Topic outline

  • Welcome to the 7th grade Product Design Moodle

    This Moodle contains useful resources and examples of students work to help you understand what is expected of you at each stage of the design cycle.

    Course Requirements
    You are required to design and manufacture a project that successfully meets the design situation. A full design folio is mandatory. The product/solution must be able to be created by you with the tools and facilities available to you within the school, with minimal support. School policy applies for meeting deadlines of each of the individual sections: Criterion A: Inquiring and analyzing, B: Developing ideas, C: Creating the solution, and D: Evaluating. The school 'Academic Honesty Policy' applies to any work submitted for assessment. Workshop rules and safe working practices must be employed at all times.

    Assessment Due Dates

    Assessment Deadlines 

    Criterion A Due February 17th 

    S1 - January 27th  - 1 week

    S2 - February 3rd - 1 week

    S3 - February 10 - 1 week

    S4 - February 17 - 1 weeks


    Criterion B Due April 1st

    S1 - February 24 - 1 week

    S2 - March 16 - 2 weeks

    S3 - March 23 - 1 week

    S4 - April 1 - 1+ weeks


    Criterion C Due May 13th 

    S1 - April 8 - 1 week

    S2/3 - May 6 - 4 weeks

    S4 - May 13 - 1 week


    Criterion D Due May 27th 

    S1/2 - May 20 - 1 week

    S3/4 - May 27 - 1 week


  • Topic 1

    The Design Folio

    I will share 4 Google documents with you over the course of the semester, which you must use to record your work for criteria A, B, C, and D.  These documents will be distributed via email.

    Please don't make a copy of the document or share it with me, as I am already the owner of the Google document, so there is no need to share it with me. 

    Your folio of work may include text, tables, charts, images (drawings or photographs).  

    When you create your design ideas and planning drawings, you will need to either scan or take good quality photographs of your drawings, which must be included on the appropriate Google document if the work is to be assessed. 

    Photographs of your drawings must be clear enough to interpret the drawings, and any annotation must be clear to read and legible.  If these images are unclear they will not be assessed.

    Please work directly onto the Google document, and ensure any drawings are included in the document as soon as they are finished, so that there are no issues when meeting deadlines!

  • Topic 2

    Design Situation

    Automata are mechanical moving toys combining engineering, cultural and artistic expression. They are ‘story telling mechanical sculptures’. An automata's motion is usually created by mechanical tools like cams, cogs, levers and gears. Often the lower or inner part of the toy includes the mechanical parts and the upper part is the ‘toy that moves’ as a result of the mechanical parts. These toys are often used to reflect cultural themes.

    The 2016 Summer Olympic Games are to be held in Brazil next summer. As part of an interactive exhibition, the Olympic Committee have asked participating countries to create an automata to represent the uniqueness of each country’s culture.

    Design Brief

    Design and make a mechanical toy which represents a country taking part in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil. Your cam toy must be mainly made out of wood that will turn rotary motion into reciprocating  motion. Your toy should reflect an aspect of your chosen country’s traditional values, identity, history and personal beliefs. 

    The product will be a mix of traditional woodworking and modern manufacturing methods which could include laser cutting and 3-D printing. Your cam toy must be no larger than 130 x 120 x 86 mm.

  • Topic 3

    Criterion A: Inquiring and Analyzing - 8 Marks

    S1)  Explain and justify the need for a solution to a problem for a specified client/target audience

    S2)  Identify and prioritize primary and secondary research needed to develop a solution to the problem

    S3)  Analyze a range of existing products that inspire a solution to the problem

    S4)  Develop a detailed design brief, which summarizes the analysis of relevant research.

  • Topic 4

    Criterion B: Developing Design Ideas - 8 Marks

    S1)  Develop a list of success criteria for the solution

    S2)  Present feasible design ideas, which can be correctly interpreted by others

    S3)  Present the chosen design

    S4)  Create a planning drawing/diagram which outlines the main details for making the chosen solution.

  • Topic 5

    Criterion C: Creating the Solution - 8 Marks

    S1)  Outline a plan, which considers the use of resources and time, sufficient for peers to be able to follow to create
    the solution

    S2)  Demonstrate excellent technical skills when making the solution

    S3)  Follow the plan to create the solution, which functions as intended and is presented appropriately

    S4)  List the changes made to the chosen design and plan when making the solution.

  • Topic 6

    Criterion D: Evaluating - 8 Marks

    S1)  Outline simple, relevant testing methods, which generate data, to measure the success of the solution

    S2)  Outline the success of the solution against the design specification

    S3)  Outline how the solution could be improved

    S4)  Outline the impact of the solution on the client/target audience.