Technological and Applied Studies

About TAS
The Technological and Applied Studies (TAS) KLA caters for a broad range of student interests, abilities and backgrounds through the practical application of knowledge and the development of skills and attitudes within a variety of Technology courses. These courses engage students in a diverse range of practical activities that provide opportunities for them to achieve success in areas relevant to them as individuals and to society.

Technology education provides students with opportunities to be involved in creative and practical experiences using a range of technologies. These technologies may be used for researching, designing, manipulating and producing products, systems and environments. Students develop critical thinking skills and learn about, and use, a variety of resources, materials, tools and techniques to solve problems and meet identified needs.

A diverse and changing range of technologies are in development and use across society. Technology education assists students to develop an understanding of the impact of technologies on culture, society and the environment. It promotes capacity for innovation, creativity, enterprise, management, collaboration and communication.

TAS Courses Offered at Marist College Eastwood
In years 7 and 8 all students study the Technology Mandatory course. This course aims to introduce students to a range of technologies and gives them experiences in designing, producing and evaluating projects. At MCE students will gain experience in the areas of Products - completing units on food design and industrial design, Built Environments - completing a unit on interior design or landscape design, and Information and Communications - completing a unit on digital media design. Throughout the two years students will work in the Computing Labs, the Hospitality Room and the Industrial Workshops.

In Years 9 and 10 students may choose to study a number of courses from within the TAS Key Learning Area. All courses are two year elective courses. At MCE, these courses include:

 * Food Technology - The study of Food Technology provides students with a broad knowledge and understanding of food properties, processing, preparation and their interrelationships, nutritional considerations and consumption patterns. It addresses the importance of hygiene and safe working practices and legislation in the production of food. It also provides students with a context through which to explore the richness, pleasure and variety food adds to life. Students will explore food-related issues through a range of practical experiences, allowing them to make informed and appropriate choices with regards to food. Some of the areas studied by students doing Food Technology at MCE include: food in Australia, food selection and health including foods for people with special needs, foods for special occasions, catering and food product development.

* Graphics Technology - The study of Graphics Technology will develop in students an understanding of the significance of graphical communication and the techniques and technologies used to convey technical and non-technical ideas and information. They will learn about the application of these techniques and technologies in industrial, commercial and domestic contexts. Some of the areas studied by students doing Graphics Technology at MCE include: logos and pictograms, communication devices, children’s toys and database design.



 * Industrial Technology - The study of Industrial Technology  develops in students knowledge and understanding of materials and processes. Related knowledge and skills are developed through a specialised approach to the tools, materials and techniques employed in the planning, development, construction and evaluation of quality practical projects and processes. Critical thinking skills are developed through engagement with creative practical problem-solving activities. At MCE students work within the Timber Technology area. Some of the areas studied by students doing Industrial Technology at MCE include: occupational health and safety,  materials, equipment, tools and machines, links to industry, design, workplace communication skills and societal and environmental impact.

* Information and Software Technology - The study of Information and Software Technology assists students to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to solve problems in real life contexts. Through experiential and collaborative tasks, students engage in processes of analysing, designing, producing, testing, documenting, implementing and evaluating information and software technology-based solutions. Core content  provides students with specialised knowledge of past, current and emerging technologies, data, hardware, software and people involved in the field of Information and Software Technology. Some of the areas studied by students doing Information and Software Technology at MCE include: authoring and multimedia, digital media, database design, the internet and website design, software development and programming, artificial intelligence and robotics and automated systems.

* Photographic and Digital Media - The study of Photographic and Digital Media provides students with specialised learning opportunities to enable them to understand and explore the nature of photographic and digital media as an important field of artistic practice, conceptual knowledge and technological procedures. The broad areas of photography and digital media as print, interactive and moving forms are extremely relevant and of fundamental interest to students. Some of the areas studied by students doing Photographic and Digital Media at MCE include: lighting, camera operation, audio recording, music clips, making an advertisement and breaking the news.

Year 11 and 12 courses within the TAS KLA form an extension of the courses studied in Years 9 and 10 as well as providing new experiences for students within the technological field. In Year 11 and 12, courses studied at MCE from the TAS KLA include:

* Information Processes and Technology - The study of  Information Processes and Technology, teaches students about information-based systems. It covers the processes of collecting, organising, analysing, storing and retrieving, processing, transmitting and receiving, and displaying, as well as the technologies that support them. With this background, students will be well placed to adapt to new technologies as they emerge. Some of the areas studied by students doing Information Processes and Technology at MCE include: information skills and systems, tools for information processes, planning design and implementation of group and personal information systems, information systems and databases, communications systems, project work, transaction processing systems and multimedia systems.

* Software Design and Development - The study of Software Design and Development  provides students with a systematic approach to problem-solving, an opportunity to be creative, excellent career prospects and interesting content. There are many different approaches that can be taken to develop software. An understanding of these and the situations in which they are applied is essential in software development. Students also gain an understanding of how hardware and software are interrelated and need each other to function. In order to develop solutions that meet the needs of those who will use them, communication, personal and team skills are required by the developers. Some of the areas studied by students doing Software Design and Development at MCE include : Visual Basic programming, concepts and issues in the design and development of software, building software solutions, hardware and software, software development approaches, social and ethical issues, development and impact of software solutions, software development cycle, developing a solution package and the software developer’s view of hardware.

* Photography, Video and Digital Imaging - The study of Photography, Video and Digital Imaging offers students the opportunity to explore contemporary artistic practices that make use of photography, video and digital imaging. The course offers opportunities for the student to investigate one or more of these fields and to develop  understanding and skills that contribute to an informed critical practice. Some of the areas studied by students doing Photography, Video and Digital Imaging at MCE include: an introduction to practice in video, camera operation, lighting setup, audio recording, occupational health and safety and individual and collaborative projects.

TAS Facilities at Marist College Eastwood
Recent refurbishment has seen the TAS facilities at MCE brought into line with industry standards. Students studying TAS courses have access to facilities that will put them in a good position to be able to cope in the increasingly technological world they will face outside school life.

The College has three fully networked computer laboratories. Each lab contains 30 computers giving students access to data and programs regardless of their location within the College. All computers have internet access as well as access to a number of colour laser printers. Other technology available to staff and students within the TAS area include a digital camera, scanners and light projects. Graphics Technology students have access to a drawing room containing drawing tables and equipment as well as also having computer and internet access. The two workshops in the College are set up with equipment to enable students to work within the wood and metal work areas. The College's Digital and Photographic students have access to a studio and a variety of television equipment including cameras, microphones, video taping and editing machines as well as other studio equipment. The new Hospitality room is fully equipped and contains both domestic and commercial cooking equipment.