[Design and Technology] destech Digest, Vol 183, Issue 31

Brendan D'Arcy B.DArcy at kardinia.vic.edu.au
Wed Aug 12 01:39:51 UTC 2020


For systems Engineering, I think it's going to be all but impossible to finish or complete part of the practical SAT models. I highly doubt we can even complete testing of "the control aspect" of our models.
So there is criteria 4-7 gone! Criteria 8 is about the project evaluations....not sure how this can be done without further constuctions of project models.

I have no idea how VCAA expect us to assess the SAT for criterias 4-8.

Criteria's 1-3 has been assessed though, so that's something.

My unit 3/4 students are chomping at the bit for information. I can't provide any. All we can do is prepare for exams and hope they will be able to do those!

Good luck everyone! Tough times.


Brendan D’Arcy (TNBD)
Senior School Teacher
VCE Systems Engineering, 
Level A-E Design & Systems Technology and Mathematics

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Hi all -

Is anyone hearing any rumblings from the VCAA around modifications to practical components yet?  I know that in some of the 20 studies affected by practical Unit 4 content, it's going to have a big impact.

>From the chats I've had with VCAA so far, and just in general updates from their publications, this is the advice:

"The examination dates provide sufficient time for teachers and students to complete adjusted VCE Unit 4 learning and school-based assessments, and to adequately prepare for the examinations. They also allow for VCE and VCAL students to receive their results and ATARs on 30 December as per the current schedule."

Thoughts?  I feel like we have been given a lovely extra 2 weeks or so in Term 4, but our Unit 4 SAT (around 33% of their year mark) was predominantly unchanged barring the exceptions on conducting first person materials tests, and the vague direction that we could make a prototype instead (despite having no documentation of that being sufficient in the modified study design, and leaving aside that a prototype needs to use the same scale/equivalent processes but exchanging materials/technologies).

Anyone heard anything better, or more complete?

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