Cootamundra High School

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Technology subjects

The Technology Faculty offers a range of courses including:


Taught by Industrial Arts  

  • Industrial Technology - Timber (Stage 5&6)
  • Industrial Technology - Metals (Stage 5)
  • Industrial Technology - Multimedia (Stage 5)
  • Design and Technology (Stage 4&6)

 

Taught by Home Economics

  • Food Technology (Stage 5)
  • Hospitality (Stage 6)
  • Design and Technology (Stage 4)

 


STAGE 5

Industrial Technology - Multimedia

Fees - Year 9 $10.00 Year 10 $10.00

This is an applied computing subject students will learn by using computers and a wide range of computing related technologies.

The Multimedia focus area provides opportunities for students to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to multimedia, photographic and associated industries.

The practical projects will allow students to develop specific knowledge, understanding and skills related to multimedia and/or photography-related technologies. These may include:

  • Individual photographic images; photographic presentations; brochures incorporating photographic images; photo journals; 2D and 3D computer animations; videos and web pages.

Over the two years of the course the student's projects will promote the sequential development of skills and reflect an increasing degree of student autonomy as they progress through the course.

 

Food Technology

 

Fees - Year 9 $60.00 Year 10 $60.00

 

The Australian food industry is growing in importance, providing numerous employment opportunities and increasing the relevance of Food Technology for the individual and society. . In Australia, consumers are confronted by an increasing array of food products designed to complement our changing lifestyles. In the study of Food Technology students develop practical skills in preparing and presenting food that will enable them to select and use appropriate ingredients, methods and equipment.

 

Course work is made up of core and focus areas.

 

The core areas consist of:

  • Food preparation and processing
  • Nutrition and consumption
 

The focus areas consist of:

  • Food in Australia
  • Food equity
  • Food product development
  • Food selection and health
  • Food service and catering
  • Food for special needs
  • Food for special occasions
  • Food trends.
 

Practical experiences occupy much of the allocated time for students of Food Technology. These practical experiences include hands-on investigation, designing, producing and evaluating activities.

 

Industrial Technology – Metal

Fees - Year 9 $45.00 Year 10 $45.00

This is a subject where student learning is by means of project work.  In this subject students learn about and have the opportunity to use a wide range metal working tools and technologies.

The Metal focus area provides opportunities for students to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to the metal and associated industries.

These are enhanced and further developed through the study of specialist modules in:

  • Metal Machining, Fabrication, Engine fitting                  

Or                                          

  • Art Metal, Jewellery.

Practical projects will reflect the nature of the Metal focus area and provide opportunities for students to develop specific knowledge, understanding and skills related to metal-related technologies. These may include:

  • sheet metal products; metal machining projects; fabricated projects; artistic metal projects; equipment restoration; jewellery and accessories.

Over the two years of the course the student's projects will promote the sequential development of skills and reflect an increasing degree of student autonomy as they progress through the course.

 

Industrial Technology - Timber

Fees - Year 9 $45.00 Year 10 $45.00

The Timber focus area provides opportunities for students to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to the timber and associated industries via the design and development of practical projects.

The focus of these projects will be:

  • Cabinetwork
  • Wood Machining.

Practical projects undertaken will reflect the nature of the Timber focus area and provide opportunities for students to develop specific knowledge, understanding and skills related to timber-related technologies. These may include:

  • Furniture items; decorative timber products; storage and transportation products; small stepladders or similar; storage and display units.

Over the two years of the course the student's projects will promote the sequential development of skills and reflect an increasing degree of student autonomy as they progress through the course.

 

Textiles and Design

 

Fees - Year 9 $5.00 Year 10 $5.00

 

Textiles Technology provides students with broad knowledge of the properties, performance and uses of textiles in which fabrics, colouration, yarns and fibres are explored. Project Work that includes investigation and experimentation will enable students to discriminate in their choices of textiles for particular uses.

 

Areas of Study

  • Design
  • Properties and Performance of Textiles
  • Textiles and Society.
 

Project work forms the basis of every unit of work. There are two assessed components of project work:

 

  • The demonstration of practical skills to produce a textile items
  • Documentation of the student work.

 

Textiles Technology will contribute to the overall education of students by enabling students to confidently use a range of technologies and create an awareness of related career pathways and leisure pursuits. The course encourages students to be proactive, competent, creative, responsible and reflective learners able to take part in further study, work or training in this field and related industries.

 

Practical experiences occupy much of the allocated learning time. These practical experiences include hands-on investigation, designing, producing and evaluating textiles products.  In this subject students have the opportunity to design and produce their own clothing and apparel, to meet their fashion needs while saving on production costs. 

 


STAGE 6

 

Industrial Technology - Timber Products and Furniture Industries

 

Unit Value:     2 Units

HSC Exam:    1.5 hours  40%        

Major Project: 100 hours  60%

 

Description

This course requires an interest in working with timber as the course leads students in the study of the timber furnishing industry  through practical applications.

 

Preliminary Course

The following sections are taught in relation to the timber and furniture industries:

  • Industry Study – structural, technical, environmental and sociological, personnel, Occupational Health and Safety
  • Design and Management – designing, drawing, computer applications, project management
  • Workplace Communication – literacy, calculations, graphics
  • Industry Specific Content and Production
  • Minimum of three practical projects are completed.

 

HSC Course

The following sections are taught in relation to the timber and furniture industries through the development of a Major Project and a study of the relevant industry:

  • Industry Study
  • Design and Management
  • Workplace Communication
  • Industry Specific Content and Production

 

This course would suit any student interested in pursuing a career in furniture making, furniture polishing, wood machining, picture framing, musical instrument making, forest working, set designing, etc.

 

Hospitality - VET

Unit Value – 2 Units

Coordinator – Sandra Green

HSC Exam – 2 Hours

 

This 2 Unit course is an Industry Curriculum Framework which provides students with an opportunity to gain credit toward the HSC as well as National Vocational Qualifications (AQF credentialing). Students gain fast-tracking should they decide to pursue further related studies at TAFE.

 

The Hospitality Curriculum Framework is designed to enable students to acquire a range of technical, personal, interpersonal and organisational skills and to develop key competencies valued both within and beyond the workplace. The study of courses in the Hospitality field can lead to a variety of career opportunities across a range of industries. Commercial and non-commercial enterprises for which Hospitality competencies are required include resorts, hotels, bed and breakfasts, clubs, restaurants, cafes/coffee shops, bistros, community food service organisations (eg nursing homes, hospitals, meals on-wheels) and catering organisations, as well as many enterprises within the tourism sector.

 

The view of Tourism Training Australia is that ‘people who want to succeed in the industry should have good communication skills, a strong customer focus, smart presentation and grooming, organisational skills, an ability to work in a team, an ability to work well under pressure and good technical skills and knowledge.' (www.tourismtraining.com.au) . The Hospitality course aims to deliver confident students capable of entering the industry.

 

Students will study and gain competence in a wide variety of topics including; safe handling of food, basic methods of cookery, preparing and serving espresso coffee, preparing stock, sauces and soups, etc.

 

There is a minimum 70 hours of mandatory Work Placement over two years in which students gain practical on-the-job training.

 

The practical and vocational nature of this course requires mature and responsible students who can interact well with the general public as well as employers.

 

There is an optional formal HSC exam should students require a UAI.