Nov. 28, 2011
Welcome to your Personal Project! You are about to embark onto a path of self discovery and learning.
What is the Personal Project?
Its an opportunity or you to investigate and focus on a theme, topic and/or issue and demonstrate the skills you have developed in approaches to learning.
What is it?
The project may take on many forms, anything from a mural to a written piece of work. It could be an invention, a developed business plan, anything your creativity can reach.
What are the rules?
• The project must reflect your personality.
• You must keep a journal of the process and progress of your project.
• Make the most of your supervision sessions.
• Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Please reference all the material used.
What structure must my project have?
The personal project has the following structure:
• Title page
• Table of contents
• Introduction: defining the goal. You should provide an outline of how you intend to reach the goal
• Description of the process: including steps, characteristics. This is what the journal is for!
• Analysis of the inspiration, research and influences guiding the work: analyse the the product in terms of the areas of interaction, the focus.
• Conclusion: reflect on the impact of your project, and the new perspectives that you’ve gained.
• Appendices, where appropriate.
How long does it have to be?
It varies. Essays must not exceed 4,000 words. Even if the project is not a piece of writing, a formal written presentation (with the above components) must be handed in.
There will also be a formal presentation to classmates and parents.
What do I need a journal for?
The process journal provides you with support. You should update it regularly, bring it to all meetings with your supervisor, records the progress honestly, put your thoughts, ideas, decisions, feelings and reflections into it. It may be used in the assessment of your project. (Assessment criteria G).
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed using the rubric in your Student handbook
What is my timeline?
Pick 3 possible topics for research 20th September
Establish plan to include:
o clear and achievable goal,
o justify and describe the chosen focus for the areas of interaction,
o describe the steps followed to achieve the goal 19th October
Collection of information and resources:
o Present at least 5 different type of sources: internet, interviews, books, encyclopedias, journals, newspapers, etc. Must include references!
o Choose techniques relevant to the goal 6th December
Carry out project 6th March
First draft of written work 10th April
Second and final draft of written work 22nd May
In between these deadlines you must program meetings with your supervisor. You have a total of 10 meetings available for help.
Congratulations and good luck!!
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