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Design and Manufacturing

Course Level:  National 4

The National 4 course will introduce learners to the sensational world of product Design & Manufacturing. Creativity is at the heart of the courses - yet it is the combination with technology and practical workshop activities that makes it so exciting. The course provides a practical introduction to design, materials & manufacturing processes. In addition it provides opportunities for learners to gain skills in designing,  communicating  proposals with the opportunity to make models/prototypes of products in the workshop.

The Design and Manufacture course consists of 3 Units:

Design Unit

The aim of this Unit is to develop the learner’s skills and creativity in designing a product which they will manufacture. Learners will take a given design brief and develop it to a final concept, generating ideas by applying research, graphics and modelling techniques. Throughout this unit learners will be provided with guidance from the teacher to allow them to make valid design choices and complete tasks .

Materials and Manufacture Unit

The aim of this Unit is to develop the learner’s skills and creativity in manufacturing a product or prototype based on a given design concept. The aim includes developing an appreciation and application of the properties and uses of materials. Throughout this unit learners will be provided with guidance from the teacher to allow them to make valid decisions when planning for manufacture, choosing/using correct tools and ensure that completed models meet National 4 requirements.

Added Value

The unit will allow learners to Design and Manufacture a product in response to a brief. The added value unit is set by the CDT department and is internally marked by staff in accordance with SQA guidelines.

Course Level:  National 5

As per National 4

The Design and Manufacture course consists of 2 units and an Added Value Assignment:

Design Unit

The aim of this Unit is to develop the learners’ skills and creativity in designing a product which they will manufacture. Learners will take a given design brief and develop it to a final concept, generating ideas by applying research, graphics and modelling techniques. Learners will use their own initiative and be given an opportunity for independent thinking .

Materials and Manufacture Unit

The aim of this Unit is to develop the learners skills and creativity in manufacturing a product or prototype based on a given design concept. Throughout this unit learners will be required to independently make valid decisions when planning for manufacture, choosing/using correct tools and will be required to demonstrate sound manufacturing/finishing techniques that will meet National 5

Added Value Assignment at National 5

The unit will allow learners to Design and Manufacture a product in response to a brief set by the SQA. This unit forms 60% of the final grade.

Further information can be obtained from:

http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/48674.html