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COURSE TITLE Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Technical Design and Technology








B.Sc. (Hons) TDT(Melit.)

First Cycle

Level 6

3 Years



Sarah Pule'

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.
LEARNING OUTCOMES 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.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY 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.
COURSE INTENDED FOR 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.
MOBILITY PERIOD 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.
To be registered as regular students in the Course, applicants shall, apart from satisfying the general requirements for admission as specified in the Admission Regulations, be in possession of the following special course requirements:

(a) a pass at Advanced Level at grade C or better in Engineering Drawing or in Graphical Communication, a pass at Intermediate Level at Grade C or better in Physics, and a pass at Advanced Level at grade C or better in any other subject or

(b) a pass at Advanced Level at grade C or better in Physics, a pass at Intermediate Level at grade C or better in Engineering Drawing and Graphical Communication, and a pass at Advanced Level at grade C or better in any other subject or

(c) (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 of the Institute of Engineering and Transport related to either Electrical and Electronics Engineering or Mechanical Engineering and

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

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.

The number of students shall be limited to 15 students.

When the number of applicants that may be admitted to the Course is limited, and the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of places available, applicants shall be selected according to the following criteria, the weighting of which shall be published at the time of the call for applications:

(a) academic qualifications
(b) experience in the field of Technical Design and Technology and
(c) performance during an interview.

When more than ten places are available, the Interviewing Board shall interview a number of applicants that is 25% more than the number of available places. Further groups of applicants as decided by the interviewing board shall only be interviewed if all the places have not been filled.

The interviewing board appointed by the Board for the purpose, shall be composed of at least 3 members from the Department of Technology and Entrepreneurship Education.

The University Admissions Board, after seeking the advice of the Faculty Admissions Committee, shall first consider eligible applicants whose qualifications were obtained in the Matriculation Certificate Examination or from another examining board, if the Faculty Admissions Committee is satisfied that the qualifications presented are comparable in content and equivalent in standard to the Matriculation Certificate Examination in the same subject/s. For the purpose of selection, applicants whose qualifications and the special course requirements as stipulated in bye-law 3 of the bye-laws for the Course, were obtained by 31 August preceding the commencement of the Course shall be considered first. If vacant places are still available, applicants who obtain all necessary qualifications and fulfil all special course requirements as stipulated in bye-law 3 of the bye-laws for the Course after the 31 August and before the 30 September shall be considered to take up the remaining places.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2017.

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



Last Updated: 28 October 2017
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