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Technology Electives

CELEBRITY CHEFS   Code: CC

Cooking and choosing food from Celebrity Chef recipes is fun! You get the opportunity to see Chefs such as Jamie Oliver in action. Be your own Celebrity Chef in the Killester kitchen. You get an opportunity to choose and cook your own recipes and film the action in class.

LINKS TO VCE: Chemical and Physical properties of Food; Food Hygiene and Safety; Planning for different settings and dietary requirements; Investigating, designing, producing and evaluating and Research skills. Year 11 VET Hospitality

TEXTILES: INNOVATIVE FASHION AND DESIGN   Code: TEX

This unit incorporates a study of the Principles and Elements of design to develop an awareness of the decision-making processes required for the successful production of fashion garments. The students will construct a garment, keeping in mind design features that will suit them as individuals. Advanced construction processes will be undertaken as well as a greater concentration on fashion drawing and folio presentation.

LINKS TO VCE: Fabric testing and analysis and associated written reports. Pattern modification. Working to a design brief. Writing unit evaluations. Precision machine work and advanced processes develop a professional finish. Presentation of a creative fashion folio, will all contribute greatly to many subject areas in Year 10. This unit will do more than enhance entry into Year 11 VET and VCE UNITS 3 and 4: Textiles, materials, art and graphics.


INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MULTI-MEDIA STUDIES   Code: MM

This unit introduces students to the concepts involved in creating a multimedia product incorporating a variety of media elements such as sound, text, graphical images and video elements. In particular students focus on the fundamental skills involved in creating a short movie. Such skills involve preparing and shooting scenes, editing the shots, manipulating and editing sound files and synthesising the various elements into a final product.

LINKS TO VCE: Skills of continuity, consistency across sessions, ownership of equipment and outcomes, group work, transference of various skills, self discipline, self-motivation, purposefulness. Subject areas - IT, Arts, Graphics, VET IT and other subject areas.


BE VISUAL.       Code: VIS

Using a project approach create your own design for: advertising screens on the internet, multimedia presentations, do-it-yourself guides for museums, galleries and exhibitions, airline schedules, retail store layouts, etc. We begin with a brief overview of non-animated graphics using all the controls and continue with construction of stand alone databases and the use of data control.

LINKS TO VCE: VCE IP&M, VET IT and other subject areas. Skills can be used with many other technologies. Other skills include analysis and adaption.


BYTE INTO INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY   Code: BYT

Students will look at problem solving using ICT tools including MS Excel, MS Access, MS Word, Dreamweaver, Image Composer and Publisher, as well as tools such as scanners and digital cameras to create solutions to real problems. These solutions may be web pages, logos, letterheads, invoices, form letters, invitations etc.

LINKS TO VCE: Information technology and the skills can be transferred to all subjects as they will be general computer skills required for living in the 21st century.


FUNKY FURNITURE   Code: FUR

In this unit you will research a range of contemporary furniture designers before designing and constructing your own furniture of choice. You will learn a range of technical drawing skills and gain an understanding of the work of an industrial designer as well as a range of valuable tool skills. You will also design and construct funky and practical small pieces of furniture.

LINKS TO VCE: Problem solving and design skills developed in this unit can be widely used in a range of VCE subjects including maths and the sciences. The drawing and analyzing skills would be beneficial in both art and graphics when researching and designing projects.


LUMINOUS LIGHTS   Code: LUM

In this unit you will research a range of contemporary lighting designers before designing and constructing your own table or floor lamp using loud modern materials. You will learn a range of technical drawing skills and gain an understanding of the work of an industrial designer as well as learning basic electronics. You will also have the opportunity to construct a electronic device.

LINKS TO VCE: Problem solving and design skills developed in this unit can be widely used in a range of VCE subjects including Maths and the Sciences. The drawing and analyzing skills would be beneficial in both art and graphics. The exploration of the properties of light and energy can give practical experiences needed in the understanding of some areas of physics and science.


RACV ENERGY BREAKTHROUGH CHALLENGE AND THE ENVIRONMENT   Code: EB

This elective is a combination of learning about the environment and sustainability together with preparation for a 24 hour endurance race.
The practical part of this elective requires the students to work as a team and learn to ride an ergonomic bike. This includes the weekend competition in Maryborough, where they must camp and work together to succeed.

To reach this goal the students must be able to repair and maintain the bike, obtain a bike licence, which means learning the road rules, and ride in the rain and at night. They also need to prepare menus which allow for all dietary needs, design (using computer software) and organise a t-shirt, organise a fitness program, make “dilly bags”, make a video that shows the lead up to the day and prepare a presentation that will be delivered to a panel of judges. This presentation must include information on bike safety, sustainability, sponsorship and alternative energies.

During the theory lessons, the students will also learn about the environment, about sustainability and about different types of energies. This helps towards the competition but also makes them more aware of what is happening to the environment and of what is being done to prevent the environment from deteriorating. Some of the knowledge and skills, which are part of the VCE Environmental Science units, will be developed during this unit.

LINKS TO VCE: Problem solving and design skills in this unit can be widely used in a range of VCE subjects including Maths and the Sciences.