Design and Technology
Design and Technology is a practical subject centred on design and problem solving. The subject aims to:
• develop in students knowledge, understanding and skills related to the design and construction of projects that help to
enhance our lifestyle and standard of living
• evaluate good and bad design and so make educated choices as a consumer when buying products
• develop problem solving skills, responsible attitudes, self reliance and creativity
• help students realise the importance of careful planning to avoid wasting valuable resources and materials and:
• emphasise safety with hand tools and machinery used within the areas experienced in the workshop
• develop a sense of awareness of safe and clean workshop practices
• co-ordinate the students’ learning experiences so that increasing demands are made upon them to plan procedures, to solve problems and to make decisions
• develop ability to apply design procedures
• develop student’s technical vocabulary
• develop a knowledge and appreciation of materials, equipment, processes and work methods
• develop technical skills and psychomotor co-ordination
• foster interest and skills in graphical representation
• relate workshop and drawing experiences to leisure activities, industry and other areas of study
• provide a sound basis for employment or further education within a technical arts area
• Construction of one major design project using wood, wood products and a second material eg. plastic/glass
• The design project will centre on the use of specialised machines. Students are encouraged to use their design skills to solve design problems in their own creative way. This part of the course is great for students who have special interests or ability in specialised areas of technology
• Design brief research assignments. Students research a design problem and on the basis of their research come up with practical solutions to the problem. The best solution is then selected and constructed as described above
Instruments of AssessmentDesign folio and practical design project work.
Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
Information Communications Technology is a practical subject that helps prepare students to meet the frequent and rapid change in the area of Information Technology. The course provided students with the knowledge, skills, processes and understandings of the systems that support Information Technology.
Embedded within this subject is Certificate I in Information, Digital Media and Technology (QSA Code ICA10111) which is attained after successful completion of six modules. This qualification is recognised nationally under the Australian
Qualifications Training Framework (AQTF)
The course consists of four topics from the following list:
• Information Systems
• Programming through Robotics
• Multimedia – video editing
• Multimedia – Flash animation
• 21st Century skills
All topics have a large practical component.
Types of assessment will include Class Work and/or Assignment Work (Practical Projects).
• Knowledge of IT terminology, concepts and principles
• The ability to apply these concepts and principles in practice Problem solving and Communication
• Design, develop and evaluate solutions to problems using IT
• Communicate technical ideas, design concepts, solutions and evaluations
This subject is designed to:
• guide students in the development of finance related skills that each individual needs to possess in our changing environment
• increase awareness of issues that affect students as individuals in our society
• develop confidence and skills in information processing
Topics covered will include:
• Financial Institutions
• Business and Economic Systems
• Business Reporting
A unit will allow students the opportunity to experience the senior business subjects - Accounting, Economics, Information Processing & Technology and Legal Studies prior to choosing subjects for Years 11 and 12. This course acknowledges computers as a learning tool and a powerful means of communication. Information processing is incorporated into all elements of the course. Students will have experience with a wide range of activities that may include:
• Display work - promotional material, brochures, financial reports etc
• Word processing - reports, resumes, agendas
• Spreadsheets - using MS Excel
• Internet usage - research and reporting skills
• Accounting package - MYOB
Knowledge and Reasoning Ability to recall, understand, interpret and evaluate business related information.
Practical Applications Ability to record and report financial information, including documents.
Communications Ability to use language fluently and logically in a variety of formats and contexts.
This subject is desirable for students wishing to study Accounting and Economics in Years 11 and 12.
The aim of this subject is to extend students’ understanding of graphical communication through a variety of areas. Students will learn basic Sketching, Orthographic Projection, Plane and Solid Geometry, Perspective, Solid Modeling, Diagrams and Charts and Pictorial Drawing. At the end of the one semester course students will have an understanding of Two and Three Dimensional Drafting using AutoCAD software. The course is divided into 70% Computer and 30% Manual drafting.
Assessment tasks include:
• Classwork Tasks
Food and Textiles Technology (FTT)
A significant proportion of the Food and Textiles course is devoted to further developing the practical skills of the student through workshop based activities in Nutrition, Food Technology, Clothing and Construction and Textile Embellishment.
The programme consists of two main components, each one term in length. Technology Practice is incorporated throughout the course whereby students use information, materials and equipment to design, make and appraise products that individuals use in everyday living.
The Food and Nutrition unit will develop the students’ skills in making healthy dietary choices as well as developing the practical skills to do so through participation in weekly practical workshops. On the completion of the Textile Unit students will have designed and produced two textile articles. The course also has a related theory component.
