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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Former School/College

Former School of Education

Unit aim

Enhances students' understanding of the metal industry including relevant factors such as historical, social, cultural, economic, personal and environmental issues. The design and manufacture, and teaching of metal technology teaching and products are considered. The unit extends students' skills and methods in the safe marking out, cutting, machining, fabricating, joining, modifying properties, colouring and finishing and their understanding of the use and maintenance of tools and machinery.

Unit content

  1. Factors that impact on the metal industry's materials and practices such as; past and present impact and influences;  the economy, society and the environment.
  2. Personnel issues such as workplace health and safety 
  3. Tools and machinery used in the metal industry and the impact of emerging technologies on the way manufactured products are made and used.
  4. The practice of design and production/manufacture in the metal industry including the development of time and finance plans.
  5. metalworking skills and methods used for a variety of metals in marking out, cutting, machining, fabricating, joining, modifying properties, colouring and finishing.
  6. The use and maintenance of a range of appropriate tools and machinery used in the manufacture of metal products.
  7. Teaching of essential project management and communication skills through the design, documentation and manufacture of metal-based projects using appropriate processes, tools and machinery.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: , GA2: , GA3: , GA4: , GA5: , GA6: , GA7:
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 describe past and present influences on the metal industry such as historical, social, cultural, economic, personal and environmental issues, and their impact on manufacturing processes, materials and work practices
2 Demonstrate knowledge of Workplace Health and Safety issues and an understanding of how to assess and manage hazards and personnel safely
3 describe new and emerging technologies in the metal industry and their impact on the way manufactured products are made and used
4 discuss the teaching, management and practice of design and production/manufacture in metal working environments and industry
5 demonstrate advanced, contemporary skills and methods for a variety of metals in marking out, cutting, machining, fabricating, joining, modifying properties, colouring and finishing, and the use and maintenance of tools and machinery
6 apply project management (including WHS issues) and communication skills to the production and documentation of high quality metal products.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe past and present influences on the metal industry such as historical, social, cultural, economic, personal and environmental issues, and their impact on manufacturing processes, materials and work practices
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of Workplace Health and Safety issues and an understanding of how to assess and manage hazards and personnel safely
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  3. describe new and emerging technologies in the metal industry and their impact on the way manufactured products are made and used
    • GA4:
  4. discuss the teaching, management and practice of design and production/manufacture in metal working environments and industry
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
    • GA6:
  5. demonstrate advanced, contemporary skills and methods for a variety of metals in marking out, cutting, machining, fabricating, joining, modifying properties, colouring and finishing, and the use and maintenance of tools and machinery
    • GA4:
    • GA5:
  6. apply project management (including WHS issues) and communication skills to the production and documentation of high quality metal products.
    • GA2:
    • GA4:
    • GA6:

Prescribed texts

  • The is no text to purchase however we do provide you access to a text that is out of print. Copies are available in MySCU, however you may come across copies for your own professional library, look for it at markets and second-hand book stores: Abelson, B & Pateman, A, 1988, Metalworking Part One and Part Two, 2nd edn, McGraw-Hill, Sydney. ISBN: 0-07-452582-4.
  • You will need to download this document: NSW Board of Studies, 1999, Industrial Technology Stage 6, Revised 2008, Board of Studies NSW, Sydney. ISBN: 0-7313-4228-3.
  • You will need to download this document: NSW Board of Studies, 2003, Industrial Technology 7-10, Board of Studies NSW, Sydney. ISBN: 1-7409-9741-7.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.