Sunday 22 October 2017

Leaving Cert 2012: Engineering paper no problem for students today

Jason Hill, Eoghan Kavanagh and Dillon Courtney from St Olivers Community College, Drogheda. Photo: Ciara Wilkinson
Jason Hill, Eoghan Kavanagh and Dillon Courtney from St Olivers Community College, Drogheda. Photo: Ciara Wilkinson
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

LEAVING Certificate Engineering paper should have presented no obstacles for students today.

Well laid out, with few surprises, was how one teacher described the higher level paper.

In Section A There was a welcome reference to decorative silverwork, in the form of Newbridge silverware, said ASTI representative Kenny Donagher, of Summerhill College, Sligo.

“This is perhaps a hint of things to come for the new updated syllabus which is waiting to be introduced for over 10 years now,” he said

Mr Donagher also welcomed the inclusion of two question parts related to this year’s Leaving Certificate project, the design and production of a Model Lunar Roving Vehicle.

The project itself, which is worth 25pc of the total marks for Engineering, was completed in March. A practical exam in May accounted for another 25pc of marks, so only 50pc of total marks rested on today’s paper.

However, he said there was a need to review the content of the compulsory, Question 1, Section B on the special student research topic, which this year was related to laser technology.

“This is a very broad area and the question reflects this,” Mr Donagher said. “A question based on the design project or practical examination techniques and skills would be more suitable than this student research topic, which creates lot of work for students in an already heavily examined syllabus.”

Mr Donagher described the ordinary level paper, which is worth 40c of total marks, as “very manageable, well structured and appropriate”.

Students had to do a model of a golf buggy for their project, which was submitted in the Spring, and accounted for 30pc of the marks. The remainder of the marks went on the practical examination which took place in May

*Don’t miss tomorrow’s print edition of the Irish Independent for exclusive in-depth analysis of today’s Leaving Cert and Junior Cert papers

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