Technology & Applied Science

YEARS 7-8 (Stage 4)

Technology Mandatory

Technology and an understanding of design processes enables people to manage, interpret, shape and alter their environment to improve their quality of life at home, in work places and in the broader community.  The rapid rate of technological change in society highlights the need for technological capability, innovative thinking and flexibility.

Technology education integrates both procedural and conceptual knowledge.  Students identify needs that have personal meaning, apply design theory and use design processes that encourage flexibility, resourcefulness and imagination in the development and production of functional solutions.

Students learn about technologies and use a range of materials, tools and techniques relevant to the personal, commercial and global areas of human activity.  Technologies assume increased importance when they are applied to solve real problems and to create ideas and solutions for customers or clients or in response to needs or opportunities.  They can be used to add functional, aesthetic and/or financial value to products.

Students have the opportunity to experience classes in food, textiles, timber, metal and acrylic.  A range of CADCAM equipment enable the students to undertake exciting projects in all of these areas.

YEARS 9-10 (Stage 5)

Technology Mandatory

Students at Sylvania High School have the opportunity to study a wide range of both 100 hour and 200 hour courses in Year 9-10.

Child Studies

Food Technology

Graphics Technology

Industrial Technology Metal

Industrial Technology Wood

Information Software Technology

Multimedia and Publishing

Textiles Technology

Child Studies

Caters for the needs of students who are interested in a career working with children.  Career opportunities may include working in child care centres, pre-schools, teaching or social work.  Outcomes addressed include:  identifying the stages in development of a child from conception to age 5, recognising the responsibilities of the carer in a child’s creation and development and identifying the nutritional needs of children.

Food Technology

This subject includes practical food preparation experiences including the domestic and commercial preparation of food.  This course is relevant for students who have an interest in food and nutrition at a personal level, as well as for those students who may in the future wish to pursue study in the food service and hospitality industries.  Food Technology is a popular course at Sylvania High School.

Graphics Technology

Students complete a combination of technical drawings that develop skills in drafting, freehand drawing and instrument drawing.  The content is taught to compliment and reinforce computer-aided design, drafting and manufacture.  It is anticipated that during the course students will experience Architectural Drawing, Product Drawing, Engineering Drawing and Landscape Drawing.  Emphasis is placed on developing neat and accurate working skills.  Students will also develop a wide range of computer skills associated with CAD programs and can become involved in the F1 in schools technology challenge where the students design and manufacture their own model F1 car using CADCAM programs and equipment.

Industrial Technology Metal

This course allows students to develop basic skills that are currently used in the sheet metal, metal machining and metal fabrication industries.  The course has a strong practical hands-on focus and students will make a range of metal projects which may include tools, household and garden accessories and furniture etc.  Students will learn how to safely and appropriately use equipment which may include metal lathes, bending and cutting machines, MIG, Electric Arc and Oxywelding apparatus and a wide range of hand tools.  The metal work rooms are currently being refurbished by the school’s construction class.

Industrial Technology Wood

This course enables students to build a variety of timber projects.  Working with wood is an enjoyable experience and students will develop traditional skills along with the use of the most modern machine tools.  Safe working habits and design skills are emphasised in the course.  Students are able to develop self confidence and responsibility as they make projects using design and problem solving skills.  Students have the opportunity to work in the recently completed Trade Training Centre.

Information and Software Technology (IST)

The Information and Software Technology (IST) course offers a common core with a wide range of options. At this school there is a strong emphasis on the the graphics, authoring, digital media and software design options. Students tasks in IST are generally open ended and therefore designed to cater for a range of abilities and skills. Navigate to the the scope and sequence section of this web site to see an outline of this and other computing courses taught at the school.

Multimedia and Publishing

The Multimedia and Publishing course gives students an introduction to a range of graphics and multimedia software in combination with still and video photography. This is a very practical course. Students will learn to use the important features of digital SLR and video cameras to produce a range of images and clips. They will learn the fundamentals and some advanced use of a range of graphics software including Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash, Acrobat and Video production.

 

Textiles Technology

Textiles and Design allows students to develop problem solving skills while at the same time encouraging creativity and individuality in design.  Students can show these skills through the construction of garments, presentation of work in portfolios, use of colour in design, surface decoration of textile articles, fabric dyeing and printing.  The 100 hour course is great for providing essential skills needed to adjust new clothing that doesn’t quite fit.

YEARS 11-12 (Stage 6)

The TAS Faculty at Sylvania High School offers the students a wide range of subjects to choose from, including VET subjects, Construction and Hospitality that have access to the recently completed Trade Training Centre facilities.

  • Community and Family Studies
  • Design and Technology
  • Engineering Studies
  • Food Technology
  • Industrial Technology Metal and Engineering Technology
  • Industrial Technology Timber
  • Information Processes Technology
  • Software Development and Design
  • Textiles and Design
  • Community and Family Studies

This is an interdisciplinary course drawing upon selected components of family studies, sociology, developmental psychology and students’ general life experiences.  This course focuses on skills in resource management that enables people to function effectively in their everyday lives, in families and communities.

Design and Technology

Students study the overall design process and produce a number of design projects in the preliminary course and a major design project and folio at the HSC level.  Areas of study include design theory, design processes, creativity, collaborative design, research, management, use of resources, communication, manufacturing and production as well as computer-based technologies, safety and environmental issues.  A major design project is undertaken in the HSC year accompanied by a design folio covering the project proposal and management, project development and realisation and project evaluation.

