This coming year we will be running Product Design for the first time at Hawick High School. The course is being offered at Higher and Intermediate 2 level but all students will follow roughly the same scheme of work. In the interests of sharing I’m making resources available here and will give a rough overview of how I have planned out the course. As this is the first time there will no doubt be changes made for future years, and even throughout the coming year. Never the less I have been given a lot of help from other technology teachers in Scotland over the last few months while I have planned this out, and to make it easier for others who might be in the same situation these might be a useful start point.
At the bottom of this post are links to the resources I will be using with the class.
The school will be changing timetable before the Summer break and I plan to use this time to run a short project looking at benches in the neighbouring park. Students will evaluate the benches and then also make up a specification for new outdoor furniture. Each part of the project will get one week, and are to be seen as a practice for the real items of work the students will produce for their Unit evidence.
After the break we will get straight into evaluating a product. There are a selection of products in school and there is scope for the students to propose something of their own. Then a quick one week designing project focussing on quick idea generation and modelling skills. By the end of the week each student should have produced a design to be manufactured using the RapMan rapid prototyper in school.
The next piece of work will be the generation of a Product Design Specification. Students will be given the task of creating a fully fleshed out spec for a life raft on a Northlink ferry. In the middle of this work we will also have another quick designing project based around (probably) an egg cup. The focus for that being market research and quick modelling.
Following the PDS task we have another 1 week project – really just a week focussing purely on graphic skills, looking at household items such as shavers, irons, kettles. Students will be required to create a range of sketched and drawings, with varying levels of rendering and detail added.
Then we move onto Unit 2, Developing Design Proposals. I have put together a brief and some information similar to that in a Design Assignment, students are to design and model a proposal for a desk/storage problem in a modern design studio. This project should form the basis for most of the evidence for this unit, but work from the two quick designing projects might be used, particularly any graphic work. This will take us up to the Christmas break.
After Christmas we will look at previous work and tidy up any outstanding evidence requirements, but mainly we will be looking at formalising the students notes on topic areas we look quickly at in the first term, and those we haven’t covered yet. Following htis we have the prelims and then the design assignment.
Alongside all of the above work I intend to spend a period a week looking at the Design for Manufacture unit, giving lecture-style lessons followed by time for students to make useful notes. The students will be expected to read ahead and will be working mainly from the green Leckie and Leckie book.
Students will also be sketching regularly, 5-10 minutes most days, with the best work going in a display stuck to the outside of my classroom door.
Files I will use:
StudentGuide – a booklet outlining the course and its requirements, includes SQA DA information.
Projects – more information about each of the blocks of work we will go through.
DfM Questions – questions to support the Design for Manufacture lectures.
Higher product design Planning – Excel spreadsheet that will possibly make no sense to anyone but me, but an outline of the course.
Thanks to everyone who has given me tips and resources in the last few months, you know who you are.
As ever the resoucres are free for you to use, under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 UK: Scotland.
I would be keen to know if you do use this stuff so a comment would be nice, also there is likely to be a few glaring mistakes/omissions/typos in there somewhere so feel free to point them out to me.
Finally, as I said at the top of the post this is the plan, it is open to change, and might not work in practice, I would be very happy if you had any suggestions for how it might be changed to be more successful.