Te Kete Ipurangi Navigation:

Te Kete Ipurangi

Te Kete Ipurangi user options:

Senior Secondary navigation


You are here:

Examples of year 11 technology courses

The following examples of year 11 technology courses can be accessed from Technology Online.

Construction and mechanical technology

Fashion and shelter – St Margaret’s College

This course provides students with an opportunity to learn about design elements related to fashion and to research influential fashion designers.

Students develop a pattern and learn a range of garment construction techniques in order to develop a skirt to suit their needs.

They will also research what shelters are and develop a prototype shelter.

Bags of difference, and influential designer garment – Queen Margaret College

Students explore a variety of materials when undertaking two major units of work. Each unit of work requires students to research, design, develop, and construct a technological outcome.

They are encouraged in one unit to develop the outcome for a client, rather than for themselves.

Assessment of achievement standards are embedded across the two major units of work.

Jewellery and creative gift item – Coastal Taranaki School

Students are provided with an opportunity to explore a variety of materials when undertaking two major units of work.

Each unit requires students to research, design, and use technical skills to construct practical solutions.

They will be involved in a variety of activities that require them to develop mock-ups and models and/or prototypes of final product outcomes.

Teen scene – Havelock North High School

This course enables students to learn about the decisions underpinning fashion for teenagers and to develop skills in designing and constructing fashionable textiles products.

Gravity racing – St John’s College, Hamilton 

This course provides students with an opportunity to design and construct a gravity powered vehicle that they race in an interschool challenge. The course focuses on developing student knowledge of materials and processes and how their selection impacts on the performance of the vehicles.

Students develop: abilities in outcome development and implementation; understandings about how a materials composition and structure determines their suitability for use in products; and an ability to create high-quality, well-crafted products.

Fashion design: Embellishing textiles – Carmel College

This course provides students with an opportunity to explore textile decoration and the techniques designers use for improving and altering fabrics used in creations.

Students will undertake brief development, use design ideas to produce a conceptual design for a technological outcome, and develop a prototype that is enhanced by embellishment.

Design and visual communication

Freehand drawing, house design, and rendering and paraline drawing – Tauraroa Area School

This graphics course allows students to develop an understanding of design and visual communication through exploring and presenting design ideas across a range of different contexts.

The course enables them to develop freehand and instrumental drawings skills, and teaches them how to enhance the presentation of their design ideas.

Throughout the year, students undertake design tasks that require them to use specific design-based tools and language.

The course places an emphasis on enhancing student’s visual literacy and inspiring a passion for the world of design.

Entree, designer postcard, and rooftop hideaway – Wellington High School

This course allows students to develop skills and practices in a range of drawing, presentation, and visual communication techniques.

Students work through two minor and one major unit of work that involve a range of scenarios and learning opportunities in the areas of spatial design and product design.

Digital technology

Computer Game Development – Columba College

This Year 11 digital technology course extends the knowledge and skills students learned in year 10 digital technology.

It strengthens students’ core knowledge related to management of digital information, including ethical issues relating to use of digital information and the key features of operating systems and application software.

The students develop skills and their knowledge of tools and techniques in the areas of digital information, digital media, and computer programming.

Using technological practice, students apply their knowledge and skill when developing their own computer game and related promotional materials.

Compact audio design – Havelock North High School

This course provides students with an opportunity to learn about amplification in audio devices and to develop skills in designing and manufacturing a prototype sound system. It requires students to:

  • assemble a kitset amplifier circuit
  • contain the circuit in a case, which has prescribed specifications
  • design a prototype sound projection system that incorporates the amplifier and speaker(s) for use in a specific location.

Integrated data, interactive quiz design, and interactive photobook  – Sacred Heart Girls' College, New Plymouth

This course requires students to undertake technological practice to create “fit for purpose” digital media outcomes.

As part of their practice, students plan, develop, test, and evaluate prototypes, and evaluate these against the requirements of a brief.

Students also develop skills in using simple programming language and use a range of tools and enhancements within the Adobe CS5 and Microsoft 2010 suites of software.

Process technology

Flavours of the Bay of Plenty, and meal in a moment– Carmel and Papamoa Colleges

Students are provided with an opportunity to learn about local produce and adding value to primary foods.

They learn how to design and develop food products to meet specific consumer needs. To do this, they develop knowledge of and skills in a range of foods, carry out experimentation and modelling when generating and selecting ideas, and develop their own design ideas into “fit for purpose” food technological outcomes.

Preserves, and fundraising @ Dio - Diocesan School for Girls (Auckland)

This course provides students with an opportunity to work with a client when developing a prototype preserve that meets an identified need.

They will learn:

  • how to create their own recipes
  • how to develop a production sequence through testing and trialling
  • to develop confidence and competence with practical equipment
  • to investigate and apply practical techniques and processes to produce a preserve.

The course also offers students an opportunity to develop and manufacture a food product suitable for fundraising, for a specific client.

Cross-curricular courses

Some courses in technology may also include learning opportunities that relate to other learning areas. Such cross-curricular courses can provide the opportunity for students to recognise the value of bringing together the knowledge and skills of different disciplines.

Last updated October 7, 2013