EMT203 Design & Technologies: An Introduction (8)

This subject introduces students to foundational aspects of teaching as a profession. To contextualise this positioning, students engage in investigation of the nature of design and technology, their relationship to each other, the field of science, and conceptual understandings of their impact upon society and the environment. These concepts are then considered in terms of their links to, and application in, the Stage 4 technology mandatory curriculum. The design of lessons in a project-based context with attention to development of literacy, numeracy and information and communication technology capabilities are also a major focus.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EMT203. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Education

Enrolment Restrictions

Student who have completed EMT103 or EMT447 should not enrol in this subject.

Subject Relationships

EMT103 Related obsolete subject
EMT447 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects

EMT103, EMT447

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss the use, development, nature and impact of technologies and design showing an understanding of their relationship to technological development, values, beliefs and environment;
  • be able to explain curriculum links and pedagogical application of design concepts across a range of technology contexts including factors influencing design and the ways in which products, systems, services and environments operate and develop;
  • be able to apply the essential components of the Technology (Mandatory) Year 7-8 Syllabus including numeracy, literacy and ICT requirements;
  • be able to explain and apply the concepts of project-based problem-solving and authentic learning in technology education; and
  • be able to demonstrate clear and accurate writing and professional written and other communication skills including effective research skills, use of appropriate educational terminology, and referencing and citation conventions.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Becoming a technology teacher: an introduction.
  • The TAS curriculum: an introduction and the K-12 learning continuum.
  • Learning to be literate - literacy and numeracy demands in the TAS curriculum.
  • Design: issues impacting on technology education and design embedded within authentic, project-based and problem-solving contexts.
  • Technology curriculum: knowing and understanding the mandatory technology syllabus and its implementation in years 7 and 8, including literacy, numeracy and ICT requirements.
  • Access and inclusivity in technology education. Teaching a diverse population a differentiated curriculum.
  • Relationship and integration of design, science, ICT and technology. Use of ICT in technology education.
  • Key learning tools: classroom activities for creative thinking, critical thinking, problem-solving, writing design briefs to meet needs/opportunities, setting up design criteria.
  • Issues related to teaching and caring for adolescents, including professional requirements, safety, WH&S, risk management, legislation, intellectual property, plagiarism, responsibilities in a practical subject.
  • Becoming a reflective practitioner and lifelong learner. Reflection of personal goals including the importance of numeracy and literacy - a self-evaluation.


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.