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Design and technologies / Year 9 and 10 / Design and Technologies Knowledge and Understanding

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Curriculum content descriptions

Investigate and make judgments on the ethical and sustainable production and marketing of food and fibre (ACTDEK044)

Elaborations
  • examining emerging production technologies and methods in terms of productivity, profitability and sustainability, for example vertical farming, recirculation technologies in aquaculture
  • investigating how digital technologies could be used to enhance food production systems, for example global positioning system (GPS) for managing animals, crop sensors or automated animal feeding or milking
  • comparing the environmental impacts of intensive and extensive production systems and their contribution to food and fibre production
  • investigating the interdependence of plants and animals in food and fibre production
  • examining the marketing chain of a range of agricultural products and outlining the effect of product processing and advertising on demand and price
  • taking account of animal welfare considerations in food and fibre production enterprises
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
ScOT terms

Ethics,  Environmental sustainability,  Farming systems,  Human settlements,  Food miles,  Fibres (Materials)

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Cotton Education Kit

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Interactive

Chicken farming in the living world: Stage 5

Chickens are fascinating animals and provide students with an interesting subject matter to discuss the many aspects of our living world. This interactive course for students explores the question 'How does the closed system of a chicken meat farm model the interactions, flow of energy and the cycling of matter through ...

Online

Sustainably and ethically produced and labelled eggs matter!

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Online

Learn About Wool: Years 9 -10

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Video

Low impact sustainable agriculture

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Anything's possible

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Finding structure in chaos

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Sydney slips in world cities rankings, 2012

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Mother Mekong

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Damming the free and mighty Mekong

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Checking the facts

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Tracking heatwaves in Australia

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How might water shortages in the Basin affect you?

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Recycling banana waste

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Wild rivers conundrum

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Air pollution

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Hawkesbury River: tourism and river health

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A smarter future car

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