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CONSTRUCTION 
STUDIES 
Guide
Cover Page 
1. Title of project 
2. Picture of finished project 
3. ID NO: (You will be given 
this after Christmas) 
This...
Contents 
 Introduction 
 Project Time Plan 
 Research and Investigation 
 Design Evolution 
 Experiments 
 Material...
Introduction 
In this section you will introduce your project to the examiner and give a few reasons on 
either; 
- why yo...
Project Time Plan 
Project Selection 
Research 
Designing 
Experiments 
Drawings/Models 
Marking Out 
Manufacturing 
Finis...
Research and Investigation 
 Find as much information as you possibly can about your project. 
 Research can be got in a...
Research and Investigation 
If it’s a piece of furniture you are 
making you will have to research 
where it is intended f...
Design Evolution 
 This section will contain; 
 Any design sketches; 
 From your original ideas to your finished design...
Design #1 
 Include; 
 Joint details 
 Specify material 
 Dimensions 
 Shade appropriately 
 Grain direction 
 Quan...
Experiments 
 Each project MUST to be accompanied by 3 EXPERIMENTS 
 Experiments must be relevant to your project 
 Exp...
Experiment #1 
Title; To test the strength of PVA glue vs. Hot Melt Adhesive 
Materials required; 4 pieces of timber, PVA ...
Materials Involved 
 This section is simply one page listing off each 
individual material that makes up your project 
Co...
Working drawings 
 Scaled working drawings must be completed for each project 
whether it is a practical project or a sca...
Models 
 Models can be constructed for any type of 
project 
 Models can be made from any material 
 You would normally...
Cutting list 
PART LENGTH WIDTH THICKNES 
S 
QUANTITY MATERIAL 
Front Base 450 180 15 2 Red Deal 
Side Base 400 180 15 2 R...
Manufacture 
 This is the story of how you made your project from 
start to finish 
 You can use sketches, photos and ty...
Evaluation 
 Here you need to critically appraise the piece of 
work you have put together (think of this as you 
being t...
Conclusion 
 This is slightly different to the evaluation. Here you are making a 
summary of how the project turned out a...
MARKING SCHEME 
Marking Scheme Maximum 
Marks 
Marks 
Awarded 
A Planning of project 
• Ability to design an appropriate p...
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Leaving Certificate Construction Studies Project Portfolio Student Guide

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Construction Studies Portfolio Guide - Beaufort College

  1. 1. CONSTRUCTION STUDIES Guide
  2. 2. Cover Page 1. Title of project 2. Picture of finished project 3. ID NO: (You will be given this after Christmas) This will be done when the project is fully finished Loten Church Model Student ID No: 074150
  3. 3. Contents  Introduction  Project Time Plan  Research and Investigation  Design Evolution  Experiments  Materials Involved  Working Drawings  Models  Cutting List  Manufacture  Evaluation  Conclusion This is the second page of your folder. It will list the different sections/chapters and each section should then be in whatever order you have listed. P.S. This may vary slightly for everyone
  4. 4. Introduction In this section you will introduce your project to the examiner and give a few reasons on either; - why you chose to make this project? - why this project is of importance to you? For my leaving cert project I have made a scale 1:25 model of Hook Head Lighthouse. I chose to make this for the following reasons; • I grew up very close to this lighthouse so I have a good knowledge of its history • I always wanted to find out more about the construction of the lighthouse and this would be a perfect opportunity to do so • etc, etc, etc,,, P.S. Nobody knows your reasons for making your project,,, For my leaving cert project I have made a Coffee Table. I chose to make this for the following reasons; • My family recently moved house and the coffee table in our living room is in poor condition • It is also going to be a surprise house warming gift for my mom/dad • I hope to achieve........from completing this project • etc, etc, etc,,,
  5. 5. Project Time Plan Project Selection Research Designing Experiments Drawings/Models Marking Out Manufacturing Finishing Report writing Weeks 1-24 Again this will be slightly different for each student
  6. 6. Research and Investigation  Find as much information as you possibly can about your project.  Research can be got in any form  Findings from the internet  Newspaper cut outs  Photocopies from books  Samples of fabrics/materials  ANYTHING that is important to the making of YOUR project For example if you are making a coffee table  Where is the table going to be situated at home?  What size room is it being made for?  What furniture will it have to match?  What’s the average height of a coffee table?  Is this a suitable height for your couch  Etc, etc, etc,,, For those who made models you will be researching;  How was the structure originally constructed and why  Dimensions (measurements)  Landscape surrounding structure  Etc, etc, etc,,, No minimum/maximum for this get as much as you possibly can. Its vital to have lots of research
  7. 7. Research and Investigation If it’s a piece of furniture you are making you will have to research where it is intended for. Size, shape, finish, type of timber, etc Written research does not need to be all typed up by you. If you find relevant information on a website or in a book etc you can print off that page and highlight the parts relevant to you When making a heritage model your goal is to produce a scale replica of the structure. As many pictures as possible is crucial.
