Technology Scholarship is designed to equip students with advanced critical thinking and problem-solving skills using the design process. The course will focus on the synthesis, integration, justification, and critical reflection of ideas, emphasising evidence-based decision-making. Students will be examining real-world issues through their projects and will work collaboratively with stakeholders to generate innovative solutions using a design thinking approach. They will learn how to use research, prototyping, and user testing to validate their ideas and will develop skills in justifying their design decisions based on rigorous analysis and critical reflection. By the end of the course, students will have developed practical skills and gained experience in applying the design process to tackle complex problems within their chosen Technology field.
Format of the assessment
The assessment will be in the form of a reflective report based on experiences in developing a technological outcome(s). A report is an organised collection of evidence that clearly communicates the candidate's knowledge, understanding, and skills relevant to the Technology Scholarship standard.
A report must be clear and contain easily accessible evidence of the candidate's outcome. It may include a combination of:
- clear photographs
- brief videos to communicate development and functionality of technological outcomes
- graphical, audio, video, and / or digital media to enhance or illustrate aspects of the candidate's experiences shown in the report (note: audio / visual appendices should not repeat material in the report and are included in the page count).
Requirements of a report
- Length: maximum 60 A4 pages.
- Typeface: 12pt Arial (or similar).
- Margins: 2.5cm (top, bottom, left, and right).
Where ITC outcomes include websites, databases, apps, games, etc., these will not be accessed by the marker. Dynamic aspects should, therefore, be communicated in the report using screen-capture techniques and/or video evidence.
Where candidates have been involved in a group project, they must explicitly declare their individual role within the project, and report on their own work only. Where this is not clear, the marker may not see the evidence as belonging to the candidate.
Candidates should NOT shrink pages to include evidence that exceeds 60 A4 pages.
Technological experiences include:
- undertaking technological practice to develop a technological outcome(s) that is justified as fit for purpose in the broadest sense and shows elements of elegance and / or originality
- demonstrating understanding of concepts underpinning technological knowledge
- demonstrating understanding of the nature of technology.
Recommended Prior Learning
A passion for your specific Technological area and an ability to reflect on your research would be beneficial to candidates.
Course Material Costs
No additional costs
Courses will only run based on minimum entries
Selecting a course does not guarantee entry into this course
You may apply for an exemption if you do not meet the prerequisites of a course or if the course requires this for entry
Standards offered can be altered at the discretion of the HOF or HOD of the Department
Some standards in NCEA courses might be optional depending on student strengths