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Unit Overview


In this unit, pre-service teachers learn how to use computational, system and design thinking to teach children to become resourceful, innovative and enterprising creators of sustainable and ethical solutions. Pre-service teachers will explore how children's understandings of technology, sustainability and entrepreneurship combine to support them to grow their design skills and cross-curricula competences, along with an ability to reflect on technology's role critically in their own lives as well as in society. They will also engage with simple coding and robotics, design and digital technology (such as 3-D printing) to build products, and will investigate, generate and critique their own innovative and ethically designed solution to a real-life problem. Pre-service teachers will explore the complexities of social sustainability and how to support child designers through project-based learning (PBL) to develop resilience, basic marketing skills, and confidence to create, present and evaluate business ideas for sustainable innovations to an audience.

6 points
AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2023UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) discuss computational thinking strategies and how these can be incorporated and applied in a primary classroom context to create digital solutions; (2) develop a computational thinking assessment task and an assessment plan for Digital Technologies for a band or year level; (3) review an assessment task(s) and engage in professional moderation dialogue with peers to develop consistent teacher judgements; (4) evaluate factors that affect the preparedness of a school to implement the Digital Technologies curriculum; and (5) develop an action plan and rationale to facilitate school-wide implementation of the Digital Technologies curriculum.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) essay; (2) assessment design and moderation task; and (3) digital presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit rules
Enrolment in
BH020 Bachelor of Education (Primary) (Honours)
Contact hours
30 hours
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.