Graduate Diploma in Design Technologies Education
Help students become creative and responsive designers
Expand your secondary teaching practice to include design and technology. Build your practical engineering skills. Use digital technologies to design products from various materials. Become a teacher who empowers students to solve design challenges.
Australian Higher Education Loan Program (HELP)
- 06 Nov 22
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Upon successful completion, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate declarative and conceptual knowledge of the junior secondary Design and Technologies curriculum. Articulate an informed understanding of the place of Design and Technologies education within contemporary Australian society and the unique professional responsibilities of the Design and Technologies teacher.
- Demonstrate declarative and conceptual subject content knowledge in Technologies and ability to plan, structure and sequence learning programs in junior Design and Technologies including an understanding of assessment principles.
- Demonstrate acquisition of design concepts and principles and how they are ethically applied using appropriate materials, tools, and technologies. Demonstrate the assimilation of concepts, procedural understanding, and practical skills in Technologies.
- Investigate and analyse a complex user-centred design problem and propose a design solution using well-considered design principles and practices. Effectively communicate design solutions, including all aspects of design thinking using a range of communication techniques including the use of computer-aided design software.
- Critically evaluate a range of potential design solutions and plan, safely produce and manage self-directed design projects applying well-developed judgement and specialised knowledge. Able to synthesise, analyse and evaluate a variety of viewpoints of a complex situation and articulate clearly well-reasoned solutions and conclusions in relation to design problems and contexts. Demonstrate the ability to innovatively evaluate and adjust sustainable conduct strategically to fit the discipline context and consider competing demands in relation to design problems and contexts.
- Demonstrate a capacity to extend professional understanding and skills by refining and renewing skills in response to changing contexts, ethical considerations, risk assessments and emerging practices and technologies. Able to innovatively evaluate and adjust ethical conduct strategically to fit the discipline context and recognises the need to act with integrity and consideration of responsibility to society in relation to design problems and contexts.
- These learning outcomes provide students with opportunities to develop the eight Standards for Technological and Engineering Literacy and the Eight ‘Technology and Engineering Practices’ developed by the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) https://www.iteea.org/. The technology and engineering practices are part of the Standards for Technological and Engineering Literacy: The Role of Technology and Engineering in STEM Education (ITEEA, 2020) https://www.iteea.org/stel.aspx.
Registered teachers who successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Design and Technologies Education will be eligible to apply for accreditation to teach design and technologies in secondary education technologies programs through their state-based accreditation authorities and/or relevant state-based Departments of Education.
To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have successfully completed an initial teacher education degree or a bachelor’s degree with a recognised teaching qualification.
While all units are delivered online, practical components are undertaken in a school under the supervision of an accredited technologies teacher (and/or technical staff).
Recognition for prior learning may be available for this course. Contact AskACU for more information
The Graduate Diploma in Design and Technologies Education responds to the need for teachers to be upskilled and ready to inspire students in design and technologies education. Design and technologies education is informed by emerging technologies that impact the world through the way we learn, connect, and interact. This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to ensure your teaching remains at the forefront of design and technology advancements.
The Graduate Diploma in Design and Technologies Education is designed for you to empower your students with the opportunities to explore traditional and computer-aided product design and manufacturing including engineering challenges.
Choosing ACU Online for the Graduate Diploma in Design and Technologies Education enables you to upskill within this teaching speciality, whilst continuing to work anywhere within Australia. Our teach and learn model within this course is flexible and tailored specifically to you. While all units are delivered online, practical components are undertaken in a school under the supervision of an accredited technologies teacher (and/or technical staff).
Recommended Study Pattern
You will be able to study the following subjects (80 credit points) during this course. You must complete 80 credit points to graduate.
- Design Principles
- Design in Timber 1
- Product Design
- Electromechanical Technologies
- Product Design Innovation
- Engineering Technologies
- Design and Technologies Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 1 and 2
To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Design and Technologies Education, a student must complete 80 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings