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.

Digital - 3D Animation & Game Design

  • Model a 3D environment and characters
  • Develop game levels
  • Finish this subject with a fully functional game

Subject Code: P3TDG
Year Level: 9 or 10

What will I learn?

We learn how to use industry standard software (Autodesk Maya and Unreal Engine) to create a 3D game level. You animate your character and then bring that character to life. You use visual blueprinting to create game mechanics within your 3D environment.

What will I do?
  • Design and develop a game level in Unreal Engine
  • Animate game assets in your environment
  • Character design and 3D Printing
Where can this take me?

VCE Subjects: VET Creative Industries, VCE Applied Computing, VCE Media. 

Careers/Jobs: animator, game level designer, programmer/software developer, game artist.

 

Digital - Cybersecurity, Data & Programming

This subject is replacing subject name: Digital - Programming & App Development

  • Learn programming languages
  • Detect vulnerabilities in an application or system (ethical hacking)
  • Explore emerging technologies impacting the digital transformation

Subject Code: P3TDC
Year Level: 9 or 10

What will I learn?

In this class you are introduced to the fundamentals of cybersecurity, data and programming. We look at relevant programming languages and technologies, how to protect and analyse data. You learn about ethical hacking; a process of detecting vulnerabilities in an application, system, or organization's infrastructure that an attacker can use to exploit an individual or company.

What will I do?
  • Use a programming language to create an app, website or your choice of technology.
  • Respond to case studies to develop digital solutions for emerging technologies.
  • Analyse data, learn how to protect data and networks.
Where can this take me?

VCE Subjects: VCE Applied Computing; VET Creative Industries.

Careers/Jobs: software developer, data analyst, IT project manager, cybersecurity - security analyst, network administrator.

 

Fibre - Fabric Construction

  • Design and remodel items of clothing
  • Learn about recycling clothes and the impacts of fast fashion
  • Gain sewing skills and troubleshooting techniques

Subject Code: P3TFF
Year Level: 9 or 10

What will I learn?

In Fabric construction, we are hands on! We research different uses of fibre and fabrics. There is a class focus on recycling garments and sustainable practices. You learn a wide range sewing machine skills and troubleshooting on the machine

As well as fabric decoration techniques, including embroidery.

What will I do?
  • Sew samples on the machine in preparation for sewing an article of clothing.
  • Re-model an article of clothing using your own design and complete an assessment on sustainability in the fashion industry.
  • Complete a variety of fabric decoration projects.
Where can this take me?

Pathways subjects: Fibre: Textile Art.

VCE Subjects: VCE Production Design & Technology – Textiles, VCE Studio Arts.

Careers/Jobs: textile artist, fashion designer, costume designer, visual arts and crafts professional.

 

Fibre - Textile Art

  • Design and make a tote or makeup bag
  • Learn dying techniques for a variety of fabrics
  • Decorate fabric using machine and hand methods

Subject Code: P3TFT
Year Level: 9 or 10

What will I learn?

This subject explores the creative use of thread and textiles. We examine different techniques utilising a range of textiles, fibre, yarns and fabrics. The range of techniques include the art of dyeing fabrics, silk painting, weaving and 3-dimensional wool felting. You produce an assortment of articles using these methods.

What will I do?
  • Explore a range of fabric decorating techniques to make an item such as a tote or make up bag. 
  • Make a wall hanging using different weaving techniques and coloured wools and materials of your choice.  
  • Create your own design to produce an artwork by felting or silk painting.
Where can this take me?

Pathways subjects: Fibre: Fabric Construction.

VCE Subjects: VCE Production Design & Technology – Textiles, VCE Studio Arts.

Careers/Jobs: textile artist, fashion designer, costume designer, visual arts and crafts professional.

 

Food - Breakfast, Lunches & Dinners

  • Cook popular recipes
  • Investigate the cost of food and sustainable food issues 
  • Discover food trends

Subject Code: P3TFB
Year Level: 9 or 10

What will I learn?

We produce recipes that are regularly found on your kitchen table and on menus, including our favourite breakfasts, home-baked sweet treats, lunches and dinners. You learn appropriate food handling and safety considerations, and practice industry standard food preparation methods. We consider environmental and ethical issues in food production.

What will I do?
  • Two practical and one theory-based lesson per week.
  • Use a design brief to prepare a meal of choice.
  • Learn preservation methods for things such as jam, relish and dehydrated foods.
Where can this take me?

Pathway subjects: Foods around the world, Cafe Style, Cooking for Crowds.