Types of assessment will include:
• Practical Cookery and Textile Production
• Written Process Journals (based on practical tasks)
• Written Exam
Year 11 and 12
Certificate II in Digital Media and Technology (QSA CODE ICA20111)
This course is designed to provide vocational education and training necessary to gain basic knowledge and skills common across all information technology roles. The course aims to give students skills in communication, teamwork and the various uses of information technology.
Certificate II in Information Technology is attained after successful completion of fifteen modules. This qualification is recognised nationally under the Australian Qualifications Training Framework (AQTF). Units of competency encompass skills and knowledge for effective communication, sound teamwork, competent use of information technology including both hardware and software.
This Certificate is concerned with using information and communications technologies to provide practical solutions to real life or simulated real-life problems. Its student-centred approach promotes confident, competent and self-motivated users and consumers of ICTs. This is important if students are to be successful in the next phase of their life, whether it is to pursue a career with ICTs, undertake further study, or gain employment. Students should also be able to keep pace with new technologies and be responsible users of ICTs, aware of the social, environmental and legal impacts of their actions.
A task-oriented approach is used in the following areas of study:
• Multimedia authoring
• Digital video & Audio
• Website development
• Digital images
Types of assessment will include projects, oral presentations and writing tasks.
• Graphic design
• IT Technicican
• Games design
This is an authority-registered Subject which means it does not count towards an OP but it does count towards a Queensland Certificate of Education / selection rank.
Information Processing and Technology (IPT) (OP Subject)
IPT is a course that deals with how technology is used to aid problem solving and to design software for specific situations. There is a large emphasis on design and being able to analyse, synthesize and communicate effectively. This is compatible with Information Technology System (ITS).
There are no prerequisites for the subject, however, it is suggested that students have achieved a minimum of sound achievement in Year 10 Mathematics B (or Extreme Mathematics) and English.
• Social and ethical issues – helps students develop an appreciation and understanding of the impact and developments that information technology have on themselves and communities worldwide.
• Human computer interaction – involves the study of interfaces and the ways humans communicate through these systems.
• Information and intelligent systems – this topic introduces a formal model to describe architectures of information and intelligent systems, presents methods for developing these systems, and allows students to implement these to produce working information and intelligent systems. This includes Artificial Intelligence and Database systems.
• Software and system engineering – involves the study of software development and computer systems. Student will gain experience and skills in the design, development and evaluation of computer programs that solve problems.
The assessment in IPT will be continuous over the two years and will use the relevant technology. The type of assessment will include:
• Minor Projects (up to 4 weeks duration)
• Major Projects of over 6 weeks in duration are completed in the areas of Software Systems Engineering and Information and Intelligent Systems
• Extended written tasks Career Options:
• Systems Administration
• Information System Analyst
Information Technology Systems (ITS) (OP Subject)
This subject is compatible with Information Processing and Technology (IPT). Information Technology Systems (ITS) is a practical discipline that helps prepare students to meet the frequent and rapid change in the area of information technology (IT), and to be responsive to emerging technologies and trends. ITS involves the use of technologies that allow people to manipulate and share information in its various forms (text, graphics, sound and video), and the range of technological devices that perform these functions.
There are no prerequisites for this subject, however, it is suggestive that students have achieved a minimum of sound achievement in Year 10 English.
Students will design, create and evaluate products in response to client specifications. Areas of study will include:
• Multimedia and Graphic Design
• Web Design and development
• Video and Sound acquisition and manipulation
• Office Applications software
• Computer Support
The project-based nature of the course encourages students to engage in a wide variety of practical learning experiences. These might include:
• designing, implementing, testing, evaluating and writing documentation for computer programs
• designing, developing and evaluating multimedia products
• designing, developing and evaluating software or hardware to meet client requirements
Types of assessment will include Examinations, Oral Presentations, Projects and Writing Tasks.
• Graphic design
• IT Technician
Graphics is a two year course that engages students in creating and designing through graphical communication.
There are no prerequisites for Senior Graphics.
The Senior Graphics course is divided into two distinct areas: 2D Viewing Systems and 3D Viewing Systems. Through 2D systems students develop an understanding of Constructions and Plane Geometrical Drawing, Orthogonal Projection and Developments. In 3D Systems students cover Pictorials, Shadows and Reflections.
Design through contextual units is implemented through Planning, Refinement, and Production.
