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Practical Technology

 
The Practical Technology department encompasses a variety of subjects that can lead to both tertiary education and vocational careers.
 
JUNIOR SECONDARY
 
Within our Junior School we offer subjects that align with the Australian Curriculum Design and Technologies subject. Our Food, Textile and Industrial Technology subjects, as well as Graphics, are all based on the Design and Technologies curriculum.
 
Design and Technologies enables students to become creative and responsive designers. These subjects actively engage students in creating quality designed solutions for identified needs and opportunities across a range of contexts. Students are required to manage projects from concept to realisation through the practical application of technologies including digital technologies such as 3D printing and laser printing.
 
SENIOR SECONDARY
 
Within our Senior School we offer a continuation of our junior subjects in Year 10, with subject specialisation occurring for Years 11 and 12. Senior students can choose from Furnishing Skills, Design, Food and Nutrition, Certificate I in Construction, Certificate II in Engineering Pathways, Certificate II in Hospitality and Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. All of our Certificate courses are delivered in industry standard environments.
 

GRAPHICS - Authority QCE POINTS: 4

Pre-Requisites - At least a “C” Achievement in Year 10 Mathematics. Students can enter the subject having not studied Junior Graphics, but it is recommended they have previously studied Graphics or Visual Art.

 

Graphics is a structured discipline that contributes significantly to the communication, analytical and problem-solving skills of students regardless of their education or vocational aspirations. While promoting effective communication in graphical forms overall, this course of study develops student’s specific abilities to acquire and apply knowledge and understanding, reasoning and presentation skills through investigating, analysing, synthesising and evaluating.

 

In the Senior Graphics course, students experience a variety of intellectual challenges, involving discrete problem-solving strategies, as they develop a range of associated practical skills. As a result of these studies, the course will contribute substantially to the student’s general education. It will assist them to contribute to, and manipulate productively, present and further communication processes in a changing society.

 

Topics of Study include Industrial Design, Graphic Design and Built Environment. Students over the two year course will experience Architectural drawing, Design work, Advertising Design and Artwork, Production Drawings and Techniques. This will all be tied to final CAD based presentations where appropriate.

 

Possible Careers - Graphic Skills would be in everyday use in the following Major fields: Building Trades (all), Architectural, Engineering, Surveying, Graphic Design, Design.



HOME ECONOMICS - Authority QCE POINTS: 4

Pre-Requisites - At least a “C” Achievement in Year 10 English.

 

Senior Home Economics is an Authority subject which supports the development of responsible and critical thought within a subject content area which students find easy to relate to and enjoy working with. It is designed to develop practical and communication skills, knowledge and understanding. Home Economics is of value to all students in that it provides opportunities for students to develop skills and values which contribute to the quality of family life – specifically in the provision of food, shelter, clothing and interpersonal relations.

 

Topics of Study

  • Textiles and Modern Influences on Fashion
  • Contemporary Australian Families
  • Food Consumers
  • Transition from Adolescents to Adults – Home and Away

 

Possible Careers - Home Economics contributes to a wide variety of career paths – for example, Health Care, Hospitality and Tourism, Nutrition and Dietetics, Child Care, Fashion Industry, Food Sales and Technology and on a broad basis to any career where interpersonal skills and communication are important. 



FURNISHING SKILLS - Authority Registered QCE POINTS: 4
Pre-requisite - Sound communication skills are recommended. Junior Industry Skills is an advantage.
 
Within the Furnishing course, students can develop knowledge and skills to safely manipulate common hand held and power tools used in the furnishing industry. They also will become familiar with the vocations in the Furnishing industry and the skills related to those vocations.
 
There is a strong emphasis on Work place Health and Safety and working to industry standards.
Successful completion of the four semesters results in 4 points toward the certificate of education. The skills gained by the students can lead to various apprenticeships and traineeships and be credited to them through the process of (Recognition of Prior Learning).
 
Topics of Study
·         The furnishing Industry: Introduction and Safety
·         Furnishing Industry Production Process and product quality
·         Communication and Teamwork in Furnishing Enterprises
·         Manufacturing Enterprise: Functional Product
 
Possible Careers - These units of study will give students an advantage in applying for apprenticeships in a variety of fields, may reduce time off the job for future employers and assist in entry to other training institutions e.g. TAFE.
 

CPC10111-CERTIFICATE I IN CONSTRUCTION
VET RTO – William Ross SHS 30455  QCE POINTS: 2
Pre-requisite - There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for this qualification

This qualification provides an introduction to the construction industry, its culture, occupations, job roles and workplace expectations. The units of competency cover essential work health and safety requirements, the industrial and work organisation structure, communication skills, work planning and basic use of tools and materials. Nominal Duration: 2 Years.
 
Pathways - After achieving this, students may undertake CPC20111 Certificate II in Construction.
 

MEM10105-CERTIFICATE I in ENGINEERING
VET RTO – William Ross SHS 30455
Pre-requisite - There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for this qualification
 
This qualification provides an introduction to the engineering industry, its culture, occupations, job roles and workplace expectations. The units of competency cover essential work health and safety requirements, the industrial and work organisation structure, communication skills, work planning and basic use of tools and materials. Nominal Duration: 2 Years.
 
Pathways - Students who complete this certificate will be eligible for credit or recognition of learning for a Cert II in Engineering.
 

SIT20316-CERTIFICATE II in HOSPITALITY
VET RTO – William Ross SHS 30455
Pre-requisite - There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for this qualification

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who use a defined and limited range of hospitality operational skills. They are involved in mainly routine and repetitive tasks using practical skills and basic industry knowledge. They work under direct supervision. Nominal Duration: 2 Years.

Pathways - After achieving SIT20316 Certificate II in Hospitality, individuals could progress to a wide range of other qualifications in the hospitality and broader service industries.
 

CHC30113-CERTIFICATE III in EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION and CARE
VET RTO – Cairns Training Academy 30857
Pre-requisite - It is recommended that students have gained at least a “C” achievement in Year 10 English.
 
This qualification reflects the role of workers in a range of early childhood education settings who work within the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the National Quality Standard. They support the implementation of an approved learning framework, and support children’s wellbeing, learning and development. Depending on the setting, educators may work under direct supervision or autonomously. Nominal Duration: 2 Years.