Field Studies at Gartan OEC
Leaving Certificate Geography
Geographical Investigation: Leaving Certificate 2014.
Topic 1: A study of the geomorphic processes of transportation and deposition
(a) The Fluvial Environment
(b) The Coastal environment
[A programme for 2015 students will be available when we have been notified of the topics].
Students will use the skills of observation, field sketching, measuring, recording and analysis. On completion of the field work, we return to the centre to collate and evaluate the results.
The centre also delivers programmes to suit Transition Year and Junior Certificate students. The programme introduces students to field studies techniques and can be integrated with an outdoor adventure activity.
Leaving Certificate Biology – Ecology
Gartan Outdoor Education Centre provides ecology studies in a woodland, bogland or seashore habitat. Students carry out a quantitative and a qualitative study of the chosen habitat. Line transects, frame and grid quadrats will be utilised in the study. Various techniques for capturing invertebrate and small mammals will be used. Flora and fauna will be identified using a variety of identification keys.
Abiotic factors, including temperature, wind speed, light and soil pH will be measured. Food chains, food webs and a pyramid of numbers will be constructed based on the habitat under investigation.
Junior Certificate Science – Ecology
Gartan OEC provides ecology studies for Junior Certificate students (both higher and ordinary level), in a variety of habitats including woodland, bogland and seashore. All ecology studies are based on the Department of Education and Science, Junior Certificate Science curriculum.
Pupils work in small groups to complete the required tasks. A sketch and description of the area under study will be made by the participants. The practical field work will give students the opportunity to carry out a line transect and identify plants using a variety of identification keys.
Adaptations will be examined and evidence of completion noted. Frequency of species will be estimated using a quadrat. Various means to trap and identify fauna will be utilised. Environmental factors will be measured. Energy flow in the form of food chains and food webs will be examined within the habitat visited.
Gartan OEC can also provide field studies in your own locality. Contact the centre to arrange details.
Gartan OEC specializes in residential Outdoor Education programmes. Make the most of your Field Studies trip by combining with a day of Adventure Education, or book for a week long programme.