Assessment tasks include
• Context Based Folios (Classwork Design Folios)
• Extended Graphical Response (Assignments)
• Short Response Tests
• Graphic Design
• Interior Design
The Cathedral School offers an alternative drawing course to some students which is content and skill based. The Trade Drawing Course gives students the opportunity to develop skills in practical drawing. Areas covered are run in line with the Authority Graphics class with the reasoning components removed. Students produce classwork and assignments in architectural and engineering drawing using manual and computer aided drafting.
This is a school based course that is recorded on a student’s exit statement from The Cathedral School but it does not count towards an OP or selection rank.
Technology Studies has units of work that are centred on design and problem solving. We endeavour to look at technology through the eyes of a designer. This means that the course is based on using problem solving skills to solve design problems. Technology Studies will require students to use an integrated approach to solving design problems. This will include the application of the Design Process taking into consideration safety and relevant resource limitations. Students will be encouraged to design solutions that demonstrate consideration of resources, a range of possible alternatives and environmental responsibility. Students will be encouraged to justify the decision making process and perform sound evaluation of the design realisation. It will be a requirement of the course that students record all aspects of the design procedure and their solutions.
This will be done by the construction of a portfolio and future display of the student’s achievement. The course outline for the two years will cover six areas of study. They are as follows:
• The Design Process
To allow balanced coverage of these areas the first year of the course will be a foundation year. Year 12 will be based on extension and refinement of the foundation year.
Year 11 is considered by the school to be a foundation year where students are introduced to the areas of study (Design Process, Safety, Materials, Tools, Processes and Systems). Students are encouraged to solve design problems by research and the application of Design Methodology. The realised design solution from this process is then evaluated. Students are instructed in the skill of producing a research report and are required to develop a portfolio of their design work.
The design folio will form the basis of all design work. In this document students will record evidence of all efforts to solve set design problems. This will include text, tables, sketches, graphics, drawings and photographs. The design folio will provide evidence that the student has:
• clarified the design situation or need
• investigated requirements, limitations, impacts, safety concerns, materials and production techniques
• devised a range of possible solutions
• selected and refined a design
• determined appropriate materials, tools, processes and systems
• made models and tested ideas
• produced working drawings
• made jigs or aids as required
• realised the design
• evaluated the design
Students are introduced to the research report as an extended writing task. This will be related to the designing, making and appraising of the realised design solution. As such, it will form an integral part or extension of the design process. In this report students will demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and application of the subject matter selected from the areas of study. The research report will involve the logical sequencing of information, the use of explanation, discussion of relevant information and arguments for and against relevant issues. Students will be expected to show evidence of research, investigation, evaluation and awareness of broader issues such as the environment and conservation of resources.
This will be a year of extension and refinement. Students will have the six areas of study reinforced by extension of their learning experiences. The solving of design problems will take place in greater depth. Students will complete at least one major in depth study and one minor elective study. The major in depth study will be centered on an open Design Project with an associated research report and realisation. A student who wishes to join this class without completing Year 11 must have an interview with the Head of Department.
• Knowledge and understanding of design
• Reasoning Processes: ability to select appropriate design solutions and apply technical information
• Practical Expertise: ability to work with tools, machines and material
|Building trades||Electrical trade||Metal trades|
For some students, the design component of Technology Studies is too demanding. In Year 11 it is possible for some students (to be determined by the Head of Senior School - Academic after consultation) to begin a two year course in Woodwork. This is a school based course that is recorded on a student’s exit statement from Cathedral but it does not count towards an OP.
This class runs concurrently with the Authority Technology Studies.
The aim of this course is to provide students with a practical based subject to develop their hand and machine skills in woodwork. School Woodwork is not a board subject and cannot be used in the calculation of student overall positions.
• Construction of one major cabinet making project
• Production of a wood lathe job using faceplate and between centre techniques
Throughout the course students will develop knowledge and skill in:
• Use of hand tools related to woodwork
• Sharpening and maintaining hand tools
• The use of portable workshop tools
• Choosing and applying appropriate wood finishes
• Reading and interpreting workshop drawings
• Preparing a cutting list from a working drawing
• Calculating cost of materials for a specific project
• Producing freehand sketches of ideas
Throughout this course safety will be addressed in all areas. Students will be expected to show knowledge of machine and personal safety before using any hand tools or workshop machines.
The aim of this course is to equip students with a sound foundation in the discipline of Accounting and to prepare students for further education, training and employment.
