Topic outline

  • General

  • Year 9

    Students gain knowledge of a range of materials and processes through a design and make programme. They will have an opportunity to produce individualised projects.

     They:

            gain experience in various forms of graphic communication

            gain knowledge of resistant materials

            gain specific knowledge of processes by which these materials are worked

            gain experience using a wide range of equipment

    Given various briefs, students are taught the design process to develop their own project outcomes.  Students are given the opportunity to experience a wide range of techniques and manufacturing processes to produce their work.

    The course consists of design briefs that focus on a range of materials and processes. Students are encouraged to extend and advance their knowledge to a higher level.

     

  • Year 10

    Students gain knowledge of a range of materials and processes through a design and make programme. They will have an opportunity to produce individualised projects.

     The study of technology allows students to:

            gain knowledge of materials through a design and make programme

            gain experience in various forms of graphic communication and graphic presentation techniques

            develop an understanding of the design process

            gain specific knowledge of resistant materials

            gain specific knowledge of processes by which these materials are worked

    Given various briefs, students are taught the design process to develop their own project outcomes. They will have an opportunity to produce individualised projects. Students are given the opportunity to experience a wide range of techniques and manufacturing processes to produce their work.

    The course consists of design briefs that focus on a range of materials and processes. Students are encouraged to extend and advance their knowledge to a higher level.

     

  • Year 11

    This is a problem solving based course consisting of three learning activities: technological practice, technological knowledge and nature of technology.

     Technology enables students to:

      • gain experience in technical graphics and develop skills in graphic communication
      • develop a comprehensive knowledge of and experience in a wide range of materials and processes.
      • develop design skills that allow the translation of knowledge and ideas into practical realities.

    Through challenging briefs students are encouraged to experiment and be innovative through the design process.  Design activities include transposition of ideas, conceptualization, prototyping, development and evaluation.  Students are exposed to a range of practical skills and processes with a variety of materials.  Other topics include manufacturing processes, the effect of technology on the environment and safety issues. 

     

  • Year 12

     

    This is a need, opportunity, problem solving based course consisting of three learning activities: technological practice, technological knowledge and nature of technology.

     Technology enables students to:

      • gain experience in technical graphics and develop skills in graphic communication
      • develop a comprehensive knowledge of and experience in a wide range of materials and processes.
      • develop design skills that allow the translation of knowledge and ideas into practical realities.The briefs may vary from year to year and take a traditional approach to both material use and the manufactured outcome.  Developing knowledge of a wide range of processes and technological practice is an essential learning area in the practical workshop. 

    An emphasis on learning through experimentation with materials, trialing processes, and design through modeling is an important part of the course.  The activities when recorded and evaluated form part of a design folio.  The design activities focus on both aesthetic and functional design principles; graphic communication and presentation is an integral part of this activity. Promoting aesthetic awareness and seeking to establish existing solutions through observation and enquiry further develops a student’s design ability. 

     

  • Year 13

    This course involves working on a negotiated project of the student’s choice as a vehicle for furthering a range of practical skills and understanding in a variety of materials.

    The course aims to offer as much practical activity and experience as possible and builds on the foundations of understandings, practices and skills establishes in the previous years and focuses on

    • Designing and planning
    • Identification and sourcing of materials and sequencing for manufacture
    • Fabrication assembly and finishing methods
    • Designing and evaluating
    • Safe use of a wide range of equipment
    • Proficiency in a wide range of processes
    • Identification and sourcing of materials
    • Sequencing of complex operations
    • Time management and personal organisation