VCE Subjects: VCE Food Studies, VET Hospitality.

Careers/Jobs: hospitality, chef, food technologist, childcare coordinator, home economist, nutritionist.

 

Food - Café Style

  • Master café recipes
  • Learn café service and etiquette
  • Prepare café lunches to sell to staff and students

Subject Code: P3TFS
Year Level: 9 or 10

What will I learn?

We produce café-style recipes that are regularly found on a café menu, including our favourite main meals and desserts. You use appropriate food handling and safety considerations, and practice industry standard food preparation methods. You prepare a selection of café lunches that we sell to students and staff at our Café every week.

What will I do?
  • Work in groups to prepare foods.
  • Cook and help run Café at school.
  • Design foods that would be suitable for customers with specific food allergies or intolerances.
Where can this take me?

Pathways: Foods Around the World, Brunches Lunches and Dinners, Cooking for Crowds.

VCE Subjects: VCE Food Studies, VET Hospitality.

Careers/Jobs: hospitality, chef, food technologist, childcare coordinator, home economist, nutritionist.

 

Food - Cooking for Crowds

  • Cater for groups and school functions
  • Learn safe and hygienic food production methods
  • Cook for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea

Subject Code: P3TFC
Year Level: 9 or 10

What will I learn?

We focus on cooking for larger numbers, which includes cooking for functions within the school. We study quantity calculation of ingredients and learn how to compile standard recipe cards. Emphasis is on practical work using safe and hygienic food production.

What will I do?
  • Two practical and one theory-based lesson per week.
  • Work in groups to prepare meals for Carevan.
  • Use of design brief to complete assessments including Canteen Foods and Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea.
Where can this take me?

Pathways:  Foods around the world, Brunches Lunches and Dinners, Cafe Style.

VCE Subjects: VCE Food Studies, VET Hospitality.

Careers/Jobs: hospitality, chef, food technologist, childcare coordinator, home economist, nutritionist.

 

Food - Foods Around the World

  • Cook a variety of classic dishes from the Mediterranean and Asian regions
  • Develop an understanding of Australian cuisine in its multicultural context
  • Understand how social and geographical factors influence cuisines around the world

Subject Code: P3TFW
Year Level: 9 or 10

What will I learn?

We examine ‘Australian’ cuisine and how that has been influenced by historical events, cultures and technology. You take part in two written and practical tasks per week. We examine Indigenous foods and ingredients and evaluate how they contribute to the Australian cuisine. You study food from other countries and cook dishes from these places. You cook savoury and sweet dishes, understand the influences of international foods on those consumed in Australia today, understand food technology terminology, plan food orders, time plans and cost ingredients.

What will I do?
  • Two practicals and one theory-based class per week
  • Cook meals that contribute to Australia’s multicultural food scene.
  • Use a design brief to complete cook Mediterranean and Asian style foods.
Where can this take me?

Pathways: Cooking for Crowds, Brunches Lunches and Dinners, Cafe Style.

VCE Subjects: VCE Food Studies, VET Hospitality.

Careers/Jobs: hospitality, chef, food technologist, childcare coordinator, home economist, nutritionist.

 

Introduction to Building & Construction

  • Learn what it’s like to be a builder / carpenter
  • Build a house wall frame
  • Design and construct a timber project out of recycled pallets

Subject Code: P3TBC
Year Level: 9 or 10

What will I learn?

This is an introduction to the Building and Construction Industry. You gain an appreciation for what it is like to work ‘on the tools’. You develop an understanding of, and experience in, the safe and correct use of carpentry hand tools and the making of timber joints.

What will I do?
  • Learn how to use a wide range of tools and machinery.
  • Build a wall frame.
  • Use your practical know-how to build a coffee table and a project out of recycled pallets.
Where can this take me?

VCE Subjects: VET Building & Construction, VCE Product Design & Technology.

Careers/Jobs: Builder / Carpenter.

 

Introduction to Engineering

  • Gain an insight into VET / VCE Engineering
  • Learn to weld on various machines
  • Produce useable projects using a lathe

Subject Code: P3TEN
Year Level: 9 or 10

What will I learn?

Intro into Engineering is a taster subject that will allow you to learn the basic skills of Engineering and give a head start if you decide to choose it as a VCE or VET subject in Senior School. In this class you will learn how to correctly mark out, turn using the lathe, use different types of welding equipment and techniques and more.

What will I do?
  • Machining 
  • Oxy Welding
  • Hand and power tool skills
Where can this take me?

