Technical

The Technical Department is well equipped to offer a comprehensive understanding of the Graphical, Practical and Investigative elements within the structure of Technological Education.

Teaching Staff

  • Mr. G. Barrie – Principal Teacher
  • Mr. W. Veitch
  • Mrs. D. Whitelaw

S1-S3 BGE

In the lower school, pupils follow a Broad General Education in line with the principles of Curriculum for Excellence.  In S1 pupils will complete units in Graphics which are aimed at developing skills in presentation, through drawing board work (isometrics), sketching and through CAD. In Design and Manufacture they will focus on their practical skills, knowledge and understanding of tools, machines and materials and an IDL group activity. In S2 pupils further develop their skills in drawing board work (orthographic), sketching, CAD, craft skills and in an IDL group task. In S3 pupils receive 3 periods per week building upon their graphic and craft skills with emphasis on presentation and research and progression into creative design and folio work. Consolidation, differentiation and integration are important factors within the S1-S3 courses.

Pupils in Technical follow skills based courses in S1-3, developing confidence in using a variety of graphic techniques and different tools, materials and processes.
Communication in all forms is vital to society and the means of passing on information graphically is an important and relevant skill. Communication in its various forms has an impact on society, education, industry, commerce and world-wide markets.This course is intended to create awareness in the use of graphics and the techniques used to enhance presentations.The structure of the course provides an opportunity to reflect on the use of graphics in industry and in business and to be aware of the ever increasing advances brought about by the continual advances in technology.

The pupils will develop the following skills:

  • Skills in 2D and 3D graphic communication techniques including the use of equipment, materials and software in straightforward and familiar contexts
  • Knowledge and understanding of graphic communication standards, protocols and conventions
  • An understanding of the impact of graphic communication technologies on our environment and on our society
  • An awareness of graphic communication as an international language
  • The ability to read, interpret and create graphic communication
  • Design skills and creativity to develop solutions to simple graphics tasks
  • Planning, organising, critical thinking, evaluating and decision making
  • Basic knowledge of computer-aided graphics techniques and practice
  • Knowledge of colour, illustration and presentation techniques in straightforward and familiar contexts

Pupils will be developing their craft and folio presentation skills and will complete the given tasks throughout the year. They will be encouraged to use the tools and machines safely and to become more confident in their abilities to be creative and to manufacture models to a high standard.

The pupils will develop the following skills:

  • Skills in the design and manufacturing of straightforward models
  • Knowledge and understanding of manufacturing processes and materials
  • An understanding of industrial designers and commercial production
  • The ability to devise design and manufacturing techniques in 3D
  • The ability to select and use, with guidance, a range of tools, equipment, software and materials
  • The ability to communicate design proposals
  • Creativity in an exciting and dynamic technological context
  • The ability to read drawings and diagrams
  • Planning, analysing and evaluation skills with support

S4 NAT4/5 - D & M

National 4/5 Design and Manufacture Mandatory Units

Design and Manufacture: Design
Design and Manufacture: Materials and Manufacturing

Added Value Unit Design and Manufacture: Assignment

The aims of the Courses are to enable pupils to develop:

  • skills in design and manufacturing models, prototypes and products
  • knowledge and understanding of manufacturing processes and materials
  • an understanding of the impact of design and manufacturing technologies on our environment and society

Design and Manufacture: Design
This Unit covers the product design process from brief to design proposal. It helps pupils develop skills in initiating, developing, articulating and communicating design proposals. It allows them to develop an appreciation of the design/make/test process and the importance of evaluating and resolving design proposals on an ongoing basis. It allows them to develop an appreciation of design concepts and the various factors that influence the design of products.

Design and Manufacture: Materials and Manufacturing
This Unit covers the product design process from design proposal to prototype or product. It helps pupils to ‘close the design loop’ by manufacturing their design ideas. It allows pupils to develop practical skills that are invaluable in the design/make/test process. It helps them gain an appreciation of the properties and uses of materials as well as a range of manufacturing processes and techniques. It allows them to evaluate, refine and resolve design and manufacturing solutions.
In both Units, pupils will gain knowledge and understanding of design and manufacturing technologies and how these impact on our environment and society.

Assessment

Unit assessment

Units will be assessed on a pass/fail basis within centres. SQA will provide rigorous external quality assurance, including external verification, to ensure assessment judgments are consistent and meet national standards.

Course Assessment
To gain the award of the Course at National 4, the pupils must pass both Units as well as the Assignment.

To gain the award of the Course at National 5, the pupils must pass both Units as well as the Course Assessment which consists of a final exam and Assignment. The Course Assessment will be graded A to D.


S4 NAT4/5 - GC

National 4/5 Graphic Communication

Mandatory Units
2D Graphic Communication
3D and Pictorial Graphic Communication

Added Value Unit
Graphic Communication Assignment

The aims of the Courses are to enable pupils to:

  • develop skills in graphic communication techniques, including the use of equipment, materials and software
  • extend and apply knowledge and understanding of graphic communication standards, protocols and conventions, where these apply
  • develop an understanding of the impact of graphic communication technologies on our environment and society

2D Graphic Communication
This Unit helps pupils develop their creativity and skills within a 2D graphic communication context. It will allow pupils to initiate, develop and communicate ideas using graphic techniques in straightforward and familiar contexts. In addition, the Unit allows pupils to develop their skills in some less familiar or new contexts. Pupils will develop 2D graphic spatial awareness.

