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Inverkeithing
High School

Design and Manufacture

Welcome to Design and Manufacture!

 

Below you will find information about our National 4, National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher courses.

 

 

STAFF LIST:

Mr. A. McGimpsey (PTC Physics and DET)

Mr I. Simpson (DET)

Dr L. Foley (DET)

Miss K. Simpson-Wands (DET)

Ms S. Clarke (DET)

Miss L. Stevenson (DET / PTC Guidance Castle House)

 

 

DESIGN AND MANUFACTURE

NATIONAL 4 COURSE

The Course is broad, providing opportunities for learners to develop practical/design skills, as well as gaining knowledge and understanding of design, and materials and manufacturing processes.

The Course is practical, exploratory and experiential in nature. It combines elements of creativity and designing for aesthetic or visual impact with a requirement to consider a product’s function and performance. It helps the learner appreciate the tensions that exist between factors such as aesthetics, function, economics and the environment.

The Course allows learners to consider the various factors that impact on a product’s design. The learner will consider the life cycle of a product from its inception through design, manufacture, and use, including its disposal or re-use— a ‘cradle-to-cradle’ approach to design.

The Course provides learners with opportunities to develop skills that are of general value for learning, life and work: the ability to read drawings and diagrams; the ability to articulate and communicate design ideas and practical details; the ability to devise and develop practical solutions to design problems, and the ability to manufacture their design ideas.

The Course allows learners to engage with technologies and to consider the impact that design and manufacturing technologies have on our environment and society. It allows them to consider how technologies have impacted on the world of the designer and on manufacturing.

The Course consists of three mandatory Units including the Added Value Unit. Each of the component Units of the Course is designed to provide progression to the corresponding Unit at National 5.

 

Design and Manufacture: Design

This Unit covers the product design process from brief to design proposal. It helps learners develop skills in initiating, developing, articulating and communicating simple design proposals. It allows them to develop an appreciation of the design/make/test process and the importance of evaluating and resolving work on an ongoing basis. It allows them to develop an appreciation of design concepts and the various factors that influence the design of products.

 

Design and Manufacture: Materials and Manufacturing

This Unit covers the product design process from design proposals to prototype and product. It allows learners to ‘close the design loop’ by manufacturing their design ideas. It allows learners to develop practical skills that are invaluable in the design/make/test process. It helps them gain an appreciation of the properties and uses of materials, as well as simple manufacturing processes and techniques. It allows them to refine and resolve design and manufacturing solutions.

 

In both Units, learners will gain knowledge of design and manufacturing technologies and how these impact on our environment and society.

 

Added Value Unit: Design and Manufacture Assignment

This Unit adds value by introducing challenge and application.

Learners will draw on their range of design knowledge and skills, knowledge of materials and manufacturing and apply their practical skills, in order to produce an effective overall response to a brief. The brief will relate to a straightforward product design scenario. The response will include a folio, a model, or a prototype, or a completed product.

 

  

 

NATIONAL 5 COURSE

 

The main purpose of the course is to allow learners to develop the skills and knowledge associated with designing and manufacturing.

The course enables learners to develop:

  • Skills in designing and manufacturing models, prototypes and products
  • Knowledge and understanding of manufacturing processes and materials
  • An understanding of the impact of design and manufacturing technologies on our environment and society

 

The course comprises two areas of study: Design Learners study the design process from brief to design proposal. This helps them develop skills in initiating, developing, articulating, and communicating design proposals. They gain an understanding of the design/make/test process and the importance of evaluating and resolving design proposals on an ongoing basis. Learners also develop an understanding of the factors that influence the design of products. Manufacture Learners study the manufacture of prototypes and products. This helps them develop practical skills in the design/make/test process. They gain an appreciation of the properties and uses of materials, as well as a range of manufacturing processes and techniques, allowing them to evaluate and refine design and manufacturing solutions. Learners also gain an understanding of commercial manufacture. Integrating the two areas of study is fundamental to delivering the course successfully; it allows learners to ‘close the design loop’ by manufacturing their design ideas.