Pathways: Metal – Introduction, Metal – Intermediate, Metal – Advanced.

VCE Subjects: VET VCE Engineering.

Careers/Jobs: mechanical fitting and turning trades, boiler making trades, auto trades and mechanical, electrical and structural engineering degrees.

 

Metal - Advanced

This subject is replacing subject name: Metal - Specialist Techniques

  • Learn to use a wide range of machines from lathes and cut off machines
  • Explore modern methods of metal production
  • Design and craft a metal project that fulfils a user’s need

Subject Code: P3TMA
Year Level: 9 or 10

What will I learn?

Skills associated with machining and fabrication are available for you to learn and explore in depth, broadening your metalworking experience and understanding. Challenge yourself by designing a unique project that fulfills an end user’s need. We explore modern production methods and the use of computer aided machinery, along with sustainability concepts and how they apply to us as metalworkers.

What will I do?
  • Make a folding shovel
  • Design and create your own project
  • Create a portfolio
Where can this take me?

Pathways: Intro to Engineering.

VCE Subjects: VCE Product Design & Technology, VET Engineering.

Careers/Jobs: fitting and fabrication trades.

 

Metal - Intermediate

This subject is replacing subject name: Metal - Contemporary Techniques

  • Make practical tools that you can use and keep
  • Design and make your own metal project
  • Learn to use new tools and machinery

Subject Code: P3TMN
Year Level: 9 or 10

What will I learn?

Utilising new skills, you make a series of set projects then design your own. You create a portfolio to help build skills as you progress in levels. We use power tools and machinery to achieve satisfying results. We look at the wide-spread use of different metals, and the environmental impact (mining) associated with obtaining them.

What will I do?
  • Make hand tools that you can use and keep
  • Design and make your own project
  • Create and present a portfolio
Where can this take me?

Pathways: Metal – Advanced, Intro to Engineering.

VCE Subjects: VCE Product Design & Technology, VET Engineering.

Careers/Jobs: fitting and fabrication trades.

 

Metal - Introduction

This subject is replacing subject name: Metal - Discovery

  • Learn to shape, bend, cut and combine metal with a range of tools
  • Incorporate modern and traditional methods of blacksmithing
  • Familiarise yourself with sustainability concepts in the metal industry

Subject Code: P3TMI
Year Level: 9 or 10

What will I learn?

We take a more sophisticated approach to metalworking as you explore the possibilities of using metal in the making of unique items. Gain a deeper appreciation of metals as materials which are integral to our lives. Discover modern and traditional production methods used in blacksmithing such as forging and fabrication. Become familiar with sustainability concepts.

What will I do?
  • Produce a project of your own design such as a barbeque, barbeque tools, pot belly, fire pit or letter box.
  • Use tools such as plasma cutters and a variety of different welders.
  • Use a variety of manufacturing techniques
Where can this take me?

Pathways: Intro to Engineering, Metal – Intermediate, Metal – Advanced.

VCE Subjects: VCE Product Design & Technology, VET Engineering.

Careers/Jobs: Fitting and fabrication trades.

 

Systems - 3D Design & Construction

  • Create CAD designs in TinkerCAD
  • Learn how to solder, 3D print, circuit board production
  • Design and Construction of your own project

Subject Code: P3TSC
Year Level: 9 or 10

What will I learn?

This is a practical hands-on class where you develop printed circuit boards and produce components to manufacture a completed electronics project. We conduct basic fault finding and testing and how to design and manufacture projects or components using CAD design and 3D printing. You look at energy generation, forces, safety, sustainability, as well as new and emerging technologies.

What will I do?
  • Use simulated electronic designs and then reproduce them.
  • Make a shock box of your design using 3D printing.
  • Make a project of your own, using the skills you have learned.
Where can this take me?

Pathways: Remote Controlled Vehicle, Robotics.

VCE Subjects: Further study in Systems Engineering. Metal Units 1-4. Wood Units 1-4. VET Engineering, Digital Technologies.

Careers/Jobs: engineer, electrician.

 

Systems - Remote Controlled Vehicle

  • Learn how to program using simulation software
  • Create CAD designs and 3D Print
  • Understand basic electronics, diagnostic testing and prototyping

Subject Code: P3TSV
Year Level: 9 or 10

What will I learn?

You program a microcontroller and how the microcontroller works in relation to a development board for a remote-controlled vehicle. We learn the theory of Ohm’s Law and how basic electronics components and circuits work in a system.

