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Technological and applied studies

Technology and Applied Sciences

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. TAS allows students to use a range of tools, materials and techniques in their design process and technological experiences through theory and practical lessons.

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.

The continuum of technology learning is:

  • mandated from Kindergarten to Year 8 – progressing with Science and Technology K-6 to Technology Mandatory Years 7-8 syllabuses
  • based on students becoming increasingly sophisticated in their ability to design and produce solutions for authentic needs and opportunities
  • an option for student specialisation in high school through a range of syllabuses addressing particular technologies and aspects of design.

Available courses include:

Technology 7-10

  • Technology Mandatory 7-8 only
  • Agricultural Technology
  • Design and Technology
  • Food Technology
  • Industrial Technology – Automotive
  • Industrial Technology – Building and Construction
  • Industrial Technology – Electronics
  • Industrial Technology – Graphics
  • Industrial Technology – Multimedia

Technology 11-12

  • Agriculture
  • Design and Technology
  • Engineering Studies
  • Food Technology
  • Textiles and Design

Computing Studies

  • Digital Technology 7-10
  • Information and Software Technology 7-10
  • Industrial Technology Multimedia 11-12
  • Information Processes and Technology 11-12
  • Software Design and Development 11-12

Engineering studies

HSC Engineering Studies workbook

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.

Food Technology

Cupcakes

A popular option strand for our 7-10 students who love to cook and taste dishes, broadening their knowledge of food properties, processing, preparation, nutritional considerations and consumption patterns. Addressing the importance of hygiene and safe working practices and legislation in relation to the production of food, students develop food-specific skills which can be applied in a range of contexts.

Cross curriculum understanding of Indigenous, Asian and sustainable living and staying healthy assist students to understand general capabilities involved in living and working in the 21st century. Students build on their general capabilities of critical and creative thinking, ethical understanding, technology capability, intercultural understanding, literacy & numeracy skills and finally social capability.

Preliminary and HSC courses allows students to study nutritional properties of foods from preparation to storage of food using practical skills integrated throughout the content areas. Further study involves the study and understanding of Australian Food Industry, manufacturing and distribution of food, factors impacting food product development and practical experiences in food management.

Industrial Technology – Electronics

Another popular option strand with our students who enjoy experimenting with gadgets and electronic components. It provides opportunities for students to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to the electronics and associated industries.

Two core modules develops knowledge and skills in the use of tools, materials and techniques related to electronics technologies, progressively enhanced and further developed through the study of specialist topics. Practical projects allow students to reflect the nature of electronics and provide opportunities to develop specific knowledge, understanding and skills related to electronics-related technologies including electronic circuits & kits, electronic-controlled devices, and robotic projects.

Industrial Technology – Graphics

The study of Graphics Technology provides students with knowledge of the techniques and technologies used to graphically convey technical and non-technical ideas and information. Students are introduced to the significance of graphical communication as a universal language and develop the ability to read, interpret and produce graphical presentations that communicate information using a variety of techniques and media.

An important part of the cognitive process associated with this syllabus involves the generation and use of images, models and pictures. This includes the visualisation and manipulation of three-dimensional concepts and images and the interpretation and presentation of ideas graphically. Through the study of Graphics Technology students become increasingly productive, creative, discriminating and confident in the development and use of a range of technologies relevant to current practice in graphics and graphics-related industries.

Industrial Technology – Timber

Timber desk sample

The Timber focus area provides opportunities for students to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to the timber and associated industries. Initially students develop knowledge and skills in the use of materials, tools and techniques related to timber which are enhanced and further developed through the study of specialist modules in Cabinetwork and Wood Machining. Practical projects undertaken by the students should reflect the nature of the Timber focus area and provide opportunities for them to develop specific knowledge, understanding and skills related to timber-related technologies. These may include:

•         furniture items

•         decorative timber products

•         storage and transportation products

•         small stepladders or similar

•         storage and display units.

Industrial Technology – Multimedia

The Multimedia/Photography focus area provides opportunities for students to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to multimedia, photographic and associated industries.

 

Core modules develop knowledge and skills in the use of materials, tools and techniques related to multimedia or photography which are enhanced and further developed through the study of specialist modules in photographic or multimedia-based technologies.

 

Practical projects should reflect the nature of the Multimedia/Photography focus area and provide opportunities for students to develop specific knowledge, understanding and skills related to multimedia and/or photography-related technologies. These may include:

•         individual photographic images

•         photographic presentations

•         brochures incorporating photographic images

•         photo journals

•         computer animations

•         web-pages.

 

Students choosing to study the subject in years 11-12 continue their learning with more advanced capabilities in using multimedia. Both the Preliminary and HSC courses are organised around four sections:

·         Industry Study

·         Design, Management and Communication

·         Production

·         Industry Related Manufacturing Technology.

Information and Software Technology (IST)

This course has been designed in accordance to the K–10 Curriculum Framework by NESA. It follows the project based learning model that allows students to understand, develop and communicate ideas and information by accessing, analysing, evaluating and using information from a variety of sources; working collaboratively with others to express themselves through creative activity and engage with the artistic, cultural and intellectual work of others

The course integrates the study of core within the context of option topics. The core content is completely integrated with content from the option topics and projects.

Finished design product

Information Software and Technology (IST) focuses on developing computer skills through the completion of a variety of projects each term through years 9-10. These term long projects form the basis for assessment and develop student’s techniques and knowledge of core content mixed with an option strand. IST aims to equip students with the ability to use computers as problem solving tools.

There are no pre-requisites for the study of Information and Software Technology. It is an elective course, which builds upon the knowledge, skills and experiences developed in the Technology (mandatory) Years 7-8 syllabus and the Information and Communication (ICT) syllabus. The course encourages and reinforces literacy strategies, especially the development of technical and technological literacy. Students communicate their ideas and solutions to problems in oral, written and graphical forms.

Information Processes and Technology (IPT)

Information Processing and Technology engages students in a variety of practical and theoretical learning experiences. These might include retrieving information from databases; designing, implementing, testing, evaluating and writing documentation for databases, algorithms and expert systems; participating in class discussions, role plays, dilemmas and scenarios; examining and investigating programs they learn; critically evaluating media reports and advertisements and undertaking case studies to investigate existing or proposed systems.

Information Processing and Technology has the following topics through Years 11-12:

Year 11 (Preliminary) – Students learn fundamental concepts on computer hardware, software, technology, social & ethical issues, Information systems, processes involved in using data like collecting, organizing, analysing, storing & retrieving, processing, transmitting and receiving, and displaying.

Year 12 (HSC) – Students start to understand the management of project design and development through the study of three core topics of Project management, Information Systems using databases, Communication Systems; and a choice of any two option topics from Transaction Processing Systems, Decision Support Systems, Expert Systems and Multimedia Systems.

Student achievement is assessed on the basis of two criteria: Knowledge (both declarative and procedural knowledge) and Research and Development techniques. Student responses to objective testing (trial exam), writing tasks and projects are the principal sources of assessment data. Students may also be required to undertake practical exercises, oral presentations and collections of annotated media articles.

Software Design and Development (SDD)

SDD provides students with the opportunity to develop skills in designing and developing software solutions, project management and communication. It does this by looking at the different ways in which software can be developed, the tools that can be used to assist in this process and by considering the interaction between software and other components of computer systems. Students apply a systematic approach to develop and document software solutions using a variety of data structures and language facilities.

Software Design and Development has two strands of study:

The Preliminary course introduces students to the basic concepts of computer software design and development. It does this by looking at the different ways in which software can be developed, the tools that can be used to assist in this process and by considering the interaction between software and the other components of the computer system.

The HSC course builds on the Preliminary course and involves the development and documentation of software using a variety of data structures and language facilities. Students learn to solve a number of interesting and relevant software problems.