EMT445 Curriculum Method: Design and Technology (8)

This subject explores a range of approaches to Design and Technology education in Years 7-12. It identifies the position of design and technology in the school curriculum and explores design and the design process as concepts and their role in teaching and learning. It assists students constructing Design and Technology technology-specific lessons and program units of study that are challenging, engaging, and supportive of student learning. Students will be introduced to practical student-centred learning in Design and Technology education.

Particular attention will be devoted to the implementation of relevant technology syllabi, authentic pedagogies and assessment for learning in the context of secondary technology education in diverse classes. Issues of literacy, numeracy, safety/risk assessment and resource management strategies in Design and Technology classroom environments are addressed.


Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 3 (90)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EMT445. 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

This subject is available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Education (Technology and Applied Studies); Bachelor of Educational Studies; Bachelor of Education (Secondary) Industry Entry; Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary); Master of Teaching (Secondary) courses or as approved by the Course Director. 

This subject is not available to students who have completed subject EMT492 as it shares similar content.

Assumed Knowledge

EMT203 or EMT447

Subject Relationships

EMT492 Shares similar content

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to analyse the requirements and expectations in Design and Technology curriculum;
  • be able to create teaching and learning activities that integrate the general capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities;
  • be able to prepare detailed lesson plans and units of work that include appropriate resources and suitably aligned research-based pedagogical strategies to effectively teach concepts and other content;
  • be able to develop appropriate teaching and learning strategies for diverse learning environments and contexts;
  • be able to develop strategies that are designed to effectively assess and feedback on student achievement of identified learning outcomes;
  • be able to analyse design projects from a risk assessment and ethical perspective and develop corresponding project management plans; and
  • be able to apply professional written and other communication skills.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to Design in education and the place of Technology education in secondary schools
  • Design and Technology concepts in the curriculum including the cross-curriculum and general capabilities priorities
  • Effective pedagogical approaches for design in technology education
  • Planning lesson sequences
  • Enhancing student learning
  • Assessment for learning
  • Developing programs and units of work
  • Assessing and integrating resources including ICT into teaching plans
  • Planning active development of literacy and numeracy for diverse cohorts
  • Risk assessment and management

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EMT445 in Session 3 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Scope and sequence plan, mapping, and lesson plans
Program, assessment plan, unit of work, and task

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.