3D and Pictorial Graphic Communication
This Unit helps pupils develop their creativity and skills within a 3D and pictorial graphic communication context. Again, it will allow pupils to initiate, develop and communicate ideas using graphic techniques in straightforward and familiar contexts. In addition, the Unit allows pupils to develop their skills in some less familiar or new contexts. Pupils will develop 3D graphic spatial awareness.

In both Units, pupils will develop an understanding of how graphic communication technologies impact on our environment and society.

Assessment
Unit assessment

Units will be assessed on a pass/fail basis within centres. SQA will provide rigorous external quality assurance, including external verification, to ensure assessment judgments are consistent and meet national standards.

Course Assessment
To gain the award of the Course at National 4, the pupils must pass both Units as well as the Assignment.

To gain the award of the Course at National 5, the pupils must pass both Units as well as the Course Assessment which consists of a final exam and Assignment. The Course Assessment will be graded A to D.


S5 Higher - D & M

Mandatory Units
Design and Manufacture: Design
Design and Manufacture: Materials and Manufacturing

Recommended entry
Entry to this Course is at the discretion of the school. However, pupils would normally be expected to have attained a pass at National 5 Design and Manufacture.

The aims of the Course are to enable pupils to develop:

  • skills in design and in refining design proposals
  • practical skills in the planning and development of models and prototypes
  • sluation and researchkills in eva
  • knowledge and understanding of manufacturing processes and materials
  • an understanding of the impact of design and manufacturing technologies on our environment and society

Design and Manufacture: Design
This Unit covers the processes of product design from brief to resolved design proposals and specification. It helps pupils develop skills in initiating, developing, articulating and communicating design proposals for products. It allows them to gain skills and experience in evaluating design proposals in order to refine, improve and resolve them. It allows them to develop an appreciation of design concepts and the various factors that influence the design and manufacture of products.

Design and Manufacture: Materials and Manufacturing
This Unit covers the processes of product design from design proposals to prototype. It allows pupils to gain skills in planning and making models and prototypes. It allows them to develop an appreciation of manufacturing practicalities. It allows them to strengthen an appreciation of the various factors that influence the design and manufacture of products. It allows pupils to consider the manufacturing techniques and processes that would apply to a design proposal in an industrial/commercial context.

In both Units, pupils will gain knowledge and understanding of design and manufacturing technologies and how these impact on our environment and society.

Assessment

Unit assessment
Units will be assessed on a pass/fail basis within centres. SQA will provide rigorous external quality assurance, including external verification, to ensure assessment judgments are consistent and meet national standards.

Course Assessment
To gain the award of the Course at Higher, the pupils must pass both Units as well as the Course Assessment which consists of a final exam and Assignment. The Course Assessment will be graded A to D.


S5 Higher - GC

Mandatory Units

2D Graphic Communication
3D and Pictorial Graphic Communication

Recommended entry

Entry to this Course is at the discretion of the school. However, pupils would normally be expected to have attained a pass at National 5 Graphic Communication.

The aims of the Course are to enable pupils to develop:

  • skills in graphic communication techniques, including the use of equipment, graphics materials and software
  • creativity in the production of graphic communications to produce visual impact in meeting a specified purpose
  • skills in evaluating the effectiveness of graphics in communicating and meeting their purpose
  • an understanding of graphic communication standards protocols and conventions, where these apply
  • an understanding of the impact of graphic communication technologies on our environment and society

2D Graphic Communication
This Unit helps pupils to develop their creativity and presentation skills within a 2D graphic communication context. It will allow pupils to initiate, plan, develop and communicate ideas graphically, using two-dimensional graphic techniques. Pupils will develop a number of skills and attributes within a 2D graphic communication context, including spatial awareness, visual literacy, and the ability to interpret given drawings, diagrams and other graphics. Pupils will evaluate the effectiveness of their own and given graphic communications to meet their purpose.

3D and Pictorial Graphic Communication
This Unit helps pupils to develop their creativity and presentation skills within a 3D and pictorial graphic communication context. It will allow pupils to initiate, plan, develop and communicate ideas graphically, using three-dimensional graphic techniques. Pupils will develop a number of skills and attributes within a 3D graphic communication context, including spatial awareness, visual literacy, and the ability to interpret given drawings, diagrams and other graphics. Pupils will evaluate the effectiveness of their own and given graphic communications to meet their purpose.

Across both Units, pupils will develop an understanding of how graphic communication as an activity, and graphic technologies by their use, impact on our environment and society.

Assessment

Unit assessment

Units will be assessed on a pass/fail basis within centres. SQA will provide rigorous external quality assurance, including external verification, to ensure assessment judgments are consistent and meet national standards.

Course Assessment
To gain the award of the Course at Higher, the pupils must pass both Units as well as the Course Assessment which consists of a final exam and Assignment. The Course Assessment will be graded A to D.


Supported Study

The following support is offered by the Technical Depart

  • Tuesday 3.50-5.00pm Supported Study for S4,5/6 (National 5 and Higher Design and Manufacture)
  • Thursday 3.50-5.00pm Supported Study for S4, S5/6 (National 5 and Higher Graphic Communication)
  • Supported study is also available on request at lunchtimes and after school