In the Technology and Applied Studies learning area, students apply knowledge, skills, experience and resources to the development of technological solutions that are designed to meet the changing needs of individuals, societies and environments. Students become innovative, adaptable and reflective as they select and use appropriate materials, information, systems and processes to create solutions that consider the short and long-term impact on societies and environments.

The Technology and Applied Studies learning area relates to the processes of applying knowledge, skills and resources to satisfy human needs and wants, extending capabilities and realising opportunities. Technology uses resources, including materials (both raw and processed), tools and machines, knowledge, skills and experiences, as well as investment of time, energy and money.

It involves systems for collecting, transporting and transforming materials, for storing and processing information and resources, and for communicating and marketing the outcomes. Technology involves the development and application of skills and attitudes that enable students to actively respond to and be involved in social and economic change. Finally, technology has consequences, costs and benefits that need to be considered carefully and responsibly before decisions are made.

Senior Courses offered by Technology And Applied Studies

Design and Technology

The study of Design and Technology develops conceptual understanding and enables students to creatively apply these to specific technological endeavours through design projects. It also seeks to develop students’ appreciation of the historical and cultural influences on design and the interrelationships of design, technology, society and the environment.

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Food Technology

The study of Food Technology develops awareness of factors that influence food availability and selection are examined and current food consumption patterns in Australia investigated. Food handling is addressed with emphasis on ensuring safety and managing the sensory characteristics and functional properties of food to produce a quality product. The role of nutrition in contributing to the health of the individual and the social and economic future of Australia is explored.

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Industrial Technology

Industrial Technology seeks to raise students’ awareness of the interaction between technology, industry, society and the environment, and to develop their ability to make value judgements about issues, decisions and problems arising from this interaction. Students achieve this by applying practical experiences to the study of the technology, management and organisation of industry.

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Information Processes and Technology

The Information Processes and Technology Stage 6 course, 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.

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Software Design and Development

Software Design and Development refers to the creativity, knowledge, values and communication skills required to develop computer programs. The subject provides students with a systematic approach to problem-solving, an opportunity to be creative, excellent career prospects and interesting content. While a variety of computer applications are used in this subject, they are not the primary focus. The focus of this subject is the development of computer-based solutions that require the design of computer software.

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Textiles and Design

The Textiles and Design course provides a curriculum structure that reflects the important role that textiles play in society. Textiles protect, provide comfort, have social meaning, respond to cultural influences and perform a range of necessary functions in the textiles industry and other industries. This course investigates the science and technology of textiles through a study of properties and performance, allowing students to make informed consumer choices in the textiles area.

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Latest Technology And Applied Studies News

Monday November 20 2017

Jaye Melville & Luke Worth Nominated For 2017 HSC Shape Exhibition

A massive congratulations goes out to Jaye Melville and Luke Worth who have been nominated for the 2017 HSC Shape exhibition for their Design and Technology, Major Design Projects. The exhibition showcases significant major works from Design and Technology, Industrial Timber Technology and Textiles Technology. It is a great achievement and we congratulate both students […]

Monday March 13 2017

Nao The First Humanoid Robot Visits Xavier

Who is NAO? NAO is an interactive companion robot. At 58 cm in height, NAO is the first humanoid robot. Nao has continually been evolving since the beginning of his adventure in 2006. Currently in it’s 5th version, about 10 000 NAO’s have already been sold throughout the world. We were lucky enough to have Nao […]

Wednesday March 8 2017

BEEautiful Honey!

We were absolutely ‘BEElessed’ to have Mr Williams bring in some of his honey frames to school today! As our students watched in awe, we were all educated in the production of honey, the extraction process and the importance of bees amongst our ecosystem. Honey extraction is the central process in beekeeping were the removal […]

Monday September 5 2016

Keeping Your Children Safe Online

Helping your kids to stay safe online is something many parents are concerned about. Simply knowing about some of the basics of the online world can help parents be ahead of the game and one foot in front, should they need to manage a negative situation. Digital education and communication is essential to the safety […]

Monday March 23 2015

Small is Beautiful

Ex Xavier High School student Jeremy Beasley has recently directed and released ‘Small is Beautiful’, a documentary following four people as they build their own tiny houses in pursuit of a mortgage free lifestyle, discovering that living tiny is about so much more than just the house. Screening in Albury! WHEN: 20 April 2015 TIME: […]

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