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Computer Studies

Computer studies is taught to First Year and Transition Year students.

First Year:

Here the basic elements of computing are taught. These include:

  • Basic Elements of a Computer.
  • Basic Word Processing - Creating new files/Saving files/Printing.
  • An Introduction to Microsoft Publisher.
  • An Introduction to Mavis Beacon - Typing Tutor.

Transition Year:

Transition Year students are offered the European Computer Driving Licence.

The ECDL establishes standards for everyone who uses a computer in either a professional or a personal capacity. It is a certificate that verifies your competence, declares your computer skills, and makes you readily mobile within Irish business and
across the Community

The European Computer Driving Licence builds around a special user-friendly skills card. This card records the skills you demonstrate in each of seven computer-related modules. As you pass each module successfully, the corresponding skill is noted in your card. The final achievement of a full card leads to the award of your licence.

The modules are:

  • Basic Concepts of Information Technology (Module1ExamChecklist)
  • Using a Computer & Managing Files
  • Word Processing
  • Spreadsheets
  • Databases/Filing Systems
  • Presentations & Drawings
  • Information Network Services

Source: http://www.ecdl.ie

Facebook.com is a free social networking site where you can send your messages to your friends, update personal profiles, notify friends about recent activities, and express your thoughts in a multitude of ways. While many people enjoy and use Facebook responsibly, the website and its company have been the subject of many controversies over the past few years. As students, we want you to be intentional and safe about the ways you use Facebook.

Click here for a guide to Facebook

School's Internet Policy: Internet Permission Letter: Parental Permission Form: Parental Guidelines On Internet Use: Student Guidelines On Internet Use: An Evaluating Multimedia Form

Chemistry

The new revised Leaving Certificate Chemistry syllabus has been introduced since 2000. The syllabus consists of core subjects (70%) and options which incorporate the social and applied aspects of life (30%) where all material is examinable. Students of both higher and ordinary level will choose from two options, Option 1 and Option 2.

The Ordinary level syllabus gives an overview of chemistry and the applications to everyday life while the higher level syllabus a deeper treatment is needed.

Some Core titles which students will study will include:
Periodic table, Chemical bonding, Stoichiometry, Volumetric analysis, Fuels and heats of reactions, Organic chemistry, Chemical equilibrium and Environmental chemistry of water.

The options include:
Option 1: additional industrial chemistry and atmospheric
chemistry.
Option 2: Materials and additional electrochemistry.

Ordinary level students will study one option from 1A, 1B, 2A or 2B. Higher level students must study in their entirety, either Option 1 or Option 2.

The syllabus also has a deep emphasis on practical work with 28 mandatory experiments for higher level and 21 for ordinary level students.

Books:
Textbooks in use throughout the course include Understanding Chemistry by Jim Mc Carthy and Terence White and also Chemistry Live by Declan Kennedy.

Business

Business is a Business Studies option within the established Leaving Certificate programme. It is concerned with the understanding of the environment in which business operates in Ireland and in the wider world. It involves equipping the students with a positive view of enterprise and its applications in the business environment in both public and private sectors.

The syllabus is broken down into the following sections :

  1. People and Conflict in Business (Introduction to People in Business).
  2. Business Enterprise and Management (Enterprise, Management Skills and Activities, Managing and Monitoring, and Business in Action).
  3. The Business Environment (Domestic Environment, and International Environment).

