Design Technology

Design Technology
Key Ideas
Project management
Students will develop skills to manage projects to
successful completion
Systems thinking
A holistic approach to the identification and
solving of problems where the focal points are
treated as components of a system.
Design thinking
Involves the use of strategies for understanding design needs and
opportunities that best meet the criteria for success.
Computational thinking
A problem-solving method that is applied to
create solutions that can be implemented using
digital technologies.
CrossCurriculum Priorities
Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander histories and cultures
Students identify and explore the understandings and knowledge of technology
used by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in past, present and
future applications.
Students explore the links between Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander People and the environments, histories, cultures and
identities and use it within Design and Technology and Digital
Technology to create products.
Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia
Students investigate the links between Australia and Asia and how Australia has
contributed to the creation of products and services.
Using this area of the curriculum, students generate ideas and concepts, create solutions for sustainabile economic, environmental and social impacts.
This area of the curriculum narrows down into the knowledge,
understanding and skills necessary to design actions that are
effective towards sustainability.
Knowledge, understanding and skills in each subject are presented through two related strands:
Knowledge and understanding
Technologies and society
the use, development and
impact of technologies in
people’s lives
Technologies contexts
•technologies and design across
a range of technologies contexts
Digital systems
•the components of digital systems:
hardware, software and networks and their
Representation of data
•how data are represented and
structured symbolically
Processes and production skills
Creating designed solutions by: •investigating
•generating •producing •evaluating
•collaborating and managing
Collecting, managing and
analysing data Creating digital
solutions by:
•defining •designing
•implementing •evaluating
•collaborating and managing
Student diversity
Student with disabilities
The same standards in consideration with the necessary adjustments to the
way in which they are taught and how they demonstrate their learning.
The way in which the lessons are conducted need to
ensure those with physical disabilities can
participate and achieve on the same basis as their
This might involve students using modified
tools, materials or equipment to create
EAL/D learners enter school at
various ages and stages of learning
There are a significant number of students who are not literate in their first language, and have had little or no formal schooling.
The aims of technologies in the Australian Curriculum are the
same for all students, however EAL/D learners must achieve these
standards whilst also learning a new language and learning
Gifted and talented students
Using the Australian Curriculum teachers are able
to cater for individual learning needs for such
This can be done through learning in more
depth, emphasising specific areas and focusing
on crosscurriculum priorities.
Investigate, design, plan,
manage, create and evaluate
creative, innovative and enterprising when using
traditional, contemporary and emerging technologies
Make informed and ethical decisions about the
role, impact and use of technologies for a
sustainable future
Engage confidently with and responsibly select and manipulate
appropriate technologies when designing and creating solutions
Critique, analyse and evaluate problems, needs
or opportunities to identify and create
Content Elaborations
The support and descritpions to elaborate on
each content descriptor throughout foundation
to year 10.
Content descriptors
The information and description of what each
student must achieve from the focus point of
the start of the year towards the end of the
Band levels
Foundation to year 2
Year 3 to year 6
Year 7 to year 10
Achievement Standards
It involves the students demonstrating their understandings and knowledge through pieces of work, assignments, tests and the constant recordings of the classroom teacher.
General Capabilities
Critical and Creative thinking
Personal and Social capabilities
Ethical understanding
Intercultural understanding