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VCE APPLIED COMPUTING / DATA ANALYTICS

VCE Applied Computing Unit 1 & 2

Unit 1: Data Analysis and Programming

In this unit students focus on how data and information can be used to present an issue and meet a range of users’ current and future needs through the creation of data visualisations and working software solutions.

Unit 2: Innovative Solutions and Network Security

In this unit students focus on developing innovative solutions to problems, needs or opportunities that they have identified, and propose strategies for reducing security risks to data and information in a networked environment.

VCE Data Analytics Unit 3 & 4

Unit 3: Data Analytics, Analysis and Design

In this unit students develop a detailed understanding of the analysis, design and development stages of the problem solving methodology and use a variety of software tools to collect, and manipulate data and create graphical solutions, including data visualisations, infographics and dynamic data visualisations.

Unit 4: Data Analytics – Development and Evaluation / Cybersecurity data and information security

In this unit students focus on how the information needs of individuals and organisations are met through the creation of an infographic or dynamic data visualisations based on large complex data sets and the strategies used by organisations to protect data and information from threats.

VCE FOOD STUDIES

This study is designed to give students a greater understanding of food as a commodity and knowledge of food preparation and production from a small-scale perspective to mass production in industry. Students will develop skills in planning, preparation and evaluation of food products.

Unit 1 Food Origins

This unit focuses on food from historical and cultural perspectives. Students investigate the origins and roles of food through time and across the world. In Area of Study 1 students explore how humanity has historically sourced its food, examining the general progression from hunter gatherer to rural-based agriculture, to today’s urban living and global trade in food.

Unit 2 Planning and Preparation of Food

In this unit students investigate food systems in contemporary Australia. Area of Study 1 focuses on commercial food production industries, while Area of Study 2 looks at food production in small scale domestic settings, as both a comparison and complement to commercial production. Students gain insight into the significance of food industries to the Australian economy and investigate the capacity of industry to provide safe, high-quality food that meets the needs of consumers.

Unit 3 Food in Daily Life

This unit investigates the many roles and everyday influences of food. Area of Study 1 explores the science of food: our physical need for it and how it nourishes and sometimes harms our bodies. Students investigate the physiology of eating and appreciating food, and the microbiology of digestion. They also investigate the functional properties of food and the changes that occur during food preparation and cooking. They analyse the scientific rationale behind the Australian Dietary Guidelines and the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating (see www.eatforhealth.gov.au) and develop their understanding of diverse nutrient requirements.

Unit 4 Food Issues, Challenges and Futures

In this unit students examine debates about global and Australian food systems. Area of Study 1 focuses on issues about the environment, ecology, ethics, farming practices, the development and application of technologies, and the challenges of food security, food safety, food wastage, and the use and management of water and land. Students research a selected topic, seeking clarity on current situations and points of view, considering solutions and analysing work undertaken to solve problems and support sustainable futures.

Career Options

Baker, Hospitality Advisor, Caterer, Hospital Catering, Chef, Health Inspector, Consumer Advisor, Health Educator, Cook, Home Economist, Dietician, Nutritionist, Food Producer, Pastry Chef, Food Technologist, Teacher, Food Writer

VCE SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

This study allows students to develop capabilities in and knowledge about the design, operation, construction, assembly, maintenance, repair and evaluation of technological systems. This study promotes innovative thinking and problem solving skills through a project based learning approach. The study emphasises integration of basic mechanical, electrotechnology, physics and mathematical skills with practical tasks. Students also learn about different energy sources and new and emerging technologies.

Unit 1: Mechanical Engineering Fundamentals

This unit focuses on mechanical engineering fundamentals as the basis of understanding the underlying principles and the building blocks that operate in the simplest to more complex mechanical devices. Students study fundamental mechanical engineering principles, including the representation of mechanical devices, the motions performed, the elementary applied physics, and the mathematical calculations that can be applied in order to define and explain the physical characteristics. The unit allows for a ‘hands on’ approach, as students apply their knowledge and construct functional systems.

Unit 2: Electro technology Engineering Fundamentals

This unit focuses on building understanding of the fundamental principles of electrical and electronic circuits, collectively and commonly referred to as electro-technology. Through the application of their knowledge, students produce basic operational systems.

Units 3 and 4: Integrated Systems

These units involve a study of the principle associated with integrated systems. The focus is on the functional integration of a mechanical subsystem with an electro technology subsystem and the design factors to be considered. One substantial production is to be undertaken across both Units 3 and 4. The terms mechanical and electro-technology are used as descriptors for the types of systems covered by this study. Mechanical systems include pneumatic and hydraulic systems and subsystems. Electro-technology is an inclusive term that includes electrical, electronic and microelectronic systems and subsystems.

Career Options

Engineering, Robotics, Automation and Control Technologies, Energy Management, Aviation Industry, Industrial Engineer, Theatre and special effects, Electrical Trades, Electro technology, Hydraulics and Pneumatics, Mechanical, Diesel Technician, Automotive Industry, Telecommunications Industry, Refrigeration/Air Conditioning, Maintenance Fitter

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