D&T - SENIOR PHASE

National 4/5 - Design and Manufacture

 

Course Description

 

The Course provides a practical introduction to design, and materials and manufacturing processes. Pupils gain skills in designing and communicating ideas. Pupils explore the properties and uses of materials, to make models and prototypes of products. This is a practical course, combining elements of creativity and designing with a requirement to consider the various factors that impact on a product’s design. Pupils will consider the life cycle of a product from its inception through design, manufacture, and use, including its disposal or re-use. Pupils will develop the ability to: read drawings and diagrams, articulate and communicate ideas, develop solutions and manufacture their design ideas. It also allows them to consider how technologies have impacted on the world of the designer and on manufacturing. The course will be delivered through a series of design assignments.

 

Skills Development

 

The aims of the course are to allow learners to develop:

 

  • An awareness of design factors and skills to evaluate how effectively products meet user’s needs

  • Creative problem solving skills and an understanding of the impact of design decisions

  • Skills when using a variety of technologies to design and manufacture models, prototypes and products

  • The ability to become involved in dialogue and discussions regarding their design tasks

  • Sketching, modelling and manufacturing skills to communicate and realise their ideas

  • Skills in planning and producing increasingly complex products

  • Knowledge and understanding of manufacturing processes and materials, selecting and using a range of tools

  • An awareness of Health and Safety when working in a practical environment

  • An understanding of the impact of design and manufacturing technologies on the environment and society

 

 

Unit Breakdown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Progression / Career Pathways

This course provides progression to the Higher Design and Manufacture course. Pupils may also wish to study other technological courses at N5 including: Graphic Communication, Practical Woodworking and Practical Metalworking.  This course prepares pupils for the world of work, apprenticeships and training in design and/or manufacturing related fields.  Career pathways include: Architecture, Product Design, Engineering, Mechanic, Manufacturing, Marketing and related disciplines.

National 4/5 - Graphic Communication

 

Course Description

 

This course introduces pupils to the variety of presentation methods employed in graphic communication. Pupils will have opportunities to gain skills in reading, interpreting, and creating graphic communications. Pupils will initiate, develop and communicate ideas graphically; developing an awareness of graphic communication as an international language. This is a practical course, combining creativity and designing, whilst considering factors that impact on graphic design. Pupils will initiate and produce simple preliminary, production and promotional graphics in straightforward, familiar and some new contexts. It also allows pupils to consider how technologies have impacted on the world of the designer. The course will be delivered through a series of design assignments.

 

Skills Development

 

The aims of the course are to allow learners to develop:

 

  • Skills in graphic communication techniques, including the use of equipment and graphics materials

  • A knowledge of a range of computer-aided graphics techniques and practice

  • Skills in using software associated with the production of 2D and 3D graphics

  • A knowledge and understanding of graphic communication standards, protocols and conventions; and the ability to apply these to familiar and new contexts

  • An understanding of how graphic communication technologies impact on our environment and society

  • Design skills when developing solutions to simple graphics tasks (with some complex features)

  • A knowledge of colour, illustration and presentation techniques in familiar and some unfamiliar contexts

  • The ability to take initiative in evaluating work and applying suggestions for improvement in presentation

  • Visual literacy by interpreting simple but unfamiliar graphic communications

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Progression / Career Pathways

This course provides progression to the Higher Graphic Communication course. Pupils may also wish to study other technological courses at N5 including: Design and Manufacture, Practical Woodworking and Practical Metalworking.  Some may wish to progress to work, apprenticeships or training in graphic related fields.  Career pathways include: Architecture, Product Design, Engineering, Manufacturing, Marketing and related disciplines.

National 4/5 - Practical Woodworking

 

Course Description

 

This is a practical course, which combines elements of technique and standard practice with elements of creativity.  The course provides opportunities for learners to gain practical woodworking skills and to use a variety of tools, equipment and materials.  It allows them to plan for the completion of a finished wooden product.  This course would suit learners with an interest in crafts and practical woodworking.  The course is structured to cover fundamental woodworking skills in a progressive fashion. Each Unit covers a set of new woodworking skills. All of the Units include skills in measuring, marking out, cutting and jointing techniques.

 

Skills Development

 

The aims of the course are to allow learners to develop:

 

  • Skills in woodworking techniques, measuring and marking out a variety of timber and sheet materials

  • Skills in the correct use of tools, equipment and a range of processes and techniques

  • Safe working practices in workshop environments

  • Skills in reading and following simple woodworking drawings and diagrams.

  • Practical creativity and problem-solving skills

  • Knowledge of sustainability issues in a practical woodworking context

  • Better psychomotor skills and opportunities to build self-confidence

  • Thinking, numeracy, employability, enterprise and citizenship skills – in particular, skills in: planning and organising work, working independently and in collaboration with others, communication and self and peer evaluation

 

 

Unit Breakdown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Progression / Career Pathways

Pupils may also wish to study other technological courses at N5 including: Graphic Communication, Design & Manufacture and Practical Metalworking.  This course prepares pupils for the world of work, apprenticeships and training in design and/or manufacturing related fields.  Career pathways include:  crafts, construction, manufacturing, engineering, theatre, visual arts and related disciplines.

