Technology Studies

Introduction

Technology Studies will further develop students’ knowledge of materials, tools and processes and give them the opportunity to develop practical solutions to peoples needs.

The fields of study:  Design and Technology, Food and Technology and Systems Technology

There is a range of focus areas in Design and Technology e.g. Metals, Wood etc. All units are designed to reinforce learning through ‘hands on’ practical activities. Technology Studies units provide the opportunity to develop a wide range of practical skills and knowledge of materials, tools and processes.  Relevant computer technology is used across all units.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) Programs

The following VET courses are offered in the Technology Learning Area:

  • Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation
  • Certificate II in Building and Construction (partial completion)
  • Certificate II in Engineering
  • Certificate II in Furniture Making Pathways
  • Certificate II in Kitchen Operations (Hospitality)

For program details refer to VET section in Curriculum Handbook.

Material Costs

All students undertaking any Technology Studies courses or subjects will be expected to pay for their materials before they commence projects.

VCE Design and Technology 1 & 2
Unit 1 – Materials, Processes and Design

The unit focuses on designing and manufacturing a product to suit an individual person(s) and location.  Students will conduct extensive research and testing on material properties and characteristics (Australian Hardwoods, Metals, Glass and Plastics). Students will research the ergonomic link between product and user and design and manufacture a unique and functional product.

 

Areas of Study

· Design brief

· Constraints and considerations of a Design Brief

· Materials testing and suitability

· Design, development and production

· Evaluation

Unit 2 – Financial Operations

This unit focuses on designing and manufacturing a product to suit an individual person(s) and location.  Students will conduct extensive research and testing on material properties and characteristics (Australian Hardwoods, Metals, Glass and Plastics). Students will research the ergonomic link between product and user and design and manufacture a unique Hallway Table.

 

Areas of Study

· Properties and use of materials

· Methods of communicating ideas

· Design consideration and constraints

· Factors in design process that influence choice of materials

· Selection and safe use of tools, equipment and machines

· Following a design plan to make a product

Preparation Subjects Subjects to do Next
Furniture Design and Construction

Girls in Technology

VCE Design and Technology Unit 3 & 4
Associated cost: Estimated average cost of project materials is between $75 and $125 for Semester 1.

Estimated average cost of project materials between $125 and $175 for Semester 2.

 

For further advice: Jamie Astall

VCE Food Studies 1 & 2
Unit 1 – History and Culture of Food

This unit goes into a detailed study of the origins and roles of food through time and across the world. Students will gain an understanding of regional cuisines and food practices through practical activities related to selected cuisines. They will further conduct research into food in Australia via investigating foods introduced by immigrants and reflecting on whether Australia has developed a distinctive cuisine of its own.

 

Areas of Study

· Food around the world, food cultures and cuisines

· Food in Australia

· Use of indigenous foods and flavourings in contemporary culinary uses

· Developments in Australian food processing industries, current food trends and food subcultures

· Organisational and manipulative food preparation and processing skills in the kitchen

Unit 2 – Food Supply and Distribution

Students will investigate Australia’s major food industries and the relationships between food suppliers and consumers. They will also investigate commercial (restaurant and industry) and domestic (in the home) food production Students apply practical skills to develop innovative food products using selected food. An emphasis is placed on designing and adapting recipes and meals in the food service sector and within families.

 

Areas of Study

· Food industries

· Primary and secondary food processing

· New food products and consumer demand

· Food standards and safety

· Food in the home

· Culinary tools, techniques and sensory properties

· Food design processes

 

Preparation Subjects Subjects to do Next
Masterchef, Food Glorious Food!, Food for Fitness VCE Food Studies Units 3 & 4
Associated cost: $70 per unit / semester ($140 full year)

 

For further advice: Holly Ingram, Shane Domaille