Somerville Secondary College

DESIGN TECHNOLOGY Innovative Wood and Electronics

Featured Learning AreaDesign and Technologies
Additional Learning AreasEngineering principles and systems
Learning Capabilities DevelopedCritical and creative thinking and planning. Developing, refining and evaluating design solutions. Production capabilities.


This elective is designed to explore the use of resistant materials (predominantly wood) and electronics in Product Design. Students will work with and learn about a range of workshop materials (wood, metals and plastics) and the techniques and processes to manipulate them to manufacture contemporary, innovative working products. Creativity is the key! A range of electronic componentry is also studied and different circuit types investigated to gain an understanding of how electronics and circuit design effects the products that students have designed. Students follow Design Briefs, both given and created by them, and use the Design Process to investigate, design, manufacture and evaluate their own designed products. The use of Computer Aided Design and Manufacture as part of the Design Process is encouraged.

This course is an excellent foundation course leading onto VCE Product Design, studying key issues such as sustainability, product analysis, industrial manufacturing, and the social, economic and environmental issues.