Course Overview

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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 research methods, 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?
Student will learn techniques for investigation, and approaches for the generating, modelling and evaluating design ideas. This is likely to include research techniques, practical workshop skills, drawing and sketching, modelling approaches and other methods of brainstorming ideas.

What kinds of projects can I make?
During the first part of the course students will have opportunities to refine an LA provided design outcome. This will be followed by opportunities to identify a student selected (in negotiation with LA) design brief arising from a given design context and issue. This year the design context we will be exploring is ‘OFF THE GRID’ and we will be exploring issues relating to sustainability in the home.

Vocational Pathways
This course provides students with assessment opportunities which align with the following vocational pathways: construction, manufacturing and technology, creative industries and primary industries. COURSE STRUCTURE
56TEC runs over the whole year. The projects we work on in technology learning area involve students engaging at a deep level in the specific projects they work on, and the projects and associated assessments usually take a whole term or longer to complete. Students are advised to commit to the whole year of study if they wish to complete the projects offered in this course.

NCEA assessments are not compulsory in technology and while we indicate assessments as being connected to particular courses, these are flexible. In other words, you can negotiate assessment opportunities with your Technology Learning Advisor. As this course is targeted at students working at either level 5 or level 6 students can indicate if the do or do not intend on completing NCEA assessments through this course. More information on this will be provided in class. See last page of this booklet for a list of standards available during the year in Technology classes.

Term One - Two
This first semester has a major focus on developing practical techniques in the workshop. Students will have opportunities to develop workshop skills and design skills as they refine a given design outcome and construct a finished lighting product. Students will also explore options for their conceptual design project (which will continue through term 2 and 3) during the first part of the year
NCEA credits Available:
Level 1: Internal: 6 credits; Level 1 Literacy: No Level 1 Numeracy: No UE Literacy: No

Term Two - Four
Jared Gallagher
From term two onwards students will be developing a conceptual design and prototype for a student directed brief arising from the given context ‘OFF THE GRID’. Students will learn approaches to research for design, modelling approaches, as well as practical workshop skills as they follow a design process to develop a prototype that can demonstrate their design outcome’s fitness for purpose.
NCEA Credits Available: 12 Level 1 Internal
Level 1 Literacy: Yes Level 1 Numeracy: No UE Literacy: No

Assessment Dates
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.

Late work
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

91057 6 Credits
91046 6 Credits
91047 6 Credits

Contact Jared for full details of assessment opportunities.

Total NCEA credits available at Level 1: 18

Courses offered per block.

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