The Technologies learning area aims to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to ensure that, individually and collaboratively, students:
- investigate, design, plan, manage, create and evaluate solutions;
- are creative, innovative and enterprising when using traditional, contemporary and emerging technologies, and understand how technologies have developed over time;
- make informed and ethical decisions about the role, impact and use of technologies in the economy, environment and society for a sustainable future;
- engage confidently with and responsibly select and manipulate appropriate technologies − materials, data, systems, components, tools and equipment − when designing and creating solutions; and
- critique, analyse and evaluate problems, needs or opportunities to identify and create solutions.
The Technologies learning area is comprised of two distinct, but related areas:
- Design and Technology, in which students use design thinking and technologies to generate and produce solutions for authentic needs and opportunities.
- Digital Technology, in which students use computational thinking and information systems to define, design and implement solutions.
At Mercy College, students are able to undertake studies in the areas of;
- Home Economics
- Design & Technology
- Digital Technology
The Home Economics department at Mercy College is a vibrant, dynamic and constantly evolving environment, with courses designed to challenge the way students think about themselves and the wider community, whilst providing the life skills which will enable them to lead independent and meaningful lives.
The courses offered in Home Economics fall into three areas:
Food Technology and Hospitality:
The importance of healthy food education and the development of positive food habits forms the basis of all the courses offered from Year 7 through to Year 12. Students learn to prepare, cook and present delicious and nutritionally balanced every day and special occasion food, using a variety of cooking techniques and different cuisines. Students are encouraged to design their
own healthy recipes using specific ingredients and a limited budget which encourages creativity, problem-solving, teamwork and the development of important life skills.
In Year 11 and 12 students can choose from ATAR or General Food Science & Technology as well as Certificate II in Hospitality, which incorporates barista training.
Fashion Design and Technology:
This rapidly growing subject area offers students from Years 7 through to Year 12 the opportunity to learn how to design and make their own fashion items using the latest technology. A Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design & Technology is available for study in Year 11 and Year 12, which could lead to a future in the fashion industry. A Sewing Club is offered to students wishing to sew out of class time and specialist support is given to students wishing to participate in the Apex Teenage Fashion Awards competition.
Children, Family and the Community:
Available from Year 9 to Year 12 the Children, Family and the Community courses are designed to equip students with the knowledge, understanding and experience to interact safely and effectively with babies and young children – either in a work-related field, within their own families and communities, or as parents in the future.
In Year 9 and 10 students study a wide variety of topics, ranging from conception, pregnancy and birth to early childhood development and care. The Year 10 students also take part in the Virtual Baby program which involves caring for a computerised ‘baby’ for 48 hours.
In Year 11 and 12 the Children, Family and the Community General course focuses on factors that influence human development and the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities in contemporary Australia.
Design & Technology
The Design and Technology Department strives to produce excellence in all areas of student achievement. These courses have a highly practical focus with a student-centred approach to problem-solving tasks.
Students are encouraged to use visual thinking strategies to develop critical and creative thinking, plus use their imagination to generate practical solutions to realistic design problems.
Students have the opportunity to develop a range of hand skills and machine skills in many contexts and work in a safety conscious and supportive environment, where they will be able to work both independently and as part of a team assisting and respecting each other.
The courses are designed to give students access to modern equipment and technology, including Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) routers, laser cutters and 3D printers with applications in wood, metal and other resistant materials.
Courses are offered in a variety of contexts including:
- Graphic Technology
- Metal Work
Years 7 through to 10 focus on building and developing problem-solving and practical skills enabling students to follow a pathway in Year 11 and 12 which offers Automotive General plus Certificate II’s in Engineering Pathways and Visual Arts (Wood).
Digital Technology offers a range of computing courses which provide students with practical opportunities to use design thinking and to be innovative developers of digital solutions and knowledge. Students investigate and develop an understanding of coding languages, computer systems and technology in the future. They develop an understanding of the concepts and vocabulary of computer programming through a variety of practical challenges enabling them to develop and build their programming skills to design websites, produce computer games, and code solutions in response to briefs.
In Year 10 a STEM course is also offered, which refers to studies involving the understanding and practical use of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics areas. In this course, students are encouraged to apply skills from all four areas in order to analyse and create solutions to solve problems. Specifically, students will explore the related contexts of Climate Change and Sustainable Energy.
In Year 11 and 12 students can also study ATAR Computer Science. In these courses, students learn how to develop information systems and databases. They use Python to create programs by applying the Software Development Cycle and build on their knowledge of networks.
Coding Club will be offered this year to give students who wish to join competitions, or learn other coding languages, a chance to improve their coding skills through self-directed courses.
Ms Alison Reed | Head of Technologies