Technological Studies

INTRODUCTION

This course aims to develop in pupils;

  • 1) Knowledge and understanding of technological facts, concepts and ideas.
  • 2) An understanding of control techniques in a range of technological systems.
  • 3) The ability to solve technological problems through structured activities.
  • 4) An understanding of the impact of technology on society and the environment.

This subject has just been revised nationally, and it was introduced for the first time at Millburn Academy in session 2001/2. The course provides young people with the opportunity to experience many aspects of modern technology first hand. This is an exciting and demanding course for both boys and girls.

CONTENT

The course is mainly teacher-led, with structured practical tasks throughout.

In the early part of S3 pupils will be taught how to find solutions to technological problems using the systems approach.  As they progress through the course they will be working in areas of technology like Systems, Pneumatics, Applied Electronics, Programmable control, Energy and Mechanical Systems.

In S4, pupils will complete two structured problem-solving assignments. These will be marked and form part of their overall grade for SQA assessment.

HOMEWORK

Formal homework is an important and integral part of the course, and it will be given out frequently. Throughout S3 and S4 there will be related homework exercises, usually one per week.

The assessment given for homeworks will be included in the pupils end of year report.

ASSESSMENT

Assessment is an integral part of the course. Throughout S3 and S4 there will be several end of unit written tests. There will also be mini projects, which are continuously assessed and these prepare the pupils for the structured assignments in S4. 

The course has THREE assessable elements:-

 

KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING   – ASSESSED IN THE EXTERNAL EXAM

REASONING AND NUMERICAL ANALYSIS     – ASSESSED IN THE EXTERNAL EXAM

APPLICATION OF TECHNOLOGY   – INTERNALLY ASSESSED BY THE TEACHER

                           All internal assessment is moderated by the SQA

 

OTHER INFORMATION

This is a new and exciting course, but it is also demanding and fast moving. It is quite mathematically rigorous, and for this reason it is offered nationally at Credit and General levels only. This course will lead on to Higher and Advanced Higher Technological Studies, and will be of particular interest to anyone interested in Technology or Engineering as a career.