Engineering Studies Stage 6 Syllabus Amended 2011 Original published version updated

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Engineering Studies
Stage 6


Amended 2011

Original published version updated:

Nov/Dec 1999 – Board Bulletin/Official Notices Vol 8 No 9 (BOS 67/99)

September 1999 – Board Bulletin/Official Notices Vol 8 No 7 (BOS 54/99)

June 2009 – Assessment and Reporting information updated

September 2011 – Board Bulletin/Official Notice (BOS 31/11)

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1 The Higher School Certificate program of study 4

2 Rationale for Engineering Studies in the Stage 6 Curriculum 5

3 Continuum of learning for Engineering Studies Stage 6 students 6

4 Aim 7

5 Objectives 7

6 Course structure 8

6.1 Modules 9

6.2 The Engineering Report 10

7 Objectives and outcomes 11

7.1 Table of objectives and outcomes 11

7.2 Key competencies 13

8 Content: Engineering Studies Stage 6 Preliminary course 14

9 Content: Engineering Studies Stage 6 HSC course 24

10 Course requirements 39

11 Assessment and reporting 40

1 The Higher School Certificate program of study

The purpose of the Higher School Certificate program of study is to:

provide a curriculum structure which encourages students to complete secondary education

foster the intellectual, social and moral development of students, in particular developing their:

knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes in the fields of study they choose

capacity to manage their own learning

desire to continue learning in formal or informal settings after school

capacity to work together with others

respect for the cultural diversity of Australian society

provide a flexible structure within which students can prepare for:

further education and training


full and active participation as citizens

provide formal assessment and certification of students’ achievements

provide a context within which schools also have the opportunity to foster students’ physical and spiritual development.

2 Rationale for Engineering Studies in Stage 6 Curriculum

In the 21st century, engineering will continue to be directed towards developing insight and understanding to the provision of infrastructure, goods and services needed for industry and the community.

The role of engineers includes formulating problems, providing solutions and integrating technical understanding. The profession has a duty to take responsible approaches to wealth creation, to be ethical in their practices and to promote sustainability. With such key responsibilities, communication, synthesis and analysis of information, management skills and teamwork are becoming increasingly important.
Professional engineering work is concerned with cost-effective, timely, reliable, safe, aesthetically pleasing and environmentally sustainable outcomes as well as maintaining a consciousness of ideals associated with social and ethical responsibilities and service.
The Engineering Studies Stage 6 Syllabus is directed towards the development and application of mathematical, scientific and technological skills and their integration with business and management. It provides students with skills, knowledge and understanding associated with a study of engineering, its practices and associated methodologies. The subject promotes environmental, economic and global awareness, problem-solving ability, engagement with information technology, self-directed learning, communication, management and skills in working as a team.
The Engineering Studies Stage 6 Syllabus is unique in that it develops knowledge and understanding of the profession of engineering. It also provides an opportunity to integrate the science and mathematics disciplines with societal development and change. The syllabus is inclusive of the needs, interests and aspirations of all students and provides opportunities and challenges to deal with engineering concepts.
Students undertaking Engineering Studies Stage 6 will have the opportunity to follow a number of pathways. These include tertiary study, vocational education and training, and the world of work. For those following a pathway of further study, the insight and experience associated with a study of engineering will be beneficial in their presumed knowledge of the area of study. Students entering into the world of work will benefit from understanding what engineers do, as the work of engineers affects us all.

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