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The Design & Technologies Curriculum in Middle School aims to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to ensure that, individually and collaboratively, students:
In addition to the overarching aims of the Design & Technology Curriculum it more specifically aims to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to ensure that, individually and collaboratively, students:
The curriculum for Design and Technology describes the distinct knowledge, understanding and skills of the subject. This approach allows students to develop a comprehensive understanding of the nature of traditional, contemporary and emerging technologies. It also provides flexibility especially in Years 7, 8 & 9 for developing integrated teaching programs that focus on Technology subjects and the other learning areas.
In the Design & Technology learning area, students use technologies knowledge and understanding, technologies processes and production skills and design, systems and/or computational thinking to solve and produce creative solutions to problems, needs or opportunities. They communicate and record their ideas using a range of media and technologies. These specialised problem-solving activities will be sophisticated, acknowledge the complexities of contemporary life and may make connections to related specialised occupations and further study.
Increasingly, students develop a global perspective, with opportunities to understand the complex interdependencies involved in the development of technologies and between the developer and user in their technologies solutions, and how these can contribute to preferred futures. Students will develop an understanding of the interdependence of technologies development, values, beliefs and environment. Through undertaking technologies processes students develop design, computational and systems thinking; and organisational and project management skills.
Students will undertake design projects that involve the three processes and production skills: critiquing, exploring and investigating; generating, developing and evaluating ideas; and planning, producing and evaluating designed solutions. By the end of each year students will have had the opportunity to design, produce and evaluate designed solutions for each of the identified Technologies contexts. To provide breadth of study, students should complete at least one product design project, one service design project and one environment design project, within each year.
Typically a unit of work in Design and Technology will feature the integration of Design and Technology knowledge and understanding content descriptions.
Learning in Design and Technologies builds on concepts, skills and processes developed in earlier years, and teachers will revisit and strengthen these as needed.
By the end of Year 9 students will have had the opportunity to design, produce and evaluate at least four designed solutions focused on a range of materials and technologies specialisations. Students should have opportunities to experience designing, producing and evaluating designed solutions for services and environments as well as products.
In Year 9 the curriculum focuses on students using Design and Technology knowledge and understanding, processes and production skills and design thinking to produce designed solutions to identified needs or opportunities. These needs and opportunities are of relevance to individuals and to global communities. Students work independently and collaboratively. Specialised problem-solving activities will be sophisticated, acknowledge the complexities of contemporary life and make connections to related specialised occupations and further study. Increasingly, study will have a global perspective, with opportunities to understand the complex interdependencies involved in the development of technologies and enterprises. Students specifically focus on preferred futures, taking into account ethics, legal issues, social values, economic, environmental and social sustainability factors and using strategies such as life cycle thinking.
Students identify the steps involved in planning the production of designed solutions. They develop detailed project management plans incorporating elements such as sequenced time, cost and action plans to manage a range of design tasks safely. They apply management plans, changing direction when necessary, to successfully complete design tasks. Students use creativity, innovation and enterprise skills with increasing confidence, independence and collaboration.
Using manual and digital technologies students generate and represent original ideas and production plans in two and three-dimensional representations using a range of technical drawings including perspective, scale, orthogonal and production drawings with sectional and exploded views. They produce rendered, illustrated views for marketing and use graphic visualisation software to produce dynamic views of virtual products.
Students identify and establish safety procedures that minimise risk and manage projects with safety and efficiency in mind, maintaining safety standards and management procedures to ensure success. They learn to transfer theoretical knowledge to practical activities across a range of projects.
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