Design Technology Gcse Coursework Examples Of Cover

Controlled Assessment

Students must complete a Design Project on either Element 1: Systems Design and Manufacturing or Element 2: Product Design and Manufacturing.

The design project carries a weighting of 40% and has a time limit of 30 hours. Students have a total of 5 hours to complete their preparation and research, which they complete under limited supervision. They then have a further 12.5 hours to produce their design portfolio, which they must complete under informal supervision. They also have another 12.5 hours to produce their manufactured product or system, which they must complete under informal supervision.

We issue up to three comparable tasks each year in September of the first year of study, for each of the two elements. Centres select the task that is best suited to their needs.

In each design project, the design portfolio is worth 20% and the manufactured product or system is worth 20%.

Design Portfolio (20%)

Element 1: Systems Design and Manufacturing Assignment

The design portfolio is an integral part of the design project. Each design project will have its own characteristics and relevant processes, but all design portfolios should cover all of the areas outlined below.

The design portfolio should include:

  • a description of the design opportunity or the problem identified, including a specification;
  • research and analysis of system(s) appropriate to the problem situation;
  • concept sketches or initial designs of system(s), whether mechanical, electronic, pneumatic or a combination of these;
  • development details communicating understanding of the proposed system(s), including modelling, assembly and display/housing details;
  • drawings explaining input–control–output, including diagrams that explain how the system(s) work; and
  • an evaluation and/or suggested modifications.

The portfolio size is limited to a maximum of ten A3 sheets or equivalent. There is a maximum text size; this size is comparable to a font size 14 using ICT.

Element 2: Product Design and Manufacturing Assignment

The design portfolio is an integral part of the design project. Each design project will have its own characteristics and relevant processes, but all design portfolios should cover all of the areas outlined below.

The design portfolio should include:

  • a description of the design opportunity or the problem identified, including a specification;
  • research and analysis;
  • concept sketches;
  • development of idea(s), including fabrication details;
  • a working drawing, including details of jigs/templates; and
  • an evaluation and/or suggested modifications.

The portfolio size is limited to a maximum of ten A3 sheets or equivalent. There is a maximum text size; this size is comparable to a font size 14 using ICT.

Manufacturing (20%)

The following requirements refer to both the Product Design and the Systems Design options.

Student’s work should show evidence of:

  • manufacturing techniques that reflect the standard and complexity expected at this level;
  • the use of appropriate materials, processes and techniques that satisfy the design specification;
  • the use of templates, patterns, jigs and formers to assist in production;
  • the quality of finish, accuracy and attention to detail;
  • having given consideration to the safety of the users of the product; and
  • working performance of the product or system under test conditions.

 

For more information, see the specification.

The folder is easy -

A web diagram to show how the projects he might do have been searched fro - Cover a range - home work toys leisure with typical projects in each category. For the Robot select toys and expand to investigate what might be involved;
Micro - picaxe - Arduaino - Basic Stamp. Motors driver, Motors , gear boxes, Wheels, LEDs, Body work, Plastics, Modelling, Infra red control, radio control, wire control, Intelligent robots. Object avoidance, Light seeking, line following.
Batteries,
End user and their needs/expectations, Safety,

From this he can create a brief. This is a description of the problem he is trying to solve. (NOTE not the solution)
From the Brief and the analysis he will know what to research, his research should be very focused on what he needs (hence the analysis), work from several sources, books, internet, magazines.
from the research he can formulate a specification. This is his solution to the brief. It should describe the functionality of the product. i.e. what it must do, perhaps what it might do as well as any safety issues.

From the specification he can produce some ideas (perhaps 10 or so) of how he can go about doing the things it says the product will do.

From the best of his ideas he can select those things that will go into the final product - the development. this includes orthographic drawings of every part he has to make. A plan for manufacture and a costings chart. and some 3D modelling.

MAke it

test the product against the specification.

Evaluate the project over all highlighting good points and bad points and any issues you had and how you solved them. Try to show how you think the product could be improved with a few sketches to cover those issues.

Job done A* ;)

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