 

Course assessment

Question paper

The question paper assesses knowledge and understanding from the following areas of design and manufacturing:

  • Design
  • Workshop-based manufacture
  • Commercial manufacture

 

Assignment — design

The assignment — design provides an opportunity to demonstrate the skills as listed below

  • analysing a brief
  • Generating ideas
  • Developing ideas
  • Using models
  • Using graphics
  • Planning for manufacture

 

 

 

  

 

 

HIGHER COURSE

The main purpose of the course is to allow learners to develop the skills and knowledge associated with designing and manufacturing. Learners study the lifecycle of products from their inception through design, manufacture, and use, including their disposal and/or re-use. It helps learners to appreciate the impact commercial manufacture has on design and the need for balance and compromise when developing successful commercial products.

Learners develop:

  • Research skills
  • Skills in designing products
  • Knowledge and understanding of materials and commercial manufacture
  • Knowledge and understanding of design factors
  • An understanding of the impact of design and manufacturing technologies on society, the environment and the world of work

 

The course has two areas of study:

Design

Learners study the design process from brief to design proposal. This helps them to develop skills in initiating, developing, articulating and communicating design proposals. Learners explore and refine design proposals using the design/make/test process and by applying knowledge of materials, processes and design factors to reach a viable solution. This helps them to develop an understanding of the iterative nature of the design process. Learners also develop an understanding of the factors that influence the design, marketing and use of commercial products.

Manufacture

Learners study the manufacture of commercial products. They develop knowledge of materials, manufacturing and production processes and strengthen their understanding of how these influence the design of products. This provides learners with the knowledge and understanding required to develop a viable design proposal for a commercial product and to plan its production.

 

Course assessment structure:

 Question paper

 This assesses knowledge and understanding from the following areas of design and manufacturing: ¨ design

  • Materials and manufacture
  • Impact of design and manufacturing technologies on society, the environment, and the world of work

 

Assignment

The assignment assesses the ability of learners to apply design skills to develop a proposal according to a set brief. It provides an opportunity to demonstrate the skills below

  • Carrying out research into a given brief
  • Producing a specification
  • Generating initial ideas
  • Exploring ideas
  • Refining ideas
  • Applying knowledge and understanding of materials and assembly processes
  • Applying knowledge and understanding of design
  • Applying graphic techniques
  • Demonstrating practical modelling skills
  • Producing a plan for commercial manufacture
  • Applying modelling techniques

 

 

 

ADVANCED HIGHER COURSE

The course allows learners to enhance their practical design skills and further develop their knowledge and understanding of design and manufacture. Learners study the design and manufacture of products and the design process. This helps them develop creative design skills. They also learn to appreciate issues that influence the design and manufacture of products, and the need for balance and compromise when developing successful commercial products. Studying the evolution of products provides further insight into the issues that influence the design and manufacture of products and their impact on society, the environment, and the economy.

Learners develop:

  • Research skills
  • Analysis skills
  • Skills in designing products
  • Knowledge and understanding of materials and commercial manufacture
  • Knowledge and understanding of design
  • An understanding of the impact of design and manufacturing technologies on society, the environment and the workforce
  • Knowledge and understanding of the evolution of products, past, present and future

 

The course has two areas of study:

Design

Learners study the evolution of products, the design of products and the design process. This helps them develop the skills, knowledge and understanding required to initiate, develop, articulate and communicate design proposals, and appreciate the impact design has on society, the economy and the environment. Learners enhance their understanding of the iterative nature of the design process by using the design, make and test process to reach a viable solution.

Manufacture

Learners study the manufacture of commercial products. They develop knowledge of materials, processes, assembly, production and planning systems, and strengthen their understanding of how these influence the design of products. This gives them the knowledge and understanding required to develop a viable design proposal for a commercial product, and to plan its production.

 

Course assessment structure:

Question paper.

  • This assesses knowledge and understanding from the following areas of design and manufacture: Product evolution
  • Product analysis
  • Design
  • Manufacture

 

Assignment. 

The assignment assesses learners’ ability to apply design skills and knowledge to define a design opportunity and develop a proposal to meet its requirements by:

  • Defining a design opportunity  
  • Generating initial ideas
  • Exploring ideas
  • Refining ideas
  • Applying graphic techniques  
  • Applying modelling techniques  
  • Applying knowledge and understanding of design
  • Applying knowledge and understanding of materials, manufacturing and assembly methods
  • Producing a plan for commercial manufacture
  • Manufacturing a presentation model