STUDENT INFORMATION 2018
What is technology about?
Technology at Ao Tawhiti is about improving the world we live in by developing our understanding of a problem or issue and creating innovative products and design outcomes that respond to needs or opportunities that are identified through this understanding. As technologists we learn to use creative thinking approaches and practical techniques such as design modelling and prototyping along with methods that help us evaluate our ideas.
What will I learn?
Level 78 Technology at Ao Tawhiti provides opportunities for students to develop understanding for using design, computer aided design, practical workshop techniques, and other problem solving tools as a means to respond to actual challenges or problems that either currently exist or that are emerging. Students will not only learn practical skills and should be prepared for research (gathering information, analysing and recording information, interviewing stakeholders, reflecting and evaluating design ideas.)
Students to build upon practical knowledge and skills developed through 56TEC in 2017. Over year long course students will manufacture an outcome, and then develop a conceptual design and prototype for a student directed design brief, within the given context of ‘OFF THE GRID’.
This course has a focus around computer aided design (CAD) and manufacturing where students begin the year completing a manufacturing project using the CNC machine, followed by a conceptual design and prototyping project that responds to a student initiated design brief. Students are expected to use CNC machining and CAD as tools throughout the design and development process for this level of the course.
This course provides students with assessment opportunities which align with the following vocational pathways: construction, manufacturing and technology, creative industries and primary industries.
Make - students will learn advanced workshop skills as they follow a construction plan of a given design which has ‘special features’. Students will have opportunities to adapt the design specifications of this project to suit more specific need.
Level 2: 6 internal
Level 1 Literacy: No Level 1 Numeracy: No UE Literacy: No
During semester one students will have opportunities to develop advanced practical skills and knowledge through LA led projects. Students will have opportunities to adapt the design specifications these projects to suit more specific needs. The semester will offer the following assessment opportunities.
Level 3: 4 internal
Level 1 Literacy: No Level 1 Numeracy: No UE Literacy: No
The focus for the remainder of the year will be on identifying a focus project (a design brief will be given which students can adapt in negotiation with the LA) and developing a conceptual design and prototype that will provide a solution to the needs and opportunities relating to the project.
Level 2: 12 Internal; External: Optional DVC assessments totalling 7 credits.
Level 1 Literacy:No Level 1 Numeracy: No UE Literacy: No
Similar focus to level 7 however at level 8 students the conceptual design work and prototype need to consider fitness for purpose in its broadest sense including the social, historical, ethical, sustainability, legal, health and safety issues relating to the individual design brief. The focus for the remainder of the year will be on identifying a focus project (reflecting the interests of individual students) and developing a conceptual design and prototype that will provide a solution to the needs and opportunities relating to the project. Credits:
Level 3: 12 Internal; External : Optional 4 credits (working drawings)
Level 1 Literacy:No Level 1 Numeracy: Yes UE Literacy: No
At the beginning of each block you will be advised of the dates for each assessment. The Assessments will be in the form of take-home assignments. Each assessment is due by the end of the term in which it has been offered.
Further Assessment Opportunities
Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery school policy, following national guidelines, is to allow one reassessment opportunity for internally assessed standards where feasible for students who failed to gain credit or higher at the first attempt. Students will also need to demonstrate that they have made progress in their learning since the first assessment to make the second opportunity worthwhile. Students should this read course outline carefully to make sure that they fully understand reassessment as it applies to this subject.
If a resubmission on any internally assessed standard is required by the Learning Advisor, the student will be instructed to attend a verbal and/or written resubmission class. Here they will be given the opportunity to provide verbal or written corrections and/or validation of their work. In the case of reassessments, students will be given a maximum of five weeks following the final due date, to hand in work for reassessment.
Assessment work completed must be your own work. For each assessment submitted, you will be asked to sign a statutory declaration confirming that the work is your own. Where evidence indicates work presented is not your own, the school policy on “Breaches of the Rules” will be followed.
Retention of Student Work
Student internal assessment material will be retained by the department until it is no longer required for moderation purposes.
Appeals of grades awarded are to be made within two weeks of the return of the assessed work. Where a grade is appealed, school policy will be followed.
Student work is due on the date set at the time of the assessment activity. Late work will not be accepted unless an extension has been arranged with the LA before the due date.
Non submission of work / No assessment taken place
No grade will be awarded when no assessment has taken place for whatever reason.
Verification of Grades
Students will be required to verify grades awarded by signing the results slip attached to each piece of internally assessed work.
Questions, concerns, other matters
Please direct questions to
ASSESSMENT OPPORTUNITIES L2 and L3:
Contact Jared for full details of assessment opportunities.
Courses offered per block.