Design and Communication Graphics replaced Technical Drawing in the Leaving Certificate in 2009 restructuring the terminal examination and introducing a project to examine the computer skills learned by the student using Solid Works. The course is divided into the Core Elements, of which all aspects are studied, and an Optional Module, where the student studies two of the five options available.
The core comprises of all the key elements of Design and Communication Graphics. The core will give students a thorough understanding of the principles of plane and descriptive geometry and the communication of design and computer graphics. There is no designated order in which the elements are to be taught. An integrative approach where links are established between each of the elements of the core where possible would be most beneficial.
Plane and Descriptive Geometry
Plane Geometry Conic Sections
Intersections and Developments of Surfaces
Communication of Design and Computer Graphics
Graphics in Design and Communications
Communication of Design
Information and Communication technologies
The options are five distinct areas of Design and Communication Graphics each with a basis in the core providing the student with the opportunity to study particular aspects of the course in more detail. Students must study two of the five options in addition to the core. The options are:
Common Geometric Loci
Construction of Loci
Construction of Tangents
Cam Profiles and Displacement Diagrams
Natural and Manufactured Structural Forms
Singly and Doubly Ruled Surfaces
The Hyperbolic Paraboloid
Geodesic Dome = 4 Points of Frequency
Interpolation and Plotting of Contours
Profiles. Cutting/Embankment for level and inclined Constructions
Dip. Strike and thickness of Strata
Surface developments/Transition Pieces
Projection/Intersection of Solids
Projection/Intersection of Ducting Details
Modelling Assemblies in 3D CAD
Layouts, Conventions and Symbols
System of Projection
In Design and Communication Graphics there are two assessment components
- A student assignment: 40% of the examination marks, of which CAD will form a significant and compulsory component.
- A terminal examination paper: 60% of the examination marks.
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