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.
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 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.