This course promotes the development of numeracy, effective communication and logical reasoning (including analysis and interpretation, problem solving and decision making) in an accounting context. In developing these skills and abilities, students will study a range of theoretical and practical aspects of accounting with a focus on the sole trader organisation. Current relevant technologies will also be an integral part of the study of this subject.
Completion of this course should enable students to participate more effectively and responsibly in a changing business environment.
There are no prerequisites for this subject. Successful completion of Year 10 Enterprise is strongly recommended but not essential.
The two-year course in Senior Accounting is to be organised around five areas of study:
• Core Studies 1 and 2
• Recording and Controls (RC)
• Reporting and Decision Making (RD)
• Accounting Package (AP)
• Elective Study (ES)
The criteria by which a student will be evaluated on completion of this course are:
Knowledge, Interpretation and Evaluation
• Ability to state, define, describe and explain the underlying concepts and principles of accounting
• Ability to apply accounting concepts and principles in order to analyse and to make judgments and recommendations.
Routine Practical Procedures
• Ability to record, process and report in a variety of practical situations using fundamental accounting concepts
Challenging Practical Application
• Ability to record, process, report and apply accounting concepts in a variety of practical situations incorporating significant
elements which are new, unusual or usual but complicated
|Administration||Information Processin||Self Employment|
Students complete this course in two separate parts. This course does not contribute towards an OP. In Year 11 students complete Course SIT10207 which is a Certificate 1 in Hospitality.
The core units of competency in this course are –
SITXCOM001A Work with colleagues and customers
SITXCOM002A Work in a socially diverse environment
SITXOHS001B Follow health, safety and security procedures
SITXOHS002A Follow workplace hygiene procedures
SITHIND001A Develop and update hospitality industry knowledge
The elective units for this course are completed at the Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE (under the partnership agreement) and at The Cathedral School.
The elective units that are done at BRIT are:
SITOHS001C Clean and tidy bar areas
SITOHS010B Prepare and serve non-alcoholic drinks
In Year 12 students study two semesters of the Authority-Registered subject Hospitality. The topics covered include –
• Practical food preparation
• Practical cookery
• Menu planning
• Restaurant service and presentation
• Communication and customer relations
• Specialised cookery
• Safety, hygiene and food handling practices
A student’s results in the two semesters of Hospitality that are studied during Year 12 are recorded on their Queensland Certificate of Education as a level of achievement.
With continued study in the Hospitality Sector, the following career opportunities are available:
|Restaurant Manager||Bar Attendant||Food Demonstrator|
|Chef||Catering Officer||Food & Beverage Waiter|
|Public Relations Officer||Front Office Manager||Tour Guide|
Places you could work include: resorts, islands, motels, hotels, restaurants and cruises.
Certificate II in Business (QSA NAME: BSB20107)
This course is designed to provide vocational education and training necessary to gain basic knowledge and skills common across all business roles. The course aims to give students skills in communication, teamwork, use of business technology, processing financial documents and information handling.
This qualification is recognized nationally under the Australian Qualifications Training Framework (AQTF). Certificate I in Business is awarded after successful completion of six modules, Certificate II in Business is attained after successful completion of twelve modules.
This certificate is designed for Year 11/12 students considering further studies in business or looking for a business career pathway. It is also suitable for students seeking to gain business skills relevant to entry level employment.
Units of competency encompass skills and knowledge for effective communication, sound teamwork, competent use of business technology, accurate processing of financial documents and efficient information handling. This course delivers foundation knowledge and skills required to enter employment as a clerical or administrative worker across all industries.
The program will be delivered through class-based tasks that will simulate a business environment. A range of teaching/learning strategies will be used to deliver the competencies. These include:
• Practical tasks
• Group work
• Simulated work activities
• Work experience
Assessment will involve theory tests and/or assignments, workbooks, work folios, scenarios, case studies, observation and work experience.
Units of Competencies
BSBOHS201A Participate in OHS procedures
BSBCMM201A Communicate in the workplace
BSBWOR203A Work effectively with others
BSBADM101A Use business equipment and resources
BSBIND201A Work effectively in a business environment
BSBINM201A Process and maintain workplace information
BSBSUS201A Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
FNSICGEN305B Maintain daily financial/business records
BSBITU102A Develop keyboard skills
BSBITU201A Produce simple word processed documents
BSBITU202A Create and use spreadsheets
BSBWOR202A Organise and complete daily work activities
This course can lead to jobs such as:
|Government roles and public service positions||Receptionist|
|Office Junior||Clerical assistant|
|Office assistant||Call centre operator|
|Administration assistant||Data entry operator|