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Technological and applied studies

Technological and applied studies (TAS) is mandatory for all students in Year 7 and 8. Students can also select from a range of elective TAS subjects.

In TAS, students develop knowledge, understanding and skills through a design and production process using a range of tools, materials and techniques in theory and practical lessons.

The continuum of technology learning is:

  • mandated from Kindergarten to Year 8 through Science and Technology K-6 and Technology Mandatory Years 7-8 syllabuses
  • based on students becoming increasingly sophisticated in their ability to apply knowledge, skills and understanding to design and produce solutions
  • optional for student specialisation in high school through a range of syllabuses addressing particular technologies and aspects of design.

Available courses include:

  • Technology Mandatory Years 7-8
  • Agricultural Technology Years 7-10
  • Design and Technology Years 7-10
  • Food Technology Years 7-10
  • Graphics Technology Years 7-10
  • Industrial Technology Years 7-10
  • Information and Software Technology Years 7-10
  • Textiles Technology Years 7-10
  • Agriculture Stage 6
  • Design and Technology Stage 6
  • Engineering Studies Stage 6
  • Food Technology Stage 6
  • Industrial Technology Stage 6
  • Information Processes and Technology Stage 6
  • Software Design and Development Stage 6
  • Textiles and Design Stage 6.

We aim to offer meaningful and productive learning experiences to prepare students to function as technologists in a variety of technical specialties. The department values the integration of academic knowledge with hands-on technical skills, which is achieved by emphasising the application of technological principles in relation to problem solving.

Technology education at Randwick Boys High School responds to the recognition that students need logical, creative, problem solving abilities, as well as an ability to manipulate tools and machines to be able to take their appropriate position in tertiary education and a changing social structure.

Students are challenged to apply technological knowledge and processes to real world experiences through open-ended, problem-based design activities, using up-to-date resources. They learn to work individually as well as in teams to design, develop, and utilise technological systems.

Courses for Stages 4 and 5 (Years 7 - 10)

Design and technology 

Students focus on the study of technology through design, the course provides opportunities for them to develop an understanding of a range of technologies, their applications and impact on the quality of life. 

Design projects are selected from the following prescribed contexts:

  • the built environment
  • engineering systems
  • food
  • information communications
  • manufacturing.

Computer technology is to be integrated into at least 50 hours of the course. Each design project must use the design process and develop the following skills:

  • designing
  • making
  • evaluating
  • communicating
  • marketing
  • managing.

Courses for Stage 6 (Years 11 and 12)

Information processes and technology

IPT is the study of computer-based information systems covering the processes of collecting, organising, analysing, storing and retrieving, processing, transmitting and receiving and displaying, as well as the technologies that support them. 

Through project work, students will create their own information system to meet an identified need.

The preliminary course includes:

  • introduction to information skills and systems
  • tools for information processes
  • planning, design and implementation
  • personal and group systems and projects.

The HSC course includes:

  • projects
  • information systems and databases
  • communication systems
  • pption strands of which students select two.

Software design and development

The focus of this course is the development of computer-based solutions that require the design of computer software. It is not only designed for those who seek further study or careers in this field but also for those who wish to understand the fundamental principles of software design and development. The preliminary and HSC courses are underpinned by social and ethical issues projects which form a foundation for the study of the course strands. 

The preliminary course includes:

  • concepts and issues in the design and development of software
  • introduction to software development
  • developing software solutions.

The HSC course includes:

  • development and impact of software solutions
  • software development cycle
  • developing a solution package (major project)
  • option topic (evolution of programming language or the software developer's view of the hardware).

Industrial technology

The focus of industrial technology is to develop, in students, a knowledge and understanding of the selected industry and its related technologies with an emphasis on design, management and production through practical applications.

At Randwick Boys High we offer two focus areas. The same area is studied in both the preliminary and HSC courses. The focus areas are:

  • multimedia technologies
  • timber products and furniture technologies.

Both the preliminary and HSC courses are organised around four sections:

  • industry study
  • design, management and communication
  • production
  • industry related manufacturing technology.

Engineering studies 

Engineering Studies is directed towards the development and application of mathematical, scientific and technological skills and their integration with business and management. It provides students with skills, knowledge and understanding associated with a study of engineering, its practices and associated methodologies. The subject promotes environmental, economic and global awareness, problem-solving ability, and engagement with information technology, self-directed learning, communication, management and skills in working as a team.

The preliminary course includes:

  • engineering  fundamentals
  • engineered products
  • braking systems
  • biomedical engineering.

The HSC course includes:

  • civil structures
  • personal and public transportation
  • aeronautical engineering
  • telecommunications engineering.