EDEM626-19W (D) Whole Year 2019 (Distance)

Curriculum Implementation in Computer Science

30 points
Start Date: Monday, 18 February 2019
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2019
Withdraw Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty: Friday, 15 March 2019
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 23 August 2019


This course is designed to equip participants to teach relevant computer science topics to those who teach students in schools, including New Zealand's ground-breaking NCEA standards. Each of the main topics will be critically examined in terms of pedagogical and subject knowledge while at the same time developing current and future teachers' understanding of theoretical perspectives of computer science education. Participants will develop through investigating theories and practices in computer science education and industry. A key component is an individual research project to develop, implement and critically evaluate a resource to support teaching a selected topic. This project provides practical experience informed by current research from the computer science discipline. The course does not cover computer programming.

"A well-structured course, with great learning opportunities. I have actually employed some of these in my own department and in my own subject / options organisation.” (student feedback)

These course is designed as in-depth professional development for the Computer Science (Computational Thinking) aspects of the new Digital Technologies Hangarau Matihiko curriculum, and can boost the capabilities for a teaching team.

EDEM626 is offered in a flexible learning mode that includes online study in Learn (the UC learning management system) and one in-person intensive two day workshop offered in conjunction with UC CS Education @UCCSEd

The course designed to facilitate part time study by teachers in New Zealand’s primary and secondary schools and the assigned work will normally benefit participating teachers’ work in primary and secondary schools as well as those providing related educational services.

The design of the course is adapted to the community of learners who enrol to enable the formation of a strong learning community.  

All assignments are submitted and returned electronically via the course Learn LMS course site.

EDEM626 is offered in collaboration with SIGNAL ICT Graduate School. Apply for a competitive 2019 SIGNAL scholarship of NZD $1000 to support your studies online at https://SIGNAL.ac.nz/educate/educate-scholarship/

UC Computer Science Education Research Group (CSERG) and UC e-Learning Research Lab offer students additional optional events, including research seminars.

(a) The course does not cover computer programming. EDEM665 covers teaching computer programming; it is next offered in 2020.
(b) A 2019 SIGNAL scholarship cannot be transferred to 2020.
(c) This course is Level 8.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the Computational Thinking and Computer Science topics in Digital Technologies | Hangarau Matihiko curriculum and explain relationships with the disciplines of computer science and education.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of pedagogical knowledge for teaching computer science at school level.
3. Critique and apply socio-cultural learning theories to computer science education in schools.
4. Critically evaluate existing resources for teaching computer science at school level.
5. Analyse and critique key literature related to the teaching of computer science at school level.
6. Design, implement and evaluate new resources to convey topics from computer science to students.
7. Examine and demonstrate an understanding of the implications of social and cultural issues including gender, diversity, disability, culture, and equity in computer science education.
8. Evaluate the roles of major organisations concerned with the curriculum development and teaching of computer science, including the Computer Science associations such as CSTA, DTTA, CAS, ACM and IFIP.


Subject to approval of the Head of School.

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Intensive Block Course A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 10:00 - 17:00 Jack Erskine 121 15 Apr - 21 Apr
Intensive Block Course B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00 Jack Erskine 121 15 Apr - 21 Apr

Timetable Note

Students must attend one in-person intensive workshop.
In 2019 we plan to offer two locations for the in-person intensive workshop: on the UC campus Monday to Tuesday 15-16th April, 2019 and, if there is sufficient demand, in Auckland on Wednesday to Thursday 17 - 18 April (this is immediately before Easter). Students are responsible for arranging their own travel and accommodation.

Course Coordinator

Niki Davis


Tim Bell and Niki Davis


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Report on investigation of a CS education resource 25% Prepared in June; report in mid July
Mini research project and presentation 50% Mini research of teaching in Aug/Sept; present end October
Participation (ongoing) 25% Ongoing from start of course in forums posts etc

Course participants are expected to participate actively in the online learning environment.

Course participants will be required to plan, implement and evaluate a mini research project for a centre, school or other education or training context.

Textbooks / Resources

Due to the rapidly evolving state of the field and the nature of this course, required reading is set as the course develops. Recommended reading includes:

Sentance, S., Barendsen, E. & Schulte, C. (2018). Computer science education: perspectives on teaching and learning in school. Bloomsbury Academic, 2018.

Fincher, S. & Robins, A. (Eds) (2019, In Press). The Cambridge Handbook of Computing Education Research. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press

Bell, T. et al. (2017). CS Unplugged. Retrieved from http://csunplugged.org/

Bell, T. et al. (2017). Computer Science Field Guide. Retrieved from http://csfieldguide.org.nz/en/index.html

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,847.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.

For further information see School of Educational Studies and Leadership.

All EDEM626 Occurrences

  • EDEM626-19W (D) Whole Year 2019 (Distance)