Design & Technology Education MDTechEd

Learning and Teaching in Secondary Technology EDUC4100

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course provides students with an opportunity to extend and deepen their learning across a sector of the technologies curriculum. The course allows students the opportunity to develop both confidence and depth of knowledge within a chosen area of the curriculum, embracing both secondary subject knowledge and signature pedagogies appropriate for use in secondary Design and Technology.


2 hours per week.

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

Entry into year four of the MDTechEd programme following successful completion of courses as outlined in the Programme regulations governing progression.

Excluded Courses






Within any of the option specialism strands there will be assessed learning tasks within the course work and a course project. The assessment design will reflect the area of specialism, for example the course project could involve the production or a computer model, a design prototype or an electronic circuit.

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to support students to extend and deepen their knowledge, understanding and confidence in teaching an identified area of the secondary design and technologies curriculum. The course provides depth in an area of specialisation that will both extend and enhance subject knowledge and related signature pedagogies.


The course will support students to meet the following elements of the Standard for Provisional Registration:


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

2.1.3 Have knowledge and understanding of planning coherent and progressive teaching programmes

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

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

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

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


The course also meets the requirements set out in the Guidelines for Initial Teacher Education in terms of its relation to literacy, numeracy, ICT skills, capacity to be innovative, high levels of self-efficacy, development of appropriate subject content and pedagogic content knowledge. (See Guidelines, p.3 http://www.gtcs.org.uk/web/FILES/about-gtcs/guidelines-for-ite-programmes-in-scotland.pdf .)


The course also aims to develop the following University of Glasgow graduate attributes:  Subject Specialists; Investigative; Independent and Critical Thinkers; Resourceful and Responsible; Confident; Adaptable.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key concepts and processes organised within identified areas of the technologies curriculum;

■ Demonstrate specific skills and the implementation of associated processes within identified areas of the technologies curriculum;

■ Link their learning to the Design and Technology curriculum and associated national qualifications;

■ Demonstrate knowledge of subject-specific (signature) pedagogies;

■ Consider issues in curriculum development and how these relate to teaching and learning in their chosen area;

■ Consider how to support the learning of all pupils, through use of inclusive pedagogies and approaches to content and learning.

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. Attain a grade of D3. Attendance level of 80% or higher.