For ncca factsheet on Business click on the following link
http://www.ncca.ie/en/Curriculum_and_Assessment/Post-Primary_Education/Junior_Cycle/Fact_sheets/

Relevant Links:

Suitable for

Site Description

Web Address

SENIOR

Competition authority site

http://www.tca.ie/

 

5th yr Business

Article on Mars Confectionary 2007

http://www.bized.co.uk/current/leisure/2006_7/280507.htm

 

5th yr Business

Business topics

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/business/production/

 

5th Yr Business

Type in Business Studies for Category-Stakeholders

http://www.curriculumbits.com/search.php

 

5th Yr Business

The Times

Business Casestudies & Quizes

http://www.thetimes100.co.uk/

 

Junior / Senior

Up to date Business News

http://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/default.stm

 

Junior/ Senior

Dictionary of Business Terms

http://www.tuition.com.hk/dictionary/

 

Junior/Senior

Market research

http://www.teachersnetwork.org/teachnetnyc/asalcedo/marketing.htm

 

Senior

Budgeting your money

http://teachersnetwork.org/teachnetusa/jcole/cole.htm

 

Senior

Business chapters

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/alevel/business-studies-as--a2-level.html

 

Senior

Wall Street Journal

http://europe.wsj.com/home-page

 

Senior

European Union

http://europa.eu/

 

Senior

The Economist

http://www.economist.com/

 

Senior

BBC World Service

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/business/index.shtml

 

 


Government Agencies

http://www.revenue.ie
http://www.irlgov.ie
http://www.enterprise-ireland.com
http://www.forfas.ie

Media
http://www.thepost.ie/web/Home/index.asp
http://www.unison.ie/business/
http://www.ireland.com
http://www.medialive.ie
http://www.eircom.net/businessnews
http://www.businessworld.ie
http://www.bizplus.ie
http://www.bbc.co.uk/business/

General
http://www.businesstown.com
http://www.bized.ac.uk
http://www.taxmate.ie
http://www.itw.ie
http://www.marketing.ie
http://www.bizmove.com
http://www.nuigalway.ie/careers/companydirectory.html
http://www.amex.com

Associations & Groups
http://www.asai.ie
http://www.ibec.ie
http://www.ictu.ie
http://www.fairtraderesource.org

Educational - General
http://www.examstutor.com/business
http://www.tutor2u.net/Case_Study_Games_Consules.pdf
http://www.business2000.ie
http://www.skoool.ie/skoool/senior.asp?id=1174
http://www.skoool.ie/skoool/examcentre_sc.asp?id=1118

Educational - Games
http://www.eurogame.uli.it/en/
http://www.bized.ac.uk/virtual/cb
http://www.bbc.co.uk/celebdaq

Business Studies

Business Studies is that part of the curriculum which enables the student to make informed decisions in the everyday business of living. Business Studies contributes to the student's understanding of the world of business, encourages a positive attitude to enterprise and develops appropriate skills in that field. The syllabus is divided into the following main topics:
  1. The Business of Living (Budgeting, Consumer Education, and Finance).
  2. Economic and Business Background (Economics, The Business Unit, Services to Business, and Work).
  3. Enterprise (Marketing transport, Double Entry Book-Keeping).
  4. Information Technology (Using Computers).

For link to Business Studies fact sheet go to the following link:

http://www.ncca.ie/en/Curriculum_and_Assessment/Post-Primary_Education/Junior_Cycle/Fact_sheets/
Relevant Links:

Suitable for

Site Description

Web Address

3rd yr Business

Business Games

http://www.gch.org.uk/business-games.aspx

 

 

Business Sites

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?Subject=4

http://www.teachersnetwork.org/Teachnet/business_careers.cfm

http://www.odca.ie/

 

 

1st yr

Foreign Currency convertor

http://www.xe.com/

 

Junior / Senior

Up to date Business News

http://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/default.stm

 

Junior/ Senior

Dictionary of Business Terms

http://www.tuition.com.hk/dictionary/

 

Junior

Book-keeping,cheques

http://www.teachnet.ie/aryan/

 

Junior

Theory chapters++++++

http://teachnet.ie/apatton/2006/lessons.html

 

1st yr

The Consumer

http://www.teachnet.ie/tflynn/index.html

http://www.teachnet.ie/tflynn/citicorp/websearch2.html

http://www.eccireland.ie/

 

Junior

Introduction to Business

http://www.teachnet-uk.org.uk/2007%20Projects/Biz-

Introduction/Introduction_to_business/index.htm

 

http://www.teachnet-lab.org/miami/2003/stephenson2.htm

 

