The mission of the Technology faculty is to offer meaningful and productive learning experiences to prepare students to function as technologists in a variety of technical specialties. The department values the integration of academic knowledge with hands-on technical skills, which is achieved by emphasizing the application technological principles in relation to problem solving.
Technology education at James Ruse Agricultural High School responds to the recognition that students need logical, creative, problem solving abilities, as well as an ability to manipulate tools and machines to be able to take their appropriate position in tertiary education and a changing social structure.
The Technology curriculum is based around the following principles:
Courses for Stages 4 and 5 (Years 7 to 10)
Design & Technology
Students focus on the study of technology through design, the course provides opportunities for them to develop an understanding of a range of technologies, their applications and impact on the quality of life. Design projects are selected from the following prescribed contexts:
Computer technology is to be integrated into at least 50 hours of the course. Each design project must use the design process and develop the following skills:
Courses for Stage 6
Information Processes & Technology
IPT is the study of computer-based information systems covering the processes of collecting, organising, analysing, storing and retrieving, processing, transmitting and receiving and displaying, as well as the technologies that support them.
Through project work, students will create their own information system to meet an identified need. The Preliminary Course includes:
The HSC Course includes:
Software Design and Development
The focus of this course is the development of computer-based solutions that require the design of computer software. It is not only designed for those who seek further study or careers in this field but also for those who wish to understand the fundamental principles of software design and development. The Preliminary and HSC courses are underpinned by social and ethical issues projects which form a foundation for the study of the course strands. The Preliminary Course includes:
The HSC Course includes:
Students are to spend a minimum of 20% of the Preliminary Course time on practical activities using the computer. In the HSC course, 25% of the time is to be spent on practical activities using the computer.