The assessment objectives listed below reflect those parts of the Aims which will be assessed.
A Knowledge with understanding
Students should be able to demonstrate knowledge with understanding in relation to:
- scientific phenomena, facts, laws, definitions, concepts, theories
- scientific vocabulary, terminology, conventions (including symbols, quantities and units)
- scientific instruments and apparatus, including techniques of operation and aspects of safety
- scientific quantities and their determination
- scientific and technological applications with their social, economic and environmental implications.
The Syllabus Content defines the factual knowledge that candidates may be required to recall and explain. Questions testing these objectives will often begin with one of the following words: define, state, describe, explain or outline. (See the Glossary of Terms)
B Handling, applying and evaluating information
Students should be able, in words or by using symbolic, graphical and numerical forms of presentation
- locate, select, organise and present information from a variety of sources
- handle information, distinguishing the relevant from the extraneous
- manipulate numerical and other data and translate information from one form to another
- analyse and evaluate information so as to identify patterns, report trends and conclusions, and draw inferences
- present reasoned explanations for phenomena, patterns and relationships
- apply knowledge, including principles, to novel situations
- bring together knowledge, principles, concepts and skills from different areas of chemistry, and apply them in a particular context
- evaluate information and hypotheses
- construct arguments to support hypotheses or to justify a course of action
- demonstrate an awareness of the limitations of Chemistry theories and models.
These Assessment Objectives cannot be precisely specified in the syllabus content because questions testing such skills may be based on information which is unfamiliar to the candidate. In answering such questions, candidates are required to use principles and concepts that are within the syllabus and apply them in a logical, reasoned or deductive manner to a novel situation. Questions testing these objectives will often begin with one of the following words: predict, suggest, construct, calculate or determine (see the Glossary of Terms).