Course Title: Materials and Technology

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5111

Course Title: Materials and Technology

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 60.0

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


320T Design (TAFE)


Term1 2009

Course Contact: Tom O'Regan

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4150

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide participants with the skills and knowledge required to select appropriate materials and technology for furniture construction.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VBK203 Materials and Technology

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe the major characteristics of trees
2. Discuss the major characteristics of wood
3. Describe the specific uses and qualities of particular timbers
4. Describe the major factors affecting the serviceability of timber
5. Discuss a range of materials used for contemporary furniture and sculpture
6. Discuss a range of technologies used in contemporary furniture manufacturing

Overview of Assessment

Assessment activities are related to learning outcomes and are intended to help develop students research and study skills.
Assessment tasks include writing research reports, class presentations, an in-class test and the preparation of a materials resources file.