Course Title: Use technology for a range of purposes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: GEDU6085

Course Title: Use technology for a range of purposes

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C1075 - Certificate I in Transition Education

Course Contact: Renee Costa

Course Contact Phone: 9925 0886

Course Contact Email:

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Nominal Hours: 150

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

In this unit you will develop the skills and knowledge required to use technology for everyday purposes. It focuses on helping participants to clarify the use of technology and use it to meet individual needs.

This unit contains employability skills. This unit applies to learners with intellectual disabilities. Learners at this level will require high levels of teacher/mentor support.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21781 Use technology for a range of purposes


1.Investigate a range of available technology

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify technology used in the home

1.2 Identify technology used in the community

1.3 Identify technology used for learning

1.4 Identify the purpose of technology

1.5 Identify sources of support when using technology



2. Apply technology for personal purposes

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Investigate specific technology for personal purposes

2.2 Identify safety issues and risks related to using the technology

2.3 Use the technology according to operating instructions



3. Apply technology for learning purposes

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Investigate specific technology for learning purposes

3.2 Identify safety issues related to using technology

3.3 use technology according to operating instructions



4. Use social media responsibly

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify various social media forums

4.2 Identify safety issues and risks related to social media

4.3 Engage in social media interaction following procedures and protocols

4.4 Identify issues related to cyber bullying

4.5 Identify measures to reduce the risk of cyber bullying

4.6 Identify the costs of using technology


Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements.


Details of Learning Activities

 Examples of learning activities

  • class exercises to review discussions
  • practical demonstrations
  • activities or projects
  • group projects
  • peer learning
  • guest presentation
  • peer teaching and class presentations
  • group discussion
  • research
  • independent project based work
  • group activities


Teaching Schedule






Performance criteria

Assessment activity

Week 1:




What is technology?


Identify technology at home

Introduction and ice Breaker activities Introduction to what the class is about, assessments and types of activities. Class discussions on ‘what is technology’ ?, identification of technology and its contributions

Icebreaker activities- paper, pencils


Week 2


Technology for learning

Discussion on how/which technology we can use for learning. Student activity – solving learning problems through technology. A visit to Swanston Library for a tour and discussion with librarian as well as interaction with an IT support person

Student phones


Library visit and tour work


RMIT IT support person



Week 3


Technology for learning (cont)

A visit to the state library for a small learning project and tour.

Discussion’s on learning technologies for student cohort who will benefit from technological support

State Library Tour



Week 4


Technology in the community

Introduction to technology in the community and its use in public places.

Out of class activity: Students go to Melbourne Central and identify technology used in retail, information, cinema etc.

Paper, pens for group



Week 5


Troubleshooting technology problems

Discussion’s on how and where to find support for technological problems and strategies to find this support.

Group activities in class how to problem solve with mobile phones, laptop, household technology etc.

Computer for research


Youtube for teacher demonstration



Week 6


Assessment activity

Students work on Assessment task one on one in class with teacher support.



Assessment task 1: Questionnaire (written/oral)

Week 7


Introducing social media

What is social media and how do we use it?

Group discussion on our use for social media.

A look at and demonstration of different social media forums

Paper, pens, examples of social media



Week 8


Using social media

Discussion on the risks of using social media. A look at different protocols for different forums.

A research activity on forums and discussion on the findings

Paper, pens, worksheet



Week 9


Being safe using social media

How passwords work and how to maintain a safe use of social media. Information session from IT support staff to discuss safety on social media

IT support staff for speaker



Week 10



What is cyber-bullying? A discussion on experience and stories amoungst the group.

Discussion on how to report cyber-bullying, discontinue contact and protocols for reporting.




Week 11


Cyber-bullying (cont)

A guest speaker about cyber-bullying. Roleplay activity

Guest speaker




Week 12


Cyber-bullying (cont)

Assessment activity- role play on cyber-bullying



Assessment 2: Role play and Short answer questions

Week 13


Costs of Technology

A discussion on the costs of technology. A budget worksheer looking at students individual technological costs. Eg. Data plans, phone contracts, purchasing goods etc.




Week 14


Costs of technology (cont)

Looking at budget worksheet and graphing results




Week 15


Costs of technology (cont)

A look at for information on budgeting.

Assessment task 3



Assessment task 3: Written activity

Semester 2

Week 16

Costs of Technology

Group activity to investigate mobile phone contracts and costs. Role play in class as well as out of class activity to investigate these costs.

Out of class activity to Melbourne Central to visit Telco providers







Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment




Assessment Type

Assessment Task 1


Assessment Task 2

Role play with short answer questions

Assessment Task 3

Written activity





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Assessment Tasks



Assessment Type

Assessment Task 1

Questionnaire on technology used in the community and trouble shooting technological problems

Assessment Task 2

Role play on cyber bullying and how to deal with it, and short answer questions on the topic

Assessment Task 3

Research  activity on the costs of the technology you may want to use, and a budget to plan your your personal use of technology





Assessment Matrix

Students will be given an assessment marking guide for reference at the time that the assessment tasks are distributed and verbal feedback if required

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