Technological and applied studies (TAS) is mandatory for all students in Year 7 and 8. Students can also select from a range of elective TAS subjects.
In TAS, students develop knowledge, understanding and skills through a design and production process using a range of tools, materials and techniques in theory and practical lessons.
The continuum of technology learning is:
- mandated from Kindergarten to Year 8 through Science and Technology K-6 and Technology Mandatory Years 7-8 syllabuses
- based on students becoming increasingly sophisticated in their ability to apply knowledge, skills and understanding to design and produce solutions
- optional for student specialisation in high school through a range of syllabuses addressing particular technologies and aspects of design.
Available courses include:
- Technology Mandatory Years 7-8
- Agricultural Technology Years 7-10
- Design and Technology Years 7-10
- Food Technology Years 7-10
- Graphics Technology Years 7-10
- Industrial Technology Years 7-10
- Information and Software Technology Years 7-10
- Textiles Technology Years 7-10
- Agriculture Stage 6
- Design and Technology Stage 6
- Engineering Studies Stage 6
- Food Technology Stage 6
- Industrial Technology Stage 6
- Information Processes and Technology Stage 6
- Software Design and Development Stage 6
- Textiles and Design Stage 6.
Technology and applied studies faculty
The TAS (Technology and applied studies) faculty at GRC Peakhurst Campus is committed to teaching TAS in a fun and highly valued learning environment. The TAS staff provides a broad range of stimulating problem solving experiences for all students in a variety of settings. Lessons cater for different learning styles that equip students with life-long skills
- Technology Mandatory (Years 7 and 8)
- Child Studies (Years 9 and 10).
- Food Technology (Years 9 and 10).
- Industrial Technology - Metal, Wood and Electronics (Years 9 and 10).
Technology is a compulsory course during Years 7-8.
Lessons involve students developing their research, design, production and evaluation skills. The areas of study include Products, Built Environment and Information and Communication.
In each area, the students will produce a design folio that reveals the work they have done for their design brief.
Both Home Economics and Industrial Arts faculties work together to enable students to experience a number of different technologies such as Model Making, Computers, Food, Textiles and Mixed Materials, Media, Graphics and Timber.
This course focuses on the development of an infant / child and prepares the student for looking after a child.
Studies in the classroom are complemented by practical activities such as creating and making toys, preparing meals, visiting childcare centres and having visiting speakers from organizations such as the Mobile Toy Library and Nursing Mothers Association.
It also involves caring for the 'Baby Think It Over' - a computerised doll that cries, needs feeding and changing like real babies.
Focus areas in this course include:
- Food selection and health
- Nutrition and consumption
- Food preparation and processing
- Food for special needs
- Food trends in Australia
- Food service and catering.
Students are actively involved in developing their management and practical cookery skills.
The course provides links with multiple pathways to employment, general life experiences and career opportunities in the food and health industries. Students cook most weeks.
Industrial technology (metal, wood and electronics) are courses that improve the abilities and skills of students in both practical and theoretical areas.
The metal and wood syllabus will help develop the knowledge of tools as well as design situations.
In Years 9 to 10, industrial technology metal, wood and electronics are electives for those who enjoy working in a practical environment. It is a fun elective and can be great for including on resumes and finding work in industry.
Part of the syllabus includes students learning about technical work such as how tools work and problems that may occur during processing.
In all three courses, students undertake a series of small practical jobs and then a final major project is produced at the end of the course.