Graphics and Construction Studies is offered for LCA 1 and LCA2 students in Ennis Community College.
This vocational specialism provides learners with an opportunity to develop a range of practical and generic skills in the area of Graphics and Construction Studies. It facilitates their personal and social development by providing opportunities to engage with the local community. It encourages expression using a range of graphical and other communication skills. The course also seeks to engage the learners in considering and experiencing the aesthetic, environmental, vocational and consumer awareness dimensions of the construction industry.
Students have to complete four modules. The module in Graphic Communication is a core mandatory module.
This module offers learners an opportunity to explore graphics as a
means of communication and presentation in everyday life situations
that are relevant to them. It enables them: to integrate and become
familiar with various drawing systems; to develop a range of graphical
skills; to use a range of materials to enhance presentations; and to
develop an awareness of the importance of new technologies in the
graphic communication industry. As graphics is an essential part of all
modules the learners will have an opportunity to apply the graphic
skills developed in this module to the other three modules selected.
Module 3: Building Services
Module 4: Woodcraft
Module 6: Computer Aided Design
This module introduces learners to the practical and environmental
aspects of electricity and water supply. The module deals with the
generation and distribution of water and electricity and with a range
of practical plumbing and electrical engineering skills. In common
with all other modules in this course there is an emphasis on safety.
The module is relevant to the life experiences of the learner in terms
of consumer education, conservation and environmental awareness.
This module offers beginners, and those who have some previous
experience of woodcraft, an opportunity to design and make items of
furniture for interior and exterior use. Learners are guided through the
different stages of production: planning, design, manufacturing and
evaluation. Learners practise a range of practical skills in terms of
creating a design portfolio, applying graphic communication skills,
marking out materials, using a range of tools and processes, joining
methods, fittings and finishes. The module also seeks to create an
awareness of environmental issues by examining the production and
processing of raw materials and the use of preservatives.
COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN
In this module learners will develop basic skills in Computer Aided
Design. They will produce a portfolio of work encompassing the
creation of basic shapes, logos and other creative designs and pictures.
Learners will also experience some co-ordinate-based drawing and
layer based work. This module will help to broaden the learner’s
understanding of the use of computers and provide them with an
introduction to the world of computers and graphics.