|PRODUCT DESIGN (Intermediate 2)RATIONALEThe Course offers candidates opportunities to explore the impact of design and technological activities in everyday life. Candidates will consider the complete life of a product from its initial conception, through manufacture and marketing, to its impact on society.
This Course uses a wide range of teaching and learning approaches. Candidates are encouraged to adopt a broad view of the process of design and manufacture, take responsibility for their own actions and decisions, devise plans and procedures, develop and organise ideas and solve problems, make use of new and existing knowledge and justify their design decisions.
The Course will also provide candidates with the opportunity to solve practical problems in applied contexts.
The aims of the Course are to:
The Course consists of three mandatory Units, each of 40 hours.
Designing Candidates should have knowledge of the design process as applied to commercial products. They should be able to apply this knowledge when producing potential solutions to design tasks. They should be able to evaluate design solutions. Candidates should have knowledge of the issues which affect the design and manufacture of commercial products.
Communicating Candidates should be able to produce a range of graphics and apply a range of graphic techniques. Candidates should be able to produce a range of models by applying practical skills and using a variety of techniques and materials.
Manufacturing Candidates should be able to demonstrate knowledge of common materials used in the commercial manufacture of products. They should be able to demonstrate knowledge of the characteristics of common materials which make them suitable for producing particular products. They should be able to identify common materials used in existing products and apply their knowledge of materials to the design of new products.
To gain the award of the Intermediate 2 Product Design Course, the candidate must pass all of the component Units and undertake the external assessment. The external assessment provides the basis for grading attainment in the Course award.
The Course assessment of the Intermediate 2 Product Design Course will consist of two equally – weighted components: ? Question Paper 50 marks ? Design Assignment 50 marks
Candidates undertaking Higher Product Design will gain a deeper insight to the processes of design and manufacture, explore strategies adopted in commercial product design processes and appraise the role design plays in everyday life.
This Course encapsulates a wide range of teaching and active learning approaches, integrating the technological and the creative in the contexts of the industrial world of product design and enterprise. The candidates are encouraged to adopt a broad view of the process of design and manufacture, take responsibility for their own actions and decisions, devise plans and procedures, develop and organise ideas and solve problems, make effective use of new and existing knowledge and justify their design decisions.
Candidates undertaking this Course will be in a strong position to pursue further study in all areas of design and manufacturing. The Course will also contribute to personal development, including transferable life skills for use beyond school achievement regardless of the career path followed.
The aims of the Course are to develop:
The Course consists of 3 units
The external assessment of the Higher Product Design Course will consist of two equally weighted Components: