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.
Excursion to the School of Materials Science and Engineering @UNSW to participate in a day of talks, workshops and activities run by the School’s staff and students.
Students witness steel microstructures in action for tensile testing in the laboratory. In addition they watch presentations on 3D printed hearts, hydrogels, hydrogen storage and rockets. Students were encouraged to think more deeply about the future of materials during the catapult demonstration which showcases elasticity and the wild properties of shape memory alloys.
Another excursion is Hands on practical days by Engineering Australia
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.
The Laser Cutter machine allows our students to make drawings using Adobe Illustrator and then engrave their design onto timber or acrylic, as per their project design specifications. In electronics, students use the laser cutter to create a platform for their jouster or robobug 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
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
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
· Industry Related Manufacturing Technology.
Students are provided opportunity to visit an industry area to help them understand the mechanics of multimedia.