Guidelines for marking KCQs (out of 2 marks)
Here are the guidelines on what we look for at each marking level (when the KCQs are marked out of 4):
2 Communicate personally significant insights and engagement with the material
1.75 Communicate well your understanding and developing insights into some of the key concepts. Also communicate well your opinions and responses to some of the key concepts, supporting your reactions with evidence from your own prior knowledge and previous experience and of others in the unit
1.5 Communicate your understanding of some of the key concepts in your own words. Communicate your opinions and reactions to some of the key concepts, with some support and evidence from your prior knowledge and previous experience
1.25 Describe some of the key concepts in your own words. Communicate your opinions and responses to some of the key concepts, with limited support from your prior knowledge and previous experience
1 Simply summarise most of the material
0-0.5 Incomplete in significant respects
Tips from Martin
Here are a few thoughts on writing your Key Concepts and Questions (KCQs).
Describe carefully in your own words your understanding of a key concept.
Then communicate to me your response or reaction to this key concept. Do you agree or disagree with this concept, and why? Are you surprised, confused, interested, bored or challenged by this concept, and why? Support your responses and reactions with evidence and reasons from your prior knowledge and previous experience.
Also, if you have any new flashes of fresh insights (those ‘ah-haha!’ moments) then make sure you also include these.
Also include any questions you have; or aspects you still find confusing.
Here is a post from Dani Bradley (Cairns), a past student:
“I’ve seen a few people struggling with writing their KCQ’s for the study guide readings so I thought I would write out how I conquer the KCQ’s.