Skill 7: Direct / Indirect - What will we cover?
Direct / Indirect / Implied (Marking Tool)
Think of the markplan as a buried treasure, and your case study as the map you've been given. Most students leave a lot of gold lying around!
In order to get to the treasure, you need to follow clues and directions on the map. Some of these clues will be directly on the map. Some of the clues need to be interpreted, and some of them are really complex, and unless you 'know' to look for it, you'd never see them!
- Marks that are allocated for points mentioned in the case study are 'direct' marks.
- Marks allocated for you to simply discuss and apply / interpret the 'direct' marks, are 'indirect' marks
- Marks allocated for stuff that you had to know about in order to see, where you need to combine two or three components, look at it a different way etc, these are 'implied' marks
When you're assessing your ability to answer questions, it's incredibly important to identify whether you were able to actually spot all the direct marks from the case study. This is a great way to assess whether you're able to spot all the clues on your map, or whether there are some 'obvious' clues that you're not spotting.
The bulk of the marks in questions are allocated to direct and indirect points. This means we need to make sure that the case study gives up it's clues!
This isn't quite the same as the BMCR, because we're not talking about the level of difficulty, or what you do and don't 'know'. We're talking here about whether the case study contains enough clues for you to pass, and whether you're able to spot those clues.
I'm going to give you a specific methodology to assess the markplan and your marks