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Advanced Technological Applications
A Standards-Based High School Model Course Guide



Advanced Technological Applications
Applications Overview

Sample Unit
Unit 1: Information and Communications Technologies

Sample Learning Cycle




Advanced Technological Applications

Intended Audience
Grades 10-12 (Foundations of Technology highly recommended)

Course Overview
In the Advanced Technological Applications course, students study about four components of the Designed World, including Information Technology, Agriculture and Bio-related Technologies, Medical, and Entertainment/Recreation. The Agriculture and Biotechnologies unit explores how agricultural technologies provide increased crop yields and allow adaptation to changing and harsh environments, enabling the growth of plants and animals for various uses. It also offers an analysis of the various uses of biotechnology and the ethical considerations of those uses. The Entertainment and Recreation unit provides a study of technological entertainment and recreation systems, with an examination of the differences between these technologies, of how their use enhances human leisure-time performance, and of the social, cultural, and environmental implications of their usage. The Information Technologies unit examines how technology facilitates the gathering, manipulation, storage, and transmission of data, and how this data can be used to create useful products. It also provides students with opportunities for developing communications systems that can solve technological problems. The Medical Technologies Unit provides an analysis of how medical technologies are used to increase the quality and length of human life, and how increased use of technology carries potential consequences, which require public debate. Students will also examine tools and devices used to repair and replace organs, prevent disease, and rehabilitate the human body.

Course Length
36 weeks

The Advanced Technological Applications course has been designed as an advanced study for students engaged in themed academies and general technology studies that lead to the capacity to understand how technology’s development, control, and use is based on design constraints, and human wants and needs. The structure of the course challenges students to use design processes so that they can think, plan, design and create solutions to engineering and technological problems. Students are actively involved in the organized and integrated application of technological resources, engineering concepts, and scientific procedures. Students address the complexities of technology that stem from designing, developing, using, and assessing technological systems. In developing a functional understanding of technology, students comprehend how human conditions and personal preferences drive technological design and problem solving. Actively engaged in making and developing, using, and managing technological systems, students better understand the role of systems in meeting specific purposes. Students are able to assess and understand the behavior and operation of basic technological systems in different contexts. Students extend and transfer their knowledge of systems to new and emerging applications by the time they graduate from high school.

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