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Transcript Unit Assessment

Introducing Unit Specifications and
Unit Assessment Support Packs
National 5 and Higher
Unit Assessment
 Assessments can be designed to provide evidence
across more than one Unit or Outcome – combined
 Flexible and open Evidence Requirements in Units
 Greater range of techniques and methodologies for
assessment – encouraged through Unit assessment
support packages
 More opportunities to gather naturally occurring
evidence – assessment as part of learning and
Key points:
 standards remain the same
 feature updated approaches of two of the current
 have a hierarchical Unit structure that provide
progression from National 5 to Higher
 contexts of contemporary social issues and culture
and identity
 has personalisation and choice in the Social Issues
and Culture and Identity units
Unit Specifications
Evidence Requirements for this Unit:
 Assessors should use their professional judgement,
subject knowledge and experience, and understanding
of their learners, to determine the most appropriate ways
to generate evidence and the conditions and contexts in
which they are used.
 Evidence should be gathered in combination with other
Outcomes where possible, either from this Unit or in
combination with the Outcomes from the other two Units.
Evidence may also be gathered for individual Outcomes
where appropriate.
Unit Assessment Support
Packages - purpose
UASPs can be used to:
• Assess your candidates
• Adapt for your own assessment programmes
• Help you develop your own assessments
UASPs – key features
 Valid from August 2013
 Designed to encourage professional judgement
 Provide broad-based tasks – allow assessors to
choose appropriate context and forms of evidence
 Show range of approaches to generating assessment
 Give information on the type of evidence which
could be gathered and how this is to be judged
against Assessment Standards
Sociology UASPs
Package 1
 Unit by Unit approach - N5 and Higher
Package 2
 Portfolio - N5 and Higher
Package 3
 Combined across Units - N5 and Higher
N5 Internal Assessment of
Course Components
 Controlled assessment is SQA’s approach to
developing assessments (setting), the conditions
of assessment (conducting), and marking
assessments (marking).
 SQA is introducing controlled assessment for
non-question paper components of the Added
Value Unit and new National Courses at
National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher.
N5 Assignment
Controlled assessment
This assignment is:
set by centres within SQA guidelines
conducted under a high degree of supervision
and control
Evidence will be externally marked by SQA.
Marking will be quality assured by SQA.
Moving on
 Workshop 1 and 2 will give you the opportunity
to look at the Unit Specifications and Unit
Assessment Support Packages in detail.
Unit Structure
National 5
Culture and Identity
Culture and Identity
Human Society
Human Society
Social Issues
Social Issues
‘As you know, there are known
knowns. There are things we
know we know. We also know
there are known unknowns. That
is to say we know there are some
things we do not know. But there
are also unknown unknowns, the
ones we don’t know we don’t
Donald Rumsfeld – 12/2/02 US Defence
Secretary and lesser known philosopher…
Known Knowns
Unit Specifications:
Human Society
Outcome 1
Explain the sociological approach to understanding society
1.1 Distinguishing between common-sense and sociological
explanations of social behaviour
1.2 Describing basic features and one advantage and one
disadvantage of two different research methods than tend to
generate quantitative data
1.3 Describing basic features and one advantage and one
disadvantage of two different research methods than tend to
generate qualitative data
1.4 Selecting research methods favoured by sociologists that
adopt structural and action perspectives
Unit Specifications:
Human Society
Outcome 2
Explain relationships between individuals, groups and
institutions by:
2.1 Explaining the structural perspective, using the concept of
2.2 Explaining the action perspective, using the concept of social
2.3 Describing two differences between structural and action
Unit Specifications:
Social Issues
Outcome 1
Explain social issues by:
1.1 Describing a contemporary social issue with reference to
evidence from different sources
1.2 Explaining the social issue using sociological theories, one of
which takes a structural perspective
1.3 Describing one similarity and two differences in how the
theories explain the chosen social issue
Unit Specifications:
Social Issues
Outcome 2
Apply research evidence to gain a sociological understanding
of social issues by:
2.1 Explaining the role of research evidence in sociology
2.2 Interpreting research evidence and using the interpretation to
support sociological explanations of a contemporary social issue
Social Issues
 Social Inequality
 Differential Educational
These units are great for
discussing good and bad sources
Finding Sources
 http://youtu.be/VGy-FfOC1ms
Ben Goldacre: Battling bad science: TED TALKS
 http://youtu.be/e26948i3hKI
Unit Specifications:
Culture and Identity
Outcome 1
Explain culture and identity by:
1.1 Describing the concepts of culture, sub-culture, identity and
1.2 Explaining the process of socialisation
1.3 Using evidence form a range of sources to investigate the
relationship between socialisation and identity
1.4 Giving an explanation of culture and identity that reflects
awareness of diversity
Key points
 Sub-cultures, British culture or cross cultures
 Identity and Primary and
Secondary socialisation
 Diversity
 Three sources
Ideas for sub-cultures: EMO’s
Travelling people