VCE | Product Design and Technology

 
 
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Product Design and Technology | Unit 1

OVERVIEW

Unit 1: Sustainable Product Redevelopment
This unit focuses on the analysis, modification and improvement of a product design with consideration of sustainability.

Students consider the sustainability of an existing product, such as the impact of sourcing materials, manufacture, distribution, use and likely disposal. They consider how a redeveloped product should attempt to solve a problem related to the original product.

Where possible, materials and manufacturing processes used should be carefully selected to improve the overall sustainability of the redeveloped product.

VCAA STUDY DESIGN

Product Design and Technology Unit 1 Study Design

UNIT prerequisites

N/A

AREAS OF STUDY

  1. Sustainable redevelopment of a product

  2. Producing and evaluating a redeveloped product

  3. UNIT ASSESSMENT

  • Folio of observational and visualisation drawings

  • Final presentations created using manual and digital methods

  • Case Study supported by Written notes and/or visual materials

  • Examination

UNIT ASSESSMENT

Graphic Design, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Product Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design,

 
 

 
 
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Product Design and Technology | Unit 2

OVERVIEW
In this unit students work in teams to design and develop an item in a product range or contribute to the design, planning and production of a group product.

They focus on factors including end-user needs and wants; function, purpose and context for product design; aesthetics; materials and sustainability; and the impact of these factors on a design solution.

UNIT PREREQUISITES

N/A

AREAS OF STUDY

  • Designing within a team

  • Producing and evaluating within a team

UNIT ASSESSMENT

  • DESIGN - a design folio that contains a design brief, evaluation criteria, research, visualisations and design options, working drawings, scheduled production plan, and evaluation report

  • PRODUCTION & JOURNAL - product and records of production and modifications

  • EVALUATION and ORAL REPORT - an evaluation report on the finished product and an oral report as a team supported by notes

  • EXAMINATION

 
 

 
 
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Product Design and Technology | Unit 3

OVERVIEW

In this unit students are engaged in the design and development of a product that addresses a personal, local, or global problem (such as humanitarian issues), or that meets the needs and wants of a potential end-user/s.

The product is developed through a design process and is influenced by a range of factors including the purpose, function and context of the product; user-centred design; innovation and creativity; design elements and principles; sustainability concerns; economic limitations; legal responsibilities; material characteristics and properties; and
technology.

PREREQUISITES

N/A

 

AREAS OF STUDY

  • Designing for end user/s

  • Product development in industry

  • Designing for others

Students will investigate and define a design problem, and discuss how the design process leads to product design development.

Students will explain and analyse influences on the design, development and manufacture of products within industrial settings.

Students will document the product design process used to meet the needs of an end-user/s, and commence production of the designed product.

UNIT ASSESSMENT

  • OUTCOME 1 SAC + Outcome 2 SAC together comprise 12% total assessment

  • OUTCOME 3 SAT Criteria 1 to 3 - comprise 30% final SAT score

 
 

 
 
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Product Design and Technology | Unit 4

OVERVIEW

In this unit students engage with an end-user/s to gain feedback throughout the process of production.

Students make comparisons between similar products to help evaluate the success of a product in relation to a range of product design factors.

The environmental, economic and social impact of products throughout their life cycle can be analysed and evaluated with reference to the product design factors

PREREQUISITES

N/A

AREAS OF STUDY

  1. Product analysis and comparison

  2. Product manufacture

  3. Product evaluation

UNIT ASSESSMENT

  • Outcome 1 SAC contributes 8%

  • Outcome 2
    A functional product that conforms to standards of quality indicated in the design brief outline of context.

  • Outcome 3 A written report that includes evaluation of the product.

  • Relevant end-user/s instructions or care labels which highlight the features, assembly, care and/or repair of the product in any of the following formats: video tutorials, annotated image of the product or other multimedia format.

  • School-assessed Task for Units 3 and 4 contributes 50%.

  • Exam 30%

PATHWAYS

On completion of this unit the student should be able to compare, analyse and evaluate similar commercial products, taking into account a range of factors and using appropriate techniques.

On completion of this unit the student should be able to apply a range of production skills and processes safely to make the product designed in Unit 3, and manage time and resources effectively and efficiently.

On completion of this unit the student should be able to evaluate the finished product through testing and feedback against criteria, create end-user instructions or care labels and recommend improvements to future products.