EDCU20042 - Teaching Technologies and The Arts

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will be introduced to curriculum frameworks and a range of pedagogical and assessment approaches for teaching and using Technologies and The Arts in primary school learning environments. Through investigation of the five areas of the Australian Curriculum: The Arts, namely, Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music and Visual Arts, you will gain personal and practical experience in using the different symbol systems and ways of understanding and representing the world that The Arts provide and build your understanding of how arts practice relates to the formation and expression of social values, beliefs and identity. Through exploration of the two areas of Australian Curriculum: Technologies, you will be introduced to the nature of learning in Design and Technologies where you will use design thinking and technologies to generate and produce designed solutions for authentic needs and opportunities, as well as Digital Technologies where you will use computational thinking and information systems to define, design and implement digital solutions. The unit will equip you with dispositions for valuing the use of Technologies and The Arts for effective teaching and learning and with a working knowledge of some fundamental tools that can be applied across curriculum learning areas. You will also explore a range of tools that enhance and promote effective engagement through problem-solving, creative thinking and collaboration.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2023

Term 1 - 2024 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Group Work 50%
2. Portfolio 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 91.67% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 24.49% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: evaluation
Forum responses in a timely manner.
Ensure that all forum postings are responded to in a timely manner.
Action Taken
All forums were responded to in a timely manner.
Source: Evaluation
Engaging assessment tasks
Maintain assessment tasks
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Create plans and resources for learning in and through The Arts using the processes of making, presenting and responding to artworks
  2. Justify the selection of resources and strategies for making and responding to artworks through reference to the rationale and intent underpinning Arts education
  3. Critically reflect upon the positive contribution of The Arts in education and to participation in contemporary society
  4. Create plans and resources for learning in and through Design Technology through the creation and evaluation of designed solutions using the technology design process
  5. Justify the selection of authentic learning challenges to develop computational thinking, and to use and develop information systems confidently, ethically and safely
  6. Develop and present strategies and materials to develop systems thinking in Design and Digital Technology in order to predict and shape preferred futures.

Successful completion of this unit provides opportunities for students to demonstrate the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers focus areas of:

1.2 Understand how students learn

1.6 Strategies to support full participation of students with disability

2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area

2.6 Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

3.1 Establish challenging learning goals

3.2 Plan, structure and sequence learning programs

3.4 Select and use resources

3.6 Evaluate and improve teaching programs

4.1 Support student participation

5.1 Assess student learning

6.4 Apply professional learning and improve student learning

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Group Work
2 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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