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Technical and Applied Sciences (TAS)

The TAS faculty aims to provide information and practical experiences which develop in students:

  • An awareness of the influence technology has on people and their environment;
  • Practical skills based on sound theoretical principles and knowledge
  • The ability to communicate data, ideas and information in a variety of forms;
  • Safe work attitudes and practices;
  • A sense of purpose, enjoyment and personal satisfaction;
  • A capacity to work co-operatively and responsibly;
  • The ability to investigate, evaluate, analyse and solve practical problems.

Technology education integrates both procedural and conceptual knowledge based on a holistic view of learning. Students identify needs that have personal relevance, apply design theory and use design processes that encourage flexibility, resourcefulness and imagination in the development, communication and production of quality solutions.

Students learn about technologies and use a range of materials, tools and techniques relevant to the personal, commercial and global areas of human activity. Technologies assume increased importance when they are applied to solve real problems and to create ideas and solutions in response to needs and opportunities for customers, clients or themselves. They can be used to add functional, aesthetic and environmental value to products.

Students can further develop a fascination with, and enjoyment of, innovating and creating through making decisions and in their production of working solutions. They will experience a core of design processes and technological experiences. In the broader community, the application of this process can involve the consideration of factors relating to organisations, people, environments, sustainability, appropriateness, materials, machines and equipment, systems, communication infrastructures, social and ethical solutions.

Through practical experience it leads students to develop, select and apply technological skills involved in designing and producing. This includes processes of analysing, planning, producing, evaluating and maintaining the material and information needs of our society.

They will be given opportunities to learn how to function safely in a working environment and in a society driven by rapid technological change, communication and in a global society with increasingly competitive knowledge-driven economies.

The capacity to solve problems and generate ideas through the use of new conceptual approaches, models, drawings and information and communication technologies, and the ability to develop, produce and implement quality solutions are keys to technological competence. These know-why and know-how capabilities often distinguish leading companies, innovators and regions from their competitors.

Composition of Classes

The TAS faculty encompasses a wide range of courses. Stage 4 involves the students in a 200 hour course which rotates on a semester basis, between four different design specialisations. This process allows students to experience different materials, tools and techniques and also experience a variety of teaching styles and personalities from within the TAS staff.

Stage 5

Allows students to undertake a 200 hour elective course as part of the School Certificate studies. Students have the ability to select form a broad range of courses including Wood, Metal and Drawing Technology, Design and Technology, Building and Construction, Textiles and Food Technology.

Stage 6

Involves students in the selection of a course of study which contributes to their Higher School Certificate. Currently students can select from a range of subjects including Food Technology, Textiles Technology, Design and Technology and Engineering Studies, which is offered as an online course.