Technology in an Indigenous Context Project

COS10025 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours face to face + blended

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

31 Jul 23 - 29 Oct 23

5 Dec 23

Last self enrolment:
13 Aug 23

31 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Sep 23

More teaching periods
Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2

10 Jul 23 - 8 Oct 23

31 Oct 23

Last self enrolment:
23 Jul 23

4 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
25 Aug 23


COS10027 Technology in an Indigenous Context Project 

Aims and objectives

This unit aims to provide students with an opportunity to work on a project that will deepen their understanding of the plurality and diversity of Indigenous knowledge systems, worldviews, standpoints, and culture in relation to STEM technologies. The project will have a focus on emerging technologies and the respectful blending of Western and Indigenous knowledge systems to enhance project outcomes. Students will work collaboratively in teams and will have a staff member as a ‘facilitator’ whilst working on the project. 
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
1. Locate Indigenous knowledge systems and consider how they story the long history of technology, science and engineering. (K1, K2, K3, K5, S2, S3).
2. Explain the importance of, and find opportunities to, respectfully converge Western knowledge systems with Indigenous knowledge systems (A1, A5, K4, K6, S2, S3)
3. Apply relevant knowledge of emerging technologies to a project within an Indigenous context taking into consideration and acknowledging Indigenous histories, worldviews, standpoints, and cultures (K1, K5, K6, S1, S3)
4. Function as an effective team member using project management tools and demonstrating professionalism and ethical behaviour (A1, A2, A7, K5, K6, S4)
5. Communicate within teams, stakeholders using appropriate verbal, written, and technological approaches (A2, A5, A7, K6, S3, S4)
6. Appreciate emerging technologies in a local, global and sustainable context (A1, A4, K4, K6, S2)  
Swinburne Engineering Competencies (A1-7, K1-6, S1-4): find out more about Engineering Skills and Competencies including the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies.