In the Technology and Enterprise learning area, students apply knowledge, skills, experience and resources to the development of technological solutions that are designed to meet the changing needs of individuals, societies and environments.

Students become innovative, adaptable and reflective as they select and use appropriate materials, information, systems and processes to create solutions that consider the short and long-term impact on societies and environments.

Technology and Enterprise is broken down into 3 other main subject areas including Design and Technology; Business and Computing; and Home Economics. Each of these subject areas are broken further into specialist areas.

Design and Technology

Design and Technology is the new name for what was referred to as Manual Arts which encompassed Woodwork, Metalwork and Technical Drawing but with a need for change to keep with technology the range of subjects offered has increased. At Swan View Senior High the Design and Technology Department offer the following subjects.

Year 7

The year 7 course in Design & Technology is generic subject to give the students the introductory knowledge and skills to prepare them for the future years in D&T. Aspects covered are:

·         Occupational Safety and Health
·         Career pathways though D&T
·         Further Education through D&T
·         The Technology Process
·         Material, Systems and Information

The aspects listed above will be covered through the delivery of fun, engaging and realistic design problems.

Year 8

Metalwork – A 10 week program (2 hours per week) to give the students a taste of Metalwork, teaching basic skills and knowledge to produce simple teacher set metal projects.

Woodwork – A 10 week program (2 hours per week) to give the students a taste of Woodwork, teaching basic skills and knowledge to produce simple teacher set wooden projects.

Jewellery – A 10 week program (2 hours per week) to give the students a taste of Jewellery, teaching basic skills and knowledge to produce simple teacher set projects.

3D Design – A 10 week program (2 hours per week) to give the students a taste of the design process using sketching, technical drawing and CAD, teaching basic skills and knowledge to be able to read and generate basic technical drawings.

Gateway to Engineering – A 10 week program (2 hours per week) to give the students skills and knowledge in variety of subjects areas to help the students make an informed decision of future career pathways in the Engineering Industry. Students learn the difference between unskilled work, trade related work and university careers associated with Engineering

MAD (Media, Art and Design) – A year long program to give the students skills and knowledge in a range of different media to design and make artistic works for themselves and to beautify the school. The media used is dependent on the student interest, the specific teachers skill set and the availability of the classroom/workshop required. This course is taught across both the Technology and Enterprise and Arts learning areas.

Year 9

Metalwork – A semester based program (2 hours per week) to develop skills and knowledge in the metals and engineering field of study. Teaching programs and student projects are based on the needs of the students and the availability of machinery and equipment. In the past the students have covered the range of metals industries including welding and fabrication, sheet metal work and metal machining through making projects such as a folding shovel, tack hammer, center punch and metal tool boxes.

Woodwork – A semester based program (2 hours per week) to develop skills and knowledge in the woodworking field of study. Teaching programs and student projects are based on the needs of the students and the availability of machinery and materials. In the past the students have covered the range of woodworking industries including cabinet making, joinery and wood turning through making projects such as a wooden joints used furniture and building works, bread boards, jewellery boxes and wooden tool boxes.

Jewellery – A semester based program (2 hours per week) to develop skills and knowledge in the jewellery field of study. Teaching programs and student projects are based on the needs of the students and the availability of machinery and materials. In the past the students have covered the range of jewellery industries through making projects such as basic rings, bracelets and pendants.

Photography – Students learn the basics of camera use, parts and function, composition. image planning and post production skills

Technical Drawing – A semester based program (2 hours per week) to develop skills and knowledge in the Technical Drawing field of study. This course follows on from 3D Design. Teaching programs and student projects are based on the needs of the students and the availability of drawing software. In the past the students have covered the range of Technical Drawing industries including Design, Drafting and Architecture. The students learn basic drawing techniques through freehand sketching and develop their skills using both 2D and 3D drawing programs on the computers.

MotorV8 – A year long program (4 hours per week) to give the students skills and knowledge in variety of subjects areas to help the students make an informed decision of future career pathways in the Engineering Industry. Through making go-carts the students learn the difference between unskilled work, trade related work and university careers associated with Engineering. Besides making the go-carts the students also develop skills in metalwork, woodwork, technical drawing and home repairs and maintenance.

Year 10

Industrial Workshop – A year long program (4 hours per week) to follow on from the MotiV8 program in year 9. Industrial Workshop programs and projects are student based depending on the needs, interests and skills of the students and can include work in the wood, metals and/or technical drawing area. The program is designed to complement the MotiV8 course leading the students towards the Certificate II in Engineering Pathways delivered in years 11 and 12. In the past students have designed and made park benches for the school grounds, designed and modified bicycles, designed and modified go-carts, designed and modified recumbent bikes and completed welding exercises and to create a welding board for a job interview.

Woodwork – A semester based program (2 hours per week) to develop skills and knowledge in the woodworking field of study. Teaching programs and student projects are based on the needs of the students and the availability of machinery and materials. In the past the students have covered the range of woodworking industries including cabinet making, joinery and wood turning through making projects such as a wooden joints used furniture and building works, bread boards, jewellery boxes and wooden tool boxes.

Jewellery – A semester based program (2 hours per week) to develop skills and knowledge in the jewellery field of study. Teaching programs and student projects are based on the needs of the students and the availability of machinery and materials. In the past the students have covered the range of jewellery industries through making projects such as basic rings, bracelets and pendants.

MAD (Media, Art and Design) – A year long program to give the students skills and knowledge in a range of different media to design and make artistic works for themselves and to beautify the school. The media used is dependent on the student interest, the specific teachers skill set and the availability of the classroom/workshop required. This course is taught across both the Technology and Enterprise and Arts learning areas.

Technical Drawing – A semester based program (2 hours per week) to develop skills and knowledge in the Technical Drawing field of study. Teaching programs and student projects are based on the needs of the students and the availability of drawing software. In the past the students have covered the range of Technical Drawing industries including Design, Drafting and Architecture. The students learn basic drawing techniques through freehand sketching and develop their skills using both 2D and 3D drawing programs on the computers.