National 4/5 - Practical Metalwork 

 

Course Description

 

The Course is largely workshop-based, providing a broad introduction to practical metalworking, which combines elements of technique and standard practice with elements of creativity.  The course provides opportunities for learners to gain practical metalworking skills and to use a variety of tools, equipment and materials.  It allows them to plan for the completion of a finished metal product.  This course would suit learners with an interest in crafts and practical engineering.  The course is structured to cover fundamental metalwork skills in a progressive fashion. Each Unit covers a set of new skills. All of the Units include skills in measuring, marking out, cutting and jointing techniques.

 

Skills Development

 

The aims of the course are to allow learners to develop:

  • Skills in metalworking techniques, measuring and marking out a variety of metals and sheet materials

  • Skills in the correct use of tools, equipment and a range of processes and techniques

  • Safe working practices in workshop environments

  • Skills in reading and following simple drawings and diagrams.

  • Practical creativity and problem-solving skills

  • Knowledge of sustainability issues in a practical metalworking context

  • Better psychomotor skills and opportunities to build self-confidence

  • Thinking, numeracy, employability, enterprise and citizenship skills – skills in: planning and organising work, working independently and in collaboration with others, communication and self and peer evaluation

 

 

Unit Breakdown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Progression / Career Pathways

 

Pupils may also wish to study other technological courses at N5 including: Graphic Communication, Design & Manufacture and Practical Woodworking.  This course prepares pupils for the world of work, apprenticeships and training in design and/or manufacturing related fields.  Career pathways include:  crafts, construction, manufacturing, engineering, theatre, visual arts and related disciplines.

Higher - Graphic Communication

 

Course Description

 

This Course is intended to develop the learner's knowledge, understanding and set of skills related to graphic communication. It will enable the learner to initiate, develop and communicate ideas and solutions using graphic techniques in 2D and 3D. Pupils will develop their presentation skills through the use of analysis and evaluative skills. Both Units also develop transferable skills — application, creativity, numeracy and ICT. Pupils will develop skills in graphic communication techniques, including the use of equipment, graphics materials and software. They should also apply their creativity in the production of graphic communications to produce visual impact in meeting a specified purpose. An understanding of graphic communication standards, protocols and conventions will need to be displayed alongside an understanding of the impact of graphic communication technologies on our environment and society.

 

Skills Development

 

The aims of the course are to allow pupils to develop:

 

  • replicating graphic forms in 2D, 3D and pictorial representations

  • applying standards, protocols and conventions in straightforward but unfamiliar contexts

  • initiating, planning and producing preliminary, production, promotional, and informational graphics

  • applying graphic design skills, including creativity, when developing solutions to graphics tasks

  • understanding the application of colour, illustration and presentation techniques

  • critically reviewing graphics work as it progresses and evaluating completed task work

  • extending visual literacy by interpreting unfamiliar graphic communications

  • extending graphic spatial awareness in unfamiliar 2D, 3D and pictorial graphic situations

  • selecting, managing, and using graphic communication equipment, software and materials effectively

  • understanding a broad range of computer-aided graphics techniques including commercial practice

  • an understanding of the impact of graphic technologies on our environment and society

 

 

Unit Breakdown - Higher (Grades A – D)

 

2D Graphic Communication

Pupils will develop more complex skills in both manual and electronic 2D graphic techniques: applying knowledge and understanding of 2D terms, standards, conventions and techniques which support CAD and DTP. Pupils will complete tasks producing evidence showing a greater depth of knowledge, understanding and application.

 

3D and Pictorial Graphic Communication

Pupils will further develop their knowledge and understanding of graphic communication techniques and presentation skills; improving their skills in drawing, sketching and 3D modelling. Pupils will complete tasks producing evidence showing a greater depth of knowledge, understanding and application.

 

Assignment (70 Marks)

The added value of the Course is assessed, addressing the key purposes and aims of the Course. To achieve success in the Course, learners must show that they are able to apply their knowledge from across the units to respond effectively to situations within both practical and theoretical graphics contexts: to describe and explain graphic techniques, methods and standards; to interpret unfamiliar graphics and to produce a response to a brief.

 

Question Paper (70 Marks)

The question paper will require learners to demonstrate aspects of breadth and application in a graphic context, based on recognised graphic principles and those used in industry and commerce.

 

 

Progression / Career Pathways

This course provides progression to the Advanced Higher Graphic Communication course. Pupils may also wish to study other technological courses at N5 including: Design and Manufacture, Practical Wood and Metalworking.  Some may wish to progress to work, apprenticeships or training in graphic related fields.  Career pathways include: Architecture, Product Design, Engineering, Manufacturing, Marketing and related disciplines.