Technology

The Technology Department aims to help young people engage in design, creativity, problem-solving and technological awareness initially through our Broad General Education. We believe in a ‘hands-on’ approach to design then manufacture. Furthermore we want to encourage our young people to be confident in graphics, 3D computer modelling through to desktop publishing, plus learning a range of tool uses and processes.

In our Senior S4-6 Curriculum we offer a huge selection of courses from the SQA .
National 4/5  Practical Woodworking
National 4/5  Graphic Communication
National 4/5  Practical Metalworking
National 5     Engineering
Higher Graphic Communication

Present Staff
Kenny McGougan
Andy Nias
Angus Grant
Technician – Nick Shearon

National 4/5 Practical Woodworking

Course Structure

This Course is very practical in nature. It provides opportunities for learners to gain a range of hands on Woodworking skills and to use a variety of tools, equipment and materials. In addition, learners will gain an appreciation of safe working practices in a workshop environment.

It is made up of three units which all pupils will be presented for. Furthermore National 5 pupils will manufacture a course assignment project and an exam. Pupils at National 4 will complete an Added Value Unit project but no exam. Both of these additional tasks are presented to the pupils by SQA.

Practical Woodworking: Flat-frame Construction

This Unit helps learners develop skills in the use of woodworking tools and in making woodworking joints plus assemblies commonly used in flat-frame joinery. Tasks will involve some complex features. Learners will also be able to read and use drawings and diagrams depicting both familiar and unfamiliar woodwork tasks.

Practical Woodworking: Carcase Construction

This Unit helps learners develop skills in making woodworking joints and assemblies commonly used in carcase construction. Tasks will involve some complex features and may include working with manufactured board or with frames and panels. The Unit includes the use of working drawings or diagrams, including unfamiliar contexts that require some interpretation on the part of the learner.

Practical Woodworking: Machining and Finishing

This Unit helps learners develop skills in using common machine and power tools. It also helps learners develop skills in a variety of woodworking surface preparations and finishing techniques.

In each of the Units above, learners will develop an appreciation of safe working practices in a workshop environment. They will also gain an understanding of sustainability issues and good practice in recycling in a practical woodworking context. All assessment is practical and continuously assessed, meaning this course does not have a written exam.

Entry requirement – none.  Level of presentation determined in discussion with your teachers.

 

National 5 Engineering Skills – Skills for Work Course

Course Structure

The National 5 Engineering Skills Course has been designed to provide a basis for progression into further education or for moving directly into training or employment within an engineering sector. This Course focuses on the broad areas of Mechanical, Fabrication, Electrical, Electronic, Maintenance and an element of Design and Manufacture. This will allow the candidates to gain basic transferable skills which can be applied to any of the above engineering areas.

Pupils studying this should have already completed a National /Skills for Work Course in any technical subject.

Engineering Skills: Mechanical and Fabrication

In this Unit candidates will learn to select and use the correct tools, equipment and materials required to manufacture an artefact. During the manufacture, candidates will read engineering drawings, measure and mark, select appropriate materials and work to specified tolerances. The candidate will also develop and use basic engineering skills of cutting, shaping, drilling, tapping, forming and joining. Embedded into the practical activities of this Unit are the employability skills that employers value.

Engineering Skills: Electrical and Electronic

In this Unit candidates will select the correct tools and components required to construct a basic functional extra low voltage electrical circuit and an electronic circuit from a given diagram and specification. Embedded into the practical activities of this Unit are the employability skills that employers value.

Engineering Skills: Maintenance

In this Unit candidates will select the correct tools, materials and equipment required to test, disassemble, repair and assemble an engineering part.

Engineering Skills: Design and Manufacture

In this unit candidates will develop Computer Aided Draughting (CAD) skills and select and use the correct tools and materials required to design, manufacture/construct, test, evaluate and report their findings on, the manufacture/construction of a project.

All of the Units focus on the development of specific engineering skills. Assessment follows a similar pattern involving a range of practical activities which will produce evidence for all the Outcomes. All assessment is practical and continuously assessed, meaning this course does not have a written exam.

Entry requirement – none.  Level of presentation determined in discussion with your teachers.

National 4/5 Practical Metalworking

Course Structure

This Practical Course allows learners to gain a range of practical Engineering skills and to use a variety of tools, equipment and materials. The aims of the Course are to enable learners to develop:

♦ skills in engineering techniques

♦ skills in measuring out and marking metal sections and sheet materials

♦ safe working practices in workshop environments

♦ practical creativity and problem-solving skills

♦ an understanding of sustainability issues in a practical engineering context

This course is suitable for learners with an interest in practical metalworking and those wanting to progress to higher levels of study or a related career. Furthermore it provides opportunities to develop practical creativity, practical problem-solving skills, an appreciation of safe working practices in a workshop environment, and an understanding of sustainability issues in a practical Engineering context.

