Courses Written Under The Technologies Framework

The BSSS invites feedback on the proposed suite of courses written under the Technologies Framework:

DRAFT courses written under the Technologies Framework

Data Science available here. Please provide feedback on the draft courses using the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DataSciencedraft2019

Design & Emerging Technologies available here. Please provide feedback on the draft courses using the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DesignandEmergingTechnologies

Design & Graphics available here. Please provide feedback on the draft courses using the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DesignandGraphics

Designed Environments available here. Please provide feedback on the draft courses using the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DesignedEnvironments

Networking & Security available here. Please provide feedback on the draft courses using the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NetwworkingandSecurity

Robotics & Mechatronics available here. Please provide feedback on the draft courses using the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/roboticsandmechatronics

Textiles & Fashion available here. Please provide feedback on the draft courses using the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TextilesandFashion

Digital Technologies available here. Please provide feedback on the draft courses using the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DigitalTechnologiesATMV

The Engineering course will be available for consultation in February 2019.

The Digital Products course is written under the Industry and Services Framework and is available for public consultation here.

Background

Australian Curriculum Information Communication Technology k-10 has expectations of students’ knowledge, understanding and skills at a high level. Course developers considered it important to build upon these skills with the provision of a variety of ICT and digital courses that cater for students at Tertiary, accredited, VET and modified level.

Course developers have anticipated queries that teachers may ask regarding implementation of these courses.

1. What courses written under the Technologies Framework includes a VET qualification?

The following courses include a VET qualification:

Course

Certificate

Code

Textiles & Fashion

Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design and Technology

MST20616

Networking & Security

Certificate II in Information, Digital Media and Technology

ICT20115

 

Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology

ICT30115

Data Science

Certificate II in Information, Digital Media and Technology

ICT20115

 

Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology

ICT30115

Robotics & Mechatronics

Certificate II in Information, Digital Media and Technology

ICT20115

 

Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology

ICT30115

Digital Technologies

Certificate II in Information, Digital Media and Technology

ICT20115

 

Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology

ICT30115

NOTE: The Digital Products A/M/V course is written under the Industry & Services Framework.

Course

Certificate

Code

Digital Products

Certificate II in Information, Digital Media and Technology

ICT20115

2. Why develop separate Data Science, Digital Technologies, Networking & Security, and Robotics & Mechatronics A/T/V courses?

  • ACS data indicates a decline in the number of students in ACT colleges undertaking either IT courses or a VET qualification. This is in contrast to increasing enrolments in first year university IT courses
  • to provide pathways for students into university
  • to reflect innovations in the IT field (e.g. cyber security and big data)
  • to provide a range of STEM pathways
  • to extend students with an interest in digital technologies.

3. How do the Data Science, Digital Technologies, Networking & Security, and Robotics & Mechatronics A/T/V courses relate to Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies F-10?

Development of these courses align with the ACARA documents Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Technologies and build on the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies F-10 curriculum.

4. What is the purpose of the Digital Products A/M/V course?

The course provides students with skills in the use of computer applications for general business and operational tasks. It is one of many entry points for students to study ICT.

5. Why include a Certificate III VET qualification in Data Science, Digital Technologies, Networking & Security, and Robotics & Mechatronics A/T/V courses?

The educational rationale for including a Certificate III qualification in these courses is as follows:

  • The content descriptions align with the competencies in a Certificate III
  • To make provision for student pathways to study at their home college as opposed to another institution
  • To provide a qualification that is valued in the workplace.

6. Who is the student group for Data Science, Digital Technologies, Networking & Security and Robotics & Mechatronics courses?

Students who have an interest in the learning area of Technologies and desire a rigorous program of study. It builds on the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies F-10 curriculum, with depth of knowledge appropriate to years 11 and 12.

The BSSS accredits courses with a range of pathways that may articulate into the workplace, university or CIT.

Provision for Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology allows for students to study IT at a higher level or directly enter the workforce.

7. What if my colleges do not have scope to deliver the VET qualification?

The ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies accredits courses that provide flexibility for colleges to address the needs and interests of students.

The implementation of these courses will be in 2020. Colleges have time to gain scope to deliver the courses if teachers are suitably qualified. Colleges can apply for scope at any time.

The units of study are mapped to both Certificate II and Certificate III qualifications. A college may choose to teach the courses with either Certificate II or Certificate III, or without the VET qualifications. For example, the Robotics & Mechatronics course includes an accredited, tertiary and modified course. In addition, the course includes a Certificate II and Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology.

A college may deliver the Certificate II and/or Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology providing they have scope. Alternatively, the college may deliver the accredited, tertiary and modified courses.

8. What if my teachers don’t have the qualifications for scope?

Implementation does not begin until 2020.

