[Design and Technology] Unit 4 - VCAA

Lambert Dean LamD at jpc.vic.edu.au
Wed Aug 12 02:01:05 UTC 2020

Hi David,

As of yet, no. To the best of my knowledge there hasn't been any clear instruction or directive with how teachers move forward with the prac element - U4O2 and obviously this will have an impact on U4O3 SAT.

The SAC is ok, we can do that remotely under strict times and probably best to offer as an 'open book'.

My Year 12 are becoming anxious as they really want to make their products...

At this stage, as soon as students have completed the SAC, we will begin to prep for the exam...

Student's are finalising SAT criteria 4-5...

Feedback welcomed



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Subject: [Design and Technology] Unit 4 - VCAA

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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