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Product design - A level

Year 12 (graphic products) 

Term Topics taught and learning outcomes
Term 1.1
  • Demonstrate how to compare and contrast two similar products using criteria from a design specification.
  • Explain what key features must be considered when selecting a component or material.
  • Demonstrate how to respond to feedback to improve upon outcomes.

ASSESSMENT

Coursework; assessment criteria
Test; materials part 1

HOMEWORK

Revision; materials part 1
Properties of materials
Paper and board
Metals - ferrous, non ferrous and alloys
Polymers - thermoplastic
Timber - softwoods, hardwoods
Meet coursework deadline

Term 1.2
  • Explain what key factures must be considered when selecting the correct manufacturing process for a specific component.
  • Explain how quality assurance, quality control and TQM affect a product and a company.
  • Demonstrate how to respond to feedback to improve upon outcomes.

ASSESSMENT

Coursework; assessment criteria
Test; materials part 2

HOMEWORK

Revision; materials part 2
Composites
Modern materials and products
New and smart materials
Components - binding methods
Meet coursework deadline.

Term 2.1
  • Explain the purpose of a design brief and design specification
  • Demonstrate how to respond to design brief through initial design ideas.
  • Explain what is an evaluation matrix, and the relationship it has with Design Specification.

ASSESSMENT

Coursework; assessment criteria
Test; manufacturing part 1

HOMEWORK

Revision; manufacturing part 1
Scale of Production
Graphical communication
Computer generated graphics
Modelling and Prototyping
Joining techniques
Meet coursework deadline

Term 2.2
  • Demonstrate the development of Initial Design Ideas; refer back to your evaluation matrix.
  • Explain the advantages of CAD when developing your final design Idea.
  • Demonstrate how to produce technical drawings for your final product.

ASSESSMENT

Coursework; assessment criteria
Test; manufacturing part 2

HOMEWORK

Revision; manufacturing part 2
Industrial and commercial processes
Forming techniques
Finishing processes
Printing processes
Meet coursework deadline

Term 3.1
  • Explain the importance of planning before the manufacturing process of a product.
  • Explain how materials and manufacturing processes are chosen for the production of key components in pre-defined product.
  • Demonstrate the purpose of a Risk Assessment during the manufacturing stage of your product.

ASSESSMENT

Coursework; assessment criteria
Test; quality

HOMEWORK

Revision; quality
Quality assurance systems
Quality control
TQM
Quality standards
Meet coursework deadline

Term 3.2
  • Demonstrate health and safety awareness when manufacturing the product.
  • Explain how objective testing of the final produced product is important.
  • Demonstrate how the objective testing informs the final evaluation.

ASSESSMENT

Coursework; assessment criteria
Test; health and safety

HOMEWORK

Revision; health and safety
Health and safety at work act
Risk assessments
COSHH
Meet coursework deadline

Year 12 (legacy)

Term Topics taught and learning outcomes
Term 1.1
  • Demonstrate how to compare and contrast two similar products using criteria from a design specification.
  • Explain what key features must be considered when selecting a component or material.
  • Demonstrate how to respond to feedback to improve upon outcomes.

ASSESSMENT

Coursework; assessment criteria
Test; materials part 1

HOMEWORK

Revision; materials part 1
Properties of materials
Metals - ferrous, non ferrous and alloys
Polymers - thermoplastic and thermosetting
Timber - softwoods, hardwoods
Meet coursework deadline.

Term 1.2
  • Explain what key features must be considered when selecting the correct manufacturing process for a specific component.
  • Explain how quality assurance, quality control and TQM affect a product and a company.
  • Demonstrate how to respond to feedback to improve upon outcomes.

ASSESSMENT

Coursework; assessment criteria
Test; materials part 2

HOMEWORK

Revision; materials part 2
Composites
Modern materials and products
New and smart materials
Components
Meet coursework deadline

Term 2.1
  • Explain the purpose of a design brief and Design Specification
  • Demonstrate how to respond to a design brief through initial design Ideas.
  • Explain what is an Evaluation Matrix, and the relationship it has with a design specification.

ASSESSMENT

Coursework; assessment criteria
Test; manufacturing part 1

HOMEWORK

Revision; manufacturing part 1
Scale of production
Material processes and forming
Manufacturing techniques for mass production
Joining techniques
Material removal
Heat treatment
Meet coursework deadline

Term 2.2
  • Demonstrate the development of Initial Design Ideas; refer back to your evaluation matrix.
  • Explain the advantages of CAD when developing your final design Idea.
  • Demonstrate how to produce technical drawings for your final product.

