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TAS Stage 5 Subject Selections

 

Stage 5 T.A.S Subject selections

 

Woodwork – Graphics – Textiles – Metalwork – I.S.T – Food Technology – Agriculture

Woodwork

Woodwork is a practical subject for students who like designing and making products. The Year 9 course offers students the experience of using a range of woodworking tools and equipment including some machines and hand held power tools to make various projects. The woodwork course encourages students to further develop their skills in working with timber. It involves the designing and making of cabinet work and also wood machining projects from timber and associated materials. Students learn how to correctly use a wide range of hand and power tools such as sanders, drills, biscuiters, routers, jigsaws and lathes in our well equipped workshops. Projects include candle stick, doorstop, trinket or jewellery boxes and foot stool.

Students in Woodwork learn to work effectively with others, being mindful of safety in everything they do. Personal skills gained by studying Woodwork include an appreciation of design, independence in work habits and development of pride in their own work, as students focus on detail and quality.
Well made Woodwork projects can last a lifetime and they often become heirlooms, being passed down from one generation to the next! Year 9 students are challenged to consider quality and elegance in design so that projects made will be admired and treasured for along time. Woodwork is a lot of fun and students learn life long skills and habits which will benefit them in other areas of work and study. Some associated written assignments will be given.

Metalwork

Metalwork folding shovel

Metalwork is a practical subject for students who like designing and making projects out of steel. The Year 9 course offers students the experience of using a range of metalworking tools and equipment including some machines and hand-held power tools to make various projects such as a folding shovel and tool box. Students in Metalwork learn to work effectively with others, being mindful of safety in everything they do. Personal skills gained by studying Metalwork include an appreciation of design, independence in work habits and development of pride in their own work as students focus on detail and quality. Students also gain skills in the areas of machining, welding and sheet metal fabricating. Metalwork develops students’ skills so they are prepared for trade occupations such as Boilermaking, Welding, Machining, Fitting and turning, as well as developing life long interests and skills. Students who wish to go on to become Engineers will appreciate the practical application of Metalwork theory, and will gain a better understanding from their design endeavours.

Project work will be assessed in progress and upon completion. Some associated written assignments will be include d in the course.

 

Graphics

 Graphics Technology is an elective 100 or 200-hour course that develops an understanding of the significance of graphical communication as a universal language and the techniques and technologies used to convey technical and non-technical ideas and information. Graphics Technology develops in students the ability to read, interpret and produce graphical presentations that communicate information using a variety of techniques and media.

The Stage 5 Graphics Technology Years 7-10 syllabus builds upon the knowledge, skills and experiences developed in mandatory technology education from kindergarten to Year 8 through the K-6 Science and Technology syllabus and the Technology (Mandatory) Years 7-8 syllabus. Students may focus further on this subject matter in Years 11-12 through subjects such as: Design and Technology, Technology and Applied Studies Life Skills, Industrial Technology, Engineering Studies and Textiles and Design.

The major emphasis of the Graphics Technology syllabus is on students actively planning, developing and producing quality graphical presentations. Students will learn to design, prepare and present graphical presentations using both manual and computer-based drafting technologies. The content of the core includes graphics principles and techniques, design, planning and construction, and presentation. After completing the core students will explore specific graphics related fields.

The BOS Years 7-10 Syllabus Course Descriptors document provides a more detailed course description, including School Certificate requirements.

Solid Edge

Thinking of a career in Architecture, Industrial Design, Engineering or Construction? Then you should be considering Graphics Technology as an elective subject in Years 9 and 10. Graphics is communicating information about 2 – D and 3-D shapes in exact and pictorial ways using hand drawing and computer aided techniques. Historically, graphical communication has been the basis of human interaction. Today graphic imagery underpins all forms of communication in modern society and is applied across technical, social and national boundaries. Careers that extensively require graphic skills are trades such as Metal Fabrication, Machining, Fitting and Turning, Mechanics, Electrical, Cabinetmaking, Building and Construction, Plumbing, and professionals such as Architects, Teachers, Draftsmen, and Engineers. Research and Development organisations and departments also require people with excellent graphics expertise, imagination and problem solving skills. Graphics is a form of communication that develops visual, creative and technical expression skills. Students should have a real interest in drawing and design. It is a distinct advantage if students have access to a computer at home, as work will be completed using CAD software.

Students will complete homework assignments and class work on a regular basis throughout the year which will consist of drawing exercises to be completed on the computer using the CAD software Solid Edge which students can download free of charge from the web site.
Graphics is a very rewarding subject for students who have great imagination, can problem solve and enjoy using practical and artistic skills. Those students who plan to study Design & Technology and/or Industrial Technology in the senior school will find this course of significant benefit.
It is possible to choose Graphics Technology in conjunction with any of the other courses offered by the Industrial Arts Faculty (Industrial Technology Industrial Technology Wood, Information & Software Technology

Information Software Technology

Information and Software Technology is an elective 100 or 200-hour course that enables students to develop knowledge, understanding, confidence and creativity in analysing, designing, developing and evaluating information and software technology solutions.

