GEDU202 – Problem Solving and Communication

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Module code
GEDU202
Module title
Problem Solving and Communication
Prescription
To provide students with the skills and knowledge required to apply basic knowledge, including literacy and numeracy skills, to solve problems relevant to the context, and communicate information from a variety of texts and digital media relevant to the context.
Programmes
  • FO1701
NZQA Level
Level 2
NZQA Credits
20
Delivery method
  • Web-Supported
Learning hours
Directed hours
156
Self directed hours
44
Total learning hours
200
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate basic literacy skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening
2. Demonstrate basic numeracy skills including problem solving, reasonableness
and calculations
3. Read a variety of texts to gain knowledge
4. Locate specific information in shorter texts
5. Communicate information collected from texts and digital media
Content
Overview of Content:

CONSTRUCTION AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Building:
Reading information from multimedia sources, students are involved in building projects and problem solving practices that have naturally occurring numeracy and literacy associated activities embedded in tasks such as:
- Quantifying and measuring material quantities for procurement and manufacture
- Investigating required tolerances in manufacture and assembly of building components
- Preparing presentation of project design, costs and project time frame.

Plumbing:
Reading information from multimedia sources, students are involved in plumbing projects and problem solving practices that have naturally occurring numeracy and literacy associated activities embedded in tasks such as:
- Testing water pressure for code and standard requirements relative to its use
- Investigating required tolerances in manufacture and assembly of plumbing components
- Bending, joint connection, material, welding
- Preparing presentation of project design, costs and project time frame.

Electrical:
Reading information from multimedia sources, students are involved in electrical projects and problem solving practices that have naturally occurring numeracy and literacy associated activities embedded in tasks such as:
- Measuring and identifying current and voltage requirements and fault finding
from manufacturers specifications
- Investigating required tolerances in manufacture and assembly of
electrical/electronic components, basic magnetism and electronic concepts,
understanding cabling requirements and electrical regulations
- Preparing presentation of project design, costs and project time frame.

MANUFACTURING AND TECHNOLOGY

Automotive:
Reading information from multimedia sources, students are involved in automotive projects and problem solving practices that have naturally occurring numeracy and literacy associated activities embedded in tasks such as:
- Air pressure for specific use, size and type of tyre
- Tolerances in manufacture and assembly of automotive components
- Automotive fluids for pressure, volume quantities, lube and grease, quality, and
type, servicing
- Preparing presentation of project design, costs and project time frame.

Engineering:
Reading information from multimedia sources, students are involved in engineering projects and problem solving practices that have naturally occurring numeracy and literacy associated activities embedded in tasks such as:
- Fabricating, welding, bending, metal and material properties heat treatment
- Machining i.e. drilling, cutting, measurement
- Preparing presentation of project design, costs and project time frame.

Electrical:
Reading information from multimedia sources, students are involved in electrical projects and problem solving practices that have naturally occurring numeracy and literacy associated activities embedded in tasks such as:
- Measuring and identifying current and voltage requirements and fault finding from
manufacturers specifications
- Investigating required tolerances in manufacture and assembly of electrical/electronic
components, basic magnetism and electronic concepts
- Understanding cabling requirements and electrical regulations
- Using tools and measuring instruments
- Preparing presentation of project design, costs and project time frame.

PRIMARY INDUSTRIES

Landscape Construction:
Reading information from multimedia sources, students are involved in landscape construction projects and problem solving practices that have naturally occurring numeracy and literacy associated activities embedded in tasks such as:
- Identifying planter box design most suitable for type of plants growing within
- Quantifying and measuring material quantities for procurement and manufacture
- Using tools and measuring instruments
- Preparing presentation of project design, costs and project time frame.

Horticulture:
Reading information from multimedia sources, students are involved in Horticulture projects and problem solving practices that have naturally occurring numeracy and literacy associated activities embedded in tasks such as:
- Determining best way to grow vegetable plants
- Determining how to feed and care for vegetable plants
- Quantifying and measuring material quantities for procurement and manufacture
- Using tools and measuring instruments
- Preparing presentation of project design, costs and project time frame.

Arboriculture:
Reading information from multimedia sources, students are involved in Arboriculture projects and problem solving practices that have naturally occurring numeracy and literacy associated activities embedded in tasks such as:
- Determining best way to plant and care for fruit trees in planter boxes
- Determining how to plant, prune and train trees
- Quantifying and measuring material quantities for procurement and manufacture
- Using tools and measuring instruments
- Preparing presentation of project design, costs and project time frame.
Teaching and Learning Strategi
The predominant teaching and learning method for this programme is Project-Based Learning. Students will gain knowledge, skills and attitudes by participating in a project or projects over an extended period of time. These projects will give students the opportunity to investigate and respond to an engaging and complex problem, issue, question or challenge. Each project will include the following:

- Specific vocation pathway knowledge and skills
- Sustained inquiry
- Authenticity and real-world context
- Student voice and choice so students have control of key aspects of the project
- Reflection where both tutors and students reflect on their learning and the effectiveness
of their inquiry
Assessment Criteria
Students must attempt all components of the portfolio and may resit any component once. To pass the module, students must achieve a pass grade for all components of the portfolio.

Students may also be eligible to apply to NZQA for the Assessment Standards associated with each project successfully completed.
Learning and Teaching Resource
Selected Readings from:
Cottrell, S. (2003). The study skills handbook. (4th ed.). London, United Kingdom: Palgrave

Recommended Websites:
Study Guides for learning, studying, critical thinking: http://studygs.net/index.htm