Internal Assessment

Providing an original solution for a client

Worth 30% for Standard Level, 20% for Higher Level . Broken down into 7 criterion which are awarded grades to total 30 marks. Internal assessment is an integral part of the course and is compulsory for both SL and HL students. It enables students to demonstrate the application of their skills and knowledge, and to pursue their personal interests, without the time limitations and other constraints that are associated with written examinations. The internal assessment should, as far as possible, be woven into normal classroom teaching over a period of time (30 hours class time recommended) and not be a short intensive activity in the course or after the course has been taught.

The internal assessment requirements at SL and at HL are the same. However, it contributes to a different percentage of the overall mark. Students are required to produce a project that consists of a cover page, the product (IT solution) and documentation (2000 words max). The focus of the ITGS project is on providing an original IT solution for a client. Marked by the teacher, and then externally moderated.

A - Initial Investigation

Initial investigation of the problem - 200-250 words of extended writing
Initial Consultation with the client - A written record of an interview either as a summary or transcript, a sound file, a video or an exchange of emails that may be supported by a questionnaire, providing evidence of the initial consultation with client. (doesnt affect word count)

B - Analysis

Requirements Specification - not counted towards word count. The specific performance criteria within the requirements specification will be used in Criterion F to evaluate the effectiveness of the product.
Justification of proposed solution - Extended writing of around 250-350 words.

C - Project Schedule

Project schedule form. May be presented in the form of a table. The project schedule must include the following.

  • Dates
  • Actions
  • Details
  • D - Product Design

    Product design form. Includes scanned sketches, lists or concise statements, table for assets and techniques and for test plan.

    There are four significant components to the product design.

  • Overall structure
  • Internal structure
  • List of resources
  • List of techniques
  • The following information should also be included as part of the product design.
  • Test plan
  • Agreement of client
  • E - Product Development

    The student must demonstrate the techniques, with screenshots, that were used to develop the IT solution identified in Criterion B for the client identified in Criterion A and explain why they have been used.

    An ITGS product is defined as one that includes at least three appropriate advanced techniques. The list of appropriate techniques (Guidance on the appropriateness and complexity of the IT solution) can be viewed here.

    F - Product Development

    The student must evaluate the effectiveness of the finished product, based on feedback from the client.

    This must include direct references to the specific performance criteria identified in the requirements specification as part of Criterion B. The student must recommend proposals for future improvements of the product.

    G - Required Elements

    This criterion assesses the extent to which the four formal requirements are met.

  • The content within the product is sufficient for an IT-literate third party to reliably evaluate its effectiveness and the product functions as required.
  • The prescribed cover page is used and functions as required.
  • Appropriate file names and folder structures are used throughout the project.
  • A screencast is included with the product.
  • Other Resources

    Paper 1

    Slightly different examinations for SL and HL, based on answering 20 mark questions on a selection of the course topics.

    Paper 2

    Exactly the same examination for SL and HL, based on answering questions on an unseen article.

    Paper 3

    For HL students only, answering questions on the pre-seen case study. This year is 'A Doll Called Alicia'.

    Extended Essay

    Details and recommendations for students considering writing their Extended Essay in ITGS.