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ITD1210 Material Technologies 1 (Wood and Plastic)

Semester 1, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules


Examiner: Rob Cantle


Co-requisite: ESP1200


Pre-service teachers require skills and knowledge of various materials before entering a workshop. This includes, but is not limited to, the safe handling of materials, processes for manipulating the materials using tools and machines and the logical sequencing of manufacturing processes. This course will focus on woods and plastics. This course is designed to familiarise pre-service teachers with a basic design process and its application in junior grades in ITD. The purpose of this course is to provide practical opportunities for pre-service teachers in ITD to engage with materials, machines and processes that may be encountered when using woods and plastics. Pre-service teachers will have opportunity to engage with these materials and processes and consider how they will be integrated into their teaching practice.

This course takes pre-service teachers on a similar design journey that their students will be required to take in ITD. The course will provide pre-service teachers with the knowledge of how to find relevant policies and procedures specific to the machines and materials to be used. The focus for this course will be on developing capacity to engage with a range of materials and provide pre-service teachers with problem solving skills that enables them to continually improve in their use of machinery in a safe manner. Pre-service teachers will be required to attend a school based workshop one morning or afternoon a week (whichever suits the school) during this semester.

Course learning outcomes

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

  1. identify relevant curriculum, policies procedures relating to tasks;
  2. investigate and select appropriate materials and manufacturing processes for the construction of a product that provides a solution to a real world technology design problem;
  3. design a product using nominated materials and plan a logical sequence for its manufacture in the workshop learning environment;
  4. communicate ideas using a variety of sketching and drawing techniques to support student learning;
  5. produce a physical product using specified materials and demonstrating safe and collaborative work practices;
  6. critically evaluate the final product.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to course and policies and procedures 5.00
2. Machinery induction documentation and processes 5.00
3. Exploring material characteristics and properties 5.00
4. Design process and planning sequences (Investigation, Ideation, Creation, Evaluation) 10.00
5. Communication methods (sketching and technical drawings) 20.00
6. Workshop practices 50.00
7. Evaluation process and wrap up 5.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Description Weighting (%)
Date printed 10 February 2023