As well as the SQA Course assessment at National 5, the Course comprises three mandatory Units, plus a project and written exam. Each of the Units is also undertaken by National 4 candidates who will also complete an SQA produced Added Value Unit, but no exam.

Practical Metalworking: Bench Skills 

This Unit helps learners develop a range of metalworking hand tool skills including bench-fitting work, routine sheet-metal work, and measuring and marking out. Tasks will involve some complex features. Learners will be able to read and interpret drawings and diagrams depicting both familiar and unfamiliar metalworking tasks.

Practical Metalworking: Machine Processes

This Unit helps learners build their measuring and marking out skills and to develop skills in using common metalwork machines, equipment and related processes. Tasks will involve some complex features. Learners will work with an appropriate range of metals in both familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

Practical Metalworking: Fabrication and Thermal Joining

This Unit helps learners develop skills in fabrication, forming and joining of metalwork components with some complex features. Learners will develop skills in thermal joining techniques. They will also build skills in measuring and marking out.

All assessment is practical and continuously assessed, meaning this course does not have a written exam.

Entry requirement – none.  Level of presentation determined in discussion with your teachers.

Graphic Communication

National 4/5 Course Structure

The new Graphic Communication Course (National 4/5) introduces learners to a wide variety of up-to-date presentation methods employed in graphic communication and within industry. The Course provides good progression from experiences and outcomes in expressive arts and ICT, as well as in craft, design, engineering and graphics from the broad general education.

In addition to the SQA Course assessment at National 5 or Added Value Unit at National 4, the Course includes two mandatory Units. At National 5 level, knowledge and understanding is further evaluated through a written exam. This question paper introduces breadth to the assessment. It requires a depth of understanding and application of knowledge across all the Units. Both Units are designed to provide progression to the corresponding Units at Higher Level which the school presents.

2D Graphic Communication

This Unit ensures pupils develop their creativity and skills within a 2D graphic communication context. It will allow learners to develop and communicate ideas using graphic techniques in straightforward and familiar contexts. Learners will develop 2D graphic spatial awareness.

3D and Pictorial Graphic Communication

This Unit helps learners develop their creativity and skills within a 3D and pictorial graphic communication context using computers. Again it will allow learners to develop and communicate ideas using graphic techniques in straightforward and new contexts. Learners will develop 3D graphic spatial awareness using the latest industry standard software.

On completing the Course, learners will be able to:

  • develop skills in graphic communication techniques
  • extend and apply knowledge and understanding of graphic communication standards
  • develop an understanding of how graphic communication effects the wider world.

The Course whilst practical, exploratory and experiential in nature makes extensive use of existing and emerging computer technologies. Candidates will have the opportunity to progress from this course onto Higher level studies in Graphic Communication.

Entry requirement – none.  Level of presentation determined in discussion with your teachers.

Graphic Communication

Higher Course Structure

Higher Graphics is practical, exploratory and experiential in nature. On completing the Course, learners will have developed skills in 2D and 3D graphics, as well as pictorial communication. They will be able to apply these skills with judgement in order to produce graphics with visual impact and graphics that require the effective sharing of information.

As well as the Course assessment consisting of a folio of 2D sketching and 3D Modelling, the Course includes two mandatory Units plus a written examination paper.

Unit 1 – 2D Graphic Communication

Unit 2 – 3D and Pictorial Graphic Communication

On completing the Course, learners will have experience in:-

  • initiating, planning and producing preliminary, production, promotional, and informational graphics in both familiar and new contexts, with some complex features
  • applying graphic design skills, including creativity, when developing solutions to graphics tasks with some complex features
  • understanding the application of colour, illustration and presentation techniques in a broad range of graphics contexts
  • critically reviewing graphics work as it progresses and evaluating completed task work suggesting strategies for improvement
  • extending visual literacy by interpreting unfamiliar graphic communications — some with complex features or combinations of views
  • extending graphic spatial awareness in unfamiliar 2D, 3D and pictorial graphic situations including those with complex features
  • selecting, managing, and using graphic communication equipment, software and materials effectively across tasks
  • understanding a broad range of computer-aided graphics techniques including commercial/industrial practice
  • an informed understanding of the impact of graphic communication technologies on our environment and society and their likely impact in the future

Learners are also encouraged to exercise imagination, creativity and logical thinking. They will develop an awareness of graphic communication as an international language. They will find that the skills they acquire by successfully completing this Course will be invaluable for learning, for life and for the world of work.

Furthermore the Course provides skills that are complementary to other curricular areas, such as expressive arts, sciences, and mathematics.

Entry requirement – pass at National 5 in any technology course.

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