Belvedere College - Science

Science

Science

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds the most discoveries, is not “Eureka!”, but “That’s funny…” Isaac Asimov

Staff
Niamh Barry               Laboratory Technician
Emma Brennan         Chemistry
Stephen Carey           Biology & Chemistry
Stuart Colohan           Biology
David Dougherty        Junior Science
Ronan Duggan          Junior Science
Stephen Gibbons        Physics
Michael Grehan          Junior Science
Liam Hennelly             Biology & Chemistry
David O’Grady             Physics
Stuart Wheeler            Chemistry & Physics

JUNIOR CYCLE
Science at Junior Cycle is concerned with the understanding of a body of scientific knowledge and the development of scientific skills through practical activities. It contributes to the development of logical thinking and reasoning, and skills of observation, measurement, interpretation, numeracy, problem solving and decision making.
The syllabus is provided at two levels only – Higher and Ordinary level. There are two assessment components: coursework (35% of the marks) and an examination paper (65% of the marks). The coursework is common to both Ordinary level and Higher level. There are separate examination papers for each level.

SENIOR CYCLE

BIOLOGY
Biology is the study of life. Through the study of biology students explore the diversity of life and the inter-relationships between organisms and their environment. They become aware of the use of living organisms and their products to enhance human health and the environment. The Leaving Certificate Biology syllabus is assessed at Ordinary and Higher levels.
CHEMISTRY
Leaving Certificate chemistry aims to provide a relevant course for students who will complete their study of chemistry at this level while, at the same time, providing a foundation course for those who will continue to study chemistry or a related subjects following completion of their Leaving Certificate. This syllabus is assessed at Ordinary and Higher levels.
PHYSICS
Leaving Certificate Physics aims to give students an understanding of the fundamental principles of physics and their application to everyday life. It offers a general education in physics to all students, enabling them to develop an understanding of the scientific method and their ability to observe, to think logically and to communicate effectively. Science technology and society (STS) is an integral part of the syllabus so that students can be aware of the principles of the applications of physics in the everyday world. This syllabus is assessed at Higher and Ordinary levels.

SCIENCE DEPARTMENT INITIATIVES WITHIN THE COLLEGE
• First Year Science Fair
• Annual Science Week Celebrations
• Science Buzz
• Pennsylvania University Scholarship
• Urban Farm

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