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Technological and applied studies

Technological and applied studies (TAS) is mandatory for all students in Year 7 and 8. Students can also select from a range of elective TAS subjects.

In TAS, students develop knowledge, understanding and skills through a design and production process using a range of tools, materials and techniques in theory and practical lessons.

The continuum of technology learning is:

  • mandated from Kindergarten to Year 8 through Science and Technology K-6 and Technology Mandatory Years 7-8 syllabuses
  • based on students becoming increasingly sophisticated in their ability to apply knowledge, skills and understanding to design and produce solutions
  • optional for student specialisation in high school through a range of syllabuses addressing particular technologies and aspects of design.

Available courses include:

  • Technology Mandatory Years 7-8
  • Agricultural Technology Years 7-10
  • Design and Technology Years 7-10
  • Food Technology Years 7-10
  • Graphics Technology Years 7-10
  • Industrial Technology Years 7-10
  • Information and Software Technology Years 7-10
  • Textiles Technology Years 7-10
  • Agriculture Stage 6
  • Design and Technology Stage 6
  • Engineering Studies Stage 6
  • Food Technology Stage 6
  • Industrial Technology Stage 6
  • Information Processes and Technology Stage 6
  • Software Design and Development Stage 6
  • Textiles and Design Stage 6.

Programs

Year 7/8: Technology (Mandatory)

Link to sharepoint student resources:

All students participate in this mandatory course. Students study Information and Communication and The Built Environment  in Year 7 and Products in Year 8. Gifted and Talented Students (GATS) and Creative arts and performing arts (CAPA) students are extended with a differentiated program.

Elective course are Year 8

Link to sharepoint student resources: Year 8

  • Graphics technology
  • Industrial technology – Timber
  • Metal
  • Silver jewellery
  • Woodwork for girls
  • Food technology
  • Textiles technology - Fashion

Elective course are Year 9

Link to sharepoint student resources: Year 9

  • Child studies
  • Food technology
  • Textiles technology (Fashion and design)
  • Graphics technology – Technical drawing
  • Industrial technology  - Timber
  • Industrial technology – Electronics
  • Industrial technology – Jewellery
  • Industrial technology – Metal
  • Industrial technology – Building & construction
  • Design and technology- Hospitality

Elective course are Year 10

Link to sharepoint student resources: Year 10

  • Child studies
  • Food technology
  • Textiles technology (Fashion and design)
  • Graphics technology – Technical drawing
  • Industrial technology  - Timber
  • Industrial technology – Electronics
  • Industrial technology – Jewellery
  • Industrial technology – Metal
  • Industrial technology – Building & construction
  • VET- Building and construction
  • VET- Hospitality.

Student interest projects that undertaken in Years 7-10.

University of New South Wales Car challenge

Book work

All faculty staff have an expectation that class notes will be organised neatly and sequentially into a book or folder. This may be a digital booklet/portfolio for some subjects.

Assessment tasks

Students can expect a minimum of one written major assessment task per term, as a formal means of assessment. This involves a significant amount of work and planning over a period of time to complete the task. Many assignments include a practical component. Information & Communication Technologies (ICTs) are embedded in these assignments. Tasks must be submitted by the due date or penalties apply.

Many subjects within the faculty are evaluated in the form of a portfolio, which documents the development of a design idea throughout the entire design process. Portfolios are often progressively marked, to ensure that multiple tasks within are being managed by the student.

Practical tasks

Practical tasks make up a large part of student assessment within the Faculty. Students must be aware of what equipment, resources and fees are needed to complete each of these tasks. Students often need to bring equipment from home to ensure that they are prepared for these lessons, such as aprons, hair nets, food containers, safety glasses and  fully enclosed, leather upper shoes.

Homework

Teachers set homework to finish off work being covered in class or to enable students to further develop skills or understanding of a particular topic. Homework activities should be recorded by the student  before they leave the classroom, and prioritised for completion by the due date.

Baby think it over program

Teachers of the Childhood Studies classes in Years 9 – 10 run a program within the faculty to help students to understand the demands of parenting a new baby. An electronic “baby” is adopted by students (having completed contract agreements). Students have to deal with the issues of babies crying throughout the night, babies needing changing, feeding and care and trying to fit all of this into a teenager’s lifestyle. For some students, this is a “reality check”, and it is intended to make them think about the impact of their choices on their life.