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Materials collection and online submission — Stage 2 investigations
Information sheet 51

Advice for schools about: preparation, packaging, and collection of student materials for Stage 2 subjects that have an investigation as the externally assessed component, and online submission of student investigations for marking.

In 2018 student investigations for some Stage 2 subjects will be submitted in Schools Online.

Stage 2 subjects for which investigation materials are submitted in hard copy are collected from schools by the SACE Board courier.

Marking

External assessment components other than performances and examinations are categorised as ‘investigations’ for operational purposes (see Information sheet 53).

Investigations are assessed by teachers and also by external markers, who are appointed by the SACE Board, with reference to the performance standards for the relevant subject.

For each Stage 2 subject that has an investigation as the external assessment component, the investigation is submitted to the SACE Board for external marking after it has been marked by the teacher.

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Preparation and collection of hard copy materials

The following instructions are provided for subjects with hard copy materials that are collected from schools by the SACE Board courier for marking.

The SACE Board provides class envelopes for submitting investigations.

The teacher assesses each student’s investigation and then submits all investigations for the class to the SACE Board for external assessment. For information regarding the submission of Stage 2 investigation results sheets in Schools online, see Information sheet 53.

Subject-specific packaging instructions and a link to external assessment cover sheets are available in the operational information for each subject.

The assessed student work and a completed Stage 2 investigation packing checklist, which is available in Schools Online, should be submitted using the class envelope provided by the SACE Board. For information regarding the Stage 2 investigation packing checklist, see Information sheet 53.

Notes

  • When submitting the results sheet to the principal or the principal’s delegate, teachers will be prompted to print the Stage 2 packing checklist.
  • The investigation, if written, must be submitted on white A4 paper. It must be stapled at the top left-hand corner. It may be handwritten or word-processed.
  • Teachers should attach the external assessment cover sheet for the relevant subject.
  • The school number and students’ SACE registration numbers must be used instead of school and student names.
  • Each page must include the SACE registration number.
  • Materials should be in a format that is accessible during external assessment. If materials are presented in electronic form, a separate CD-R, DVD–/+R, or USB drive must be used for each. See Preparation of non-written materials and Submission of electronic files by courier.
  • Teachers must not put any comments, ticks, corrections, or results information on students’ work. Teachers of all subjects except Community Studies should refer to the conversion table on the investigation results sheet in Schools Online and assign a mark out of 30, based on the relevant specific features. Teachers of Community Studies submit a grade.
  • Teachers are required to access investigation results sheets in Schools Online. Refer to Information sheet 53 for details on completing results sheets.
  • The teacher’s result must not be revealed to the student.
  • Requests for changes to results sheets that have been submitted to the SACE Board will be approved by the Executive Manager, Curriculum and Assessment only in exceptional circumstances. Changes may require additional marking. Any costs incurred for additional marking may be passed on to the school.
  • For student work that will not be available by the submission date because of exceptional circumstances, Form 31 must be submitted to the SACE Board before the collection dates.

Investigations for subjects that are submitted in hard copy are collected from schools by the SACE Board courier in three rounds — Round 1, Round 2, and Round 3. To support students and teachers to manage the workload, schools may develop policies and set due dates in accordance with SACE Board policy.

Class envelopes containing investigations will be collected from schools according to the following timetable. SACE coordinators should ensure that materials are available for collection by the SACE Board courier early on the dates listed below:

Courier collection dates for hard copy submissions

  • Subjects scheduled for Round 1 — Wednesday 26 September
  • Subjects scheduled for Round 2 — Friday 26 October
  • Subjects scheduled for Round 3 — Friday 2 November

The investigation materials for the following Stage 2 subjects will be submitted to the SACE Board in hard copy in 2018. Investigations for these subjects are collected from schools by the SACE Board courier. Details of courier arrangements will be sent to schools at the appropriate time.

Aboriginal Studies Acknowledgment
Agricultural Production Production investigation
Agricultural Systems Experimental investigation
Child Studies Investigation
Composing and Arranging Major work
Creative Arts Practical skills
Design and Technology (all subjects) Folio
Earth and Environmental Science Earth systems study
Food and Hospitality Investigation
Information Processing and Publishing Product and documentation
Integrated Learning Personal endeavour
Language and Culture Investigation
Music Individual Study Report
Nutrition (10-credit) Issues investigation
Outdoor Education Investigation
Psychology (10-credit subject) Individual investigation
Scientific Studies Practical investigation
Society and Culture Investigation
Visual Arts — Art Visual study
Visual Arts — Design Visual study
Women’s Studies Issues analysis

Note

External materials for the review and the the evaluation for Research Project A and Research Project B (results due June) are submitted online in 2018.

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Online submission

See subjects for online submission for information about online submission of investigations, including file naming, file format, FAQs, and training videos.

In 2018 investigation materials for the following subjects must be submitted for online marking using Stage 2 investigations online results sheets in Schools Online.

Ancient Studies
Australian Languages (all subjects)
Business and Enterprise
Community Studies A
Community Studies B
Cross-disciplinary Studies
English
English Literary Studies
Essential English
Health
Media Studies
Music Technology
Philosophy
Religion Studies
Research Project A
Research Project B
Workplace Practices
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Round 1

Investigation materials for those Round 1 subjects marked with an asterisk* should be submitted online in 2018. These materials will not be collected by the courier.

Subject Assessment type
Aboriginal Studies Acknowledgment
Agricultural Production Production investigation
Agricultural Systems Experimental investigation
*Ancient Studies Inquiry
Child Studies Investigation
*English Comparative analysis
*English Literary Studies Comparative text study
Food and Hospitality Investigation
*Health Investigation
*Media Studies Investigation
*Philosophy Issues study
*Religion Studies Investigation
Scientific Studies Practical investigation
Society and Culture Investigation
Visual Arts — Art Visual study
Visual Arts — Design Visual study
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Round 2

Investigation materials for those Round 2 subjects marked with an asterisk* should be submitted online in 2018. These materials will not be collected by the courier.

Subject Assessment type
*Business and Enterprise (10-credit subject) Issues study
*Business and Enterprise (20-credit subject) Report
Design and Technology Folio
Earth and Environmental Science Earth systems study
*Essential English Language study
Information Processing and Publishing Product and documentation
Integrated Learning Personal endeavour
Language and Culture Investigation
Outdoor Education Investigation
Women’s Studies Issues analysis
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Round 3

Investigation materials for those Round 3 subjects marked with an asterisk* should be submitted online in 2018. These materials will not be collected by the courier.

Subject Assessment type
*Australian Languages (all subjects) Issues study
*Community Studies A Reflection
*Community Studies B Community application activity
Composing and Arranging Major work
Creative Arts Practical skills
*Cross-disciplinary Studies Analysis
Music Individual Study Report
*Music Technology Major project
Nutrition (10-credit subject) Issues investigation
Psychology (10-credit subject) Individual investigation
*Research Project A Review
*Research Project B Evaluation
*Workplace Practices Investigation
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Supervision and verification

For student work that cannot be verified, or for which plagiarism has been identified in the final work, Form 2 (Breach of rules) must be submitted to the SACE Board, together with supporting evidence and a recommendation from the teacher, principal, or principal’s delegate for a penalty.

The teacher should assess the student work at face value and not apply a penalty in the marking.

The result that is submitted on the results sheet for student work that is subject to a breach of rules investigation should reflect this standard of work (at face value). The SACE Board will investigate any breach of rules application that the school submits and apply a penalty if deemed appropriate.

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Forms

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