EDF5146 - Digital technologies in the secondary years B - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Chief examiner(s)

Michael Phillips


Michael Phillips

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)




Enrolment in D3001 BEd(Hons), D3002 to D3009 BEd(Hons)(Secondary doubles), D6001 MTeach




This unit is part B of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with part A (EDF5145).


This unit builds on EDF5145 (Digital technologies in the secondary years A). It provides students with opportunities to continue developing their advanced knowledge and skills relevant to teaching about, with and through digital technologies but with a particular emphasis on senior levels in secondary schooling. This includes: the use of technologies to represent understandings, conceptualise and manage ideas, to create and communicate, to engage critically with the impacts of technology on society and education and to develop an understanding of the relationship between the digital technologies curriculum content and pedagogy. The unit also considers how we can sustain professional learning and the role of the digital technologies teacher more broadly in the school and in shaping policy.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. understand education policy, theories, research principles and methods and use these to plan, resource, teach and assess digital technology lessons particularly in the senior levels at school
  2. understand and implement relevant curriculum and pedagogy for learners in the post-compulsory Australian (Years 11 and 12) context and apply their knowledge of curriculum and pedagogy in the development of units of work appropriate for digital technology classes
  3. develop ways in which digital technology can support teaching and learning across the school curriculum, including engagement with parents/carers and the wider school community
  4. develop strategies to identify and meet ongoing professional learning needs
  5. engage with professional networks and participate in conversations and debates pertinent to digital technology education
  6. understand the instrumental role digital technology teachers can take in schools including professional learning of colleagues, management of technical services and strategic planning.


Unit of work for secondary school students with critical analysis (2000 words or equivalent, 50%)

Sustainable system of engaging critically with resources, policy and networks for teaching and professional engagement (2000 words or equivalent, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • 2-3 contact hours per week
  2. Additional requirements
    • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

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