  8. 8. Design Evolution  This section will contain;  Any design sketches;  From your original ideas to your finished design  Final Design Sketches should  Be appropriately shaded  Show any jointing details  Label different materials – Red Deal, MDF, Steel, Perspex, etc  Detail project finish – stains, varnishes, waxes, paints, etc  Calculations  Include any calculations you may have had to figure out  Models should include scaled calculations  This should show every aspect of how you intend on making each part of your project
  9. 9. Design #1  Include;  Joint details  Specify material  Dimensions  Shade appropriately  Grain direction  Quantity  Finish varnish/paint
  10. 10. Experiments  Each project MUST to be accompanied by 3 EXPERIMENTS  Experiments must be relevant to your project  Experiments have to be carried out, results written up and both then presented with your finished project  Examples of experiments could include;  To test the strength of suitable wood  To test different finish qualities against one another  Toughness, smoothness, No of coats needed, etc.  To test how certain finishes e.g.. paint, takes to different materials e.g.. MDF, card, chipboard etc.  To test the strength of different glues in comparison to their drying time  Just think of the individual materials you used to make your project and build up 3 experiments around them  Stones – best glue for them  Felt – best way to apply/fix it  Perspex/glass – best way to apply a design on it  Etc, etc, etc,,,,  You can do an experiment on just about anything
  11. 11. Experiment #1 Title; To test the strength of PVA glue vs. Hot Melt Adhesive Materials required; 4 pieces of timber, PVA glue, hot glue gun + glue sticks. Procedure; All 4 pieces of wood are equal in size. 2 pieces were glued with the PVA glue, clamped in the vice and left overnight to dry. The remaining 2 pieces were glued with the hot melt glue and tightly squeezed for a few minutes until dry. When dry both pieces with be broken apart to test their gluing capability. Results; The PVA glue was very slow to dry. The pieces could not be moved for the duration of the day. The hot melt glue dried almost instantly. When separating the pieces the PVA glued pieces split whereas the hot melt glue separated. Conclusion; The holt melt glue would be suitable for model making or non structural components in practical projects with its fast drying trait. It was also much thicker than PVA glue leaving a slight space between the pieces. The PVA glue provided a much stronger bond although it took much longer to cure. It would not be suitable for model making because of its cure time. It is ideal for gluing joints and practical projects that need strength and longevity. Make sure to include pictures of the experiment and each of the 5 headings
  12. 12. Materials Involved  This section is simply one page listing off each individual material that makes up your project Coffee Table 1. Mahogany 2. Ash 3. Danish Oil 4. Bees Wax 5. Brass Drawer Handles 6. Biscuits 7. Dowels 8. PVA Glue 9. Self-Adhesive Felt Model of Church 1. MDF 2. Card 3. Corrugated card 4. Self adhesive felt 5. Fine gravel 6. Hot glue 7. PVA glue 8. Red-Deal 9. Acrylic paint 10. Clear Perspex 11. White cloth 12. 5 watt bulbs 13. Wiring 14. Flick switch 15. Permanent marker 16. Match sticks 17. Lollipop sticks Doesn’t matter what order their in just list them off
  13. 13. Working drawings  Scaled working drawings must be completed for each project whether it is a practical project or a scale model  An Elevation, Plan and End view is required  Each drawing must include;  Name of view e.g. elevation  Student ID NO  Scale e.g. 5:1, 25:1  Critical dimensions  Hidden detail  Elevation, Plan and End View may be shown together or on separate pages  Solid Works as well as other 3D modelling programs may be used to produce these drawings
