Subject Information - Design and Manufacture

National 4/5 

Head of Department: Mr Richard Graham

Course Progression: Design and Manufacture

The Design and Manufacture Courses provide a broad and practical experience in Product Design and manufacture. Creativity is at the heart of the National 5 and Higher Design and Manufacture Courses and students work through a number of challenging and stimulating tasks that encourage a wide variety of outcomes. 

Pupils need to consider the complete life cycle of a product, from its initial conception, to manufacture and marketing to its impact on society. Design and Manufacture requires candidates design and make innovative solutions to the Design Briefs provided.

The courses help develop creative learners who are able to develop and organise ideas to solve design problem. Pupils need to make effective use of new and existing knowledge when justifying their design decisions, and the courses support the development of key skills, including; analytical, design, communication, creativity, organisation and lateral thinking

The courses use a wide range of teaching and learning approaches, and frequently give pupils the opportunity to model or manufacture their ideas. The finished model or item allows pupils to get feedback about the practicality, functionality and suitability to the brief of their solution. The realisation of an idea  is a very important part of the process, in developing students who fully understand the Design Process and the importance of the considering all the Design Issues that contribute to a Product. Students undertaking this Course will be in a strong position to pursue further study in all areas of Product Design, Engineering and Manufacturing. 

Design and Manufacture (S3/S4) National 4/5

The National 4 and 5 courses introduce pupils to designing and manufacturing skills. It gives pupils an understanding of the design aspects and issues, which contribute to the product life cycle. It also introduces materials, manufacturing techniques and construction techniques through practical projects in the workshop.

The National 4 and 5 course is taught through a number of practical projects over the two-year course. Pupils learn new practical skills in each project  and continually develop their Design skills through the projects. Through completion of these tasks, pupils demonstrate and develop the required skills for the final assignment in the course. The Course is practical and encourages a creative and independent approach in students.

All pupils will begin to study for the National 5 qualification, although some pupils may find the demands of National 5 too challenging and therefore the National 4 qualification may be more suitable. For these pupils there will be an opportunity to transfer to the National 4 course at some point during S3/S4.        

The Course

The aims of the Course are to develop:

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

The National 4/5 courses consist of two main areas:

  1. Design – Candidates will develop skills and creativity by designing products using  a variety of manufacturing process. This will involve identifying and applying the factors that influence design, developing and communicating design concepts and employing evaluation techniques to analyse existing products.
  2. Developing Design Proposals – Candidates will also develop skills and creativity by manufacturing a product or prototype. This will involve investigating and appreciating properties of materials, planning and implementing a manufacturing sequence and evaluating the finished product.

Final Assessment

The assessment for this course will take the form of a question paper (44% of overall grade), and the final Design and Manufacture Assignment (56% of the overall grade).

The Written Examination Paper (44%) will examine pupils’ understanding of Design Issues and Factors, Materials and Manufacturing Process.

The Final Course Assignment (56%) will give the pupils an opportunity to demonstrate their design and manufacturing skills by solving a Design Brief issued by SQA.

 

Higher

Head of Department: Mr Richard Graham

Course Progression: Design and Manufacture

The Design and Manufacture Courses provide a broad and practical experience in Product Design and manufacture. Creativity is at the heart of the National 5 and Higher Design and Manufacture Courses and students work through a number of challenging and stimulating tasks that encourage a wide variety of outcomes. 

Pupils need to consider the complete life cycle of a product, from its initial conception, to manufacture and marketing to its impact on society. Design and Manufacture requires candidates design and make innovative solutions to the Design Briefs provided.

The courses help develop creative learners who are able to develop and organise ideas to solve design problem. Pupils need to make effective use of new and existing knowledge when justifying their design decisions, and the courses support the development of key skills, including; analytical, design, communication, creativity, organisation and lateral thinking

The courses use a wide range of teaching and learning approaches, and frequently give pupils the opportunity to model or manufacture their ideas. The finished model or item allows pupils to get feedback about the practicality, functionality and suitability to the brief of their solution. The realisation of an idea  is a very important part of the process, in developing students who fully understand the Design Process and the importance of the considering all the Design Issues that contribute to a Product. Students undertaking this Course will be in a strong position to pursue further study in all areas of Product Design, Engineering and Manufacturing. 

Design and Manufacture (S5/S6) Higher

The Higher course builds on the National 5 Design and Manufacture course, but further extends pupils' skills as designers, and their knowledge and understanding of design. This subject can be sat as a "crash" Higher, but this needs to be discussed in advance of choosing this as an option,  with the Head of Department. Any student wishing to “crash” this subject, would be required to complete preparatory Higher work over the summer before the course starts .
 
The Higher course is exploratory and experiential in nature. It combines elements of creativity and designing for visual impact with elements of practicalities and an appreciation of functionality. On completing the course, pupils will have developed: design skills in the context of products; practical skills in planning and making or manufacturing models and prototypes, including the selection and use of equipment, materials and/or software; and skills in the evaluation of design proposals, including form and function, leading to a refinement of their design ideas.

Pupils will also develop: skills in building and testing in order to prove and resolve their design ideas; knowledge and understanding of manufacturing processes and materials; and an understanding of the impact of design and manufacturing technologies on our environment and society, the world of work and industry.
 
The Higher Course consists of two key areas:

  1. Design - In this area of the course students covers the processes of product design from brief to resolved design proposals and specification. It helps pupils develop skills in initiating, developing, articulating and communicating design proposals for products. It allows them to gain skills and experience in evaluating design proposals in order to refine, improve and resolve them. It allows them to develop an appreciation of design concepts and the various factors that influence the design and manufacture of products.
  2. Materials and Manufacturing - In Materials and Manufacturing students cover processes of product design from design proposals to prototype. It allows pupils to gain skills in planning and making models and prototypes. It helps pupils to ‘close the design loop’ by manufacturing a set of design ideas. It allows them to develop an appreciation of manufacturing practicalities. It allows them to strengthen an appreciation of the various factors that influence the design and manufacture of products. It allows pupils to consider the manufacturing techniques and processes that would apply to a design proposal in an industrial/commercial context.

In both areas, pupils will gain knowledge and understanding of design and manufacturing technologies and how these impact on our environment and society.

Final Assessment

The assessment for the course will take the form of a question paper (47% of overall grade), and the final course assessment (53% of the overall grade).
 
The Written Examination Paper (47%) will examine pupil’s understanding of Design Issues and Factors, Materials and Manufacturing Process. 

The final course assessment (53%), set by the SQA give pupils an opportunity to demonstrate their Higher level design and prototyping skills in solving a given Design Brief.
 

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