G. Staples – Program Leader
The Design and Technology courses at Laura Secord provide students with an overview of a technological design process. Students will become familiar with and develop an understanding of the technological and computer concepts needed in order to develop and build usable prototypes and projects. The courses emphasize practical technology at a level that strikes a balance between tools and software needed to solve problems and strengthen communication skills. It is our hope that the program provides students with skills and confidence that will lay a strong foundation for their future endeavours.
•Exploring Technologies, Grade 9, Open (TIJ1O)
This course enables students to understand the technological and computer concepts they will need in order to design, develop, and build usable products or to deliver services, as well as to pursue further technological studies. Students will use the technological design process and a variety of tools and software to solve problems, complete projects, and strengthen their communication skills.
•Technological Design, Grade 10, Open (TDJ2O)
This course requires students to design and develop innovative products and services. Students will learn the following: how to identify user needs related to specified design problems; the physical properties of selected materials and their application in product design; techniques to create physical products and services; various presentation techniques; how to test and evaluate design solutions; and the implications of technology on the development of products or services. They will also become aware of design-related careers.
•Technological Design, Grade 11,Workplace Preparation (TDJ3E)
This course provides students with opportunities to apply the principles of basic design to technological challenges in industry, engineering, architecture, manufacturing, and graphics. Students will develop problem-solving and design skills through the use of technical drawings and illustrations, model building, testing, and marketing. They will also become aware of consumer, business, and environmental issues in the creation and marketing of products or services, and the educational requirements of design-related careers.
•Communications Technology, (TGJ3M) Grade 11, University/College Preparation
This course examines communications systems and design and production processes in the areas of electronic, live, recorded, and graphic communications. Students will develop knowledge and skills relating to the assembly, operation, maintenance, and repair of the basic and more complex components of a range of communications systems. Students will also study industry standards and regulations and health and safety issues, and will explore careers, the importance of lifelong learning, and the impact of communications technology on society and the environment.
•Technological Design, Grade 11, (TDJ3M) University/College Preparation
This course provides students with opportunities to apply the principles of technological design to challenges in communications, manufacturing, electronics, transportation, architecture, industrial and consumer products, health and safety equipment, and environmental services. Students will identify user needs, estimate labour and material costs, analyse material characteristics, and illustrate design solutions, using traditional and computer-based methods. They will also acquire the basic design skills required for postsecondary studies in engineering, manufacturing, architecture, and construction.
•Construction Engineering Technology, Grade 11, College Preparation (TCJ3C)
This course focuses on the development of knowledge and skills related to residential construction. Students will gain hands-on experience using a variety of construction materials, processes, tools, and equipment; learn about building design and planning construction projects; create and interpret working drawings and sections; and learn how the Ontario Building Code and other regulations and standards apply to construction projects. Students will also develop an awareness of environmental and societal issues related to construction technology, and will explore career opportunities in the field.
•Hospitality and Tourism,Grade 11, College Preparation (TFT 3C)
Students will have the opportunity to develop essential food preparation, presentation, and customer
relations skills and will learn about event coordination and marketingstrategies, human resources, and inventory procedures. Students will work with equipment, use procedures, and adhere to health and safety regulations that are standards in the hospitality industry
•Technological Design, Grade 12,Workplace Preparation (TDJ4E)
This course helps students develop a systematic process to design products or services based on an understanding and analysis of consumer needs, material characteristics, fabrication methods, and design principles. Students will develop design briefs, conduct marketing surveys, create freehand and computer-generated illustrations, make models, generate technical reports, design packaging, and become aware of design trends. They will also examine careers and small business opportunities in design, architecture, manufacturing, or marketing.
Prerequisite: Technological Design, Grade 11,Workplace Preparation
•Technological Design, Grade 12, (TDJ4M) University/College Preparation
This course provides students with opportunities to solve problems in design through the use of technical drawings, model building, testing, and marketing. Students will research, design, and test solutions for residential or commercial architecture, industrial engineering, and manufacturing. They will also examine the educational requirements of a technical design–related career in engineering, architecture, or industrial design.
Prerequisite: Technological Design, Grade 11, University/College Preparation
•Communications Technology, Grade 12, Open (TGJ4O)
This course enables students to develop knowledge and skills in the areas of photography, video, animation, graphic design, and web design. Students will work both independently and as part of a production team to design and produce media products in a project-driven environment. Practical projects may include photo galleries, digital images, animations, 3D models, and websites. Students will also expand their awareness of environmental and societal issues related to communications technology, and will explore postsecondary education, training, and career opportunities.
•Hospitality and Tourism, Grade 12, College Preparation (TFS4C)
This course provides students with opportunities to analyse the characteristics and standards of the tourism industry, determine the factors that promote its success, and investigate principles and procedures that contribute to high-quality customer service. Students will also assess facilities and activities that attract tourists, and study communication and customer service techniques.
Prerequisite: Hospitality and Tourism,Grade 11, College Preparation