Online Subjects



PAMOJA COURSES

In addition to the subjects taught at ISL, students are able to choose online subjects with Pamoja as part of their Diploma. Pamoja is the only IB-approved online course provider. Pamoja online courses are scheduled as part of the ISL Diploma timetable and the Pamoja teachers regularly liaise with the IBDP Coordinator.

In virtual classes of between 15 and 25 students from all over the world, Pamoja online teachers introduce weekly lessons, guide discussion and provide feedback to promote lifelong learning habits. Teachers instruct students using written explanations, screencasts and live sessions, as well as engaging in group and private discussions. Forums and blogs encourage students to reflect on their learning. Online resources support students and news feeds contextualise subjects within current events.

Our online teachers are always available to help if students have questions. Trained Site-Based Coordinators at the school provide extra face-to-face guidance. This is why our online students feel just as supported as traditional classroom students.

Currently, a number of ISL IBDP students are taking Information Technology in a Global Society (SL and HL) or Psychology (SL and HL) online as their Group 3 or Group 6 subject. Click on the + icons to view more information.
 
 

Information Technology in a Global Society

ITGS focuses on the study and evaluation of the impact of information technology on individuals and society. It explores the advantages and disadvantages of the use of digitized information at the local and global level. ITGS offers an opportunity for a systematic study of the social and ethical issues that shape our society today.

Students at SL and HL are presented with a syllabus that has a common core consisting of 3 strands, social and ethical significance, application to specified scenarios and IT systems. HL students also study the HL extension of 2 additional topics, IT systems in organisations and robotics and artificial intelligence and expert systems.

The 3 strands in the IB Information Technology in a Global Society curriculum are as follows:

Strand 1: Social and ethical considerations linked to specified IT developments.

Reliability and integrity, security, privacy and anonymity, intellectual property, authenticity., the digital divide and equality of access, surveillance, globalization and cultural diversity, policies, standards and protocols, people and machines and digital citizenship.
Strand 2: Scenarios based on real-life situations must be used when addressing specified IT developments in the areas Business and Employment , Health, Education and Training, Home Leisure, Environment and Politics and Government.
Strand 3: The terminology, concepts and tools relating to specified IT developments. 9 topics are studied, Hardware, Software, Networks, Internet, Personal and public communications , Multimedia/digital media , Databases, Spreadsheets, modeling and simulations and an Introduction to project management.
 

Assessment

Assessment for the Information Technology in a Global Society course is as follows:

Assessment DescriptionValue
SL and HL Paper 1
Online Assessment
SL : 5 structured questions that asses in an integrated way the three strands of the syllabus.answer/structured questions (25 marks).
HL : 5 structured questions from three sections that assess in an integrated what the three strands of the syllabus.
SL and HL Paper 2
Online Assessment
1 unseen article that students must write a response to.
HL Paper 3
Online Assessment
4 questions based on a pre-seen case study.
Internal Assessment
SL and HL complete a Project.SL (30%)
HL (25%)
 
 

Psychology

The DP Psychology course is designed to allow for in-depth analysis, evaluation and consolidation of learning. The overall aim of the course is to provide students with a deeper understanding of the nature and scope of psychology. The course is delivered in a way that is most relevant to students’ interests and is taught in an integrated way, as the different parts of the syllabus complement each other. This will allow students to make comparisons and evaluate different psychological theories and arguments.

Course Outline

The structure of the Psychology course is as follows :

Part 1
SL and HL
The biological level of analysis, the cognitive level of analysis and the sociocultural level of analysis.
Part 2
SL and HL
Abnormal psychology, developmental psychology, health psychology, psychology of human relationships and sport psychology.
Part 3
HL only
Qualitative research methodology.
Part 4
SL and HL
Simple experimental study, introduction to experimental research methodology.
 

Assessment

The assessment for the Psychology course is as follows:

Assessment DescriptionValue
SL and HL
Paper 1
Section A: 3 compulsory questions on part 1 of the syllabus.
Section B: 3 questions on part 1 of the syllabus. Students choose one question to answer in essay form.
SL (50%)
HL (35%)
SL and HL
Paper 2
15 questions on part 2 of the syllabus. Students choose one question to answer in essay form.SL (25%)
HL (25%)
HL
Paper 3
3 compulsory questions based on an unseen text, covering part 3 of the syllabus.HL (20%)
Internal Assessment A report of a simple experimental study conducted by the student.SL (25%)
HL (20%)