CHECKLIST

  • You have at explained at least 2 POSITIVE impacts
    • WHY/HOW the impact occurred
  • You have at explained at least 2 NEGATIVE impacts
    • WHY/HOW the impact occurred
  • You have EVIDENCE for each impact
  • You have ANALYZED your impacts
    • You have used a variety of ANALYSIS words (Advice for Writing Papers)
    • You may use a separate paragraph (BETTER) or you can present your analysis along the way (BE SURE TO MAKE CONNECTIONS BETWEEN ARGUMENTS
  • You have a final paragraph for EVALUATION
  • You have STATED a PROBLEM in your evaluation
  • The word count should be about 350 words
  • To receive a high level for Criterion F
    • You should have 3 to 4 good pieces of evidence/research
    • You should present examples that are extended and relevant
    • Relevant means stay within the AREA of IMPACT and the context of the initial news item


The first 4 paragraphs should be an explanation of the impact of the issue and should examine 4 impacts on a range of stakeholders.
Explanation of the impacts requires the student to present descriptions of the impacts with reasons why/how the impact occurred. (Pg 54). The expectation is that each impact should have a citation as the higher levels require supporting research, and that there should be a balance and range of impacts, at least 4.

Example of impacts may include: economic, political, cultural, legal, environmental, ergonomic, health and psychological.

Stakeholders may be individuals, institutions, societies who initiate and control the IT developments and are affected by them.
You should also look at a variety of stakeholders - the issue may have a positive impact for some whereas it may have a negative impact on others.

You should aim for 2 positive and 2 negative impacts. A positive impact may examine the positive consequences of the use of IT system. This would help balance some of the negative impact(s) as presented in A.

So for example, your paragraphs may be arranged as follows:

Paragraph 1: Discussion of POSITIVE impact on a stakeholder group. For example you may look at some of the positive benefits of using the IT system which would help balance some of the negative impact as presented in A.

Paragraph 2: Discussion of POSITIVE impact on a different STAKEHOLDER group.

Paragraph 3: Discussion of NEGATIVE impact in a specific STAKEHOLDER.

Paragraph 4: Discussion of NEGATIVE impact in a different STAKEHOLDER.

    • The issue may lead to an impact, for example, economic, which may be positive for some stakeholders, in that they may make money, and negative for other stakeholders, in that they may lose money as a result of the issue. This would be TWO paragraphs/impacts.
    • For each impact, you MUST provide research/evidence to support your claim. Examples are encouraged. You will not be able to receive any more than a level 3 UNLESS you use at least 2 (but aim for 3 to 4) pieces of evidence.

For paragraphs 5 and 6, you must demonstrate two higher level thinking skills – analysis and evaluation. We want your ideas and opinions based on your presentation of impacts. Using cited research in analyses and evaluations must not be a substitute for your own ideas. Therefore don't present any evidence in either of these paragraphs.

Paragraph 5: ANALYSIS. This should be a sentence or two analysing the comparative importance of and relationship between a significant number of the impacts, e.g. most important, worst, effect on each other. The analysis must be in your own words. A number of short analytical comments spread amongst the explanations would usually not be enough to award the higher level marks.

Paragraph 6: EVALUATION and identification of the PROBLEM. The evaluation requires a weighing up (‘overall’) so there must be a balanced presentation of the impacts in paragraphs 1 - 4. The student must identify at least one problem arising from the issue. The negative impacts usually supply the problem.


Do you have enough analysis?

One hint is the extent to which the following words and phrases appear in your paper:


Although
Accordingly
As
As a result
Because
But
Consequently
Despite
Even if
Even though
Furthermore
Hence
however (should not be the first word in the sentence)
In addition
In particular
In spite of
Moreover
Nevertheless
Notwithstanding
Question
Rather
Reason
Regardless of
Since
So
The fact that
Therefore
Thus
While
Yet