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SDME Resource Booklet

Year 11, here are the powerpoints from the lesson.

It is worth looking through these while you revise using your resource booklets.


When you are looking at a resource, try to play ‘guess the examiner’ – try to think what question you could be asked about each one.

e.g. for Resource 1 (Trends in tourism graph)

The examiner could ask you to describe + explain the trend shown in the graph.

You can use this link to access the Resource Booklet online if you need to:


OCR B Geography SDME exam Resource Booklet


If the question asks you to use a resource you MUST use facts / data/ evidence from that resource in your answer to get full marks!


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So, the SDME exam is nearly here ……….. 20th January!

By now you should be confident with the resource booklet, you should know the resources inside and out. We have done lots of practice questions and played ‘guess the exam question’ so you should be well aware of what to expect in the exam.

Remember, the most important section is the Decision Making Essay at the end. This is worth 16marks and will be level marked (Level 1-4). This essay will have a big impact on your overall grade.

Below are some of the comments that the examiner has made the essay. The examiner states that a good essay will:

link a range of ideas together and explain these
– consider different points of view (e.g. government, local resident, tourist, environmentalist)
use your own words, not copying from resource
– use own knowledge – refer to case studies (e.g. Maldives, Thailand, Yosemite, Machu Picchu) to support your answer
– consider the consequences, ‘so what’

– show an understanding of sustainability (a balance of social, economic and environmental benefits to bring long term sustainability)

We suggest spending 30mins on the essay.


As far as the level marking of the essay goes, the key message is that:

Level 1 – is for directly copying from the resource
Level 2 – Is for linking simple ideas from the resource together, explaining them
Level 3 – Is for showing an UNDERSTANDING of sustainability – not just saying ‘this is sustainable’ but ‘this is economically sustainable because….’ (remember, you should be able to differentiate between different strands of sustainability – economic, social, environmental)
Level 4 – (Higher tier only) Is for consistently linking ideas together and linking them to sustainable development.

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SDME : Tourism

Tourism is a tertiary industry in which services are provided. It is one of the biggest industries in the world, providing  jobs to millions of people directly or indirectly (the multiplier effect).

The industry depends on people and governments having disposable money to spend. Tourism has grown rapidly in the last 50 years, it is an important part of the economy in MEDCs and for many LEDCs, and the industry has enabled rapid economic development.

Why has the tourist industry grown so rapidly?
1. People have more disposable income (for various reasons, e.g. dual income families, wage increases, cost of living changing, etc. .)
2. Falling prices and the development of budget airlines – e.g. Ryanair, Easyjet, etc. – therefore holidays are more affordable
3. People have more leisure time (paid holidays)
4. Technology – e.g. commercial air travel improvements has made flights quicker & can travel further, & the internet enables online booking

Although tourism brings many advantages to a country, it also brings disadvantages.

For the OCR B course you need to learn 2 case studies of tourism. We are looking at:
1. Tourism in an LEDC – Thailand
2. Tourism in an MEDC – USA, national parks

We will also study other areas, e.g. tourism in the Lake District, UK and in Kenya.

For each case study you need to learn:
1. Why do tourists visit the destination – human and physical attractions?
2. What are the positive and negative impacts of tourism? (social, economic, environmental) (short & long term)
3. What management techniques can be used to make tourism in the destination more sustainable?


The key aspect is SUSTAINABILITY – so think about this.

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SDME exam: Tourism

Year 11.

Your January exam is on the 20th January 2011.

It is out of 40marks and worth 25% of your final grade.

The topic is on TOURISM – remember the focus is still on making sustainable decisions.

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SDME : mock exam prep

For you in Year 11, these are the powerpoints from your prep lessons on the SDME (Sustainable Decision Making Exercise) exam.

Remember, the focus of the exam is on making sustainable decisions. You will need to be able to justify your decisions. Link to sustainability (social/ economic sustainability as well as environmental).

Most of the information you need is in the resource booklets you are given…. so use the resources!

Finally, try to remember at all times to PROVE IT!

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