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Course Outline


Exploring Technology

Teacher:         Mr. Ferguson
              Room 179


This course enables students to further explore and develop technological knowledge and skills introduced in the elementary science and technology program. Students will be given the opportunity to design and create products and/or provide services related to the various technological areas or industries, working with a variety of tools, equipment, and software commonly used in industry. Students will develop an awareness of environmental and societal issues, and will begin to explore secondary and post-secondary education and training pathways leading to careers in technology-related fields.


During the semester the following format will be used as a basis for evaluation:

Term 1                   35%
Term 2                   35%
Culminating           30%
Total                      100%

Each term mark will be calculated as follows
  1. Tests (50%) — There will be at least one test per unit studied but, in some cases, with the larger units you can expect more than one test.  Some tests will be written while others will be done on the computer or will be practical in nature.
  2. Projects (50%) — You can expect one or more project for each unit that is studied.  The value or weighting factor of these will depend on the duration and complexity of the project.
  3. Formative marksTo maximize formative marks (i.e., Learning Skills Marks), a student should:
  • be polite, co-operative and have a strong work ethic, bring all required materials to every class
  • participate openly in class discussions — show initiative and teamwork
  • regularly present solutions verbally or on the board
  • have excellent attendance and arrive on time, ready to go — be organized
  • pay careful attention during lessons and have homework completed