The aim of the Technology (Mandatory) Years 7–8 Syllabus is to develop students’ ability to design, produce and evaluate quality solutions that respond to identified opportunities and needs. It enables students to justify solutions and to responsibly, safely and creatively use and select materials, tools and techniques.
In this subset "Digital Technologies", a student applies a broad range of contemporary and appropriate tools, materials and techniques with competence in the development of design projects.This component of the Technology mandatory course will be taught over a 13-week block. It combines the requirements from the Control Technologies and Graphics Technologies strands under outcome 4.3.1 from the NSW Technology Mandatory Syllabus.
Weeks 1-6: Students will experience classroom instruction on software design and development using a simple programming language and commence the design process on their design portfolio.
Weeks 7-11: Students complete an in-class assessment project based on software design.
Weeks 11-13: Students will be introduced to the development of 3-dimensional design computer aided techniques.
The final lessons will see wrap-up what was learnt as well as a focus on how your new skills could be attributed to your other subjects.
Design portfolio Throughout this course, students are required to maintain their OneNote design portfolio with a reference to their first major assessment. Students are encouraged to utilise all the features available from OneNote, online research and task as many screenshots as possible. Mobile phones are also encouraged to take photographs of sketch designs drawn on paper.
Assessment and scope Each year seven group will complete a series of topics in the order covered. Assessment will be project and portfolio based work. No exam exists in this subject.