Tools and machines extend human capabilities, such as holding, lifting, carrying, fastening, separating, and computing.
Requirements are the limits to designing or making a product or system.
Technological systems include input, processes, output, and at times, feedback.
Systems thinking involves considering how every part relates to others.
An open-loop system has no feedback path and requires human intervention, while a closed-loop system uses feedback.
Technological systems can be connected to one another.
Malfunctions of any part of a system may affect the function and quality of the system.
Requirements are the parameters placed on the development of a product or system.
Trade-off is a decision process recognizing the need for careful compromises among competing factors.
Different technologies involve different sets of processes.
Maintenance is the process of inspecting and servicing a product or system on a regular basis in order for it to continue functioning properly, to extend its life, or to upgrade its quality.
Controls are mechanisms or particular steps that people perform using information about the system that causes systems to change.
Systems thinking applies logic and creativity with appropriate compromises in complex real-life problems.
Systems, which are the building blocks of technology, are embedded within larger technological, social, and environmental systems
The stability of a technological system is influenced by all of the components in the system, especially those in the feedback loop.
Selecting resources involves trade-offs between competing values, such as availability, cost, desirability, and waste.
Requirements involve the identification of the criteria and constraints of a product or system and the determination of how they affect the final design and development.
Optimization is an ongoing process or methodology of designing or making a product and is dependent on criteria and constraints.
New technologies create new processes.
Quality control is a planned process to ensure that a product, service, or system meets established criteria.
Management is the process of planning, organizing, and controlling work.
Complex systems have many layers of controls and feedback loops to provide information.
Students will develop an understanding of the relationships among technologies and the connections between technology and other fields of study.
The study of technology uses many of the same ideas and skills as other subjects.
Technologies are often combined.