Junior Cycle Engineering

This subject will provide students with an exciting opportunity to use many of the tools and machines within the workshop. The subject explores three main areas: Principles and Processes invloved in Engineering, Design and its application and Mechatronics. Principles and Processes will look at topics such as Safety, Bench work, Materials, Mechanisms and Structures, Drilling, Lathe work and Mechanical Joining. Within these topics students will encounter a variety of projects that will cater for a diverse range of skills within the class. A greater influence will also be placed on design allowing students to develop an engineering mindset, engineer effective solutions to problem and express their individual creativity through their project work. Mechatronics explores the world of controlling electronics and mechanisms with computer software. Over the course of Junior Cycle students will develop the necessary skills to fully design, programme and control their own projects.

website 1

The subject of Engineering has gained greater recognition in recent years and is actively promoted as a STEM subject with huge opportunities for career progression. This has resulted in more females taking up the subject in secondary school and third level education.

Capture 1

By the end of the 3 years students will have developed a level of expertise across both their practical work and their understanding of the theory related to Engineering. They will have participated in many projects that will develop their practical skills to a level where they have an opportunity to achieve a high grade at Junior Cycle Level. These projects will be scaffolded in such a manner that each project will ask a little more of the student, testing and developing their practical skills in the process.

 

Senior Cycle

The subject aims to develop students problem solving skills, develop their project management skills, instil them with critical thinking skills whilst making them think like an engineer as they focus on precision and accuracy in their project work. Many of the topics covered at Junior Cycle will be explored in greater detail over the course of the 2 years. A focus will also be placed on other topics such as manufacturing of plastics, pneumatics, welding and thermal equilibrium diagrams. Students will also have the opportunity to explore 3D printing, CNC control and laser cutting processes which form a part of the continuously evolving technology of modern society.

website 4

In fifth year a huge emphasis will be placed on theory in Engineering as the aim is to cover the majority of the of the course before sixth year. In sixth year students will focus on their design and make project. This project occurs each October and runs until late February. Students must fully investigate and research the project, plan and design the project, before manufacturing, assembling, wiring and finishing the project. 

An example of such project is shown below: 

"The Irish Coast Guard operates one of the world's most sophisticated Search and Rescue services. It directly manages and controls three marine rescue coordination centres, using a national paging and shipping monitoring network. Central to its Search and Rescue operations are Helicopters, the most modern of which is the Sikorsky S92. There are six located at four bases around Ireland. Each of the aircraft is fitted with a variable speed rescue winch/hoist, which allow rescue personnel to be lowered and raised safely to and from the rescue scene. The versatility of the aircraft is also enhanced by the fitting of an automated rear ramp. The ramp can be used for the deployment and recovery of personnel when the helicopter has landed on the ground. Design a model Search and Rescue Helicopter to the general specifications outlined below."

The Helicopter should be your own unique design and should:

(a) Have one sliding door;

(b) Incorporate an electric variable-speed winch/hoist;

(c) Include an automated rear ramp.

 

 

Future Career

Choosing this subject opens up a vast variety of future careers. A list of careers is outlined below.

  • Aerospace engineering
  • Agricultural engineering
  • Architectural engineering 
  • Bioengineering
  • Chemical engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Computer engineering
  • Electrical engineering and electronics engineering
  • Environmental engineering
  • Industrial engineering 
  • Materials engineering
  • Mechanical engineering 
  • Nuclear engineering
  • Petroleum engineering
  • Plastics engineering and polymer science 
  • Structural engineering
  • Systems engineering

However due to the practical nature of the subject it is very beneficial to students no matter what career path they choose in the future.

 

Junior Cert Science

The new Junior Cycle science course will be introduced in September 2016. New features of this course include learning outcomes across 5 main areas:

  • Nature of Science

  • Physical world

  • Chemical world

  • Biological world

  • Earth and space.

There is a new focus given to the Nature of science which aims to promote greater engagement and thinking about how science works; carrying out investigations, communicating in science, and the role and contribution of science and scientists to society. There are also new assessments which offer students a chance to demonstrate their achievement as creators of scientific research reports.

All students will be encouraged to participate in science competitions such as the ‘BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition’ and ‘Scifest’ to enhance their understanding of the Nature of Science.

 

Why study French?

French is a global language, it is spoken by over 200 million people worldwide in over 70 territories. At any one time there are over 49 million students studying French worldwide. It is recognised as the language of culture and the official language of the European Commission. In short, it is a language which provides huge opportunities for travel, work and cultural experience to every student. Employment opportunities for those who speak a second European language, particularly French, are vast and growing. Among Ireland’s largest single employers are companies such as Google, Ebay and Paypal who employ hundreds of French speakers each year at their European headquarters here. In addition to service based employment there are opportunities in education where French teachers are highly sought after and in short supply.

       Even for those who do not wish to pursue a language based career the study of a second language is regarded as very important by the majority of third level institutions and employers. Studying a second language such as French requires effort, participation and commitment and in return develops each student’s ability to communicate, cultural awareness and overall learning skills.

