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Unit 6: Designing principles

8552 Designing and making principles

 
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Inside the Unit...

Areas Covered

  • Lesson 1 Investigation, primary and secondary data
  • Lesson 2A The work of other designers
  • Lesson 2B The work of other design companies
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  • Lesson 3 Design strategies
  • Lesson 4 Communication of design ideas and prototype development
  • Lesson 5 Assessment

There are 5 worksheets, 5 homework tasks, and an examination-style assessment test, each with answers included in this unit.

Summary

This unit is subdivided into five topics plus an end-of-unit assessment spread across roughly six lessons. It is a theoretical unit covering sections 3.3.1 – 3.3.6 of the new AQA Design and Technology specification 8552.

The unit begins by looking at methods of investigating sources of primary and secondary data before moving on to look at the work of others to examine influential designers and design companies; this is split over two subtopics 2A and 2B. Topic 3 covers design strategies to illustrate how students can generate a range of designs efficiently. Finally, the unit investigates the communication of design ideas, covering a range of drawing styles.

Students can then sit an assessment test comprising questions similar to those found on the GCSE exam paper.

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Toolkit

The GCSE units have been written to satisfy the specification for Paper 1 of the AQA 8552 Design and Technology GCSE. 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

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Inside the Unit...

  • Download Free Sample 6.8mb

    Areas Covered

    • Lesson 1 Investigation, primary and secondary data
    • Lesson 2A The work of other designers
    • Lesson 2B The work of other design companies
    • Download sample lesson above
    • Lesson 3 Design strategies
    • Lesson 4 Communication of design ideas and prototype development
    • Lesson 5 Assessment

    There are 5 worksheets, 5 homework tasks, and an examination-style assessment test, each with answers included in this unit.

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