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Industrial Technology Years 7–10 Syllabus

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The study of Industrial Technology Years 7–10 provides students with opportunities to engage in a diverse range of creative and practical experiences using a variety of technologies widely available in industrial and domestic settings. This may include study in the areas of Automotive, Building and Construction, Ceramics, Electronics, Engineering, Farm Maintenance, Leather, Metal, Multimedia/Photography, Polymers or Timber.

Industrial Technology Years 7–10 develops in students knowledge and understanding of materials and processes. Related knowledge and skills are developed through a specialised approach to the tools, materials and techniques employed in the planning, development, construction and evaluation of quality practical projects and processes. Critical thinking skills are developed through engagement with creative practical problem-solving activities.

The Industrial Technology Years 7–10 Syllabus allows students to study technology in specific focus areas, relevant to individual needs and interests, and to determine the depth and breadth of study within focus areas through a range of specialised modules. The syllabus has been designed to be inclusive of the needs, interests and aspirations of all students. Students develop responsibility for learning through a range of student-centred learning experiences.

Through the study of Industrial Technology Years 7–10 students develop knowledge relating to current and emerging technologies in industrial and domestic settings. Students study the interrelationship of technologies, equipment and materials used in a variety of settings and develop skills through hands-on interaction with these in the design, planning and production of practical projects.

Industrial Technology Years 7–10 leads students to an awareness of the relationship between technology, industry, society and the environment, and develops their ability to make value judgements about issues, decisions and consequences arising from this interaction. Students develop an awareness of the importance of environmental sustainability in relation to the use of materials and technologies and their effects on people and society.

The study of Industrial Technology Years 7–10 develops in students an understanding of related work environments and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) matters, while developing a range of skills that will equip them for future leisure and lifestyle activities, potential vocational pathways or future learning in the technology field.

The skills, knowledge and attitudes developed through the study of Industrial Technology Years 7–10 will enable students to make positive contributions to Australian industry and society, to express valued opinions and to make considered judgements as contributing members of society.

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