This semester length year nine study course offers a “fun” introduction to the study of Architecture. We look at both the process and the product of designing and constructing buildings throughout history.

We ask questions like:

  • What does an architect actually do?
  • Is there a future for buildings as we know them?

Architecture also includes the pragmatic elements of design, such as planning, cost and construction. We undertake sketching of a variety of buildings and use our school as a starting point to understand the building process, floor plans, design options, site plans and ecologically sustainable building strategies.

The students work as individuals and use a sketch book to draw a variety of structures. In small teams they use model building materials, to construct selected structures.

This course is designed to challenge students understanding of architecture, buildings and there evolution.

Food Technology
Nossal High School offers a unique multicultural cooking program that caters for all students in Year 9. Students learn the foundation of basic methods of cookery, and their skills are fostered and developed, teaching them lifelong skills that they will utilise in the future.

The Year 9 program focuses on practical and skill areas, giving students multiple cooking sessions to develop basic skills. Students learn kitchen and cleaning procedures, knife, measuring, and cooking skills.

Students are challenged with multicultural recipes that cover a broad range of methods of cookery. Throughout this class students focus on the five food groups and food safety.  This gives students the required knowledge needed for food storage and preparation within the home.

The Year 10 program gives students an in depth knowledge of the ‘wonderful world of Food Technology’. Throughout this semester students cover a broad range of topics that include: food safety, multicultural and indigenous foods, stages of the lifespan and nutrition, packaging and labelling. Students are given challenging design briefs, and problem solving techniques such as investigate, design, produce and evaluate. The skills the students learn from this semester length course will strengthen their knowledge in preparation for VCE Food Technology.

VCE Year 11 Food

VCE Food Technology Units 1 & 2 focuses on several topics related to Food Technology. These topics include: Food safety, the origin and structure of the six main ingredients, tools for the 21st century, food and society, designing meals. This course will provide students with extensive cooking and skill base and give them the confidence needed to design and develop menus and produce them to a high standard. Students will participate in several practical productions that relate to the above topics, and will have the opportunity to master new skills and produce challenging recipes beyond their expected capabilities.  This is a fantastic unit that incorporates deep learning in a very enjoyable environment.

Year 9 Robotics

Students learn about basic electronic components and simple circuits. They learn how to assemble a PCB by reading the circuits. Students then learn to program programmable micro controllers using computers. During the latter part of the semester the students will experience the same concept of programmable devices using LEGO Mindstorm. They become creative thinker as they can and develop any kind of robot and test it. This subject is the pathway to VCE Systems Engineering.

Year 9 Information Technology

This is a semester long subject. Year 9 IT includes the creation of webpage using HTML and CSS in the first part of the semester. During the second part of the semester the students make a computer game using Adobe Flash Professional.

Year 10 Information Technology

Year 10 IT includes the investigation of VB.NET ad a programming language and using this programming language to solve information problems. Microsoft’s Excel Spreadsheet software is also covered in preparation for those students who wish to take the pathway to VCE software development or VCE IT applications.

Year 10 Electronics

Electronics is a branch of technology that deals with the analysis, design, construction and evaluation of electromechanical devices (Robots). In year 10 the students will Learn to create programmable circuits using PicAXE programmable microcontroller that they will use later to make a remote controlled vehicle using Tamiya gearboxes and kits. This subject is s pathway to VCE Systems Engineering.

Information Technology Units 1 & 2

Unit 1 focuses on how individuals and organisations use, and can be effected by, information and communications technology (ICT) in their daily lives. Students acquire and apply a range of knowledge and skills to manipulate different data types such as numeric, text, sound and images (still and moving) to create solutions that can be used to persuade, educate, inform and entertain. Students also explore how their lives are affected by ICT and consider strategies for managing how ICT is applied. This unit includes an examination of how networked information systems allow data to be exchanged locally and within a global environment and explore how mobile devices, such as phones, are used within these networks.

Unit 2 focuses on how individuals and organisations use ICT to meet a range of purposes. Students apply a range of knowledge and skills to create solutions, including those that have been produced using a programming or scripting language, to meet users’ needs. In this unit, students apply all stages of the problem- solving methodology when creating solutions.

Information Technology (Software Development) Units 3 & 4

In Unit 3 students focus on programming as a strategy for solving problems for specific users in a networked environment. Students develop knowledge and skills in the use of a programming language. The programming language selected will be studied for both Units 3 & 4. Area of study 1 focuses on the analysis stage of the problem-solving methodology, which involves students developing and applying knowledge and skills in determining the requirements of solutions, identifying relevant factors that should be taken into account when designing the solutions, and in scoping the solutions. In area of study 2 students engage in designing the detailed specifications of how solutions will be developed and undertake the development stage by using the selected programming language to create planned solutions. In Unit 4 students focus on how the information needs of individuals, organisations and society are and can be met through the creation of purpose-designed solutions in a networked environment. Students continue to study the programming language selected in Unit 3.

Mechatronics (Systems Engineering) Units 1 & 2

In this unit, students are introduced to the Systems Engineering Process. They are introduced to the fundamental mechanical engineering principles, including recognition of mechanical subsystems and devices, their motions, the elementary applied physics, and the related mathematical calculations that can be applied to define and explain the physical characteristics of these systems.

Students study fundamental electro technology principles including applied electrical theory, representation of electronic components and devices, elementary applied physics in electrical circuits, and mathematical calculations that can be applied to define and explain electrical characteristics of circuits. The unit offers opportunities for students to apply their knowledge in the design, construction, testing and evaluation of an operational system.

System Engineering Units 3 & 4 (offered in 2015)

Students commence work on the design, planning and construction of one substantial controlled integrated system. This project has a strong emphasis on designing, manufacturing, testing and innovation. Students manage the project throughout the Systems Engineering Process, taking into consideration the factors that will influence the design, planning, production and use of their integrated system.

Students use their investigations, design and planning to continue the fabrication of their mechanical-electro technology integrated and controlled system using the Systems Engineering Process. They use project and risk management methods through the construction of the system and use a range of materials, tools, equipment and components. In the final stages of the Systems Engineering Process students test, diagnose and analyse the performance of the system. They evaluate their processes and the system.