Students develop the ability to initiate, create and develop products in response to a design brief. They learn to use tools, materials and systems safely and competently to complete a product.
This focus area involves the use of devices such as electrical, electronic, mechanical, and interface components, including programmable control devices, to design and make systems and control products. Students produce outcomes that demonstrate the knowledge and skills associated with using control systems, processes, and materials such as electronic components, chips, circuitry, robotic components.
The following assessment types enable students to demonstrate their learning in Stage 2 Design and Technology:
School Assessment (70%)
Assessment Type 1: Skills and Applications Tasks (20%)
Students demonstrate skills and understanding of the materials and components, techniques, and equipment that they consider for use in Assessment Type 2.
Specialised Skills Application
Students identify an area of learning to develop and demonstrate skills and knowledge of processes and production techniques for realisation of their product(s) or system(s). This assessment covers aspects of the investigating, planning, and producing parts of the design cycle and could consist of two activities.
Students investigate and analyse the functional characteristics and properties of two or more materials or components they are considering for use in the creation of their product(s) or system(s). The materials application covers aspects of the investigating and planning parts of the design cycle and should be a maximum of 800 words.
Assessment Type 2: Product (50%)
Students create one minor product and one major product that allow them to demonstrate an appropriate range of skills, techniques, knowledge, and ideas. The products are each supported by a product record. Students present for assessment the product(s) they have made in response to the design brief developed for their folio in Assessment Type 3. (For a 20-credit subject, a separate design brief may be used for the minor product.)
Assessment Type 3: Folio (30%) External Assessment
This assessment type is designed to enable students to further develop and refine their use of the design process. They investigate technical skills, analyse possible applications of these skills, and evaluate ways in which their own skills have developed and improved.
For a 20‑credit subject, students should provide evidence of their learning through eight assessments, including the external assessment component.
(Full list if possible)
|Assessment Type 1: Skills and Applications Tasks (20%)|
|Assessment Type 2: Product||Create Minor and Major Product|
Assessment Type 3: External Assessment – Students create a design brief for their Product
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