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Unit 13: Design methods

7552 Product Design

 
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Areas Covered

This unit consists of seven topics, each more substantial than a single lesson and intended to be covered over the course of a week.

Topic 1: Design methods and processes
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Topic 2: Design influences styles and movements
Topic 3: Designers and their work 
Topic 4: Socio-economic influences
Topic 5: Developments in technology
Topic 6: Social, moral and ethical considerations
Topic 7: Product life cycle
End of unit assessment

There are worksheets, homework tasks, and an assessment test, each with answers included in this unit.

Summary

The use of alternative design strategies and the understanding of how to gather and use research data begins this informative and inspirational unit. Design history and theory is delivered through case study investigation of design movements, influential design houses and world class designers. The unit leads students to draw conclusions about how design has shaped our modern world and how designers need to work responsibly to reduce negative global impact. The methodology for tackling this reduction concludes the lessons by unpicking a product’s lifecycle and the choices that this analysis presents a designer.

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Teachers' Toolkit

The A Level units have been written to satisfy the specification for the AQA 7552 Product Design qualification. Each unit contains:

PowerPoint slides for each topic
Detailed lesson plans
Learning objectives and outcomes
Worksheets and homework activities with answers
End-of-unit, exam-style assessment test with answers
Other material and links to online resources

What people say...

Fantastic book – concise, informative and great use of images for explaining methods and processes.

Mr Jon Phillips. Design and Technology Teacher, Hereford Cathedral School

Wow! This is certainly the most comprehensive and useful book out there for A Level OCR Computing.  I will be purchasing a class set for year 12 and 13.  

Craig Sargent. Head of Computer Science, Archway School

Inside the Unit...

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    Areas Covered

    This unit consists of seven topics, each more substantial than a single lesson and intended to be covered over the course of a week.

    Topic 1: Design methods and processes
    Download sample lesson above
    Topic 2: Design influences styles and movements
    Topic 3: Designers and their work 
    Topic 4: Socio-economic influences
    Topic 5: Developments in technology
    Topic 6: Social, moral and ethical considerations
    Topic 7: Product life cycle
    End of unit assessment

    There are worksheets, homework tasks, and an assessment test, each with answers included in this unit.

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