Design & Technology Education MDTechEd

Technology, Engineering and Society EDUC4101

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • 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
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Students in the early phase of study to become teachers of technological subjects are required by the GTCS to undertake an industrial experience placement as part of their programme of study. This course builds in an industrial placement, but also discusses the ways in which technology and engineering intersect with society, both locally and globally.


Ten one hour teaching sessions (5xlecture; 5xseminar) and placement in industry, commercial or third sector enterprise.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Students will complete a 3,000 word report on their industrial placement. The terms of reference for the report will reflect the taught content course. 

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 provide experience in an industrial or commercial context together with an opportunity to observe forms of technology and technological systems. The course also seeks to help students engage with the meanings associated with technology and to encourage critical thought on technology and its relation to society.


The course supports students to meet the following areas of the Standard for Provisional Registration:


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

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

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.

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


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

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Analyse a commercial, industrial or service context with attention to the form and role of technology.

■ Discuss concepts and frameworks from the philosophy of technology and its relation to society.

■ Critically discuss the relationship between technology and work.

■ Identify and critically evaluate key the benefits and disadvantages of technological development.

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.