Agricultural Technology is an elective course that may be studied for 200 hours for the Record of School Achievement (RoSA). It builds on the knowledge, skills and experiences developed in the Technology (Mandatory) Years 7–8 Syllabus.
Students will experience aspects of an agricultural lifestyle through direct contact with plants and animals and a variety of outside activities. They explore the many and varied career opportunities in agriculture and its related service industries.
Students investigate the viability of Australian agriculture through the careful management of issues relating to the sustainability of agricultural systems, as well as the relationships between production, processing and consumption.
The study of a range of enterprises allows students to make responsible decisions about the appropriate use of agricultural technologies.
What will students learn about?
The essential content integrates the study of interactions, management and sustainability within the context of agricultural enterprises. These enterprises are characterised by the production and sale or exchange of agricultural goods or services, focusing on plants or animals or integrated plant/animal systems. The local environment will be considered in selecting enterprises, as will the intensive and extensive nature of the range of enterprises to be studied.
What will students learn to do?
Students will spend approximately half of the course time on practical experiences related to the chosen enterprises, including fieldwork, small plot activities, laboratory work and visits to commercial farms and other parts of the production and marketing chain. The skills of designing, investigating, using technology and communicating will also be developed over the period of the course.
Record of School Achievement (RoSA)
Satisfactory completion of 100 or 200 hours of study in Agricultural Technology during Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10) will be recorded with a grade on the student’s Record of School Achievement (RoSA).