TECHNOLOGY DOMAIN


Deeane Cordy
Technology Learning Leader

Learning in the Technology Domain gives you the freedom to use your creativity to solve problems in a real-world context.

Technology is an increasingly significant part of our society, which is why it is important that we learn the appliances and systems people rely on daily in order to create a more efficient, safer and healthier world.

We foster an appreciation for traditional techniques, while also exploring the frenetic world of emerging technologies. Here, you have opportunities to analyse problems and implement a range of digital and design solutions such as artificial intelligence engines, engineering robots, building sustainable furniture and improving the quality and accessibility of food.

In this Domain you have the choice to explore technologies in the areas of; digital, fibre, food, materials and systems engineering.

Applied Computing & Software Development 1-2

  • Design and create digital solutions for emerging technologies
  • Learn about cybersecurity and ethical hacking
  • Use testing and debugging techniques to ensure software solutions work

Subject Code: V1TCS
Year Level: 11

Unit 1: Data Analysis & Programming

We look at how data can be used to create data visualisations, and how programming languages develop working software solutions. We apply methods and techniques for creating a working software solution using a range of processing features and data structures. We apply testing and debugging techniques to ensure the software solution works as intended.

Assessment
  • A folio of exercises or software solutions and a written report
  • A presentation (oral, multimedia, visual) to present findings or software solutions

 

Unit 2: Innovative Solutions & Network Security

We work collaboratively to develop an innovative solution to an identified need or opportunity. We investigate the use of digital devices and emerging technologies and their applications. The innovative solution may be a concept, prototype or product and you can choose to explore artificial intelligence, Internet of Things,
Games Development, Virtual Reality, Blockchain or any other innovative digital solution.

We examine the capabilities and vulnerabilities of a network, design a network solution, discuss the threats to data and information, and propose strategies to protect the security of data and information.

Assessment
  • A presentation (oral, multimedia, visual) of an innovative solution
  • A written or annotated visual report
  • A case study, or;
  • the design of a wireless network or a working model

 

What sort of student would like Applied Computing?

Someone who:

  • Would like to design and create digital solutions to emerging technologies.
  • Would like to pursue a career in programming & cybersecurity.
  • Is interested in learning about components of digital systems.
  • Would like to learn about the role of ethical hacking.
  • Enjoys analysing data and learning about the impact of current and emerging technologies
Pre-requisites

Digital: 3D Animation & Game Design; Digital: Cybersecurity, Data & Programming; Systems Engineering: Remote Controlled Vehicle; Systems Engineering: Robotics

Other considerations

Applied Computing is a pathway into Units 3 & 4 Software Development which further develops your understanding of programming, analysis & design and software security or cybersecurity. This program will be offered in 2023.

 

Food Studies 1-2

  • Study the origins and roles of food across the globe
  • Look at Australian indigenous food before European settlement
  • Focus on sustainability and nutrition

Subject Code: V1TFS
Year Level: 11

Unit 1: Food origins

We  look at the main factors that develop a global food supply and demonstrate adaptations of selected food from earlier cuisines through practical activities. You use indigenous ingredients and consider some of the changes in Australian food industries and cultures.

Assessment
  • written and practical assessment tasks including comparative taste testing analysis

 

Unit 2: Food makers

We discuss ways to ensure a safe food supply to Australians, use design briefs to design and create a food product that has been adapted from a small-scale kitchen to a commercial context.

Assessment
  • written and practical assessment tasks including a practical food solution
  • end of semester exam

 

What sort of student would like Food Studies?

Someone who:

  • Is interested in foods.
  • Would like analysing what happens during cooking and using a variety of preparation methods.
  • Is curious about sustainable and ethical food issues, healthy eating, meal creation and nutrition.
Pre-requisites

Food Technology subjects: Café Style and Breakfasts Lunches and Dinners, Foods from around the World and Cooking for Crowds and/or participation in food preparation in the home/workplace are suggested, not essential.

Other considerations

This unit has a wide theoretical base and therefore makes up around 50% - 60% of total class time. The other 50-40% is practical based (testing and tasting foods and/or producing recipes).

