Year 12 – CAD / CAM (Digital Communication Solutions)

Length: Full Year (20 SACE credits)
Contact: Technologies Leader

Recommended Background

No prerequisites.

Satisfactory completion of either Year 10 or Stage 1 CAD /CAM is recommended. Those with no experience will be guided through the basics.

Course Description

Stage 2 Digital communication solutions supports students to develop an understanding of the Technical Drawing practices used in the manufacturing sector. The techniques and methods of drawing conform to the Australian Standards. Set tasks will use two CADD software programs – Inventor and Sketch Up. Students will have the opportunity to use the TROTEC laser cutter to prototype small products designed using the Inventor software.


Students’ performance will be determined according to the subject’s Performance Standards, as outlined by the SACE Board. Grades A+ to E- will be used for reporting purposes.

School-based Assessment:

  • Two Specialist Skills Tasks (20%): Students must show evidence of these tasks and evaluate them. (Up to 1000 words or 6 minutes in multi modal form)

  • Design Process (Folio) and Solution (50%): This may be a major design project or a series of up to 3 smaller design tasks. Students must show evidence of the design process and showcase and evaluate their project. (Up to 2000 words or 12 minutes in multi modal or combination).

External Assessment:

  • Resource Study (30%)
    • Part One: Resource Investigation
    • Part Two: Issue Exploration.

The Resource study should be presented in written or multi modal form or a combination of both. Written maximum of 2000 words or equivalent in multi modal form, where 1000 words is equivalent to 6 minutes