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EDM8006 Curriculum and Pedagogical Studies 2: Arts & Technologies

Semester 2, 2016 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Student contribution band : National Priority - Teaching
ASCED code : 070103 - Teacher Education: Primary

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Examiner: Janice Jones


Pre-requisite: EDM5100


The Arts and Technologies encompass diverse aspects of human culture that involve creativity, innovation and design thinking. Pre-service teachers need to be familiar with the range of sub-disciplines within each of these learning areas and to be able to plan, implement, assess and evaluate learning across those sub-disciplines. Pre-service teachers require exposure and familiarity with the essential knowledge and skills of both the Arts and Technologies learning areas and to characteristic and innovative approaches to learning and teaching. Engagement with these learning areas will empower pre-service teachers to develop deeper understanding of the importance of a holistic perspective in education and enrich learning and teaching interactions in the P-6 classroom context.


The course focuses on the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for educators to plan for and implement learning in The Arts and Technologies curriculum areas. Pre-service teachers will develop knowledge of the structure and content of the relevant curriculum documents and an understanding of effective pedagogies and instructional strategies including communication technologies. They will explore approaches to creating supportive and well-scaffolded learning environments through the use of design and digital technologies capable of meeting the needs of diverse learners in The Arts and Technologies. Pre-service teachers will be required to improve their own professional practice and development through engagement with professional teaching networks and the broader community. Pre-service teachers will develop an appreciation for the arts and technologies and a repertoire of strategies to evaluate the quality of related resources and products.


On successful completion of this course students will have:

  1. knowledge of the structure and content of The Arts and Technologies curricula for Primary education (Assignments 1 and 2) (APST 2.1)
  2. ability to plan and implement effective learning and teaching sequences appropriate to The Arts and Technologies curricula, incorporating appropriate higher order thinking strategies and planning for design activities whilst meeting the specific learning needs of students (Assignments 1 and 2) (APST 1.5, 2.2, 3.2)
  3. ability to integrate digital technologies for learning in The Arts and Technologies learning areas using safe, responsible and ethical practice (Assignments 1 and 2) (APST 2.6, 4.5)
  4. ability to plan and implement integration of The Arts and Technologies learning areas with other learning areas, cross curriculum priorities and general capabilities of the Australian Curriculum (Assignment 2) (APST 2.2, 2.6, 3.2)
  5. engagement with professional teaching networks and the broader community to enhance knowledge, understanding and skills in The Arts and Technologies curriculum areas (Assignment 2) (APST 7.4)
  6. professional competence in cognitive and communication skills, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing. (All assessments)


Description Weighting(%)
1. The Arts
  • structure and content of the Australian Curriculum: The Arts
  • pedagogical approaches and instructional strategies (including the use of higher order thinking skills) for the Arts.
  • safety and ethical practice
  • appreciation and assessment considerations in the Arts.
2. Technologies
  • structure and content of the Australian Curriculum: Technologies
  • pedagogical approaches and instructional strategies (including the use of higher order thinking skills) for Technologies
  • safety and ethical practice
  • evaluation and assessment considerations in Technologies
3. Authentic integration of the Arts and Technologies with other learning areas, cross curriculum priorities and general capabilities 20.00
4. Professional Educator 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There are no texts or materials required 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.
  • Fleer, M & Jane, B 2011, Design and technology for children, 3rd edn, Pearson Education, Frenchs Forest, New South Wales.
  • Martinez, SL & Stager, G 2013, Invent to learn, Constructing Modern Knowledge Press, Torrance, CA.
  • Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority 2015, The Australian Curriculum version 8.1. Available from: [19 January 2016].

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Independent Study 85.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 40 40 10 Aug 2016
ASSIGNMENT 2 60 60 17 Oct 2016

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students? responsibility 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 for that item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  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.

  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 items for the course..

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

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  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. Referencing in assignments must comply with the APA referencing system. This system should be used by students 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. This guide can be found at //

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at //

  2. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in this course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect the same grades as those students who do possess them.