DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

Growing up in the 21st century in Australia there are very few occupations where digital literacy and information technology skills are not required. At Yanchep Secondary College students are offered a range of pathways through the Digital Technologies curriculum.

YEAR 7 AND YEAR 8 (COMPULSORY)
At Yanchep we recognise the importance of technology skills and knowledge to our students and provide every student in Year 7 and Year 8 the opportunity to develop these skills through courses in both years. Yanchep courses follow the West Australian Curriculum of Digital Technologies. The programs deliver both a breadth of experiences in general ICT skills necessary for functioning in today’s world, as well as IT specific skills that can develop into a range of IT career pathways.

YEAR 9 AND YEAR 10 (OPTIONAL)
Our students have a choice of electives in Year 9 and Year 10. They can select from courses including graphics or animation, game or web development. These choices may vary from year to year to reflect the current interests/trends in IT, while still progressing on the learning continuum of Digital Technologies.

YEAR 11 AND YEAR 12 (OPTIONAL)
In Year 10, students will select courses for their Year 11 and Year 12 pathway. Yanchep offers students both a General and VET pathway. Programs on offer include:

Applied Information Technology
Applied Information Technology prepares students for a society that is increasingly reliant on Information Technology. Students will develop knowledge and skills that are essential for jobs of the future.
Content and skills included in the course are: hardware, software, networks and information technology product design and creation. Students will have an opportunity to create products such as videos, websites, animations, and presentations. Students gain essential life and work skills in problem solving, time management and communications skills while working both independently and collaboratively. This course provides an excellent general grounding in ICT skills necessary for future study aspirations and working lives.

Certificate II in Digital Media, Information and Technology
This entry level qualification provides the foundation skills and knowledge to use information and communications technology (ICT) in any industry. This course will give those seeking a career in IT or tertiary studies in IT a strong foundation in using technology as a productivity tool in the workplace.
A total of 14 Units of Competency are completed over two years – 7 core units and 7 elective units will be required for completion of this qualification.
VET courses are delivered to the required standards of the relevant RTO (Registered Training Organisation) and national governing bodies to ensure that students achieve qualifications that are recognised nationally, and achieve WACE.
All courses offered at Yanchep have pathways to further studies and a range of technology-based careers and a set of skills that equip students for the 21st century and give them an appreciation of the impact of information technology on society.

HOME ECONOMICS

Home Economics is comprised of Food Technologies, Textiles and Children, Family and the Community. The courses promote a healthy and sustainable lifestyle and provide students with practical life skills to allow them to care for themselves, their family and contribute positively to their community. Students follow the technological process to design solutions and practice problem solving, time management and communication skills in every lesson. They learn a variety of cooking and crafting techniques and gain an understanding of the properties of foods and fibres.

The Textiles classroom operates as a sustainable studio where found, donated, recycled and preloved materials are repurposed and reconstructed. Students are immersed in sustainable life practice, learning how to mend, deconstruct and alter garments and developing a repertoire of hand skills and processes.

LOWER SCHOOL

YEAR 7 AND 8
Lower school students will study a semester of Home Economics each year comprised of cooking, textiles and Child, Family and Community. The taster course will give students the opportunity to learn a range of food preparation and sewing techniques and safely use equipment and machinery. Students will also get to combine materials and experiment with purposeful design.

YEARS 9 & 10
Textiles – Students will design and construct an array of products and garments using traditional crafting techniques including embroidery, applique, dying and quilting. They are encouraged to be contemporary and innovative in their designs and create bespoke pieces following the technology process. They will learn fashion illustration, look at industry trends and issues and will have the opportunity to participate in a wearable art fashion show.

Children, Family and Community – Students will study the stages of life development and look at the varying issues and needs of different groups in society. They will learn to design and create innovative, practical and lasting solutions to these issues. They will conduct research, data analysis and consider case studies on a local, national and global scale and learn to become sustainable citizens.

Food Technologies – Students will learn a variety of cooking techniques and be immersed in food culture. They will study nutrition, global food trends and cuisines and consider the place of food in society. They will learn to cook a range of meals and develop safe food handling practices. They will design and cook a range of menus to suit a variety of purposes.

