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 as 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 you will learn 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 you will be taught about are categorized in the following headings:

1. Engineering Sciences and Visual Communication conceptual knowledge – Resistant materials, Electrical and Electronic Systems and Control and, Graphics
2. Technological procedural knowledge
3. Design principles and processes
4. Mathematics
5. Field visits
6. Technology studies

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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.

Applicants in possession of the Diploma in Design Foundation Studies or the Certificate in Foundation Studies in Engineering and ICT awarded by the University of Malta may also be considered.

Applicants considered in terms of paragraph (c) of regulation 6 of the Admissions Regulations must be in possession of those qualifications and/or experience that would satisfy the Faculty Admissions Committee that they have reached the academic standard required to follow the Course with profit. The eligibility of such applicants shall be decided by the University Admissions Board on the recommendation of the Faculty Admissions Committee, following an interview conducted by an interviewing board appointed for the purpose.

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 2021.

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, you will be able to:

• Develop a values-based philosophy for technology education both as a learner, and also as a communicator or facilitator of technological knowledge.
• Draw on transferable conceptual and procedural skills within the domain of technology to solve real-world problems.
• Develop powerful cognitive frameworks which are based on relationships between technological content matter and human interaction with technological products.
• Develop a perspective that design and technology is a major human achievement and therefore is relevant to modern everyday life.
• 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.
• Communicate technological knowledge in a variety of ways and help others become technologically literate, competent, creative and enterprising.

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If you have a flair for design and an initiative for design entrepreneurship and innovation, then the course is the ideal programme of study for you. The course provides a very broad entry into employments that ‘do’ technology, ‘co-ordinate’ technology, or ‘communicate’ technology. It is also relevant if you are interested in pursuing an academic career in the teaching of the curricular subjects of Technical Design and Technology, Graphical Communication or vocational Engineering Technology.
As a graduate in Technical Design and Technology, your liberal study of technology and hands-on skills about the domains of technological design, manufacturing processes, graphical communication, engineering drawing, materials and mechanical structures, will make you employable within sectors that 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.

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.
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 2021/2.

Last Updated: 14 January 2022

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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.