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Industrial Technology Years 7–10 Syllabus

Industrial Technology particularly lends itself to the following assessment techniques, keeping in mind that a range of strategies should be used to assess the outcomes of the course.

Practical experiences

As practical project work is the major focus of the course, it follows that much of the assessment for this course will take place in the context of practical projects. As students progress through the course they move from undertaking teacher-guided work to a more independent mode. Assessment of projects should reflect the change in nature and demands of the course at different stages. When students are working on practical work in class, the teacher has the opportunity to observe and note aspects of student learning.

When undertaking practical experiences, students could be assessed on their ability to:

select appropriate techniques, equipment or materials for a project

justify their use of a particular technique or material

use appropriate tools and methods

perform processes safely, competently and efficiently

set goals, prioritise tasks and manage time effectively

use equipment safely and efficiently for an appropriate purpose

apply OHS practices.

Research projects

Research projects can be used to develop in students analytical, organisational and problem solving skills and may include case studies and internet research projects.

When students undertake research projects, they could be assessed on their ability to:

conduct appropriate research using a variety of methods

select and interpret relevant information

address the chosen issues with clarity

present information in a logical manner

acknowledge references appropriately.

Written reports

These may include surveys, project reports, field trip reports, interviews and essays.

When students produce a written report, they could be assessed on their ability to:

show appropriate depth of analysis

use appropriate text types for reporting on projects

use appropriate detail

use terminology consistent with the focus area of study.

Written and practical tests

Written and/or practical tests can be used to determine if students have the necessary skills, can use correct techniques and can recall, interpret, comprehend and apply knowledge at a level that is appropriate for them to move on to the next step in the learning process. Tests can provide information prior to commencing a unit of work, or along the way, about students’ understanding of concepts and allow the teacher to plan further learning activities. It is important that feedback is provided on test performance in order to enhance student learning.

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