 

Product Design & Technology 1-2

  • Design and build challenging projects
  • Focus on sustainability and collaboration in a practical context
  • Express yourself creatively in practical situations

Subject Code: V1TPD
Year Level: 11

Unit 1: Sustainable product redevelopment

As a class you design and plan the redevelopment of a product with the intention of developing a different product with consideration of sustainability issues. Select and apply materials, tools, equipment and processes to make a redeveloped product, and compare this with the original product.

Assessment
  • a design folio
  • a finished product, with records of production and modifications

 

Unit 2: Collaborative design

You design and plan a product or range of products collaboratively in response to a design brief. You justify, manage and use appropriate production processes to make a product safely and evaluate individually and as a member of a team, the processes and materials used and the suitability of a product or components of a group product/s against the design brief.

Assessment
  • a design folio
  • a finished product, with records of production and modifications

 

What sort of student would like Product Design & Technology?

Someone who:

  • Is interested in designing and making products.
  • Likes working with wood and metals
  • Would like to follow a building, engineering or designing career.
  • Would like to pursue tertiary qualifications in building, engineering or designing careers
Pre-requisites

Any Pathways subjects in Materials Technology in Timber or Metal.

 

Product Design & Technology Textiles 1-2

  • Redesign an article of clothing
  • Collaborate with class members
  • Develop a fashion folio

Subject Code: V1TTX
Year Level: 11

Unit 1: Sustainable product redevelopment

You design and plan the redevelopment of an existing product taking into consideration sustainability issues and the intention of making it more functional. You select and apply materials, tools, equipment and processes to make a redeveloped product, and compare this with the existing product.

What does this mean for me?

You chose a product such as a garment to redesign for a specific purpose.

Assessment
  • develop a folio showing evidence of the design process, selection and safe use of tools and machines and the risk assessment associated with the tools and machines

 

Unit 2: Collaborative design

We work collaboratively to design and plan a functional product in response to a design brief. You justify, manage and use appropriate production processes to make a product safely and evaluate the processes and materials used including the suitability of the product.

What does this mean for me?

Each student, in a team or individually, produces one of the products based on their theme.

Assessment
  • show evidence of contribution to the design and development of a group folio and product

 

What sort of student would like Textiles?

Someone who:

  • is interested in design, fashion and textiles.
Pre-requisites

Nil. However, any Pathways Fibre Technology subject will be beneficial.

Other considerations

Purchase of materials as required.

 

Systems Engineering 1-2

  • Focus on mechanical engineering fundamentals
  • Understand what makes simple and more complex devices operate
  • Design and create your own electro/mechanical project

Subject Code: V1TSE
Year Level: 11

Unit 1: Mechanical engineering fundamentals

You will focus on mechanical engineering fundamentals as the basis of understanding the underlying principles and the building blocks that operate in the simplest to more complex mechanical devices.

What does this mean for me?

We study fundamental mechanical engineering principles, the motions performed, the elementary applied physics, and the mathematical calculations that can be applied in order to define and explain the physical characteristics. You apply knowledge and construct functional systems. ‘

Through applied research, you explore how these systems use or convert the energy supplied to them, and to related wider environmental and social issues.

Assessment
  • written tests
  • practical and research tasks
  • end of semester exam

 

Unit 2: Electro technology engineering fundamentals

We focus on building understanding of the fundamental principles of electrical and electronic circuits, which are collectively and commonly referred to as electro technology.

What does this mean for me?

You study fundamental electro technology engineering principles, apply knowledge and skills to research, produce technical reports and construct an electro technology system.

Assessment
  • written tests
  • practical and research tasks
  • end of semester exam

 

What sort of student would like Systems Engineering?

Someone who:

  • Is looking for a sound basis for entry into a broad range of tertiary technology courses such as; engineering and applied sciences, skilled trades and vocational training, in the electro technology and automotive sectors.
  • Interested in gaining employment in technological enterprises.
Pre-requisites

Physics or electronics based subjects such as Our Chemical & Physical World would be beneficial. Pathways subjects - Remote Controlled Vehicle, 3D Design and Construction, Robotics.

Other considerations

A subject that complements Systems Engineering is Physics.