EPI104 Timber Technology: Workshop and Design (8)

This subject provides students with the opportunity to develop introductory workshop knowledge and skills and safety procedures in the use of timber as a material for the secondary school context. An emphasis on design as it relates to Industrial Technology timber projects is also an important part of the subject.

Students will consider how these skills and concepts relate to technology teaching in the secondary school, and the Industrial Technology Timber curriculum. They will engage in school timber workshop projects and receive advice and demonstration of teachers' practice including issues related to Work Health and Safety (WHS) in the TAS teaching environment. They will report on these aspects of teaching to develop an applied understanding of safety, pedagogy and design, to ensure a safe technology classroom environment and consider how this supports their development as effective technology teachers. They will build on these understandings through assessment items that link theory and practice in this technology area.


* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 1 (30)
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EPI104. 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

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to competently use hand tools and power tools in a wood-based workshop;
  • be able to undertake risk assessment and put into practice WHS procedures in a wood-based workshop;
  • be able to explain the processes associated with timber technology projects and their relationship to the technology curriculum;
  • be able to safely use the processes of designing and producing to complete a timber-based design project; and
  • be able to plan a project and teaching activities associated with the Industrial Technology syllabus.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Workplace communication and safety
  • Timber as a material, design, society and the environment
  • Hand skills and operating equipment
  • Timber techniques
  • Reading, interpreting and creating plans and specifications
  • Risk management and safety
  • Industrial Technology syllabus and design in timber projects
  • Introduction to teaching in the Industrial Technology workshop

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EPI104 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 %
Residential school projects
Timber project plan

Residential School

This subject contains a 4 day Compulsory Residential School.

The residential school is designed to enable students to develop and demonstrate their ability to safely use a range of woodworking tools and equipment through the completion of practical projects.

Special Resources

The University does not provide specialised resources; instead we use specialised resources in secondary schools, in the form of tools, equipment and workshops. Students are expected to contribute towards consumables for projects they create and keep.

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.