Technologies

The Technologies faculty consists of 3 subject departments: Business Education; Computing
and Design Technology.

Staff

Mrs S. Hamilton (Business Education and Principal Teacher of Technologies faculty.
Ms D. Henry (Computing)
Mr G. McClune (Design Technology)
Mr N. Watson (Design Technology)
Mrs L. Clark (Design Technology)

Business Education

Within the Business Education Department the following courses are available for study:

S1 – ICT course
This is a combined course delivered by both Business Education Department and Computing Department. The course in S1 aims to develop IT skills using a variety of software packages, such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Power Point. There is a focus on developing correct keyboarding skills. Health and Safety and Ergonomics are also discussed. The time allocation is one 45 minute period per week.

S2 – ICT/ENTERPRISE
The course aims to consolidate the skills which have been developed in S1. Projects are completed which involve the pupils using their knowledge of a number of software packages, such as Microsoft Excel, Access, Word and Powerpoint. In addition to ICT, pupils complete an Enterprise project using the “Dragons’ Den” theme, where they develop an idea for a business and present it to the class and to “entrepreneurs”. Themes covered within this project are: marketing/finance/innovation/presentation/enterprise. There is also an introduction to Accounting and Finance where pupils are presented with a flavour of Accounting by completing a number of financial statements, including Balance Sheets and Cash Budgets.

S3/S4 – ADMINISTRATION AND IT
This course is presented at National 3/4/5 level. The course is very practical in nature with an emphasis on skills development and the application of theses kills. Learners gain knowledge of the nature of administration and are able to use IT in administration-related
contexts.

S3/S4 BUSINESS AND BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
Pupils examine how businesses meet the needs and wants of consumers and they learn about the role of an entrepreneur and the importance of small business. Pupils study different types of organisations, learning about their features, advantages and disadvantages, sources of finance and sources of business advice. Pupils learn about consumer demand and the marketing of goods and services.

S5/S6 BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

• Intermediate 2 Business Management
Business Management at Int 2 level aims to develop an awareness of the key elements of management and investigates the contexts within which effective decision-making can take place. The course highlights the importance of enterprise in contemporary society to all organisations, and covers different forms of business organisations. Topics within the course include Marketing, Operations, Human Resources, Finance and Business Enterprise.

• Higher Business Management
Higher Business Management enables students to acquire a deeper knowledge and understanding of the role and operation of business. There are three units of study – Business Enterprise, Marketing and Operations, and Finance and Human Resource Management.

S5/S6 ACOUNTING

• Intermediate 2 Accounting
The study of Accounting at Intermediate 2 level aims to develop in candidates the ability to identify, record and communicate information to help them make financial decisions. The course encourages candidates to think logically and to apply accounting principles in an effective manner. The course covers both financial and management accounting.

• Higher Accounting
Higher Accounting gives learners the skills to meet the demands of the modern financial world, whether they are considering making financial investments or running their own business. Learners will be given a grasp of the principles and practice of financial accounting and management accounting in a range of contexts.

Computing Department

Within the Computing Department the following courses are available for study:

S1/S2 – Common IT/Enterprise course in conjunction with Business Education Department.

S3/S4 – COMPUTING SCIENCE
This course is available for study at National 3/4/5

• S3 Computing Science
The purpose of this course is to develop learners’ knowledge of the technological world and develop their skills in creating computer-based solutions to problems. The topics covered in S3 are Game Development and Creation, Animation, Website design, History of Computing, Cloud Computing, Malware, Software and Hardware and an introduction to Programming.

• S4 Computing Science
Learners will develop an appreciation of the central role of computation in the modern world and gain an understanding at a high level of the many functions of computing systems, concepts and processes. They will gain an insight into the capacities of computing professionals as problem-solvers and designers, able to design, implement and operate hardware and software systems, and the far-reaching impact of information technology on our environment and society. They will also develop a range of transferable skills for learning, skills for life and skills for work, opening up a wide range of career and study opportunities and enabling them to develop as global citizens who can contribute effectively to their communities, society and the world.

S5/S6 COMPUTING
•Higher Computing builds upon the knowledge and understanding of computing concepts considered at Intermediate 2 Computing, providing a more focused study of the operation and organisation of computer systems combined with a more formal approach to the processes involved in the development of solutions to computing problems

• Advanced Higher Computing is designed to provide candidates with both the necessary knowledge and understanding and the practical problem solving skills to enable them to become the ICT tool designers of the future.

Design Technology

Within the Design Technology Department the following courses are available for study:

S1/S2 Design Technology Course
The main aim of the Design Technology course is to give young people an opportunity to develop broad-based technical skills, and in doing so encourage them to engage in problem solving.
Practical work offers each pupil an opportunity to have a hands-on experience of a variety of processes and tools, through several projects based around metal, wood and plastic. This area will be assessed through the development of skills and an understanding of the resources.
The Graphic Communication course provides each pupil with the opportunity to develop their understanding of both formal and freehand drawing through a broad course. This course includes illustration and presentation, technical drawing and computer aided design.

