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Industrial Technology Years 7–10 Syllabus


Ceramics – Core Module 1

Students learn about:

Students learn to:

Links to Industry

(refer to Outcomes 5.5.1, 5.7.2 on page 13)

industrial and studio processes and production techniques

a range of career paths in the ceramics industry

relate elementary industrial and studio production to work in the classroom

list further study options and career paths in ceramics


(refer to Outcomes 5.2.1, 5.5.1, 5.6.1 on pages 12–13)

functional and aesthetic aspects of design

design principles and processes

material lists and project costing

identify the functional and aesthetic aspects of design in ceramics including strength, size/thickness of components and materials used

apply principles of design in the modification of projects

evaluate work practices and practical projects in terms of quality

read and interpret material lists

estimate quantities of materials to be used in practical projects

Workplace Communication Skills

(refer to Outcomes 5.4.1, 5.5.1 on pages 12–13)

workplace signage

freehand drawing and sketching

industry terminology

text types to support the documentation of practical projects and processes including:


factual recount

a range of computer software applications to assist in the planning, production and reporting of practical projects

respond to OHS signage

make freehand sketches of workshop items and/or projects

define specialist terms and produce a glossary

prepare reports to describe the processes undertaken in the development and production of practical projects

prepare reports using appropriate software and hardware, eg word processing

Societal and Environmental Impact

(refer to Outcomes 5.7.1, 5.7.2 on page 13)

issues of pollution and sustainability as they relate to ceramics industries

identify the impact of clay quarries on the environment

appreciate the importance of minimising and eliminating material wastes entering water systems

Additional Content

a range of techniques and skills to enhance the appearance and/or function of practical projects

structure and properties of glasses

add features such as lids and handles to practical projects

apply a range of surface finishes such as inlaying, fluting and pressing to practical projects

compare the properties of clay body ceramics to glasses


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