Technology in Society

Subject 421-609 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: intensive subject held in six 1-day sessions between weeks 7-12 of Semester 1; Non-contact time commitment: 84 hours
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Hector Malano
Subject Overview: Definition and measures of development; alternative theories of development; development strategies; underdevelopment and dependency; trade and development; industrial and rural development; effect of technology projects on urban drift and changes in employment; technology policy documents. International practice of engineering; value systems and attitudes in decision-making; integrity and transparency; transfer of technology. Invention, innovation, research & development, and dissemination. Planning, monitoring and accountability. Power, influence and teamwork within engineering organisations.
Assessment: One 2-hour exam (50%) and two assignments of up to 1,250 words each (50%).
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: On successful completion, students should have:
  • an understanding of the current state of thinking in development theories and have some ability to examine critically those concepts insofar as they impact on technology policy and planning
  • skills in the planning of a technological project or policy in an industrialising economy
  • an appreciation of the processes for appraisal and monitoring of projects
  • an awareness of issues of environment minorities and gender that arise in planning the transfer of technologies from one social setting to another
  • an awareness of the various mechanisms for allocating power and responsibility within projects or within the wider client and customer environment the project receives
Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Engineering (Development Technologies)
Graduate Diploma in Engineering(Development Technologies)
Master of Applied Science (Energy Studies)
Master of Development Studies(CWT)
Master of Development Technologies
Master of Energy Studies
Master of Engineering Management
Master of Engineering Project Management
Master of Engineering Science (Development Technologies)
Master of Engineering Science (Engineering Management)
Master of Engineering Structures
Master of Environmental Engineering
Master of Utilities Management
Master of Water Resource Management

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