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11 VCE Systems Engineering (11TSE1)

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The Course

VCE Systems Engineering promotes innovative systems thinking and problem-solving skills through the Systems Engineering Process, which takes a project-management approach. It focuses on mechanical and electrotechnology engineered systems. The study provides opportunities for students to learn about and engage with systems from a practical and purposeful perspective. Students gain knowledge and understanding about, and learn to appreciate and apply technological systems. VCE Systems Engineering integrates aspects of designing, planning, fabricating, testing and evaluating in a project management process. It prepares students for careers in engineering, manufacturing and design through either a university or TAFE vocational study pathway, employment, apprenticeships and traineeships. The study provides a rigorous academic foundation and a practical working knowledge of design, manufacturing and evaluation techniques. These skills, and the ability to apply systems engineering processes, are growing in demand as industry projects become more complex and multidisciplinary.

Unit 1 Topics

The function and operation of mechanical components including:

  • levers, cranks and linkages
  • pistons and cylinders
  • gear types: worm, bevel, pinion, spur, crown
  • simple and compound gears
  • cams and followers
  • belts, pulleys, chains and sprockets
  • compression and tension springs
  • bearings
  • velocity ratio
  • pulley ratios and simple gear ratios
  • types of motion: linear, rotary, oscillating, and reciprocating
  • mechanical calculations

Unit 2 Topics

Electrical/electronic components including:

  • electric power sources: batteries and photovoltaic cells
  • generators and motors
  • switches: push button, toggle, micro, reed and mercury
  • resistors
  • capacitors
  • diodes: LEDs
  • NPN and PNP transistors
  • Tansformers
  • relays and solenoids
  • microcontrollers
  • energy sources
  • alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) waveforms
  • schematic diagrams
  • electrical calculations
  • diagnostic testing
  • inputs, processes, outputs charts
  • Systems Engineering Process

Learning and Assessment Activities

  • Unit 1

    • Start learning Electrical concepts and calculations
    • Research, design, planning, construct and evaluate a systems project (pneumatic catapult) and document in folio

    Unit 2

    • Start learning Mechanical concepts and calculations
    • Research, design, planning, construct and evaluate a systems project (lux meter) and document in folio

These units lead to

  • Electrician (Specifically Programmable Logic Control)
  • University studies in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
  • TAFE studies in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
  • VCE Systems Engineering Units 3 - 4

Special considerations

Completing Year 10 Electronics will provide some core knowledge but it is not compulsory to have completed any other subjects. Completing the VCE Systems Unit 1 & 2 will give you a great lead into Systems Units 3 & 4. It will provide you with core knowledge, production skills and production documentation that are essential for performing well in year 12. Systems Engineering is recognised in many Universities and some TAFE's and bonus points are awarded these applications.

Costs involved

Annual cost $120 ($60 per unit). This includes $100 towards purchasing of products, and $20 for consumables and safety package. 

Materials required

  • Some parts may need to be provided by students
  • Netbook & USB for Digital Folio of products

For further information see...

Mr Cosstick 

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