EDF5145 - Digital technologies in the secondary years A - 2019

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


Roland Gesthuizen

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


Minor in computer studies or information technology


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




This unit is part A of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with part B (EDF5146)


This unit enables students to understand the scope of digital technologies in secondary school (Years 7 to 12). It provides students with opportunities to develop advanced knowledge and skills relevant to teaching about, with and through digital technologies with a particular emphasis on the junior levels in secondary schools. This includes the use of digital systems 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 digital technologies curriculum content and pedagogy.


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

  1. understand the scope of the digital technologies curriculum across secondary school levels
  2. plan, resource, teach and assess digital technology lessons that reflect an understanding of education policy, theories, research principles and methods particularly in the junior levels at school
  3. develop units of work that include differentiated and inclusive approaches that reflect relevant curriculum and pedagogy for learners in Australian and international contexts with a particular focus on Years 7 to 10
  4. recognise the centrality of literacy and numeracy for effective use of digital technology
  5. identify current ideas about how students learn and some implications for their digital technology classes
  6. work independently and collaboratively integrating digital technology to enhance learning in classes which reflect digital technology as both a separate discipline and as part of an integrated curriculum
  7. identify professional learning needs through critical reflection of practicum experiences
  8. critically engage with issues and debates surrounding digital technology in education, including health, equity, ethical and legal implications.


Unit of work for secondary school students with critical analysis (2600 words or equivalent, 60%)

Professional learning journal (1400 words or equivalent, 40%)

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

See also Unit timetable information

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

For D3001:

Primary and secondary education

Primary and secondary inclusive education

Secondary education

Secondary health and physical education

For D6001:

Primary and secondary education

Secondary education