EPI204 Mandatory Technology Contexts: Computational, Design, and Systems Thinking (8)

This subject engages students in the discipline knowledge and understandings of the four technology context areas of the stage 4 NESA (2017) Technology Mandatory course, as well as requisite skills in computational, design, and systems thinking through application in practical and theoretical contexts. This not only forms part of teacher education students' preparation to teach Technology Mandatory, it also contributes to developing knowledge and skills required to teach stage 5 and 6 Design and Technology.
An important aspect of this subject is students' learning through instruction and application in practical projects how to select and safely use materials, ingredients, equipment, and tools in the four technologies contexts, and how and where the three types of thinking apply and may be taught within these contexts. Knowledge and skills gained in this subject will be extended upon in subsequent design and discipline specific studies, as well as professional placements.


* 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: EPI204. 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

Not available to students who have completed subject EPI105.

Subject Relationships

EPI105 is replaced by EPI204

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain project-based learning and its application in teaching Technology Mandatory;
  • be able to select and safely use materials, ingredients, equipment and tools in a range of technology contexts;
  • be able to competently complete projects from each of the technologies contexts;
  • be able to develop projects that address the requirements of the Technology Mandatory syllabus for each of the technologies contexts, including the incorporation of computational, design, and systems thinking to facilitate learning of these skills; and
  • be able to assess risk, and develop and document appropriate project processes in a safe work method statement.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Technology Mandatory curriculum
  • Project-based learning and the place of design
  • Role of portfolios in technology education
  • Managing technologies projects
  • Agriculture and food technologies
  • Digital technologies
  • Engineered systems
  • Material technologies
  • Computational, design, and systems thinking
  • Materials, ingredients, tools and equipment selection and use
  • Working safely in technology class environments

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EPI204 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
Project portfolio
Scope and sequence plan, unit of work, and essay

Residential School

This subject contains a 5 day Compulsory Residential School.

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

Special Resources

The University does not provide specialised resources. Instead, for the subject's residential school, we use the specialised resources provided by a secondary school in the form of tools, equipment, kitchens and workshops. Students either provide or pay for the materials for projects that they create and keep. Students are required to travel to Wagga Wagga for the residential school.

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.