Options for teachers who do not currently hold the qualifications include

  • pursuing further study: Certificate II, Certificate III or higher
  • demonstrating equivalence by mapping their existing knowledge, understanding and skills to the competencies delivered in the course, documented by the RTO for their school
  • concurrent enrolment in the equivalent study when teaching the course
  • pursuing professional learning to develop skills that map to the requirements of the competencies.

9. Will my college have to teach all courses (i.e. Data Science, Digital Technologies, Networking & Security and Robotics & Mechatronics courses?)

No. The BSSS accredits a range courses for colleges to adopt. A college decision to adopt these courses will be informed by college philosophy, student interest and teacher expertise.

10. How do I read the course?

Content descriptions specify the knowledge, understanding and skills that students are expected to learn and that teachers are expected to teach. Teachers are required to develop a program of learning that allows students to demonstrate all the content descriptions.

A program of learning is what a college provides to implement the course for a subject meeting students’ needs and interests. It is at the discretion of the teacher to emphasise some content descriptions over others. The teacher may teach additional (not listed) content if it meets the specific unit goals.

VET competencies are mapped to the units in the course to assist in the development of a program of learning that incorporates the VET study.

The courses provide the freedom to choose the electives delivered within the Training Package. The following example uses the Digital Technologies course to demonstrate two alternative approaches to meeting the Certificate III package requirements. This is intended as a guide, and other combinations of competencies could be chosen.

  • The left example reflects an emphasis on game development that uses the Group A elective specialisation;
  • The right example reflects a web development emphasis that uses the Group D elective specialisation.

Both examples include electives from the Certificate III and imported units from the Certificate IV, however any combination of electives within the package rules would be permitted.

Unit

Game Design focus – Group A Specialisation

Web Dev focus – Group D Specialisation

Digital Assets

BSBSUS401

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

BSBSUS401

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

BSBWHS304

Participate effectively in WHS communication and consultation processes

BSBWHS304

Participate effectively in WHS communication and consultation processes

ICTWEB303

Produce digital images for the web

ICTWEB301

Create a simple markup language document

ICTGAM301

Apply simple modelling techniques

ICTWEB302

Build simple websites using commercial programs

ICTWEB303

Produce digital images for the web

Programs and Platforms

ICTICT302

Install and optimise operating system software

ICTICT302

Install and optimise operating system software

ICTICT409

Develop macros and templates for clients using standard products

ICTGAM302

Design and apply simple textures to digital art

ICTGAM302

Design and apply simple textures to digital art

ICTDBS403

Create basic databases

Digital Solutions

ICTICT301

Create user documentation

ICTICT301

Create user documentation

ICTSAS301

Run standard diagnostic tests

ICTSAS301

Run standard diagnostic tests

ICTICT203

Operate application software packages

ICTICT308

Use advanced features of computer applications

ICTICT304

Implement system software changes

BSBEBU401

Review and maintain a website

ICTICT307

Customise packaged software applications for clients

ICTWEB201

Use social media tools for collaboration and engagement

ICTICT308

Use advanced features of computer applications

ICTPRG301

Apply introductory programming techniques

Structured Project

ICTICT202

Work and communicate effectively in an ICT environment

ICTICT202

Work and communicate effectively in an ICT environment

CUADIG302

Author interactive sequences

BSBCRT401

Articulate, present and debate ideas

ICTGAM403

Create design documents for interactive games

ICTICT402

Determine project specifications and secure client agreement

ICTICT403

Apply software development methodologies

  

Teachers may select the elective units of competency that most closely align with their program of learning. Colleges have the freedom to choose any combination of electives that satisfies package requirements.

11. Does the inclusion of VET competencies create an unmanageable workload for students?

The BSSS course incorporates the units of competency that most closely reflect the learning articulated through the content descriptions of each unit. This alignment facilitates concurrent teaching of both the A/T/M content and the VET competencies, without placing unreasonable expectations on students.

When designing a program of learning that incorporates VET, teachers should identify opportunities to address both the expectations of content descriptions and the elements of selected units of competency simultaneously.

12. Can students study more than one course under the Technologies Framework?

Yes. There is no duplication of content across courses. Students may choose a minor or major from an individual course, or combine units from multiple courses in the Technologies Framework to construct a minor, major, major-minor or double-major in Technologies.

13. If the college chooses to deliver a combination of units to deliver a Technologies course, how do they meet the core competencies?

To meet the VET package requirements where units from several Technologies courses have been combined, the college should endeavour to teach the competencies as indicated in the relevant course documents. Where the combination of units completed by the student leads to an incomplete package, the student may demonstrate their competency through additional activities, or the RTO may recognise prior learning completed by the student.