S5/6 Course Information: Course Structure Course Content Product Design (Int2 & H) Product Design in S5&6 is available at Higher and Intermediate 2 level. Both courses are structured in the same way and have the same content- the Higher course involving greater depth. The course contains 3 units of 40 hours duration which must be passed and an additional 40 hours for assessment, further teaching, consolidation and revision. Higher Final Assessment is in the form of: A 2 hr Question Paper: 70 marks A Design Assignment: 70 marks Total: 140 Int 2 Final Assessment is in the form of: A 1.5 hr Question Paper: 50 marks A Design Assignment: 50 marks Total: 100 This Course develops the ability to apply skills and knowledge to solve design problems in different situations – attributes which are becoming more and more valuable to individuals and organisations. The Course offers students opportunities to explore the impact of design and technological activities in everyday life. Candidates will consider the complete life of a product, from its initial conception, through manufacture and marketing, to its impact on society. Unit 1 1. 2. Unit 2 1. 2. 3. Unit 3 1. 2. 3. Design Analysis Evaluate the design of a commercial product Establish a design specification from a brief Developing Design Proposals Produce a design proposal Use graphic techniques during the production of a design proposal Use modelling techniques during the production of a design proposal Manufacturing Products Explain why particular materials are used for the manufacture of commercial products. Explain why particular processes and systems are used for the manufacture of commercial products. Produce a manual orthographic drawing suitable for use in the manufacture of a given product. All course notes are provided for the students in addition to notes placed on the schools internal server and downloadable materials currently being prepared for the website. An individual copy of the Higher Product Design Textbook from Leckie and Leckie will be loaned to each student during the course. A Grade Booster book is also available for purchase. Exam Content The final exam consists of 2 main sections: Section A (30 marks) This section will consist of a single question requiring extended and reasoned responses. The question will follow a similar structure every year and will test the candidate’s knowledge and understanding of areas from across the Course content. The question will also require candidates to integrate knowledge and understanding from across the Course content. Section B (40 marks) This section will consist of 4 to 7 questions. The questions will sample content from across the Course and may require a degree of integration of knowledge and understanding. Candidates will be expected to answer all questions. Key Dates Supported Study The Design Assignment consists of 8 A3 sheets where a design proposal must be developed to a brief that is sent out by the SQA. This is done in class in March in a set timescale. Pace and quality are essential. Students will be provided with Past Papers and revision materials. They will also be available on the school server. The previous 3 years Papers are available on the SQA website. They will also have access to good exemplar material to make standards evident. Unit 1 Folio submission end Nov (date TBC) Unit 2 Folio submission Feb (date TBC) Initial Prelim/Test during February Prelim diet. Design assignment mid-March. Unit 3 NAB end March (date TBC) Full prelim (with more course coverage) end of March. Final SQA Exam in May. (Revision 2 weeks in April prior to study leave.) Supported study is offered on a Wednesday after school from 3.40 to 4.40 (or later- see PT) Sessions will be offered during Easter Revision School 2013. Teacher is usually available most lunchtimes and after school Tue-Thur for additional assistance. (Students to arrange with PT) Useful revision guides and links Course Level Homework Leckie and Leckie Higher Product Design Course Notes (Textbook) which will be provided. SQA website containing arrangement documents, past papers & answers and other materials. Product Design Grade Booster which students have the option to purchase through the school at a discounted price- recommended. Students are expected to work on course work at home for the first 2 units prior to folio submission for internal assessment. Regular homework covering Design Principles, Practices and Processes, normally on a weekly basis.