Greystones Community College

Junior Cycle Applied Technology

Applied Technology is a hands on, design and make subject which encourages students to develop the necessary conceptual understanding, disciplinary skills and subject knowledge to investigate and solve real-life problems. New technologies can impact on society and the environment. Students will analyse expected benefits and impacts as they make decisions about their design solutions, while considering the end user, the environmental impact and the functionality of their designs. This will be achieved through three inter-connected strands: Principles and Practices, Energy and Control, and Technology and Society. Throughout each of the strands, there are four elements: Analysis and problem solving, Design and innovation, Planning, Managing and creating and Communicating which create a framework for student learning. Applied Technology is assessed at a common level. On completion of the Classroom-Based Assessments, students undertake a project. The project is completed after the second CBA in third year. The brief for the project is set and marked by the State Examinations Commission (SEC). The project accounts for 70% of the final SEC grade with the written examination accounting for the other 30%.

Subject Title: Applied Technology

Course Content:

  1. Developing an understanding and appreciation of design and the design process
  2. Using the tools and equipment necessary to complete projects in a safe manner
  3. Developing an understanding of different materials, their properties and how best to work with these materials, i.e. Wood, metals and plastics
  4. Using electronic components to build simple circuits for use in tasks and projects e.g. running mechanical toys.
Who would this subject suit?

Applied Technology would suit everyone! It would particularly suit those who:

  • Have an interest in design thinking & problem solving
  • Enjoy practical work – Using tools & machinery
  • Enjoy creating personalised projects & artefacts
  • Enjoy using electronic components to build electronic circuits
  • Appreciate the role of technology in society
How is this subject assessed?

There are two parts assessment:

Coursework - Design and make a project based on a given design brief (instructions).

Written exam - Complete a written exam which is worth the remaining percentage

There is also two CBAs (Classroom Based assessment) which will be carried out by your teacher in 2nd & 3rd Year

Careers linked to the subject?

There are a wide variety of career opportunities linked to Applied Technology such as:

  1. Engineer
  2. Electrician
  3. Builder
  4. Architect
  5. Quantity surveyor
  6. Construction manager
  7. Technician
  8. Design & Technology educator
  9. And many more!


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