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EDP4130 Technology Curriculum and Pedagogy

Semester 1, 2011 On-campus Fraser Coast
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Education
School or Department : Education

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Examiner: Peter Albion
Moderator: Petrea Redmond


Co-requisite: EDC3100 and EDP3333

Other requisites

Students must have successfully completed the entire previous year's professional experience courses in order to enrol in this course.

Students must be available for a prescribed period of time to undertake a placement in a school or other approved site as required in this course.

State law in Queensland (Australia) requires that all adults working/undertaking professional experience/researching with children under the age of 18, in the state of Queensland are required to possess a current suitability card (Blue Card). (See "Other Requirements" for further information.) Also see:


Technology can be understood as a general process of responding to human needs and wants by designing products that take advantage of available opportunities and have impacts and consequences. If educators have a deep understanding of the technology process they can better design and implement activities that allow students to learn about technology both as a focus of special study and when it is integrated with other areas of the curriculum. This course will develop students' understanding of technology and the technology-design process in ways that will enable them to plan and teach technology appropriately across the school curriculum and apply the general process of technology to aspects of their own work as educators.


Students will become familiar with contemporary curriculum and pedagogy for technology education, with an emphasis on current Queensland curriculum supplemented by material from relevant national and international sources that will equip them to apply their knowledge in a variety of contexts. The course will emphasise experiential learning appropriate to technology education by engaging students in individual and collaborative activities that require them to use the technology process to conceptualise, develop, implement and evaluate solutions to relevant design challenges. An attached professional experience will provide students with opportunity to investigate the implementation of technology education in an appropriate setting. The course provides for a 15-day professional experience placement.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. The assessment item(s) that may be used to assess student achievement of an objective are shown in parenthesis. On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. discuss the nature of technology and its roles in human affairs (Task 1, Task 3)
  2. recognise and explain the operation of the technology process in a variety of human activity (Task 1, Task 2, Project report)
  3. articulate well informed positions about technology in society, including awareness of the values dimensions (Task 1, Task 3)
  4. discuss the concept of technological literacy (Task 3, Project report)
  5. articulate a coherent understanding of technology education and strategies for incorporating it in the curriculum (Task 3, Group project, Project report)
  6. discuss relevant curriculum documents and implementation issues relating to technology education (Task 3, Group project, Project report)
  7. develop, implement and evaluate learning activities for technology education (Task 2, Group project, Project report)
  8. participate in collaborative processes for design and development of technology education materials (Task 2, Group project)
  9. communicate about technology education to a variety of audiences including peers, parents and community (Task 2, Task 3, Group project, Project report)
  10. demonstrate knowledge of course content using appropriate modes and conventions of expression (Task 1, Task 2, Task 3, Group project, Project report)
  11. analyse technology education provision in context and respond appropriately in planning for technology education (Professional experience, Group project, Project report).
  12. demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing. (All assessments)


Description Weighting(%)
1. Technology and technology education - historical perspectives; national and international developments; relationship to other curriculum areas, especially science 10.00
2. Characterization of the technology process; understandings of technological literacy; values dimensions of technology; technological appropriateness; recognition of technology processes in human activity 25.00
3. Queensland and national technology curriculum documents; supporting resources for the syllabus; syllabus strands and their relationships; the design cycle in technology education; principles of effective teaching and learning for technology education 25.00
4. Curriculum planning for technology education; school-wide and class planning; unit and lesson planning; curriculum development as a technology process; designing and implementing pedagogy for technology education; assessment and reporting for technology education 25.00
5. Technology education in context; integrating technology with other curriculum areas; addressing values issues in the technology classroom; technology projects in school and community; communicating with parents and community 15.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There are no prescribed texts for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 70.00
Independent Study 70.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PROFESSIONAL EXERIENCE 1 1 28 Feb 2011 (see note 1)
TASK 1 15 15 18 Mar 2011
TASK 2 15 15 06 May 2011
TASK 3 15 15 12 May 2011
GROUP PROJECT 30 30 09 Jun 2011
PROJECT REPORT 25 25 09 Jun 2011

  1. A mark of one (1) indicates you have passed the professional experience component. A mark of zero (0) indicates you have not passed the professional experience component. The weighting of 1% is used for administrative purposes only and is NOT included in the overall weighting for this course. Timing of assessment tasks may depend upon schedule of professional experience.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students? responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course and satisfactorily complete the sector-based Professional Experience.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. //

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and have Internet access to USQConnect for this course.

  2. IMPORTANT NOTE: Working with Children: State law in Queensland requires that all adults (including university students, pre-service educators, trainers, vocational teachers, industry educators) working with children under the age of 18, in the State of Queensland*, obtain approval before commencing such work. Many education courses include a practical component (professional experience, project work, research, assessment etc.) that may require engagement with children under the age of 18. It is your responsibility to ensure that you possess a current suitability card (Blue Card) before commencing any practical components of this course. DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN ANY PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE WITH CHILDREN UNDER 18 UNLESS YOU POSSESS A CURRENT 'BLUE CARD'. For further information: *If you are undertaking practical experience outside the State of Queensland, Australia you should check local requirements.