Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Technical Design and Technology

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Technical Design and Technology

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Course title Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Technical Design and Technology
Course code UBSCHTDTFT
Postnominal B.Sc. (Hons) TDT(Melit.)
Level of qualification First Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 6
Duration 3 Years
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 180
Coordinator Sarah Pule
Delivered by Faculty of Education
This programme is true to the nature of technology because although it relates significantly with areas such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art to name but a few, it also creates new combinations and boundaries of such technologically related domains. Within this course there are study-units that are intended to enable technological capability that is to 'do' technology as opposed to just learning about it. However, there are other study-units which are then targeted towards developing a reflective perspective on technology and its interaction with the human being, that is, how technology may be used or misused, learnt and taught.

The components making up this course can be categorized under the following headings:

1. Engineering Sciences and Visual Communication conceptual knowledge – Resistant materials, Electrical and Electronic Systems and Control and, Graphics
This category provides the main space and time for developing knowledge about manufacturing processes, processes that control a technological function, and processes that are highly dependent on competency in a visual language rather than only a verbal or symbolic one.

2. Technological procedural knowledge (laboratory/workshop practice)
This category provides the time and resources to support the engineering sciences mentioned in point 1. This category, together with the design category in point 3, provides the main channel for "doing technology".

3. Design principles and processes (conceptual and procedural knowledge)
This category provides the main space for developing designerly ways of knowing and doing. It is one cross-curricular theme which will link most of the work done under categories mentioned in points 1 and 2.

4. Mathematics
This is another cross curricular theme which will link most of the work done under categories mentioned in points 1, 2 and 3.

5. Field visits
This category provides the space and time for industrial experiences or participation in community experiences which involve technology education, for example a yearly Design and Technology Expo for schools, a robotics competition, a roaming technology popularization team etc.

6. Technology studies
This provides the main space for reflective thought about technology and its possible social, political, cultural, environmental impact and how such issues may be permeated within a curriculum for school students, for the general public or other target audiences.

The content of the course is based on the National Minimum Curriculum subjects of Design and Technology, Graphical Communication and vocational Engineering Technology.

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To be registered as regular students in the Course, applicants shall, apart from satisfying the general requirements for admission as specified in the Admissions Regulations, be in possession of the following special course requirements:

(a) a pass at Advanced Level at grade C or better in any subject or

(b) (i) five passes at grade 5 or better in the Secondary Education Certificate Examination, including English Language and Maltese, together with the Advanced Technicians Diploma of the City and Guilds of London Institute, or the MCAST-BTEC Higher National Diploma in Electrical Engineering Level 5, or the MCAST-BTEC Higher National Diploma in Electronic Engineering Level 5, or the MCAST-BTEC Higher National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering Level 5, or a qualification considered equivalent by the University Admissions Board on the recommendation of the Board or

(ii) five passes at grade 5 or better in the Secondary Education Certificate Examination, including English Language and Maltese, together with an MCAST Advanced Diploma Level 4 awarded by one of the following Institutes: (a) Institute of Engineering and Transport, (b) Institute for the Creative Arts, (c) Institute of Information and Communication Technology, (d) Institute of Applied Sciences and

(c) a certificate showing a pass in the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) Standard Certificate, or equivalent.

Applicants with other qualifications considered to be sufficient may be exempted by the University Admissions Board, on the advice of the Faculty Admissions Committee, from the whole or part of these special course requirements.

Applicants who possess an Advanced Level at grade D in any subject as specified in paragraph (a) may be admitted to the Course under those conditions as the Board may impose. If, by the end of the first year, such students do not successfully complete all the requirements to progress regularly to the second year of the Course, they shall be required to withdraw from the Course, and shall neither be entitled to repeat the year nor to progress conditionally as normally permitted under the Principal Regulations.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2020.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: No fees apply

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Fee per academic year: Eur 8,500
By the end of the course, the student will be able to:

1. Develop a values-based philosophy for technology education both as a learner, and also as a communicator or facilitator of technological knowledge.

2. Give a wide perspective of the definition of technological knowledge by integrating multiple disciplines of technological conceptual and procedural knowledge.

3. Draw on transferable conceptual and procedural skills within the domain of technology to solve real-world problems.

4. Develop powerful cognitive frameworks which are based on relationships between technological content matter and human interaction with technological products.

5. Develop a perspective that design and technology is a major human achievement and therefore is relevant to modern everyday life.

6. Evaluate the impact of technology on society from different perspectives, for example, environmental, economic, cultural, emotional, social, technical, aesthetic etc and participate in discourses about technological issues as an informed citizen in a democratic society.

7. Communicate technological knowledge in a variety of ways and help others become technologically literate, competent, creative and enterprising.

8. Act as an ambassador for technological knowledge and its related professions.
This course is intended for students who have a flair for design and an initiative for design entrepreneurship and innovation. The course provides a very broad entry into employments that ‘do’ technology, ‘co-ordinate’ technology, or ‘communicate’ technology. It is especially relevant for students who wish to become teachers of the curricular subjects of Technical Design and Technology, Graphical Communication or vocational Engineering Technology.
The concept behind this undergraduate degree in Technical Design and Technology is the liberal study of technology and the flexibility of employment. Within this degree, the learner develops foundation knowledge and hands-on skills about the domains of technological design and manufacturing processes, graphical communication, engineering drawing, electrical and electronic circuits, materials, mechanical structures and mechanisms. The degree offers opportunity to view technological products as user-centred and discusses the development of values related to technology and its uses by modern society. Apart from encouraging enterprising job initiatives, this degree is the ideal springboard for employment within professions that communicate technology such as the Masters in Teaching and Learning postgraduate degree in Education.

Sectors of employment include: entrepreneurship and self-employment, design, education, product design industry, research including educational research, public relations, graphic design industry, manufacturing industry, furniture industry, building services, government agencies, industry representatives, corporate communications, advertising, media, administration, management, business and marketing.
Students who wish to participate in an ERASMUS exchange are encouraged to do so during the second semester of the second year of the course.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.

Last Updated: 30 September 2020

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The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.