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ITD3110 Emerging Technologies

Semester 1, 2021 Online
Short Description: Emerging Technologies
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 070105 - Teacher Education: Secondary
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 14 April 2021


Examiner: Rob Cantle

Other requisites

Program Coordinator (Secondary) will approve entry into the ITD teaching area for students with past trade qualifications and experience.

Prior to commencing the course in week 1 students will need to create an account with AutoDesk (or similar software). Students will need consistent and quality access to the internet in order to maintain access to the course materials and online workshops.


Industry is more technology driven and reliant on emerging technologies such as CAD/CAM, 3D Printing, laser cutting, etc. The technology used is changing rapidly and this course is designed to provide Industrial Technology and Design teachers with the knowledge and skills required to engage with 21st Century students. This technology is utilised not only in industry, but in a range of other applications such as medical, dental, and other scientific endeavours. The course also addresses other emerging technology applications such Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Robotics and Electronics.


This course provides opportunities for pre-service teachers to develop the ability to utilise CAD software to create digital models which can be uploaded to prototyping and modelling equipment commonly used in schools such as 3D printers, laser cutters and other CAM technologies. Some coding and robotics are included in this area, as well as a requisite knowledge of electronics components and circuitry which underpins the understanding of modern technology. The course will also focus on the basic maintenance requirements of commonly used equipment such as 3D printers and laser cutters.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. design 2D & 3D digital models using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software;
  2. select the most suitable materials for use with the emerging technologies;
  3. make decisions regarding safe use of emerging technologies in the design classroom;
  4. produce prototypes or models using emerging technologies;
  5. produce architectural plans using software specific for a defined purpose;
  6. use basic coding software to program and control robots;
  7. understand the role of micro-electronic components in basic electronic circuitry;
  8. understand the role of electronic circuitry in the design and creation of beneficial products and their application in authentic contexts.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to the course and policies and procedures 5.00
2. Using 3D solid modelling software Autodesk Inventor 25.00
3. Uploading 3D models to machinery to create prototypes 20.00
4. Using Autodesk architectural software Revit 15.00
5. Coding and robotics 15.00
6. Understanding electronics components and circuitry
Evaluation process and wrap up and basic maintenance

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

• Prior to commencing the course in week 1 students will need to create an account with AutoDesk and download the latest versions of Revit and Inventor – This can be downloaded for free using your USQ student number and email address for free – Instructions will be on the course StudyDesk.
• Students will need a computer that meets the minimum specifications to run the required software ( - (highly recommended 3 button mouse).
• Students will need consistent and quality access to the internet in order to maintain access to the course materials and online workshops.

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 expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Private Study 85.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
QUIZ 10 10 19 Mar 2021
ASSIGNMENT 1 40 40 01 Apr 2021
ASSIGNMENT 2 50 50 27 May 2021

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.

    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the mandatory training programs for this course where required.

  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:
    Not applicable.

  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

  2. Students are required to demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of academic language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation, and referencing in all assessment responses. Marks allocated to the aforementioned criteria will be specified in the criteria for assessment of all assessment items.

  3. Students are required to submit ALL assignments to evidence meeting or exceeding the mandatory requirements of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APSTs).

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement
2. forms part of the Bachelor of Education and is benchmarked against the:
a. internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review
b. Queensland College of Teachers
c. Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).

Date printed 14 April 2021