The department of Technological and Applied Studies (TAS) offer a variety of subjects that have a 21st Century technological focus. All subjects involve students using and learning about technology in order to solve problems. All subjects are project based where students are engaged in practical work as a major component of each subject.
TAS subjects offered:
Stage 4 (Years 7 and 8)
- Technology mandatory. Students will undertake a project where their design skills are nourished and developed. Using different materials such as plastic, wood, food and fabric they will produce a product and a portfolio to document their design and ideas.
Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10)
- Food technology allows students to learn about food in a variety of settings, which gives students the opportunity to evaluate the relationship between food, technology, nutritional status and the quality of life. During practical lessons students will develop confidence in making decisions and become proficient when dealing with food.
- Design and Technology develops the skills learnt in the mandatory Technology course on Years 7 and 8, however gives the students more opportunity for individual design and production.
- Textiles technology aims to teach students skills in the production of various textile products, as well as the uses and qualities of a variety of different textiles.
- Graphics technology where technical drawing skills are developed using a traditional drawing board and CAD (computer aided design). Students develop
- Information and software technology where through individual and group projects students use and learn about computers based on technologies some of the units of working taught are web designs, multimedia robotics and database design.
The TAS subjects we offer at Mary Mackillop Catholic College in Stage 6 that are not offered at Stage 5 are:
- Information processes and technology where students learn about informative based systems
- Software design and development where students learn to design and develop computer programs