 

SENIOR SCHOOL
YEAR 11
Children Family and Community
Unit 1 – Families and relationships
This unit focuses on family uniqueness. Students examine the role of families and the relationships between individuals, families and their communities. Through an understanding of growth and development, students recognise the characteristics of individuals and families and that development is affected by biological and environmental influences. They identify roles and responsibilities of families, and examine their similarities and differences, the issues that arise from family interactions and the influence of attitudes, beliefs and values on the allocation of resources to meet needs and wants.
Students make decisions, examine consequences and develop skills to accommodate actions that impact themselves or others. Skills, processes, understandings and knowledge are developed through individual and group experiences. Students design and produce products and services that meet the needs of individuals, families and communities.

Unit 2 – Our community
This unit focuses on families, relationships and living in communities. The influence of biological and
environmental factors, lifestyle behaviours and health status on growth and development is studied. Students explore the health of individuals and communities and the protective and preventative strategies that impact on growth and development. Students examine the roles and responsibilities of particular groups, networks, and services, and the impact of attitudes, beliefs and values on the management of resources. Students engage in shared research practice, communicate information, use decision-making, goal setting, self-management and cooperation skills when creating products, services or systems that will assist individuals, families and communities to achieve their needs and wants.

Food Science Technology
Unit 1 – Food Choices and Health
This unit focuses on the sensory and physical properties of food that affect the consumption of raw and processed foods. Students investigate balanced diets, the function of nutrients in the body and apply nutrition concepts that promote healthy eating. They study health and environmental issues that arise from lifestyle choices and investigate factors which influence the purchase of locally produced commodities.
Students devise food products, interpret and adapt recipes to prepare healthy meals and snacks that meet individual needs. They demonstrate a variety of mise-en-place and precision cutting skills, and processing techniques to ensure that safe food handling practices prevent food contamination. Students recognise the importance of using appropriate equipment, accurate measurement and work individually, and in teams, to generate food products and systems.
Unit 2 – Food for Communities
This unit focuses on the supply of staple foods and the factors that influence adolescent food choices and ethical considerations. Students recognise factors, including processing systems that affect the sensory and physical properties of staple foods. They explore food sources and the role of macronutrients and water for health, and nutrition-related health conditions, such as coeliac and lactose intolerance, which often require specialised diets. Students consider how food and beverage labelling and packaging requirements protect consumers and ensure the supply of safe, quality foods.
Students work with a range of staple foods, adapt basic recipes and apply the technology process to investigate, devise, and produce food products to achieve specific dietary requirements. They evaluate food products and demonstrate a variety of safe workplace procedures, processing techniques and food handling practices.

YEAR 12
Food Science Technology

Unit 3 – Food Science
This unit explores the societal, lifestyle and economic issues that influence food choices. Students research the effect of under-consumption and over-consumption of nutrients on health and investigate a range of diet-related health conditions that affect individuals and families.
Using scientific methods, students examine the functional properties that determine the performance of food and apply these in the planning and preparation of food products and processing systems.
Students develop their expertise with technology and communication skills to implement strategies to design food products and processing systems. They select resources to meet performance requirements and use evaluation strategies to monitor and maintain optimum standards. Students follow occupational safety and health requirements, implement safe food handling practices and use a variety of foods and processing techniques to produce safe, quality food products.

Unit 4 – The Undercover Story
This unit focuses on food spoilage and contamination and explores reasons for preserving food. Students investigate food processing techniques and the principles of food preservation. They examine the regulations which determine the way food is packaged, labelled and stored and how the principles of the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) system are administered and implemented to guide the production and provision of safe food.
Students investigate the food supply chain and value-adding techniques applied to food to meet consumer and producer requirements. Food choices are often determined by location, income, supply and demand and the environmental impact of food provision. Students examine influences on the nutritional wellbeing of individuals that arise from lifestyle and cultural traditions. They implement principles of dietary planning and adapt recipes and processing techniques when considering specific nutritional needs of demographic groups. Students apply the technology process to address a product proposal and produce a preserved food product. They justify the equipment, resources and processing techniques used, and evaluate sensory properties. Students show the use of the preserved food product in another food.

