Technology

Metal

In this area of study, students will be introduced to workshop procedures and safe working practises in a metal workshop. Students will continue to develop their understanding of the design process which will be followed for all project planning and production work. They will develop a basic understanding of the materials they are working, learning about the characteristics, origins and processes involved in creating the material.
Students will demonstrate competence in the use of a range of hand tools, equipment and power tools/machines. Whilst using a variety of tools and equipment students will develop skills used to shape, fold, cut, mark out and join various different types of metals. This subject is available as an elective subject in years 9-10 and as a part of Product Design and Technology VCE Units 1-4.
Throughout the different year levels students will make a variety of projects, these include: tool boxes, bbq tools, camp bbqs, fire pits, barstools, motorbike stands and larger projects in VCE studies. Each of these projects will be accompanied by a design folio which follows the product design process.

Wood

In this area of study, students will be introduced to workshop procedures and safe working practises in a wood workshop. Students will develop and build on their understanding of the design process which will be followed for all project planning and production work. They will develop a basic understanding of the materials they are working, learning about the characteristics, origins and processes involved in creating the material.
Students will demonstrate competence in the use of a range of hand tools, equipment and power tools/machines. Whilst using a variety of tools and equipment students will develop skills used to shape, fold, cut, mark out and create various different types of joining techniques. This subject is compulsory at year 7 and is available as an elective subject in years 9-10. Students wishing to further their knowledge and create larger scale projects can undertake studies in Product Design and Technology VCE Units 1-4. Throughout the different year levels students will make a variety of projects, these include: smaller projects in year 7 like pot stands, spice racks, DVD/games racks, and in year 9-10 small furniture items like coffee tables, bedside cabinets, and larger projects in VCE studies. Each project will be accompanied by a design folio which follows the product design process. Design folios will vary across the different year levels as they build their understanding of the design process and how to plan projects.

Textiles

In this area of study, students will be introduced to sewing room procedures and relevant tools and equipment. Students will continue to develop their understanding of the design process which will be followed for all project planning and production work. They will develop an understanding of sewing techniques and processes, materials and decorative techniques, demonstrating competence in the use of a sewing machine and overlocker.
In year 8 all students get the opportunity to do textiles for one semester. They will make a decorative cushion, pencil case and boxer shorts as well as theory to accompany these projects.
Textiles is available as an elective subject in years 9-10. They can make items such as pyjama pants, toiletries/make-up bag, cushions, a bag, hooded windcheater, a towel with their name appliqued on it and a quillow as well as free choice projects.
Textiles in year 11 and 12 is part of Product Design and Technology VCE Units 1-4 and students are required to look at sustainability, collaboration and work with a client to produce a major project. A folio accompanies all practical work in the senior years.

Digital Technology and VCE Computing

In years 7 to 10 students are introduced to computer networks, web site and application design and development. Students create interactive solutions for sharing ideas and information as well as mocking up and assessing the design of an application and assessing user’s interaction with that design and its effectiveness in meeting user’s needs. Further, students are introduced to key concepts in programming and have the opportunity to apply programming knowledge in both software and robotic environments.
In VCE Computing units 1 through 4, students examine how hardware, software and networks interact with people and data to create digital solutions to meet particular user needs. Students study data and graphic solutions and networks, whilst also developing skills in object orientated programming as well as database design and development.
Further on, in VCE computing, students work with real world clients to develop and design a digital solution to address a need or opportunity. Students learn how to develop and use a Software Requirement Specification that details a workable digital solution for their client. Students also learn important skills in how to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of their digital solution against a range of end user criteria.

Year 7 Food

In this area of study, students will be introduced to kitchen procedures and safe working practises. Students will develop their understanding of the design process by planning and modifying recipes for production. They will develop a basic understanding of the ingredients they are using, the production of food, becoming a good food citizen by reducing waste, using seasonal foods and by using a wide range of ingredients. Students will learn to use a range of kitchen tools and appliances safely.
The ‘Australian Guidelines to Healthy Eating’ will be the focus of all productions and activities so that students are able to make appropriate food choices. Students will be encouraged to participate in preparing meals at home to further develop and apply their skills in preparation for the future.

Systems

In this area of study, students will begin to develop an understanding of the Systems Engineering Process. They will participate in activities that will include soldering techniques and processes, materials and construction techniques, investigation, recording results of testing and prototype construction.
In year 8 all students get the opportunity to do Systems for one semester. They will construct and test a Robo-moth, nerve tester, Lego machine and safety cell as well as theory to accompany these projects.
In years 11 and 12 Systems becomes Systems Engineering VCE Units 1-4. VCE Systems Engineering promotes innovative systems thinking and problem-solving skills through the Systems Engineering Process, which takes a project-management approach. It focuses on mechanical and electrotechnology engineered systems. VCE Systems Engineering involves the design, creation, operation and evaluation of integrated systems including the production of a Design Folio.

Auto

In this area of study, students will develop an understanding of the functioning of automotive systems. In Year 9 they will understand both the components and operation of 2-stroke and 4 stroke engines. Students in Year 10 will develop an understanding of the differences in operation of diesel and petrol engines as well as associated mechanical and electrical systems. The course includes both theory and practical components, with a strong emphasis on applying knowledge to address real world challenges. Students will diagnose, complete repairs and evaluate the end result.

Students will learn about safe workshop operations, locations and functions of key tools, and the safe working of  many specialist tools used in automotive engineering.