My Extended Project

Choosing a Topic

Introduction to the EPQ

4 November 2016

Have a look through the EPQ booklet; look at resources on sharepoint; complete personal audit; start to think about EPQ ideas

Brainstorm Ideas

11 November 2016 - 18 November 2016

Make mind maps of possible EPQ ideas- decide on a dissertation, event or artefact; decided on area of research (dissertation); come up with a title

Understand the Markscheme

18 November 2016 - 2 December 2016

Review some past EPQ's from previous Hills Road students and online examples; mainly look at exemplar projects i.e. those which got an A/A* to get an idea for standard of work, layout etc; read through the mark scheme and see where and how marks are gained to maximise number of marks awarded


Definitions and Log

9 December 2016

Come up with a list of definitions involving cryonics to prevent confusion of scientific terms (for personal use and so the EPQ assessor doesn't get confused)
Create an EPQ log (to be used throughout the entire project)

Initial Research

9 December 2016 - 16 December 2016

Get a basic understanding of what cryonics is

Christmas Holiday's

16 December 2016 - 6 January 2017

Scientific Research

6 January 2017 - 31 March 2017

Research the science behind the process, procedures and concepts behind cryonics. Use a range of sources i.e. websites (Alcor, Cryonic Institute and other reliable websites); scientific journals (use Science Reference Centre); articles (use Google Scholar and SRC (as above)). Ensure you have an extensive understanding of cryonics which will enable you to write at least 2500 words for the dissertation.

Familiarise yourself with EPQ

6 January 2017

Read through documents in EPQ folder on Sharepoint to familiarise yourself with your project after the Christmas holiday's

Easter Holiday's

31 March 2017 - 18 April 2017

Scientific Research

21 April 2017 - 12 May 2017

After familiarising yourself with your EPQ and the research you have carried out so far, continue with your scientific research as before. Start to note down any ethical/moral arguments you come across to set you in good stead for the ethics research (to be started after scientific research)

Exams, Exam Leave and Half Term

19 May 2017 - 2 June 2017

Ethical Research

9 June 2017 - 21 July 2017

Research the moral and ethical arguments for and against the use of cryonics. The article of the 14 year old British girl who wished to be cryogenically frozen can be used as a basis for ethical research (the very article article which inspired me to write about cryonics). Less time allocated to ethical research because concepts are less challenging than the scientific concepts involved in cryonics.

Summer Holiday's

20 July 2017 - 11 September 2017


Plan Dissertation

28 July 2017 - 2 August 2017

Write Dissertation

3 August 2017 - 12 August 2017

Check Dissertation

13 August 2017 - 15 August 2017


Plan Presentation

15 August 2017 - 17 August 2017

Final Checks

16 August 2017

Present Presentation at EP Marketplace

6 September 2017