The Technological and Applied Studies (TAS) KLA caters for a broad range of student interests, abilities and backgrounds through the practical application of knowledge and the development of skills and attitudes within a variety of Technology courses. These courses engage students in a diverse range of practical activities that provide opportunities for them to achieve success in areas relevant to them as individuals and to society.
Technology education provides students with opportunities to be involved in creative and practical experiences using a range of technologies. These technologies may be used for researching, designing, manipulating and producing products, systems and environments. Students develop critical thinking skills and learn about, and use, a variety of resources, materials, tools and techniques to solve problems and meet identified needs.
A diverse and changing range of technologies are in use across society. Technology education assists students to develop an understanding of the impact of technologies on culture, society and the environment. It promotes capacity for innovation, creativity, enterprise, management, collaboration and communication.
TAS Courses Offered at Marist College Eastwood
In years 7 and 8 all students study the Technology Mandatory course. This course aims to introduce students to a range of technologies and gives them experiences in designing, producing and evaluating projects. At MCE students will gain experience in the areas of Products – completing units on food design and industrial design, Built Environments – completing a unit on interior design or landscape design, and Information and Communications – completing a unit on digital media design. Throughout the two years students will gain introductory skills in a variety of areas and will work in the Industrial Technology Workshops and Food Technology Kitchen.
In Years 9 and 10 students may choose to study a number of courses from within the TAS Key Learning Area. All courses are two year elective courses. At MCE, these courses include:
- Food Technology – The study of Food Technology provides students with a broad knowledge and understanding of food properties, processing, preparation and their interrelationships, nutritional considerations and consumption patterns. It addresses the importance of hygiene and safe working practices and legislation in the production of food. It also provides students with a context through which to explore the richness, pleasure and variety food adds to life. Students will explore food-related issues through a range of practical experiences, allowing them to make informed and appropriate choices with regards to food. Some of the areas studied by students doing Food Technology at MCE include: food in Australia, food selection and health including foods for people with special needs, foods for special occasions, catering and food product development. Students will be gaining practical experience in the Food Technology Kitchen.
- Industrial Technology – The study of Industrial Technology develops in students knowledge and understanding of materials and processes. Related knowledge and skills are developed through a specialised approach to the tools, materials and techniques employed in the planning, development, construction and evaluation of quality practical projects and processes. Critical thinking skills are developed through engagement with creative practical problem-solving activities. At MCE students work within the Timber Technology area. Some of the areas studied by students doing Industrial Technology at MCE include: work health and safety, materials, equipment, tools and machines, links to industry, design, workplace communication skills and societal and environmental impact. Students will be gaining practical experience in the Industrial Technology Workshops.
- Information and Software Technology – The study of Information and Software Technology assists students to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to solve problems in real life contexts related to Information and Communications Technologies. Through experiential and collaborative tasks, students engage in processes of analysing, designing, producing, testing, documenting, implementing and evaluating information and software technology-based solutions. Core content provides students with specialised knowledge of past, current and emerging technologies, data, hardware, software and people involved in the field of Information and Software Technology. Some of the areas studied by students doing Information and Software Technology at MCE include: authoring and multimedia, digital media, database design, the internet and website design, software development and programming, artificial intelligence and robotics and automated systems. Students will be gaining practical experience using a variety of applications on their one to one laptops.
- Photographic and Digital Media – The study of Photographic and Digital Media provides students with specialised learning opportunities to enable them to understand and explore the nature of photographic and digital media as an important field of artistic practice, conceptual knowledge and technological procedures. Some of the areas studied by students doing Photographic and Digital Media at MCE include: lighting, camera operation, audio recording, music clips, making an advertisement and breaking the news. Students will be gaining practical experience in the Television Production Studio as well as video editing using their one to one laptops.
Year 11 and 12 courses within the TAS KLA form an extension of the courses studied in Years 9 and 10 as well as providing new experiences for students within the technological field. In Year 11 and 12, courses studied at MCE from the TAS KLA include:
- Industrial Technology – Industrial Technology has been developed to incorporate content related to current and developing technologies. It offers students the opportunity to study the interrelationships of technologies, equipment and materials used by industry and to develop skills through the processes of design, planning and production. The study of industrial technology and its role in industry is relevant and purposeful for many students. At MCE students work within the Timber Products and Furniture Technologies. Some of the areas studied by students doing Industrial Technology at MCE include: work health and safety, industry study, materials, processes, tools and machinery. Students will be gaining practical experience in the Industrial Technology Workshops and will develop a variety of projects culminating in their major project for their HSC.
- Information Processes and Technology – The study of Information Processes and Technology, teaches students about information-based systems. It covers the processes of collecting, organising, analysing, storing and retrieving, processing, transmitting and receiving, and displaying, as well as the technologies that support them. With this background, students will be well placed to adapt to new technologies as they emerge. Some of the areas studied by students doing Information Processes and Technology at MCE include: information skills and systems, tools for information processes, planning design and implementation of group and personal information systems, information systems and databases, communications systems, project work, transaction processing systems and multimedia systems. Students complete a number of individual and collaborative projects using their one to one laptops.
- Software Design and Development – The study of Software Design and Development provides students with a systematic approach to problem-solving, an opportunity to be creative, excellent career prospects and interesting content. There are many different approaches that can be taken to develop software. An understanding of these and the situations in which they are applied is essential in software development. Students also gain an understanding of how hardware and software are interrelated and need each other to function. In order to develop solutions that meet the needs of those who will use them, communication, personal and team skills are required by the developers. Some of the areas studied by students doing Software Design and Development at MCE include : programming, concepts and issues in the design and development of software, building software solutions, hardware and software, software development approaches, social and ethical issues, development and impact of software solutions, software development cycle, developing a solution package and the software developer’s view of hardware. Students will be gaining practical experience in a variety of program development environments including Visual Basic and Xcode using their one to one laptops and school based terminal services.
- Photography, Video and Digital Imaging – The study of Photography, Video and Digital Imaging offers students the opportunity to explore contemporary artistic practices that make use of photography, video and digital imaging. The course offers opportunities for the student to investigate one or more of these fields and to develop understanding and skills that contribute to an informed critical practice. Some of the areas studied by students doing Photography, Video and Digital Imaging at MCE include: an introduction to practice in video, camera operation, lighting setup, audio recording, work health and safety and individual and collaborative projects. Students will be gaining practical experience in the Television Production Studio, the Montagne Center Media Center as well as video editing using their one to one laptops.
TAS Facilities at Marist College Eastwood
Students studying TAS courses have access to facilities that will put them in a good position to be able to cope in the increasingly technological world they will face outside school life.
The College has a one to one laptop program with wireless internet access available to all students throughout the College. Staff and students within all TAS areas also have access to digital cameras, scanners, printers and light projectors.
There are two Industrial Technology Workshops in the College which are set up with equipment to enable students to work within the timber areas. These areas will be undergoing refurbishment in 2017.
The College’s Digital and Photographic students have access to a studio and a variety of television equipment including cameras, microphones, video taping and editing machines as well as other studio equipment. They also use the Media facilities in the College’s multi purpose Montagne Center. The Montagne Center also has a state of the art Food Technology Kitchen and a Hospitality Kitchen that has been developed to industry standards.