EMT203 Design and Digital Technologies: Curriculum and Pedagogy (8)

This subject introduces students to foundational aspects of teaching as a profession. To contextualise this positioning, students engage in investigation of design and digital technologies, and consideration of computational, design, and systems thinking, and their relationship to each other. These concepts and processes are then examined in light of their links to, and application in, the NSW Stage 4 Technology Mandatory curriculum. Planning for teaching in a project-based context with attention to meeting the needs of diverse learners, and the development of literacy, numeracy, sustainability, and ethical understanding are also a major focus.


Session 1 (30)
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

This subject is not available to students who have completed EMT103 or EMT447.

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 explain the use, development, nature and impact of technologies and design and their relationship to society and the environment;
  • be able to identify curriculum links and explain pedagogical application of technological and design concepts, and computational, design and systems thinking across a range of technology contexts including the ways in which products, systems, services and environments operate and develop;
  • be able to apply the principles of project-based problem-solving and authentic learning in their planning for teaching and learning;
  • be able to design teaching and learning activities to develop numeracy, literacy, sustainability, and ethical understanding capabilities in the context of design and digital technologies;
  • be able to describe and plan strategies to meet the needs of diverse learners; and
  • be able to demonstrate clear and accurate writing, effective research skills, knowledge and use of appropriate educational terminology, and current APA referencing and citation conventions.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Becoming a teacher
  • STEM education
  • The NSW Technology Mandatory course and the K-12 technology learning continuum
  • Design and digital technologies, and computational, design, and systems thinking
  • Relationship between design and digital technologies and their impact on society and the environment
  • Literacy, numeracy, sustainability, and ethical understanding capabilites in technology contexts
  • Project-based approaches to teaching and learning: Posing and solving design problems in authentic contexts
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Key learning tools: Classroom activities for creative thinking, critical thinking, problem-solving, writing design briefs to meet needs/opportunities, creating lesson plans, setting up and managing design projects, design folios for project evaluation and analysis

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EMT203 in Session 1 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 %
Analysis of aspects of technology and design
Lesson planning

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.