Engineering Studies

Both Preliminary and HSC courses offer students knowledge, understanding and skills in various aspects of engineering that include communication, engineering mechanics and hydraulics, engineering materials, historical and social influences, electricity and electronics as well as vocational opportunities.  Students study engineering by investigating a range of applications and fields of engineering, undertaking a number of modules and creating written reports at both the preliminary and HSC levels.

Food Technology

Food Technology is a very popular subject at Sylvania High School where students will develop knowledge and understanding about the production, processing and consumption of food, the nature of food and human nutrition and an appreciation of the importance of food to health and its impact on society.  A wide range of skills will be developed in researching, analysing and communicating food issues, food preparation and the design, implementation and evaluation of solutions to food situations.

Industrial Technology Metal and Engineering Technologies

Industrial Technology at Sylvania High School exposes the students to a broad range of skills and knowledge focusing on Metal and Engineering Industries with an introduction to industrial processes and practices.  Students are required to design and manufacture a major project supported by a design and management portfolio in their HSC year.

Industrial Technology Timber and Furnishing

Students at Sylvania High School undertaking Industrial Technology Timber can take advantage of the state of the art workshops recently completed as part of the Trade Training Centre.  Students study a range of topic areas relating to the Timber and Furnishing Industry.  With the new woodworking facilities students can access a wide range of new equipment that has been installed in the Trade Training Centre as well as being able to experience laser and CNC driven machinery.  As with other focus areas within Industrial Technology students are required to design and manufacture a major project supported by a design and management portfolio in their HSC year.

Textiles and Design

Textiles and Design is attracting increased interest at Sylvania High School as a result of up to date computerised equipment and exciting programming by the teaching staff.  Students are involved in the study of design, communication methods, construction techniques, innovations, fibres, yarns, fabrics and the textile industry in general.  Practical experiences are integrated throughout the content areas and include experimental work and project work.  The course culminates in the HSC year with the development of a Major Textiles Project with a supporting folio.

YEARS 11-12 (Stage 6)

The TAS Faculty at Sylvania High School offers the students a wide range of subjects to choose from, including VET subjects, Construction and Hospitality that have access to the recently completed Trade Training Centre facilities.

  • Community and Family Studies
  • Design and Technology
  • Engineering Studies
  • Food Technology
  • Industrial Technology Metal and Engineering Technology
  • Industrial Technology Timber
  • Textiles and Design
  • Community and Family Studies

This is an interdisciplinary course drawing upon selected components of family studies, sociology, developmental psychology and students’ general life experiences.  This course focuses on skills in resource management that enables people to function effectively in their everyday lives, in families and communities.

Design and Technology

Students study the overall design process and produce a number of design projects in the preliminary course and a major design project and folio at the HSC level.  Areas of study include design theory, design processes, creativity, collaborative design, research, management, use of resources, communication, manufacturing and production as well as computer-based technologies, safety and environmental issues.  A major design project is undertaken in the HSC year accompanied by a design folio covering the project proposal and management, project development and realisation and project evaluation.

Engineering Studies

Both Preliminary and HSC courses offer students knowledge, understanding and skills in various aspects of engineering that include communication, engineering mechanics and hydraulics, engineering materials, historical and social influences, electricity and electronics as well as vocational opportunities.  Students study engineering by investigating a range of applications and fields of engineering, undertaking a number of modules and creating written reports at both the preliminary and HSC levels.

Food Technology

Food Technology is a very popular subject at Sylvania High School where students will develop knowledge and understanding about the production, processing and consumption of food, the nature of food and human nutrition and an appreciation of the importance of food to health and its impact on society.  A wide range of skills will be developed in researching, analysing and communicating food issues, food preparation and the design, implementation and evaluation of solutions to food situations.

Industrial Technology Metal and Engineering Technologies

Industrial Technology at Sylvania High School exposes the students to a broad range of skills and knowledge focusing on Metal and Engineering Industries with an introduction to industrial processes and practices.  Students are required to design and manufacture a major project supported by a design and management portfolio in their HSC year.

Industrial Technology Timber and Furnishing

Students at Sylvania High School undertaking Industrial Technology Timber can take advantage of the state of the art workshops recently completed as part of the Trade Training Centre.  Students study a range of topic areas relating to the Timber and Furnishing Industry.  With the new woodworking facilities students can access a wide range of new equipment that has been installed in the Trade Training Centre as well as being able to experience laser and CNC driven machinery.  As with other focus areas within Industrial Technology students are required to design and manufacture a major project supported by a design and management portfolio in their HSC year.

Information Processes Technology

IPT is a general computing course based on examining the major information processes and then using these to solve problems and develop information systems. An example of this may be collecting and organising data and articles about road accidents and trauma then developing a multimedia or flash presentation. The presentation could be focused an advertising campaign to reduce road trauma in young drivers.

Software Design and Development

SDD is a software development course that takes students through the major steps in designing, creating and implementing software. There is a strong emphasis on commercial project management and development techniques. Visual Basic is the main programming language used throughout this course, however students may be exposed to the RoboLab robotics language, Java, assembler and other languages depending on the depending on the teacher and the types of projects attempted. Students create a range of software solutions a part of this course.

 

Textiles and Design

Textiles and Design is attracting increased interest at Sylvania High School as a result of up to date computerised equipment and exciting programming by the teaching staff.  Students are involved in the study of design, communication methods, construction techniques, innovations, fibres, yarns, fabrics and the textile industry in general.  Practical experiences are integrated throughout the content areas and include experimental work and project work.  The course culminates in the HSC year with the development of a Major Textiles Project with a supporting folio.