ASSESSMENT

Coursework; assessment criteria
Test; manufacturing part 2

HOMEWORK

Revision; manufacturing part 2
Conversion and seasoning of timber
Faults in wood
Computer aided design
Modelling and prototyping
Computer aided manufacture
Meet coursework deadline

Term 3.1
  • Explain the importance of planning before the manufacturing process of a product.
  • Explain how materials and manufacturing processes are chosen for the production of key components in pre-defined product.
  • Demonstrate the purpose of a risk assessment during the manufacturing stage of your product.

ASSESSMENT

Coursework; assessment criteria
Test; quality

HOMEWORK

Revision; quality
Quality assurance systems
Quality control
TQM
Quality standards
Meet coursework deadline

Term 3.2
  • Demonstrate health and safety awareness when manufacturing the product.
  • Explain how objective testing of the final produced product is important.
  • Demonstrate how the objective testing informs the final evaluation.

ASSESSMENT

Coursework; assessment criteria
Test; health and safety

HOMEWORK

Revision; health and safety
Health and safety at work act
Risk assessments
COSHH
Meet coursework deadline

Year 13 (graphic products)

Term Topics taught and learning outcomes
Term 1.1
  • Clarify: client, design brief and research Plan (Unit 4).
  • Investigate existing products and appropriate/focused areas (Unit 4).
  • Study information and communication technology (Unit 3).

ASSESSMENT

Section A: research and analysis

HOMEWORK

Independent controlled assessment: research plan

Term 1.2
  • Develop understanding of a technical specification (Unit 4).
  • Develop design skills with a focus on hand drawing techniques (Unit 4).
  • Develop understanding of biotechnology (Unit 3).

ASSESSMENT

Section B: Specification
Section C: Design ideas

HOMEWORK

Independent controlled assessment: design Ideas review

Term 2.1
  • Show a greater understanding of the Development process when designing (Unit 4).
  • Develop communication techniques including ICT and CAD (Unit 4).
  • Develop understanding of systems and Control (Unit 3).

ASSESSMENT

Section C: review, develop and communicate

HOMEWORK

Independent controlled assessment: final design / working drawing

Term 2.2
  • Explore the detailed planning process when manufacturing (Unit 4).
  • Develop understanding and demonstrate competent use of tools and equipment (Unit 4).
  • Develop understanding of design in context (Unit 3).

ASSESSMENT

Section D: Planning 
Section E: Making - use of tools and equipment 
Section E: Making - quality 
Section E Making complexity / level of demand

HOMEWORK

Independent controlled assessment: planning development

Term 3.1
  • Develop further understanding of testing (Unit 4).
  • Demonstrate evaluation skills (Unit 4).
  • Develop understanding of Sustainability (Unit 3).

ASSESSMENT

Section F: testing and evaluating

HOMEWORK

Independent controlled assessment: evaluation

Term 3.2

End of course

Year 13 (legacy)

Term Topics taught and learning outcomes
Term 1.1
  • Clarify client, design brief and research plan (Unit 4).
  • Investigate existing products and appropriate/focused areas (Unit 4).
  • Use information and communication technology as part of this unit (Unit 3).

ASSESSMENT

Section A: research and analysis

HOMEWORK

Independent controlled assessment: research plan

Term 1.2
  • Develop understanding of a technical Specification (Unit 4).
  • Develop design skills with a focus on hand drawing techniques (Unit 4).
  • Develop an understanding of biotechnology (Unit 3).

ASSESSMENT

Section B: specification

HOMEWORK

Independent controlled assessment: design ideas review

Term 2.1
  • Show a greater understanding of the Development process when designing (Unit 4).
  • Develop Communication techniques including ICT and CAD (Unit 4).
  • Develop an understanding of systems and Control (Unit 3).

ASSESSMENT

Section C: review, develop and communicate

HOMEWORK

Independent controlled assessment: final design / working drawing

Term 2.2
  • Explore the detailed planning process when manufacturing (Unit 4).
  • Develop an understanding and demonstrate competent use of tools and equipment (Unit 4).
  • Develop an understanding of design in Context (Unit 3).

ASSESSMENT

Section D: Planning
Section E: Making - use of tools and equipment 
Section E: Making - quality 
Section E Making complexity / level of demand

HOMEWORK

Independent controlled assessment: planning development

Term 3.1
  • Develop further understanding of testing (Unit 4).
  • Demonstrate evaluation skills (Unit 4).
  • Develop an understanding of Sustainability (Unit 3).

ASSESSMENT

Section F: testing and evaluating

HOMEWORK

Independent controlled assessment: evaluation

Term 3.2

End of course