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Industrial technology - multimedia technologies is a hands-on course that involves the realisation of a major project and management folio at the HSC.

To compete and succeed in today’s digital world, high school students must have the opportunity to learn how to design, create and present a host of multimedia projects. Today’s students must be proficient, and, in many cases, have advanced knowledge related to a variety multimedia outlets, including websites, podcasts, digital video projects, and presentation software such as powerpoint or keynote.

Industrial technology is suited to a diverse range of students wishing to develop their practical skills and gain an understanding of the industry. Industrial Technology strands make a particularly good combination with VET courses. During the course, a significant amount of time will be spent on practical work.

The remaining time will involve a study of theoretical aspects of the course and a study of an industry associated with the chosen technology (through industrial visits, research and field work).

Students with previous experience or jointly studying computing (Information Processes and Technology) will find it advantageous for this course.

Both the Year 11 and Year 12 Courses are organised around four sections

  • industry study
  • workplace communication
  • design, planning and management
  • industry-specific content.

Year 11 Course

Practical skill enhancing exercises and minor projects combined with a study of industry in their focus area.

Year 12 Course

The development of a major project and folio in your focus strand and a broad study of industry.


School assessment has the same structure for both the Year 11 course and the Year 12 course.

Assessment components (Weighting):

  • industry study (20%)
  • design, planning & management (20%)
  • workplace communication (10%)
  • industry-specific content (50%)

For the Year 12 course there is an external paper worth 40% and the major project and associated management folio 60%.

Tools and machines

  • using multimedia equipment
  • manipulating multimedia software packages
  • publishing multimedia presentations.

Materials & resources

  • file formats
  • utilising web resources & digital libraries.

Course costs

Students will be expected to pay for the materials used in the production of their major practical project. All other course associated costs are included in the general school contribution.

Other costs

Major project materials.

This fee covers the cost of teaching materials, replacement of consumable items and hardware and software costs, associated with this course and includes cost of biannual upgrade of equipment.

Major project ideas:

  • Website projects - Student websites present an effective way to assess student knowledge because they incorporate a variety of skill sets. For instance, a website project, whether presented individually or as a group, can require students to write, create, visualize and organize, as well as build their computer programming skills. Moreover, if the website becomes active, it can create interactive discussions among peers and from around the world.
  • Newer digital video cameras (like the flip camera, for instance) are extremely portable and cost-efficient. As such, they can allow students to easily create documentaries, movies, newscasts and more. Like website projects, video-based assessments require students to utilize their writing, editing and organizational skills. Whether students recreate a scene from a novel or a historical event, conduct a “video scavenger hunt,” or highlight their nonfiction writing skills using a documentary or news format.
  • Digital video projects
  • Powerpoint or keynote presentations - Students who plan on entering any type of corporate or business field should be well-versed in the creation of powerpoint or keynote presentations. More and more, colleges are requiring their students to incorporate Powerpoints into their class presentations. Providing students the opportunity to create Powerpoints in high school will help them become more successful and prepared for college-level academic requirements. By conducting these types of presentations, students can learn how to write concisely, incorporate graphic organizers such as charts and graphs. Moreover, students can develop powerpoint presentations for just about any content area on any subject.
  • Digital music and podcast projects - Ask high school students how they purchase their music, and most will tell you they download it. Many high school students have some type of digital music library; as such, incorporating their interests into a school-based project can allow students to express themselves while demonstrating their understanding of the subject matter. A theme-based soundtrack project, which also can incorporate writing skills by requiring an accompanying analysis, is an excellent way to incorporate digital music into the curriculum. Moreover, students who have access to recording technology could create a podcast to share with the class or to post on a class website.