Extended essay

Students completing the IB Diploma are required to completd the Extended Essay as part of the Diploma core. You may elect to do your Extended Essay for Computer Science if you wish (subject to supervision capabilities).

Recommendations for topic selection

Examples of bad topics


Machine learning based topics

Certainly the flavour of the month. Be aware that means the markers will receive lots of them, so yours needs to be good to stand out from the crowd. What could you do? Some aspects of ML you could use to narrow your EE:

Timeline Expectations

These timelines are currently based on the deadlines applicable to ISL. They require updating prior to being applicable for Sha Tin.

These are the completion expectations I apply to students who wish to do their EE in Computer Science. Computer Science expectations for Extended Essays

Pre-meeting in early March

Late March meeting

Deadline: 28 March 2018

May deadline

  1. Background research finished
    • except where new research is required to explain the programming results (ie: the primary research)
  2. Program finished
    • though data collection could be ongoing - project dependant and requires pre-approval
  3. Need to be able to start writing up results of the primary research (program) and secondary research after this date.

Submit your draft EE and notes as they currently stand.

Deadline: 16 May 2018

June meeting

Deadline: 20 June 2018

August deadline

Deadline: 24 August 2018

October deadline

Deadline: 1 October 2018

Post-Biarritz viva voce

Deadline: 17 October 2018

Experiment structure

Be guided by the traditional structure for a science experiment: