Coursework B Science Booklets

The study of Science entails practical laboratory work (experiments) along with the study of theory. In the modern world where advances in Science and Technology are bringing great changes to our lives, the study of Science is particularly relevant to help people assess the implication of these developments.

The study of Science at Junior Certificate level involves the study of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Applied Science.

Junior Certificate Science marks are distributed as follows:

  • Coursework A – 10%    (Experiments and investigations specified in the syllabus)
  • Coursework B – 25%    (2 specified investigations)
  • Terminal examination – 65%    (Section 1 – Biology / Section 2 – Chemistry / Section 3 – Physics)Science branches into 3 separate subjects for the Leaving Certificate:
  • Biology.
  • Chemistry.
  • Physics.

Coursework B
Student Investigations Each student is required to undertake two specified investigations in their third year and to submit a pro forma report on these for assessment. These additional investigations, based on the topics and learning outcomes in the syllabus, will be set by the examining body and will vary from year to year. These investigations account for 25% of the students final Junior Certificate grade and will require substantial time investment, by the student, during the year. Students will be notified of the investigation titles well in advance of the laboratory time they will be allocated to conduct the investigations, and this laboratory time-slot cannot be altered. DES deadlines for submission by the students of their report must be adhered to, and, in order to prevent missed deadlines, students are expected to exercise due diligence in the preparation, planning and conduct of their chosen investigations. Students who fail to do so will not be given additional time, and reports still incomplete come deadline, will be submitted as is.

Investigation Titles 2013

Biology
Compare by means of investigation the vitamin C content of a number of commercial and fresh fruit juices.

Chemistry
Compare by means of investigation methanol, propan-1-ol and candle wax in terms of their effectiveness as fuels.

Physics
Investigate any two factors that affect the output from a solar cell when light is shone on it.

Downloads

We have developed a blank copy of the Coursework for your use.  It differs slightly from the state examinations booklet in that we have specified how many resources you reference, how many safety aspects you must specify, etc…(Note – these numbers are a minimum).  A copy of a blank Coursework B booklet can be found here.

Additional coursework B material can be found in the table below to help you with your projects.Summaries:
The following table contains a summary of all the JC Science chapters complete with appropriate past questions.  It is an excellent revision guide.

Note:
There is a shortage of people in Ireland with training in Science and Technology to meet our current needs. It is also important to remember that a Science subject is required at Leaving Cert level for some third level courses, e.g. Medicine, Pharmacy, Engineering, Food Science etc.

Students’ Corner:

To remember the characteristics of life:

Real Elephants Noses Grow Really Really Massive

Respiration. Excretion. Nutrition.Growth. Reproduction.Responsivity.Movement

Useful websites:

Department of Education and Science sites:URL:
Department of Education and Sciencehttp://www.education.ie
State Examinations Commissionhttp://www.examinations.ie
National Council for Curriculum and Assessmenthttp://www.ncca.ie
Scoilnet, the NCTE schools websitehttp://www.scoilnet.ie
Teacher Support Network sites:URL:
Second Level Support Service – Physics and Chemistryhttp://www.slss.ie/
Biology Support Servicehttp://biology.slss.ie
Chemistry Support Servicehttp://chemistry.slss.ie/
Physics Support Servicehttp://physics.slss.ie/
Irish Science Teachers’ Association – membership is   open to all teachers of sciencehttp://www.ista.ie/
The Association for Science Education (UK) –   membership is open to all teachers of sciencehttp://www.ase.org.uk.ie/
National Science Teachers Assocation (USA) – membership   is open to all teachers of sciencehttp://www.nsta.org/
Resource sites:URL:
Concept Cartoons offer excellent starting points for   discussion and thinkinghttp://www.conceptcartoons.com/index_flash.html
Science Enhancement Programme – focuses on scientific   enquiry and practical work, scientific knowledge and conceptual   understanding, scientific research and developmentshttp://www.sep.org.uk/
Drawing tool for both teachers and pupilshttp://www.ase.org.uk/sen/words/diagram.htm
Puzzle makershttp://www.puzzlemaker.com
Crossword construction kithttp://www.crosswordkit.com/
Wordsearch construction kithttp://www.wordsearchkit.com/download.htm
Hot Potatoes software – construct crosswords,   wordsearches, cloze test, matching exerciseshttp://www.halfbakedsoftware.com/
Chemical Jigsaw Puzzlehttp://www.harmsy.freeuk.com/jigsaw.html
PhET – Physics Education Technology, interactive   physics animations from the Unversity of Coloradohttp://phet.colorado.edu/web-pages/index.html
Freezeray Interactive Science Resourceshttp://www.freezeray.com/home.htm
Biology Cornerwww.biologycorner.com
BBC Schools site – human body interactive gameshttp://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/body/
Science photograph library – teachers can register,   then download and use the images, as long as credit for source is givenhttp://www.sciencephoto.com
Science Smarties – a variety of assessments for each   topic of the Junior Cert. syllabus, from a TeachNet Ireland sitehttp://www.teachnet.ie/mamond/2006
Science, Technology and Society sitesURL:
Ingenious Irelandhttp://www.ingeniousirelandonline.ie
The science behind the newshttp://whyfiles.org/
Science and technology in actionwww.sciencetechnologyaction.com
Science trail at the science centre, Birr castlewww.birrcastle.com
General Interest sites:URL:
Skoool.ie has a section on sciencehttp://skoool.ie
How Stuff Workshttp://www.howstuffworks.com/
Natural History Museum of Irelandhttp://www.museum.ie/naturalhistory/
Explore materials sciencehttp://www.strangematterexhibit.com/
NASA Astrobiology Institutehttp://nai.arc.nasa.gov/students/index.cfm
Schoolsciencehttp://www.schoolscience.co.uk
Exploratorium – interactive with many DIY experimentshttp://www.exploratorium.edu/
Timeline for events in science and mathematicshttp://www.physics.ohio-state.edu/~wilkins/science/sciehist.html
European Space Agency Human Spaceflight – teachers   can request a free copy of the Education Kit aimed at students aged 12-15http://www.esa.int/export/esaHS/SEMT0IXLDMD_education_0.html

 

Coursework B - Student Investigations

Each student is required to undertake two specified investigations in their third year and to submit a pro forma report on these for assessment. These additional investigations, based on the topics and learning outcomes in the syllabus, will be set by the examining body and will vary from year to year. These investigations account for 25% of the students final Junior Certificate grade and will require substantial time investment, by the student, during the year. Students will be notified of the investigation titles well in advance of the laboratory time they will be allocated to conduct the investigations, and this laboratory time-slot cannot be altered (In Loreto Balbriggan, this takes place typically after the Mock examinations - 2017 dates to be finalised yet).

DES deadlines for submission by the students of their report must be adhered to, and, in order to prevent missed deadlines, students are expected to demonstrate initiative and exercise due diligence in the preparation, planning and conduct of their chosen investigations. Students who fail to do so will not be given additional time, and reports still incomplete come deadline, will be submitted as is.

Each candidate is responsible for her own individual work and this work may be invalidated on the grounds that it cannot be verified as being the candidate's own individual work. See circular S68/08 below for more details.

 

Investigation Titles 2018

Biology


Investigate and compare the quantitative effects of changing

(a) concentration of solution,
(b) type of solute used

on the change in mass of a sample of potato placed in distilled water, salt solution and sugar solution.


Chemistry


Investigate and compare the quantitative effects of changing

(a) applied voltage,
(b) concentration of sulfuric acid

on the rate of production of either hydrogen or oxygen gas during the electrolysis of acidified water.


Physics


Investigate and compare the quantitative effects of changing

(a) hair colour,
(b) the usage of shampoo or similar commercial hair treatments

on the tensile strength of hair taken from the human head..

 

 

 

Coursework B Downloads

Glossary for science investigations

Make sure you understand these words before you begin your investigation

Preparation and planning - Student guidelines

These guidelines give some pointers to students about how they should approach the investigations.

Investigation overview

This chart outlines investigation at each step along the way

Preparation and planning - Student worksheet

Use this for roughwork when researching/conducting the investigation - it is a sample pro forma booklet from the Department of Education. (basic version)

Sample Write up

Students might find this sample write up helpful, of an investigation from another year, as they prepare for their own investigations.

Suggested Marking Scheme

This page gives an idea of how marks are typically awarded. However, it should be noted that there may be slight variations from year to year, and from investigation to investigation. Students should consider this page in advance of preparing their investigations

 

Miscellaneous

Variables and Controls - A Powerpoint worth viewing before you commence your research.

 

Relevant Circulars

S86/11 , S68/08 , S69/04 .

 

 


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