Design & Technology Education MDTechEd

Design & Integrating Technology T3 EDUC4079

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

The aim of this course is to develop and extend students design knowledge, understanding and skills gained through the first and second year courses in design. The course also seeks to engage students in problem solving that requires integration of technological knowledge, skills and processes.


15 weeks 3 hours per week (1 lecture 2 design workshop).

Excluded Courses





Students will produce a number of designs in response to a range of problem briefs. Students will also be required to integrate a range of knowledge drawn from engineering, science and technology in developing solutions, models and prototypes.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to develop students' knowledge, understanding and skills in the practice of design. In addition students will be required to draw upon and integrate technological knowledge, skills and processes in the generation of solutions to contextualised problems.


This course supports the achievement of Standard for Initial Teacher Education elements: 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.1.3, 2.1.4, 2.4.1


In addition, student will be supported to develop knowledge and understanding to enable them to meet the following elements of the Standard for Provisional Registration:


1 Professional values and personal commitment, specifically:

- Embracing locally and globally the educational and social values of sustainability, equality and justice and recognising the rights and responsibilities of future as well as current generations.

- Valuing as well as respecting social, cultural and ecological diversity and promoting the principles and practices of local and global citizenship for all learners.

- 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.


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

3.1.1 Plan coherent, progressive and stimulating teaching programmes which match learners' needs and abilities

3.1.2 Communicate effectively and interact productively with learners, individually and collectively.


The course will also develop the following graduate attributes: Subject Specialists; Investigative; Independent and Critical Thinkers; Resourceful and Responsible; Effective Communicators; Confident; Adaptable.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


1) Recognise and analyse a design problem or need and undertake design analysis and research to respond appropriately to the design problem/need.

2) Evaluate proposed responses to the design problem or need critically and constructively.

3) Demonstrate insight into how factors such as materials, manufacturing process, technology, sustainability and cost influence design.

4) Demonstrate the ways in which economic considerations as well as ecological, safety and social implications influence the design process.

5) Write a design brief, product design specification and report investigation.

6) Develop a systematic approach to analysis and problem solving.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment. 80% attendance rule applies. Students must achieve a minimum of D3.