  14. 14. Models  Models can be constructed for any type of project  Models can be made from any material  You would normally construct a model if;  You need to figure out how to make a specific part  You need to work out an angle/measurement  You need an example of how something might look/fit together
  15. 15. Cutting list PART LENGTH WIDTH THICKNES S QUANTITY MATERIAL Front Base 450 180 15 2 Red Deal Side Base 400 180 15 2 Red Deal Bottom 420 370 15 1 Red Deal Front Lid 450 50 15 2 Red Deal Side Lid 400 50 15 2 Red Deal Top Lid 420 370 15 1 Red Deal It doesn’t matter what you call the parts as long as it makes since to your project EVERYTHING is measured in MILLIMETRES
  16. 16. Manufacture  This is the story of how you made your project from start to finish  You can use sketches, photos and typing to show your steps  Just remember ‘A photo speaks a thousand words’  Lots of pics = less words (make it easy on yourself, take lots of pics along the way)  Include;  Marking out  Processing  Finishing
  17. 17. Evaluation  Here you need to critically appraise the piece of work you have put together (think of this as you being the examiner)  This section is focused purely on the artefact itself Ask yourself a series of questions, obvious ones being; What are the good points of my project? What are the bad points of my project? If I had to remake my project what would I do differently? Are the joints I used suitable for where I used them? Are the joints well made? Am I happy with the quality of my finish? Could my design have been improved in any way? Are all the materials I used the best choice I could have made? Etc, etc, etc,,,,,, The more detail you go into here the better. Don’t be afraid to be honest and point out as many flaws/room for improvements as you possible can. You WILL NOT loose marks for doing so!!!
  18. 18. Conclusion  This is slightly different to the evaluation. Here you are making a summary of how the project turned out as a whole (everything involved; designing, researching, manufacturing, report writing, etc)  Does your project fits its function at you intended it to? (is it perfect for what it’s made for?)  Did you accomplish what you set out to achieve at the beginning of the project?  Mention you Planning and Timekeeping – Were you on time with each stage? If your answer is no then why not? Did you plan out your project sufficiently?  If you had to start over is there anything you would do differently?  What did you learn from carrying out this project? (link this into what you wrote in your introduction about what you hoped to achieve)
  19. 19. MARKING SCHEME Marking Scheme Maximum Marks Marks Awarded A Planning of project • Ability to design an appropriate plan of procedure • Evidence of research •Preparation of working drawings/use of models as graphic aids 10 10 10 B Report Writing • Design folio detailing planning, execution and evaluation of project • Critical appraisal of project for equality, function and finish • Conclusions from practical experience of practical work 10 10 10 C Manipulative Skills • Skills in preparation and finishing of materials • Safe use of tools and machines – Hand/Power/CNC • Skills in assembly of materials 10 10 10 D Presentation of Project • Task completed to acceptable standard • Appropriate use of materials • Satisfactory knowledge of construction technology 10 10 10 E Experiments • Evidence of ability to plan and carry out three experiments Experiments should be related to the project work or selected from the suggested experiments outlined in the syllabus for Construction Studies. 10 10 10 Check Your folder

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