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Graphic Communication

Course Level:  National 4

The National 4 course introduces learners to the diverse and ever increasing exciting variety of presentation methods employed in Graphic Communication. They allow the opportunity for learners to gain skills in reading, interpreting and creating graphics as well as initiating, developing and communicating their ideas graphically through the use of manual and 3D computer generated techniques.

The Graphic Communication course consists of 3 units:

3D and Pictorial Graphic Communication Unit

The general aim of this unit is for learners to develop skills in both manual and electronic Graphic Communication techniques. They will acquire knowledge of terms and techniques in computer-aided draughting and design. Throughout this unit learners will be provided with guidance from the teacher to allow them to develop skills and produce competed folio work that meets National 4 requirements.

2D Graphic Communication Unit

The general aim of this unit is for learners to acquire knowledge and understanding of terms and techniques in computer aided design/draughting and DTP (desktop publishing). They will learn how Graphic Communication technologies impact on our environment and society. Throughout this unit learners will be provided with guidance from the teacher to allow them to use relevant software to a standard that meet National 4 requirements.

Added Value Unit

The unit will allow learners to produce, with guidance, a graphical response to an assignment 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 Graphic Communication course consists of 2 units and an Added Value Assignment:

3D and Pictorial Graphic Communication Unit

The general aim of this unit is for learners to develop skills in both manual and electronic Graphic Communication techniques. They will acquire knowledge of terms and techniques in computer-aided draughting and design. Throughout this unit learners will be expected to build upon prior knowledge/skills, use their own initiative and work independently to produce folio work that meets National 5 requirements.

2D Graphic Communication Unit

The general aim of this unit is for learners to acquire knowledge and understanding of terms and techniques in computer aided design/draughting and DTP (desktop publishing). They will learn how Graphic Communication technologies impact on our environment and society. Throughout this unit learners will be required demonstrate a clear understanding of the topics, whilst demonstrating the ability to independently use relevant software to produce work that meets National 5 requirements.

Added Value Assignment at National 5

The unit will allow learners to produce a graphical response to a brief set by the SQA. This unit forms 50% of the final grade. This unit in internally marked by staff in accordance with SQA guidelines and is subject to SQA verification

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