Design & Technologies Department
Dean of Design & Technologies
Design & Technologies education aims to introduce students to a wide range of subjects to gain the knowledge and practical experiences that will equip them with the skills required to work in industry.
Students may use their experience to progress directly into the workforce or as a stepping stone to further education.
Graphics Students will be exposed to computer aided drawing techniques for both 2D and 3D objects at an introductory level. Their learning experiences will be predominantly through use of AutoCAD which is the software used in all Graphics classes at HSC. Students will also practise their sketching skills and techniques. This course has a one-term duration and enables the student to enjoy, and be challenged by, communicating graphically. This foundational course is designed to assist students with making choices about future subject selections in higher grades which may lead to Senior Graphics, Industrial Graphics and Technology Studies.
Wood & Metal Technology This subject is entirely a workshop subject and aims to lay the foundations of safe practices in workshop technology in both woodwork and metalwork. The course has a one-term duration where students will spend an equal amount of time on wood-based and metal-based projects. Projects will focus on manipulation of wood and metal using hand tools and some basic machines such as a pedestal drill and disc sander. Students will learn safety, workshop terminology, measuring, cutting, joining, assembly and finishing of project materials in both workshops. This foundational course is designed to assist students with making choices about future subject selections in higher grades which may lead to Technology Studies and Certificate I Courses in Engineering, Construction and Furnishing. The Design and Technologies Department provides students with safety glasses and an apron but students will require leather upper shoes and a HB pencil before they can participate.
Plastics & Electronic Technology Students in this subjects will be challenged by a variety of learning experiences that are project-based and incorporate a variety of technologies. Projects will see students introduced to, or building upon, their knowledge of sketching, designing, computer-aided drafting (AutoCAD), laser cutting, basic electronics and workshop safety, tools and machinery. Students will have scope to show some creative flair in this subject which requires students to document what they have learnt through a design folio. The Design and Technologies Department provides students with safety glasses and an apron but students will require leather upper shoes and a HB pencil before they can participate. This foundational course is designed to assist students with making choices about future subject selections in higher grades. This subject leads to Technology Studies.
Students will gain experience in working with metal, wood and plastics. They will also have the opportunity to communicate graphically through AutoCad which is computer aided drawing software package.
Through wood, metal and plastic mediums students will have the opportunity in this subject area to gain valuable life skills as well as gain knowledge in areas which could lead to a career. An understanding of wood technology will be based on the areas covered in each project. Methods of working metals are changing and this is an area where the College’s updated workshops, for junior and senior schooling, prepare students for current trends. Metalwork incorporates areas such as art metalwork, fabrication, sheet metal and plastics. These strands of Industrial Technologies are closely aligned with industry.
Design Technology Throughout history, people have devised technologies to meet human needs. The application of these technologies has affected lifestyles and contributed to changes in societies and environment. By studying, designing and working with all types of materials, students become more innovative, knowledgeable, skillful, adaptable and enterprising.
General Shop A – Woodwork General Shop A can give students an insight into our modern technical world. By studying and working with timber and plastic materials, students become aware of the tradition and technology behind many of the products that have become part of their daily lives. As the roots of our technology lie in the ancient handcrafts, students focus, at this early stage, on hand skills which are linked closely with planning and design procedures.
General Shop B – Metalwork General Shop B provides students with the opportunity of working with various materials and learning basic engineering processes. The course concentrates on hand skills but students have the opportunity to work with a range of engineering equipment.
Graphics Year 9 Graphics broadens the student’s range of communication skills and develops his/her understanding of 2D, 3D and spacial concepts. Often speech and writing cannot adequately fulfill our communication needs. Graphical communication – the universal language – is seen as an efficient and effective means of replacing the spoken word. This is especially true in our increasingly complex society where there is so much information to be absorbed and acted upon each day. Much of this information is of a technical nature and our focus is CAD. A basic knowledge of graphics is an important part of preparation for life in today’s society.
Semester 1(Term 1 or 2) Introductory units:
Industrial Technology and Design
Introduction to Design The students are to develop an understanding of the design process and to test the design producing a prototype. The skills gained will assist greatly in the senior course, Technology Studies.
Graphics To provide an enjoyable, challenging learning experience which enables students to effectively communicate ideas through drafting or graphical means.
Introduction to Woodwork To assist students to gain the skills and knowledge necessary for everyday life and for apprenticeships or other related work.
Introduction to Sheet Metal and Fabrication To assist students to gain the skills and knowledge necessary for everyday life and for apprenticeships or other related work.
Industrial Technology and Design
Project Design, Realisation and Testing The students are to develop an understanding of the design process and to test the design producing a prototype. The skills gained will assist greatly in the senior course Technology Studies.
Built Environment Graphics To provide an enjoyable, challenging learning experience which enables students to effectively communicate ideas through drafting or graphical means.
Graphics – OP To provide an enjoyable, challenging learning experience which enables students to effectively communicate ideas through sketching, CADD or graphical means.
Technology Studies – OP The Technology Studies Course aims to introduce students to a wide range of experiences that will equip them to deal with design problems. Students will be called upon to develop written skills and practical applications that demonstrate the written expression of ideas in the areas of:
- Problem solving
- Research and Reporting on Aspects of the Design
- Construction Procedures and Safety
- Graphical Communication
Certificate I in Construction and Certificate I in Furnishing – non-OP Provides students with basic industry knowledge and skills applicable to the Construction and Furnishing industries.
Certificate I in Engineering – non-OP Provides students with basic industry knowledge and skills applicable to the Engineering (Manufacturing) Industry.
Manufacturing – Industrial Graphics – non-OP Provides a base of skill and knowledge related to the Construction and Furnishing Industries and Engineering (Manufacturing) Industry.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
VET offers students national qualifications recognised by industry.
- Students gain an insight into career pathways and further education pathways.
- Students are provided with the opportunity to gain valuable workplace skills across a broad range of industries. These skills assist in the transition from school to work and provide students with further opportunity to develop more fully their personal and social skills.
- Students can undertake and complete the Certificate I in Construction, Engineering or Furnishing. These are offered as standalone Vocational Education and Training subjects.
Doorways to Construction
In 2007, Holy Spirit College was selected as one of four schools in the area to become part of the Doorways to Construction Program.
This new partnership is an industry focused strategy implemented in selected schools throughout Queensland.
The intent of this initiative is to engage students and assist in the delivery of construction training that supports relevant structured workplace learning.
This has been a successful partnership with HSC winning several competitions both locally and statewide.