Design & Technology Education MDTechEd

BTechEd: Joint Project Honours EDUC4065P

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 40
  • Level: Level 4 (BDS, BVMS, MBChB)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course enables students to conduct a practitioner enquiry within Design and Technology Education relevant to their professional development and to pupil learning.


4 on-hour sessions and ongoing supervision.

Excluded Courses





Assessment work will be based on a dissertation project.

Course Aims

This course aims to provide students with research knowledge and skills to explore an area of Design and Technology Education relevant to their professional development and to pupil learning.


This course supports students to develop the knowledge required to meet the following elements of the Standard for Provisional Registration:


1 Professional values and personal commitment, specifically: Demonstrating a commitment to engaging learners in real world issues to enhance learning experiences and outcomes, and to encourage learning our way to a better future; Demonstrating a commitment to motivating and inspiring learners, acknowledging their social and economic context, individuality and specific learning needs and taking into consideration barriers to learning.

2.1.1 Have knowledge and understanding of the nature of the curriculum and its development

2.1.2 Have knowledge and understanding of the relevant area(s) of pre-school, primary or secondary curriculum

2.1.4 Have knowledge and understanding of contexts for learning to fulfil their responsibilities in literacy, numeracy, health and wellbeing and interdisciplinary learning

2.2.1 Have knowledge and understanding of the principal features of the education system, educational policy and practice

2.2.2 Have knowledge and understanding of the schools and learning communities in which they teach and their own professional responsibilities within them

2.3.1 Have knowledge and understanding of relevant educational principles and pedagogical theories to inform professional practices

2.3.2 Have knowledge and understanding of the importance of research and engagement in professional enquiry

3.1.3 Employ a range of teaching strategies and resources to meet the needs and abilities of learners

3.1.4 Have high expectations of all learners

3.4.1 Read and critically engage with professional literature, educational research and policy

3.4.2 Engage in reflective practice to develop and advance career long professional learning and expertise.


The course will also develop the following graduate attributes: Subject Specialists; Investigative; Resourceful and Responsible; Confident; Adaptable; Reflective learners.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


1. Develop research questions appropriate to the exploration of their chosen area of investigation.

2. Design an appropriate research strategy to gather evidence to respond to the research questions.

3. Conduct a Practitioner Enquiry to support their knowledge and understanding of the area of enquiry within education.

4. Analyse evidence in a rigorous manner supported by appropriate research methodologies.

5. Write a report that presents the research in logical and critical manner.

6. Reflect on their project findings and state how their research will support them to take an evidence-based approach to teaching and learning in their subject area.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must complete all elements of the summative assessment. Students must attain a D3 overall grade.