to contribute to a balanced education, giving students a broad and challenging experience that will enable them to acquire a body of knowledge, understanding, cognitive and manipulative skills and competencies and so prepare them to be creative participants in a technological world.
to enable students to integrate such knowledge and skills, together with qualities of co-operative enquiry and reflective thought, in developing solutions to technological problems, with due regard for issues of health and safety.
to facilitate the development of a range of communication skills, which will encourage students to express their creativity in a practical and imaginative way, using a variety of forms: words, graphics, models, etc.
to provide a context in which students can explore and appreciate the impact of past, present and future technologies on the economy, on society and the on the environment.
to enable students become aware of the breadth of today’s technology through their experience of its practical applications in response to everyday opportunities problems and challenges.
to enable students, through their experience and developed understanding of the technological process, to evaluate and judge critically existing products and the products of their own work from an aesthetic, technical, functional and ethical point of view.
The course consists of core areas of study, which are mandatory for all students, and five optional areas of study, from which each student must take two.
The core is intended as a broad general introduction to the nature of technology. It is also intended to provide students with a consolidation, extension and refinement of the knowledge, skills and techniques acquired in the junior cycle. The main elements of the core are illustrated in the graphic below.
The options provide an opportunity for students to undertake a more in-depth study of particular aspects of technology. Students must choose two of the following five options:
Electronics and Control
Applied Control Systems
Information and Communications Technology
The syllabus will be assessed in terms of its stated objectives at each of two levels, Ordinary and Higher, by means of a terminal examination paper and a project. The assessment components and weightings at both levels are summarised below.
Examination paper (Core and Option) 50% Project (Artefact 25% and Portfolio 25%) 50%
Terminal Examination Paper
There will be one examination paper at Ordinary level (2 hours) and one at Higher level (21/2 hours). At each level, the paper will be presented in two sections, as indicated in the table above. Since the Core is mandatory, students will be assessed on all main elements of the Core in Section A of the examination paper. Section B will be the chosen options