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TGNO 521: TECHNOLOGY

TUTORIAL NOTES: 2017 FOR STUDENT TEACHERS

LECTURER : Mr A Combrinck

Tel: 018 299 4322 (TuesThurs 10:0015:00 only)


NB Please note that lecturers have to teach classes on campus and attend conferences
and meetings, and I might therefore not be in office. Kindly leave a clear voice message
and I will return your call as soon as possible.
E-mail: arno.combrinck@nwu.ac.za
Inquiries via e-mail will be answered within 24 hours, unless I have no Internet access.

NB Only contact me if you have academic queries concerning the content of the
module.

For queries about registration, study material, results and time tables you should contact
the call centre (018 2855900) as I will NOT be able to assist with these kind of queries.

If you want to visit me, please schedule an appointment, otherwise you could drive all
the way and might not be able to see me.

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL STUDENTS ENROLLED WITH NWU

According to regulations stipulated by the Department of Education, no


qualification may be completed in a shorter period of time than the minimum
period determined for that specific qualification. The NWU has included this in
the rules to be applied for all qualifications. Consequently the Faculty of
Education Science, including the SCTE, may not award any certificate, diploma
or degree unless this stipulated time has elapsed. We therefore advise students
not to attempt to complete studies within a shorter period than the time specified
for that particular qualification. The NWU can not bestow your qualification
before the entire minimum period has elapsed.

Please Note that students may contact lecturers with any queries or uncertainties
regarding academic matters. Lecturers can provide academic support to students
via e-mail, telephonically or through personal appointment AS WELL AS the
Facebook page for Technology Education students. (go to Like Pages: Search
for, people, places and things: NWU Technology for Education Distance
Learning or web address: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Technology-for-
Education-Distance-Learning/1466262973623330). This Facebook page serves
as a social network page where students can ask questions. By liking this page
you are part of a Community of Inquiry and it is expected of you as community
member to help each other in terms of academic content of modules. If you post

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a question on this page, please make sure that you stipulate the module code
clearly. Please remember that it is imperative to make an appointment if you
need to meet with a lecturer in person, as lecturers are often out of office due to
meetings or teaching responsibilities. Valuable time could be lost where students
travel to see a lecturer who is not available at that specific time.

1. To access all recorded IWB presentations:


http://distance.nwu.ac.za/content/open-distance-learning-resources
2. To access tutorial notes, old exam papers and exam infos:
www.olgdownloads.co.za

3. Call Centre Contact Numbers:


OLG: 011 670 4850 UODL: 018 285 5900

CURRICULUM AND POLICY STATEMENT

We are aware of the fact that some schools will already have switched to the
CAPS document. Some of the study material has been changed, but if any
reference is made, in the study guide or in the assignment, to outdated terms,
you may change them to those appropriate to the latest CAPS. Your
interpretation and application will be accepted.

STUDY MATERIAL:

The study guide


Technology Policy documents for Intermediate and Senior phase available at:
http://education.pwv.gov.za

WELCOME TO THIS MODULE

We welcome you as student in the second module of Technology for PGCE


students, namely TGNO 521.
In this module, we will build on the knowledge that you have already acquired. In
TGNO 511 we emphasised the Technological Process. In TGNO 521 you are
going to use the Technological Process to solve an actual practical problem in
our modern-day society.

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RATIONALE

Technology education aims to develop the following:


the ability to solve technology problems through investigation, development,
evaluation and communication;
a fundamental understanding of and the ability to apply technological
knowledge, skills and values both as an individual and as a member of a
team in a variety of contexts;
a critical understanding of the integrated relationship between technology,
society, economy and the environment (Department of Education, 1997:
TECH-3).
In addition to the above, the module also has as object to:
help to make teachers technologically literate; and
to create appreciation for the role of Technology Education in order to
cultivate in our countrys youth an attitude of being innovative and of solving
problems.

MODULE PLAN

The course is divided into 8 study units and each unit represents approximately
one week of study.

