Yesterdays post introduced the concept of the command terms. It also briefly mentioned the ‘objectives’. The focus of my next few postings will be on the command terms but I thought it made sense to write a bit more about the objectives first.

So here we go ….

Objective 1 can be found on page 10 of the subject guide.

It is listed here:

” 1.  Demonstrate an understanding of:

a.       scientific facts and concepts

b.       scientific methods and techniques

c.       scientific methodology

d.       methods of presenting scientific data.”1

My take on this is that objective 1 is all about stating chemistry. There is not much understanding here. It is mainly concerned with the recall of factual information.

All three exam papers will assess objective 1 (but as we will see only paper 2 and 3 assess objective 3) and there is a table on page 13 & 14 of the subject guide that outline the % weighting of the objectives by paper. It is certainly worth looking at and thinking about.

The subject guide makes the identification of these objective very easy – the guide lists the ‘assessment statement’, ‘objective’ and ‘teachers notes’ all next to each other.

For example:

11.3.3 Assessment Statement: Determine best fit lines through data points on graphs

Objective: 1

Teachers notes: These can be curves or straight lines

Tomorrow, we will look at objective 2.