Leaving Cert Geography

Course Overview for Leaving Cert Geography, Higher Level

Core Unit 1 – Patterns and Processes in the Physical Environment

Topics

  • Theory of Plate Tectonics
  • Volcanoes
  • Igneous Rocks
  • Folding and Faulting
  • Weathering
  • Fluvial erosion and deposition (rivers)

Learning Outcomes

  • To understand the theory of Plate Tectonics
  • To apply the Plate Tectonics Theory to the global location of Volcanoes
  • To show how Intrusive and Extrusive volcanic features are developed
  • To illustrate the formation of Igneous Rocks
  • To understand the concepts of Folding and Faulting and the resultant landforms on the landscape
  • To analyse the effects of weathering on the landscape
  • To identify and understand the landforms resulting from fluvial (river) erosion and deposition

Core Unit 2 – Regional Geography

Topics

  • Concept of a region
  • Irish regions
  • Periphery and Core Irish regions

Learning Outcomes

  • To understand the concept of a region under given criteria – urban, geomorphic, language and religion
  • To understand the primary, secondary and tertiary processes in an Irish Region
  • To contrast the development of Irish regions under primary and secondary
  • To identify peripheral and core regions in Ireland and contrast their development

Core Unit 3 – Geographical Investigation

  • To deliver guidelines from the chief examiners report on the geographical Investigation 2012
  • To examine the marking scheme

Electives Unit 4 – Patterns and Processes in Economic Activities

Topics

  • Map work
  • Colonialism
  • Globalisation
  • MNC

Learning Outcomes

  • To interpret and analyse maps
  • To understand the impact of colonialism and globalisation on a developing nation
  • To understand the factors determining MNC location both in Ireland and globally

Options – Unit 7 Geoecology

Topics

  • Biome
  • Soil development

Learning Outcomes

  • To understand, explain and evaluate the principal characteristics of one biome students have studied
  • To understand, explain and evaluate the development of soils
  • Short Questions relevant to the topics listed will be dealt with during the course.

All students are asked to bring exam papers to the course.


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