Step 2 - Methodology & Data Collection...
Word Count - 300
Total Marks - 12/60
First Draft Deadline - Tuesday 15 June 2021
Remember, a lot of the marks in here are for the actions you took in the field and not for words. Did you collect enough data and plan your trip well AND is the data good quality?
You will have collected far more data than you are going to need for this piece of coursework. You need to use the methods and data generated that help you to answer your two hypotheses.
For example, if you chose the hypothesis - As we move downstream, the discharge of the river increases; you will need to use the the following methods:
* Cross sectional Area
* A worked out value for velocity for each study location.
Task 1 - Make a copy (screen shot) of the Google Map at the bottom of this page. Clearly annotate the six sites that we visited and collected data from. Now briefly explain why this river was chosen. Refer to:
a. Accessibility - Thinking about the coach and getting 24 students into the river channel.
b. Safety - Why go in May and not in February?
c. Time & Distance - Why a relatively small river? Why not the Garonne river from the Pyrenees to Atlantic Ocean?
Task 2 - For each method you are going to talk about, you will need to do the following:
a. List the equipment using the proper names.
b. Explain in bullet points how you went about collecting the data (step by step instructions).
c. Safety considerations
d. Use annotated photos of your group conducting the methods in the river (try not to identify any student & get permission first). Check the Academic folder on the school drive for photos organised by Study Location.
Task 3 - Recording & sharing of data
a. Now say that you worked in teams of 5 collecting data and recorded that in your data collection booklet.
b. Mention that you collated the data once back in school so we had a larger amount of data to work with.
c. Include a photo / scan of a page of your booklet showing an example of some data that has been entered.
See example available in class.
*Massive thanks to Richard Allaway and Ellena Mart over in Geneva for the use of their data collection tables. Much appreciated!