Year 9 Technology Electives

Design and Technology

Clothing and Design

Aim: This subject aims to apply the design process to create and produce finished items of clothing.

Content: In this subject you will use a design brief to identify the needs of a client and/or end user to investigate suitable ideas, themes, and historical / modern fashion trends to help you solve a design problem. You will explore and develop techniques to apply different finishes to fabric surfaces to enhance the design features of your finished products. You will learn how to document design ideas in the forms of rough sketches, fashion drawings and mood boards. You will develop practical skills in designing, cutting and machining and use a sewing machine, over locker, iron and other tools/ equipment in a safe manner.

Assessment:

  • Investigating and designing
  • Producing
  • Evaluating

Electro-technology and Mechanical Design

Aim: This subject aims to develop your ability to design and manufacture a finished mechanical product to meet a list of required specifications.

Content: In this subject you will investigate and follow the design process in response to a specific electro-technology and mechanical design problem. You use research and communication skills to respond to the needs of a design brief and generate design options. The course provides you with techniques to adapt the design elements and principles to produce a variety of design options. You learn to sketch design options and use software to computer model your refined idea in preparation for manufacturing.

Using tools and manufacturing processes, you learn to use a variety of trade techniques and develop the ability to safely use hand tools and a limited range of portable and fixed machinery. To broaden your knowledge and understanding of design, you also investigate the influence of design and technology on both historical and contemporary society as well as a range of materials, their functional properties and uses.

Assessment:

  • Investigating and designing
  • Producing
  • Evaluating

Product Design

Aim: This subject aims to develop your ability to design and manufacture a finished product, piece of furniture, or item of jewellery to meet a client’s needs. It also investigates how materials have impacted the historical development of manufacturing, culture and sustainability.

Content: In the subject you will investigate and follow the design process in response to a specific design problem. You use research and communication skills to respond to the needs of a design brief and generate design options. The course provides you with techniques to adapt the design elements and principles to produce a variety of design options. You learn to sketch design options and use software to computer model your refined idea in preparation for manufacturing.

Using tools and manufacturing processes, you learn to use a variety of trade techniques and develop the ability to safely use hand tools and a limited range of portable and fixed machinery. To broaden your knowledge and understanding of design, you also investigate the influence of design and technology on both historical and contemporary society as well as a range of materials, their functional properties and uses.

Assessment:

  • Investigating and designing
  • Producing
  • Evaluating

Digital Technology

Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing

Aim: This subject aims to develop drawing and design skills by using the design process to design, model and test a finished piece of furniture, product or jewellery that meets a client’s needs using both manual and Computer Aided Design (CAD). To learn how CAD and manufacturing (CAM) has impacted the historical development of manufacturing, culture and societies including the industries of gaming, movie making and product design.

Content: In the subject you will use manual and digital drawing systems to investigate and follow the design process in response to a specific design problem. You use research and visualisation skills to respond to the needs of a design brief and generate design sketches and illustrations. You learn to freehand and technically draw design options and technical drawings and computer model your refined design concept in preparation for the computer aided design (CAD) and manufacturing process (CAM).

In completion of the CAD process, you learn to use a variety of digital illustration techniques and how to make a model using a 3D printer. You also learn how to use the CAD environment to test and evaluate your models. To broaden your knowledge and understanding of design, you also investigate the influence of design and technology on both historical and contemporary society as well as a range of materials, their functional properties and uses.

Assessment:

  • Investigating and designing
  • Producing
  • Evaluating

Game Programming and Design

Aim: This subject aims to explore the design and development process used to create games by using the Python programming language.

Content: In this subject you will develop an understanding of the equipment that is required for online gaming. You will develop practical skills in the design of digital gaming software, create imagery and produce the code behind the game. You analyse the structure of existing games and the historical context of gaming and the elements which make a game effective, enjoyable and irresistible to players. The emphasis in this subject is also in solving programming problems in a collaborative environment.

Assessment:

  • Research task
  • Portfolio of digital solutions
  • Timed Exercises

Interactive Web Development

Aim: This subject aims to develop your understanding of how a website is structured and functions and designing and building websites that meet a particular real world need.

Content: In this subject you will investigate the type of equipment that is needed to host a website. The emphasis is on working in collaborative teams to analyse, design, develop and evaluate websites. You acquire skills in image manipulation and use web authoring software to create websites. You also learn to code and build a website using HTML, CSS and the JavaScript programming environment.

Assessment:

  • Research task
  • Portfolio of digital solutions
  • Timed Exercises

Food Technology

Cafe Culture

Aim: This subject aims to develop knowledge and skill in the design and preparation of café style cuisine. Nutrition and special dietary requirements of individuals is also investigated.

Content: In this subject you will develop practical skills in investigation, designing, producing and evaluating café style products included in breakfast and lunch menus. You gain an understanding of the functional properties and chemical processes of ingredients when producing products. You investigate nutrition, healthy eating and special dietary needs and take traditional and healthy options into account when given a design brief. You will use a range of processes, tools and equipment suitable for safe and hygienic food preparation.

Assessment Tasks:

  • Investigating and designing
  • Producing
  • Evaluating

Multicultural Cuisine

Aim: This subject aims to develop your understanding of multicultural cuisines including the origin of recipes and the influence culture has on eating habits, dietary requirements, ingredients, cooking techniques and food presentation. The impact of food on our environment, society, personal nutrition and healthy eating will also be investigated.

Content: In this subject you will develop practical skills in investigation, designing, producing, and evaluating food products from a range of cultural influences. You gain knowledge about the chemical properties of foods and how each country’s environmental, social and geographical locations influence a country’s cuisine, nutrition and eating habits. You also learn how to evaluate production processes and further develop the ability to work safely and hygienically.

Assessment:

  • Investigating and designing
  • Producing
  • Evaluating

Resources: There is a ‘materials and resources’ cost associated with these electives, please see the Parent Supported Materials sheet which is distributed in Term 4.