Information and Software Technology Years 7-10 syllabus builds upon the knowledge, skills and experiences developed in mandatory technology education from kindergarten to Year 8 through the K–6 Science and Technology syllabus and the Technology (Mandatory) Years 7-8 syllabus. Students may focus further on this subject matter in Years 11-12 through subjects such as: Information Processes and Technology, Software Design and Development, Information Technology VET, Computing Applications CEC, Technology and Applied Studies Life Skills.

During the 200-hour course students will complete a minimum of four projects focusing on developing solutions to real world problems. The projects integrate practical aspects and core and option topics including Internet and web site development, artificial intelligence, multimedia, automated systems, digital media, database design, networking, software design, hardware, social and ethical issues and emerging technologies. The students will work collaboratively to analyse, design, test, document, implement and evaluate information and software technology-based solutions.

The BOS Years 7-10 Syllabus Course Descriptors document provides a more detailed course description, including School Certificate requirements.

People will require highly developed levels of computing and technology literacy for their future lives. Students therefore need to be aware of the scope, limitations and implications of information and software technologies. Individual and group tasks, performed over a range of projects, will enable this practical based course to deliver the relevant knowledge and skills needed by students. Development of technology skills and information about career opportunities within this area are important aspects of the course.

The core content to be covered in this course is integrated into the options chosen within the school. The course has been designed with an emphasis on practical activities that
allow students to sustain focus in a range of interest areas at some depth.
The option topics to be studied within this course include:
• Database design
• Authoring and Multimedia
• Internet and Website Development
• Digital Media
• Software Development and Programming
Students will identify a need or problem to be solved, explore a range of possible solutions and produce a full working solution. They will use a variety of technologies to create, modify and produce products in a range of media formats. Group and individual project-based work will assist in developing a range of skills, including research, design and problem-solving strategies over the chosen topics.

Food Technology

Food TechnologyFood Technology is a course that presents a broad range of experiences and opportunities to develop the interests and skills of students when managing food in a variety of settings. Students will be engaged in learning through fortnightly practical ”hands on” experiences in the assigned lessons.
The study of Food Technology provides students with a broad knowledge and understanding of food properties, processing, preparation and their interrelationship, nutritional considerations and consumption patterns. It addresses the importance of hygiene and safe working practices and legislation in the production of food. Students will develop food-specific skills, which can then be applied in a range of contexts enabling students to produce quality food products. It also provides students with a context through which to explore the richness, pleasure and variety food adds to life and how it contributes to both vocational and general life experiences. Food Technology concepts are transferable to a broad field of vocational pursuits, such as Dietetics, Medicine, Food Manufacturing and Marketing, Chef, Food Development, Small Business, Education & Training.
The major emphasis of the Food Technology syllabus is on students exploring food related issues through a range of practical experiences, allowing them to make informed and appropriate choices with regard to food. They will learn to select and use appropriate ingredients, methods and equipment safely and competently. Students will learn practices of good management and professional standards of food handling through regular food preparation activities. Students will also gain specialised skills and proficiency in food production and presentation through school based catering opportunities. Planned excursions are scheduled to support and provide students with relevant commercial ventures that demonstrate the key learning in this course. Specified safety equipment is required for practical lessons.

Agriculture


Agriculture is the study of rural industries, developments and production techniques with a local and global outlook. Students develop a practical appreciation of the need for a balance between the natural environment and agriculture. Those students with agricultural employment in mind gain practical knowledge and understandings that are useful to them. Classroom lessons, audio-visual presentations, assignment work and fieldwork are all part of the course. Assessment will be based on class tests practical work (including growing crops/animal care) and practical work reports. Assessment will be ongoing through the course.

Excursions and agriculture shows are an important part of this course. Students are encouraged to attend large show days such as The Royal Easter Show and Castle Hill show and participate in other excursions.

Textiles

Textile Technology is an interesting, creative and challenging subject for all students. In this course there is a large component of practical work involving construction of garments, accessories and decorator items. You will be given opportunities to make decisions, learn many new skills and techniques and gain an understanding of modern textile technologies and design. The course requires you to use thinking skills and creativity to make articles for your own use.
The study of Textiles Technology provides students with a broad knowledge of the properties, performance and uses of textiles in which fabrics, colouration, yarns and fibers are explored. Students examine the historical, cultural and contemporary perspectives on textile design and develop an appreciation of the factors affecting them as textile consumers. Students investigate the work of textile designers and make judgements about the appropriateness of design ideas, the selection of materials and tools and the quality of textile items. Textile projects will give students the opportunity to be creative, independent learners and to explore functional and aesthetic aspects of textiles.
Students will learn about textiles through the study of different focus areas and areas of study. The following focus areas are recognised fields of textiles that will direct the choice
of student projects.
• Apparel
• Furnishing
• Costume
• Textiles arts
• Non-apparel
By examining the work of designers, students will learn to use the creative process to design textile items. Students will learn to select, use and manipulate appropriate materials, equipment and techniques to produce qualify textile projects. Students will learn to identify the properties and performance criteria of textiles by reconstructing textile items and identify the influence of historical, cultural and contemporary perspectives on textile design, construction and use.

 

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