Design Technology Objectives

The objectives listed below are not in any order of importance. All pupils should have covered them by the end of year 11 although there maybe differences due to pupils specialising at key stage 4.

Design

· To know about the design loop / process.
· To be able to individually identify a problem situation.
· To be able to research an area then sifts through all available information from a variety of sources and applies relevant data to the problem.
· Having developed an understanding of a problem a pupil should be able to draw up a brief or specification based upon all the information available and taking into account any constraints.
· To be able to produce and record suggestions that may lead to a solution.
· To be able to plan out in advance how the problem will be tackled and manage time to suit.
· To be able to design realistic and relevant solutions.
· To be able to relate all scientific and technological information to the design process.

Graphics

· To be able to use a variety of graphic techniques in order to convey their proposals.
· To be able to select the most appropriate method for the job in hand.
· To know the importance of layout in creating a quality image.
· To know and understand the language of graphics.

Materials

· After researching a need to bee able to select the most suitable material from those available.
· To know and understand the terminology associated with the properties of materials and to be able to use them in the correct context.
· To be able to identify the basic materials.

Structures

· To know the basic elements of a structure and to bee able to name them.
· To know the scientific principles associated with structures and to apply them.
· To know how the structure of materials can be altered to create new materials and how they can bee used.

Manufacturing

· To be familiar with industrial practices and to know how these practices can be reproduced in the school environment.
· To be aware of the history surrounding the introduction of batch production and mass production.
· To understand the impact of mass production upon society and the environment.

Energy

· To know the energy sources available and the advantages and disadvantages of each.
· To know the method of converting the energy source into useable power and the problems and cost of doing this.
· To be able to relate the theoretical principles of energy and its consumption to their everyday lives.

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