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12 VCE System Engineering (12TSE1)

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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 3 Topics

  • Describe the forms of non-renewable and renewable energy sources
  • Compare the advantages and disadvantages of non-renewable energy sources with renewable energy sources
  • Explain recent technological developments to improve environmental credentials of non-renewable resources
  • Describe and diagrammatically represent the technologies and processes used to harness, generate and store renewable energy sources
  • Describe the factors that determine the efficiency of energy conversion
  • Evaluate solar and wind power technologies and compare these methods of harnessing energy with non-renewable energy methods.

Unit 4 Topics

  • Research and describe the operations and applications of new and emerging developments in systems engineering processes and products
  • Explain reasons for and drivers of the development of new and emerging technologies
  • Analyse impacts and the potential of the new and emerging developments
  • Present and analyse information about a specific new or emerging systems engineering innovation

Learning and Assessment Activities

Unit 3

  • Start learning Electrical and Mechanical Theory topics (same as Units 1 & 2)
  • Start researching, designing and planning systems project and document in folio

Unit 4

  • Continue learning Electrical and Mechanical Theory topics
  • Complete construction and evaluation of systems project 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

Special considerations

It is highly advisable that Systems Engineering Units 1 & 2 has been completed prior to commencing Units 3 & 4. 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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