and used with sophistication in the project

Checklist: Criterion B: Planning

Section 2 – Criterion B - Planning

This includes all the work you did to plan and organise your project towards a product/outcome

Develop criteria for the product/outcome

 

(develop rigorous criteria for the product/outcome)

 

 

In my report:

  • I refer to the criteria I designed that clearly defines the specific characteristics of a high-quality product/outcome and evaluates the product accordingly
  • If I made changes to my criteria during the project, I explain the changes and why I made them.
  • I discuss how the criteria was explicitly informed by highly-relevant research and was justified, specific and multidimensional

Plan and record the development process of the project

 

(present a detailed and accurate plan and record of the development process of the project)

 

 

 

  • I provide evidence of my planning through timelines, milestones or other tools/strategies, including short and long-term goals.
  • I present clear records of adjustments to the project’s timeline
  • I present a comprehensive account of how the project progressed from start to finish and describe and justify the changes made.

Demonstrate self-management skills

 

(demonstrate excellent self-management skills)

 

  • I outline the self-management skills I had when I started the project
  • I discuss the self-management skills I developed through the project.
  • I explain how I may have shared my self-management skills to help peers who needed more practice.
  • I justify the strengths and limitations for effective and independent time and task management

Checklist: Criterion C: Taking Action

Section 3 – Criterion C – Taking Action

This is the main ‘doing’ part of your project – the action part of the inquiry cycle – where te product/outcome is developed and completed.

Create a product/outcome in response to the goal, context and criteria

 

(create an excellent product/outcome in response to the goal, global context and criteria)

 

 

 

In my report:

  • I discuss a high-quality product/highly successful outcome as the result of the process undertaken during the project.
  • I provide an analysis and evaluation of how I achieved the project’s goal and connected it with a global context, creating a product the comprehensively meets the criteria for its success.
  • I check that I have included evidence of my product to be submitted with my report (an image of product A4 within the body of my report)

Demonstrate thinking skills

 

(demonstrate excellent thinking skills)

 

 

 

 

  • I outline the thinking skills I had when I started the project
  • I discuss the thinking skills I developed through the project.
  • I explain how I may have shared my thinking skills to help peers who needed more practice.
  • I provide and analysis and evaluation of critical and creative thinking skills appropriate to the project.
  • I provide and analysis and evaluation of the transfer of learning from the research to generate new ideas or solve problems that help achieve the project’s goal

Demonstrate communication and social skills

 

(demonstrate excellent communication and social skills)

 

  • I outline the communication and social skills I had when I started the project
  • I discuss the communication and social skills I developed through the project.
  • I explain how I may have shared my communication and social skills to help peers who needed more practice.
  • I provide an analysis and evaluation of the valuable and ongoing essential interaction with those relevant to the project using a variety of appropriate modes of communication
  • I provide an analysis and evaluation of working effectively with others (if appropriate to the project)
  • I have consistently communicated in a clear, coherent and effective manner following the required structure.

Checklist: Criterion D: Reflecting

 

Section 4 – Criterion D: Reflecting

This is where you look back over the project and evaluate your development. You may have reflected during the process of the project and you can refer to this here too.

Evaluate the quality of the product/outcome against the criteria

 

(present an excellent evaluation of the quality of the product/success of the outcome against her criteria)

 

 

In my report:

  • I evaluate the quality of the product/outcome against the criteria I designed.
  • I analyse the strengths, weaknesses and possible improvements of the product/outcome.

Reflect on how completing the project has extended their knowledge and understanding of the topic and the global context

 

(present excellent reflection on how completing the project has extended her knowledge and understanding of the topic/inquiry and the global context)

 

  • I identify challenges and the solutions I developed to meet them
  • I demonstrate a deeper knowledge and understanding of my topic and my identified global context using meaningful examples, detailed descriptions and insightful explanations.
  • I base my reflection on evidence, including my process journal

Reflect on their development as IB learners through the project

 

(present excellent reflection on her development as an IB learner through the project)

 

  • I identify and evaluate how I have developed as a IB learner (using the IB learner profile as appropriate) using appropriate examples, detailed descriptions and insightful explanations.

 

Types of reports

You may choose to submit a report in the following ways. Choose which best suits you.

  • Written report: 1,500 - 3,500 words
  • Electronic: (website, blog, sideshow) 1,500 - 3,500 words
  • Oral: (podcast, radio broadcast, recorded) 13-15 minutes
  • Visual: (film) 13-15 minutes

Elements of the report

When submitting the report for assessment, students must include:

  • the personal project coversheet (link below)
  • the completed academic honesty form (link below)
  • process journal extracts (maximum of 10)
  • any supporting visual aids used during the presentation, if applicable
  • bibliography (Harvard style)

Acknowledgement

Material contained in this LibGuide has been sourced from the OCC (Online Curriculum Centre IBO)MYP Projects Guide 2016 and Yokohama International School Personal Project guide.