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Common mistakes in Design and Planning sections Saturday, 15 November 2008

Posted by magicpockets in myp comp apps 10, myp comp apps 9, myp comp studies g1, myp comp studies g2.
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After collecting and commenting on the student work recently, there were a variety of problems that cropped up fairly regularly.

Design issues

A large proportion of the projects were missing important elements critical to achieving the higher levels of the criteria. Specifically, it is recommended that all of you check on the following:

  • Improve the quality of the sketches and screen snapshots for EACH of the possible modes – include details about functions, colours, fonts, layout, etc. (Your basic requirement is to offer the impression that you have seriously considered using all of the possible modes and chosen one mode for a logical reason). When you make sketches, use a ruler and make them look as good as possible rather than messy and incomprehensible.
  • Improve the way you display each modes relationship to the design specs – a good way to do this is to build a simple table that has specs on one axis and the modes on the other. Then, simply check off the negatives and positives of each possible approach. (Please note,however, that just because one mode satisfies all the requirements of the design specs doesn’t necessarily make it the best choice. In some cases, there may be factors that render the mode unusable. Eg. Too expensive, etc)
  • Improve the detail of your justification of one mode over the others. Offer clear examples that show you have put some strong thought into this process.

Planning section

Many projects had weak planning sections. Specific issues were as follows:

  • The resource lists were lacking detail or missing completely! A good resource list should clearly display all materials used in the project and also explain why / how they will be used. Eg. It is not suitable to say “I will use a computer” as not all computers (hardware/software) have the same capabilities. It would be better to offer a bit more information, such as the clock speed, size of hard drive, multimedia capabilities (i.e. dvd player / burner, etc) that suggests you have assessed the hardware requirements to make a good product.
  • The Gantt charts were missing key elements; try to add a minimum of at least three sub-categories for each criteria listed, and underneath the Gantt chart, offer a brief but focused analysis of why you have allowed a specific amount of time to complete each criteria required.
  • Try to evaluate your plan carefully and add a section that explains your modifications (changes that occur after you realize that your plan might need to be improved) and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your plan (called Evaluating the plan in MYP speak)

Hope this helps a bit!

Check the rest of the “common mistakes” entries under this tag: mistakes