 

Junior/Senior

Market research

http://www.teachersnetwork.org/teachnetnyc/asalcedo/marketing.htm

 

Junior

Producting a radio advertisement

http://www.teachnet-uk.org.uk/2005%20Projects/ICT-Audacity/audacity/index.htm

 

 

 

 

 


Educational - General
http://www.skoool.ie/
http://www.scolnet.ie
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/business
http://www.thinkquest.org/library/lib/site_sum_outside.html?tname=3096&url=3096/
http://www.highpeak.fsnet.co.uk/iwchameleon/student/index.html
http://www.digitalbrain.com/digitalbrain/web/subjects/2.%20secondary/ks4bus/
http://www.moneyopolis.org/mymoney/mymoney.asp

Educational - Games
http://www.moneyopolis.org/game/login/index.asp
http://www.jumpstart.org/
http://www.yourmoney.cba.ca/eng/index.htm
http://www.irlgov.ie/ecbi-euro/sch_quiz/index2.htm
http://www.euro.ie/school.htm

Organisations
http://www.esb.ie/main/home/index.jsp
http://www.ibis.ie
http://www.ombudsman.gov.ie/default.htm
http://www.odca.ie
http://www.itaa.ie
http://www.reci.ie
http://www.ictu.ie
http://www.creditunion.ie/home.htm

Biology

Biology is one of the core elements of Science. Biology literally means 'the study of life'. It is the study of organisms, from the smallest viruses through to human beings.


The main topics include:
Animal Physiology: Study of animals and understanding of major body functions. This includes developing a fundamental understanding of how bodies as a whole, as well as tissues and cells, work. These discoveries can lead to information about human health and medical needs.
Biochemistry: Study of the relationship of chemistry and biology. This field includes enzymes, DNA, RNA, molecular biology and gene cloning.
Cell Biology: Study of cell structure, function, and metabolism. Includes the study of cell organelles and cell division.
Microbiology: Study of microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi and viruses. Includes the study of microorganism nature, growth, role in disease, and use in bioengineering.
Plant Biology: Study of plants, botany and biotechnology. Includes identification, classification, life cycles, photosynthesis and tissue types.

Books:
Textbook: Leaving Certificate Biology (Revised Edition) by Michael O'Callaghan.

The following books are available from our library:

  • The Irish Wildlife Book.
  • School Projects in Coastal Ecology.
  • Origin of the Species by Charles Darwin.
  • The Private Life of Plants by David Attenborough.
  • Life Study - A Textbook of Biology by D.G. Mackean.
  • Life on Earth by David Attenborough.

Useful Websites
An Online Biology Book
http://gened.emc.maricopa.edu/bio/bio181/BIOBK/BioBookTOC.html

Anatomy Online
http://www.innerbody.com/htm/body.html

The Kidney
http://coe.fgcu.edu/faculty/greenep/kidney/index.html

A Glossary of Genetic Terms
http://www.genome.gov/glossary.cfm

BBC Online Educational Services
http://www.bbc.co.uk/education

Scoilnet - Related Links for Biology (Senior Cycle) and curriculum information
http://www.scoilnet.ie/

Information fact sheets on wildlife and information on the radio programme
http://www.rte.ie/radio/mooneygoeswild/

Details of human genome research
http://www.hgmp.mrc.ac.uk

Video microscopy of living cells, bacteria and 3D biology animation
http://www.cellsalive.com

Nutrition information and experiments
http://www.nutrition.org.uk

An illustrated guide to the body's major systems
http://www.innerbody.com/

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Click the "Know It All" link to download a biology resource collection of powerpoints collected by The Biology Second Level Support Service.

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                          Downloadable Material

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 Ecology Introduction  

 Fieldwork Portfolio 

 Ecology Fieldwork  Portfolio 

 Calculations

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Seashore Posters

 Ecology Definitions

 

 Viruses

 

 Fungi

 

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