What will I do?
  • Design and manufacture parts using CAD and 3D printing.
  • Use CAD software to design parts for your own remote-control vehicle.
  • Manufacture and construct a printed circuit board, vehicle chassis, gearbox
  • Program the vehicle to follow remote instructions using the Arduino microcontroller.
  • Run diagnostic tests and do prototyping.
Where can this take me?

Pathways: 3D Design and Construction, Robotics

VCE Subjects: Further study in Systems Engineering. Metal Units 1-4. Wood Units 1-4. VET Engineering. VET Creative Industries. Digital Technologies.

Careers/Jobs: engineer, electrician.

 

Systems - Robotics

  • Construct and program a VEX Robot
  • Solve engineering problems through development and design
  • Learn how to control a robot directly and autonomously

Subject Code: P3TSR
Year Level: 9 or 10

What will I learn?

We explore combinations of materials, forces, energy and motion in an engineered system. As a team, you learn how to design and build a mobile VEX robot to play a sport-like game. We look at key STEM principles, and robotics concepts. You design and manufacture parts using CAD and 3D printing, run diagnostic tests and do prototyping. At the culmination of this class, you compete head-to-head against your peers in the classroom.

What will I do?
  • Construct the VEX robot and program it to follow instructions.
  • Using the VEX robot, redesign or modify it to solve an engineering problem.
  • Battle your robot head-to-head against peers in your classroom.
Where can this take me?

Pathways: 3D Design and Construction, Robotics.

VCE Subjects: Further study in Systems Engineering. Digital Technologies. VET   Creative   Industries. VET Engineering.

Careers/Jobs: engineer, electrician.

 

Timber - Advanced

This subject is replacing subject name: Timber - Specialist Techniques

  • Explore cabinet making, wood turning, joinery and more
  • Grasp modern production methods
  • Design and build creative projects

Subject Code: P3TTA
Year Level: 9 or 10

What will I learn?

Cabinet making, joinery, wood turning, carving, and more are available to explore in depth, broadening your woodworking experience and knowledge. Learn how to use steam to bend timber components. Explore modern production methods and the use of computer aided machinery. Learn about sustainability and waste management concepts and how they apply to us as woodworkers.

What will I do?
  • Three lessons each week, largely practical work.
  • Express your creativity through the use of timber.
  • Challenge yourself in making an occasional table with turned or carved legs, embellished with a marquetry pattern on the surface.
  • Design and build creative projects which will enhance your surroundings.
Where can this take me?

VCE Subjects: VCE Product Design & Technology, VET Engineering.

Careers/Jobs: This unit provides insights into careers in trades, and further study in design and manufacturing.

Pre-requisites:

 Previous completion of Timber – Introduction and / or Timber – Intermediate would be advantageous.

 

Timber - Intermediate

This subject is replacing subject name: Timber - Contemporary Techniques

  • Learn modern techniques
  • Design and create your own exciting projects
  • Use recently developed equipment

Subject Code: P3TTN
Year Level: 9 or 10

What will I learn?

In this class you discover modern production methods and the use of recently developed equipment, along with sustainability concepts. The technique of bent lamination and the use of exotic veneers and moulds are used to create exciting projects of your own design, such as desk lamps and personalised skateboard decks.

What will I do?
  • Three lessons each week, largely practical work
  • Enjoy working with others, be creative
  • Make a skateboard, design and build personalised items.
Where can this take me?

Pathways: Timber – Intermediate, Timber – Advanced.

VCE Subjects: VCE Product Design & Technology, VET Engineering.

Careers/Jobs: This unit provides insights into careers in trades, and further study in design and manufacturing.

 

Timber - Introduction

This subject is replacing subject name: Timber - Discovery

  • An introduction to working with timber
  • Learn to use a range of tools and machines
  • Enjoy building creative projects

Subject Code: P3TTI
Year Level: 9 or 10

What will I learn?

This class gains an insight into the use of wood. We explore the importance of trees in the natural world, and also the ways in which they benefit birds, animals, and humans. You will understand how to use the design process followed in the Technology Domain and how to safely use tools and machines.

What will I do?
  • Three lessons each week, largely practical work.
  • Enjoy working with others, be creative. You use hand and power tools to design and build satisfying projects.
  • Make a breadboard, a rolling pin, a box project, something for your room.
Where can this take me?

Pathways: Timber – Intermediate, Timber – Advanced.

VCE Subjects: VCE Product Design & Technology, VET Engineering.

Careers/Jobs: This unit provides insights into careers in trades, and further study in design and manufacturing.