Children Family and Community
Unit 3 – Building on relationships
In this unit, students investigate the principles of development and how these relate to the domains and theories of development. Students examine and evaluate the features of products, services and systems for individuals and families. They examine the diverse and dynamic nature of families in Australia. They recognise and acknowledge cultural diversity, and inequity and injustice issues.
Students develop effective self-management and interpersonal skills to recognise and enhance personal relationships, enabling them to take active roles in society.

Unit 4 – My place in the community
In this unit, students examine the effect on an individual’s development and wellbeing in a society characterised by rapid change. They explore contemporary Australian issues or trends relating to families and communities at the state and national level and are introduced to a range of advocacy types.
Students examine developmental theories and their influence on cognitive development. Students use effective self-management and interpersonal skills when developing or assessing products, processes, services, systems or environments

DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY

LOWER SCHOOL

YEAR 7
Wood
Students will be introduced to and have the opportunity to experience a range of workshop tools and processes. They will undertake four ‘Design and Production’ assignments, which enable them to develop their skills throughout the semester.

  • Pine Pen Holder
  • Linked Wooden Snake
  • Model Aeroplane
  • Wheeled Wooden Toy

Students will be given the opportunity to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of their design ideas and solutions. They will generate and clarify ideas through sketching, modeling and perspective drawings.
Students will be instructed how to manage their design tasks in a safe and responsible manner following the process below.
Investigating and defining

  • Designing
    • Producing and implementing
      • Evaluating
        • Collaborating and managing

YEAR 8
Wood
Students will be given the opportunity to build on experiences of workshop tools and processes. They will undertake four ‘Design and Production’ assignments, which enable them to continue to develop their skills throughout the semester with increasing creativity and independence.

  • Mechanical Automata
  • Hinged Bandsaw Box
  • Pine Shelf

Students will be given the opportunity to investigate mechanical and electrical concepts whilst evaluating the advantages and disadvantages of their design ideas and solutions. They will generate and clarify ideas through annotated sketches, modeling and scaled drawings.
Students will be instructed how to identify steps needed to complete design tasks in a safe and responsible manner. They will follow the process below.

  • Investigating and defining
    • Designing
      • Producing and implementing
        • Evaluating
          • Collaborating and managing

YEAR 9
Wood
Students will be given the opportunity to continue build on experiences of workshop tools and processes. They will undertake three ‘Design and Production’ assignments below, which will enable them to develop their skills throughout the semester. Students will identify design needs taking into account sustainability, social and economic factors.

  • Single Drawer Bandsaw Box
  • Three Legged Side Table
  • Personal Design and Production Assignment

Students will be given the opportunity to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of their design ideas and solutions. They will generate their own original ideas and represent these through Production Plans in 2-D and 3-D representations.
Students will develop safety procedures and identify steps needed to complete design tasks in a safe and responsible manner. They will follow the process below.

  • Investigating and defining
    • Designing
      • Producing and implementing
        • Evaluating
          • Collaborating and managing

 

SENIOR SCHOOL (OPTIONAL)
YEAR 11
Materials Design and Technology – Wood
It is an introductory subject for those students who have limited experience in the manufacturing of products out of wood. As well as project production students will learn to communicate various aspects of the design process within the structure of ‘design, make and appraise’.

Materials Design and Technology – Metals
This is a practical course where students will work with metal in the design and manufacture of products. It is an introductory subject for those students who have limited experience in the manufacturing of products out of metal. As well as project production students will learn to communicate various aspects of the design process within the structure of ‘design, make and appraise’.

YEAR 12
Materials Design and Technology – Wood
The course follows on from Materials, Design and Technology, Wood – Year 11 and is for students who have completed that course. Students will develop materials manipulation skills and production management strategies, and are given the opportunity to realise their design ideas through the production of their design project.

Materials Design and Technology – Metals
This course follows on from Materials Design and Technology, Metal – Year 11 and is for students who have completed that course. Students will develop materials manipulation skills and production management strategies, and are given the opportunity to realise their design ideas through the production of their design project.

LOWER SCHOOL

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