In Study Unit 1, a situation is described to you. You are required to identify the
problems and needs in the situation.
In Study Units 2 to 7 you are equipped with knowledge and skills regarding
structures, mechanical, electronic, biological, pneumatic and hydraulic systems
and processing that you may need to enable you to present a meaningful and
technologically fairly advanced solution.

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THE STUDY GUIDE

It is important that you do the individual activities in every Study Unit (refer
to the Study Guide). The activities are good examples of possible
examination questions.
Refer to the action words in the Study Guide. These words must be
interpreted correctly in the assignment and the examination.
You must study the content in the Study Guide before you do the
assignment.

ASSIGNMENT:

Guidelines regarding assignment


Please attach the rubric in this assignment.
Complete the assignment individually and hand in according to the time
schedule. If students work in a group, each student must still do their own
assignment and an assignment cannot be an exact copy of another
students assignment.
Please do not copy directly from the Manual use your own words.
You may not use products or information drawn directly from the Internet.
It WILL NOT BE MARKED. You may use information from the Internet, but
you must do your own project and present the assignment in your OWN
words.
Please complete the assignment in the format provided in the portfolio
attached to the letter.
Students must write on one side of a page to make marking easier.
Staple each separate assignment on left top corner.
Questions and sub-sections must be clearly numbered, e.g. 1(d).
Pages must be numbered.
All assignments must be handed in before the due dates as indicated
in the information booklet. Consult the information booklet for the
due date of this assignment.
Proof read your assignment before you hand it in.
No photocopied assignments must be submitted. Please submit the
original copy. It is always good practice to make a copy of your
assignment for yourself before you submit it.

Requirements: Your assignment must have a cover page on which the following
appears:
Your name and surname
Your student number
The module code
Supply the assignment with a suitable title and introduction.

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Hand it in, in typed form, in font size 12 and 15 line spacing and not more than 8
pages, including sketches/drawings.

PROBLEM SOLVING ASSIGNMENT: The Technological Process:


A Practical application

In this assignment you are required to use your knowledge and skills concerning:
structures,
mechanical systems;
hydraulic and pneumatic systems;
electronic and electrical systems;
processing; and
biological systems.

Refer to one of the above knowledge areas in Technology Education and identify
a problem. You must solve this problem by designing and making a
prototype.
You are required to present the process and product in the form of a project
portfolio. The project portfolio must:

contain photographs that have been taken before, during, and after the
completion of your model;
be organised in accordance with all the steps in the technological process;
and
be accompanied by a model (prototype) and / or photographs thereof,
pay attention to the Knowledge and Environment & Society outcomes that
must be integrated/ applied in the appropriate places of the Technological
Process.

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The following criteria will be used for assessing your portfolio:

MARKING RUBRIC 2015 Mark Level of


Please attach marking rubric to the performance
assignment
Criteria:
Problems, needs and wants are identified and 10
explained.
A range of possible and relevant solutions is 10
considered.
An informed choice is made. 10

A design is developed following all the steps 30

The solution is realised according to the design. 10

The realised solution is evaluated 10

The process is recorded and communicated. 20

TOTAL 100

EXAMINATIONS

Duration : 2 Hours
Marks : 100

Detailed information on the examination will be provided in the Examination


tutorial notes.
This examination information will only be a guideline: students must study the
content of the module in accordance with the outcomes.
Examination questions are not only aimed at assessing factual knowledge
of the content of the module, but also the ability to apply the knowledge in
practical situations.
Make sure that you know the outcomes and exercises of each unit, as
most of the examination questions will come from the exercises and
outcomes.
Make sure that you know the meaning of the action verbs in the study
guide, to know what is expected from you when answering examination
questions.

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CONTACT SESSIONS

Attendance of contact sessions is of vital importance to ensure success with your


studies. It provides the opportunity for students to discuss any problems they
might encounter with the assignment or the content of the module. It furthermore
serves as a platform to engage in discussions with the facilitator and other
students regarding the assignment, examination and other relevant issues in
relation to the module. Students must come prepared to contact sessions to
ensure effective support from the facilitator.

Thank you and good luck for your studies.


Do not hesitate to contact the facilitator or your lecturer if you need any
assistance with this module.

Mr A Combrinck.

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