Tuesday 25 October 2016

Student-friendly papers in Engineering for Ordinary and Honours level

Katherine Donnelly Education Editor

Published 09/06/2016 | 12:36

This year’s Junior Cert exams will run until Thursday June 23
This year’s Junior Cert exams will run until Thursday June 23

Student friendly papers greeted Leaving Certificate Engineering candidates at both levels today, according to teacher Eamonn Dennehy.

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With  projects  and practicals already out of the way, only 50pc of the marks were up for grabs in the higher level written  paper, and  40pc at ordinary level.

Mr Dennehy, of Heywood Community School, Ballinakill, Laois and a subject representative  with the Association  of Secondary Teachers’  Ireland (ASTI), said the higher level paper was well structured and followed the usual format.

But he said “student would  have had to  draw from their own experience   and  apply their learning to solve some of the  problems posed.”

Mr Dennehy is impressed with the way the papers have evolved to reflect  new technologies,  and noted that this year one of the questions for for higher level candidates was about 3D printing.

“This is of growing importance as a manufacturing methods, including for prosthetics and this was referred to in the question  on materials testing,” he said.

Mr Dennehy said there was a good choice of questions on both papers and he praised the use of diagrams and graphics, which, he said, would help students put questions in context.

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