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EDP4130 Technology Curriculum and Pedagogy

Semester 1, 2014 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood

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Examiner: Peter Albion
Moderator: Tony Dowden


Pre-requisite: EDP3333 and EDC3100

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, including digital technologies and the technology-design process in ways that will enable them to plan and teach technology appropriately within the school curriculum.


Students will understand technology as a human activity and the contribution of technology education to general education. They will investigate Australian and Queensland curriculum documents relevant to technology education and develop related knowledge and skills. They will apply pedagogical approaches appropriate to technology education as the basis for planning and adapting relevant learning activities. The course will emphasise experiential learning, including through the integration of ICT, appropriate to technology education by engaging students in individual and collaborative activities. The course includes a 15-day professional experience placement during which student will plan and teach in an appropriate setting and investigate the implementation of technology education in context.


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. demonstrate understanding of technology as a human activity (Task 1, Task 2, Assignment; Professional Standards 2.1, 2.4).
  2. explain how technology education contributes to general education (Task 1, Assignment; Professional Standards 1.1, 2.1, 2.5, 2.6, 6.1, 6.2, 6.4).
  3. demonstrate familiarity with curriculum documents relevant to technology education (Task 1, Assignment; Professional Standards 2.1, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4).
  4. demonstrate knowledge and skills relevant to the content of technology education (Task 1, Task 2, Assignment; Professional Standards 2.1, 2.2, 2.3).
  5. plan, develop, and evaluate learning activities using pedagogies appropriate to technology education (Task 2, Assignment; Professional Standards 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.6, 5.1).
  6. demonstrate understanding of how ICT can be integrated to enhance learning in technology education (Task 2, Assignment; Professional Standards 2.6, 4.5).
  7. demonstrate understanding of current developments in technology education and how teachers can develop relevant professional knowledge (Task 1, Assignment; Professional Standards 6.1, 6.2, 6.4).
  8. successfully complete a 15 day professional experience, displaying appropriate professional knowledge, skills and conduct (Professional Experience; Professional Standards 4.1, 4.2, 4.5, 5.1, 5.2, 5.4, 7.1, 7.2).
  9. demonstrate knowledge of course content using appropriate modes and conventions of expression with attention to spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing (All assessments; Professional Standards 2.5)


Description Weighting(%)
1. Nature of technology: Technology as human activity, technological processes, cultural and values dimensions, appropriate technologies, relationship to science. 15.00
2. Technology education: Technological literacy, perspectives on technology education, national and international developments, STEM, technology and general education. 10.00
3. Technology education curriculum: Australian and Queensland technology curriculum documents, curriculum analysis, resources for technology education, technological content knowledge. 15.00
4. Technology education pedagogy: Design and technology, creativity, STEAM, pedagogies for technology education, technological pedagogical knowledge. 20.00
5. Digital technologies: Computational thinking, programming foundations, robotics and control. 40.00

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). (

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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.
  • Boss, S., & Krauss, J (2007), Reinventing project-based learning: your field guide to real-world projects in the digital age, International Society for Technology in Education, Washington, DC.
  • Fleer, M., & Jane, B (2011), Design and Technology for Children, 3rd edn, Pearson Education, Frenchs Forest, Australia.
  • Petrina, S (2007), Advanced teaching methods for the technology classroom, Information Science Pub, Hershey, PA.
  • Tan, L.W.H., & Subramaniam, R (2006), Handbook of research on literacy in technology at the K-12 level, Idea Group Reference, Hershey, PA.
  • Whether you are on, or off campus, the USQ Library is an excellent source of information //

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Independent Study 80.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
TASK 1 15 15 13 Mar 2014
TASK 2 15 15 03 Apr 2014
ASSIGNMENT 69 69 12 Jun 2014
PRACTICUM 1 1 16 Jun 2014 (see note 1)

  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. Professional Placement should be conducted as per the Professional Experience Calendar unless approval has been granted by the Course Examiner. All students must successfully complete 15 days of professional experience in an appropriate setting. Minimum expectations are that in the first week students commence with observations and teach at least two whole class sessions. In the second week they should plan and teach at least one full session each day using a variety of approaches and undertake assessment of work from the class. In the third week they should have supervised responsibility for whole of class for at least half the week and teach at least two full days with responsibility for the full range of activity from planning to teaching and assessment. During this placement they will be required to: . Investigate the teaching of technology education in the school and teach technology topics where appropriate . Demonstrate appropriate professional ethical standards and conduct . Plan, prepare, teach and assess work for the whole class . Provide feedback to learners and use results of assessment to inform planning . Demonstrate classroom management skills appropriate to the context . Gain feedback from their mentor and others if appropriate . Collect examples of their work and other resources in a professional experience folder or other suitable format . Participate in all appropriate non-teaching roles e.g. playground duty; staff meetings;

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:
    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 and must 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: // and
    *If you are undertaking practical experience outside the State of Queensland, Australia you should check local requirements.