What will students learn?

French class is all about learning to communicate through French. At Junior Cycle students will learn to read, write, speak and understand spoken French focusing on topics such as family, hobbies, school, holidays and food. The teaching and learning strategy used in French class will be communicative, whereby students will learn the basic structures and vocabulary by engaging in communication activities and active group learning tasks. It is hoped to develop student’s cultural awareness and communication skills by twinning with a class of students in France with whom they will be able to converse and learn about life as a teenager in France.

At senior cycle students further expand their French language by learning a greater range of vocabulary but also learning to interpret and critically discuss current events and texts on topics such as news items, migration, education and healthcare. Students will engage in the study of French texts, film and song to enrich their understanding of spoken French and ability to speak French in preparation for the aural and oral examinations at leaving certificate.

Why study Business?

There are endless reasons why students will benefit from studying business at school. Ireland no longer has a manufacturing based economy and is now one of Europe’s leading capitals of commerce and trade of services, with this comes the need for highly educated business graduates. Even for those who do not wish to work in business or retail the study of basic bookkeeping, banking and business will always be useful as even the age-old occupation of farming now requires understanding of accounts, budgeting and the ability to maintain records.

What will students learn?

First year students of September 2016 will be the first year to take the new junior cycle business studies syllabus. During their studies at junior cycle students will focus on the areas of personal finance, enterprise and our economy. They will develop their understanding of being a consumer, banking, household budgeting and the world of business. The syllabus at junior cycle provides students with a comprehensive foundation for the pursuit of either Business studies or Accounting at senior cycle.

The subject of business is divided into Business Studies and Accounting which are individual subjects but most often students study both for leaving certificate. Business studies at senior cycle will focus to a greater extent on business structures, legislation and management. Accounting at senior cycle develops student’s ability to engage in more complex book keeping and financial recording for business most useful to those who wish to pursue accounting, finance or commerce at third level.

 

Student Enterprise

Well done to Allanah and Lucy who won third place in the Co Cavan Local Enterprise Board competition in March in the Slieve Russell. Coláiste Dún an Rí 's first trophy!

 student enterprise

Junior Cycle Graphics

In Junior Cycle Graphics, students develop their creativity, spatial ability, and capacity to reason and communicate ideas through engagement with abstract and applied geometric problem-solving activities. Graphics encourages the development of the cognitive and practical dexterity skills associated with graphical communication Students will build an appreciation of the role of graphics in the world around them and will make judgements on the best mode through which to represent their ideas and solutions.

Learning will be experienced across three strands – 2D Graphics, 3D Graphics and Applied graphics. Throughout each of the strands, the use of four elements: Spatial reasoning, Design thinking, Communicating and Geometric principles and Constructions creates a framework for student learning that ensures a coherent learning experience.

How will I learn Graphics in school?

Things you may do with your teacher and your classmates include:

  • produce neat drawings of everyday items

  • create models of recognisable items on the computer

  • use freehand sketching, colouring and shading to represent objects

  • make paper/cardboard cut-outs of items and use these to model items in 3-D

  • work on your own and as part of a group

  • use a textbook and worksheets

  • organise and maintain a folder of drawings and notes.

 

 

Senior Cycle Design Communication Graphics

Design Communication Graphics (DCG) at Leaving Certificate uses the knowledge, skills and values students have developed in Junior Cycle and explores them in greater detail through a variety of topics. The basic principles learned in many of the topics explored in Junior cycle will be applied to topics in Senior Cycle such as Sketching, 2D and 3D Geometric shapes, Orthographic Projection, Conic Sections, Developments, Solids in Contact, Desing and 3D Modeling/ CAD. A focus will also be placed on other topics such as Structural Forms, Surface Geometry, Geologic Geometry, Assemblies and Dynamic Mechanisms. Throughout the 2 years students will develop their problem solving, visuospatial and abstract reasoning skills to a level where they can now take these skills and utilise them in their future careers.

 

Future Career

Choosing this subject opens up a plethora of future career paths such as those within Architecture, Product Design, Industry, Civil Engineering and Construction (CAD Design).

 

 

 

 

 

More Articles ...

  1. Project Maths
  2. RE
  3. SPHE
  4. CSPE

Subcategories

Junior Cert Science

The new Junior Cycle science course will be introduced in September 2016. New features of this course include learning outcomes across 5 main areas:

  • Nature of Science

  • Physical world

  • Chemical world

  • Biological world

  • Earth and space.

There is a new focus given to the Nature of science which aims to promote greater engagement and thinking about how science works; carrying out investigations, communicating in science, and the role and contribution of science and scientists to society. There are also new assessments which offer students a chance to demonstrate their achievement as creators of scientific research reports.

All students will be encouraged to participate in science competitions such as the ‘BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition’ and ‘Scifest’ to enhance their understanding of the Nature of Science.

 

Page 1 of 3

Contact Us

Coláiste Dún an RÍ
Kingscourt
Co. Cavan

042 969 8294

info@dunanricollege.ie

Connect With Us

We're on Social Networks. Follow us & get in touch.