S3/S4 Woodworking Course
The Practical Woodworking course consists of the following three workshop-based units -Bench Skills 1, Wood Flat-Frame Construction, Bench Skills 2 -Wood Carcase Construction, Machining and Finishing -Wood Turning. The course is assessed by the completion of a final workshop based project using the skills developed when completing the units.The course will develop skills in marking-out, cutting, shaping and finishing materials, as well as adjusting and maintaining a range of hand tools. Apart from giving an insight into industry and standards, such studies help with the development of self-confidence, manual dexterity and control, perseverance and maturity.

S3/S4 Design and Manufacture
The course provides a broad practical introduction to design, and materials and manufacturing processes. It provides opportunities for learners to gain skills in designing and in communicating design proposals. It allows learners to explore the properties and uses of materials and to make models and prototypes of products. The course is practical, exploratory and experiential in nature. It combines elements of creativity and designing for aesthetic or visual impact with a requirement to consider a product’s function and performance. It helps the learner appreciate the tensions that exist between factors such as aesthetics, function, economics and the environment. The course allows learners to consider the various factors that impact on a product’s design. The learner will consider the life cycle of a product from its inception through design, manufacture, and use, including its disposal or re-use— a ‘cradle-to-cradle’ approach to design.

S3/S4 Graphic Communication
This Course is a broad-based qualification suitable for learners with an interest in graphic communication — both digital and paper-based. The qualification is largely learner-centred and includes practical and experiential learning opportunities. Because the world of graphic communication covers such a wide variety of styles and modes of communication, there is a broad scope for personalisation and choice within the Course for each learner.
The N4/N5 Graphic Communication course introduces learners to the diverse and ever-increasing variety of presentation methods employed in the Graphic Design field. Pupils develop skills in 2D and 3D Graphics. A N4 pupil will be internally assessed on these five assessments as well as an Added Value Unit which will determine their overall grade there will be no External Exam. A N5 pupil will be internally assessed on these five assessments, an Added Value Unit and also an External Exam in May.

S5/S6 Graphic Communication
• Int 1 Graphic Communication – The Intermediate 1 qualification develops knowledge and practical application of sketching and drawing everyday items. The course consists of three elements: Technical Graphics 1, Technical Graphics 2 and Computer Graphics. Additionally, 30% of the course award is based on the production of a graphic portfolio of work. The course encourages appreciation of the role of information technology within Graphic Communication and the world today. It offers learners the opportunity to develop analytical thinking and creativity, and develops core aspects of technological capability.

• Int 2 Graphic Communication – The Intermediate 2 qualification in Graphic Communication develops knowledge and practical application of sketching and drawing
everyday items. The course consists of three elements: Technical Graphics 1, Technical Graphics 2 and Computer Graphics. Additionally, 30% of the course award is based on the production of a graphic portfolio of work. The course encourages appreciation of the role of information technology within Graphic Communication and the world today. It offers learners the opportunity to develop analytical thinking and creativity, and develops core aspects of technological capability.
• Higher Graphic Communication – Communication in all its forms is vital to society. Graphic Communication is a means of passing on information graphically and is used, in various forms, in many aspects of life including education, industry and commerce. This course is designed to make you aware of the use of graphics and to learn about the techniques used to create them.A qualification in Graphic Communication develops knowledge and practical application of sketching and drawing everyday items.

The course consists of three elements:

Technical Graphics 1, Technical Graphics 2and Computer Graphics. Additionally, 30% of the course award is based on the production of a graphic portfolio of work. The course encourages appreciation of the role of information technology within Graphic Communication and the world today. It offers learners the opportunity to develop analytical thinking and creativity, and develops core aspects of technological capability.

S5/S6 Woodwork
Woodworking Skills (Intermediate 2)
This course contributes to the knowledge, understanding and practical experience of candidates whose aspirations and abilities are towards practical work, or who are considering a career in an industry which involves practical activity in any capacity. Candidates may wish to extend skills developed in Standard Grade Craft and Design. They may wish to progress to education or training in practical areas through studies and practice focused on practical aspects of such work.
Candidates who are pursuing studies in other fields, but who sampled the workshop environment in early secondary education, may wish to come back to gain experience and skills which may be useful and worthwhile in general education and adult life. The course is of a practical nature, workshop-based and provides many skills which are appropriate to a wide range of applications. The course will develop skills in marking-out, cutting, shaping and finishing materials, as well as adjusting and maintaining a range of hand tools. Apart from giving an insight into industrial practice and standards, such studies help with the development of self-confidence, manual dexterity and control, perseverance, maturity and spatial awareness.

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