Our Design and Manufacture course provides pupils with opportunities to continue to acquire and develop the attributes and capabilities of the four capacities (developing successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors) as well as skills for learning, life and work.
The course introduces pupils to the multi-faceted world of Product Design and Manufacturing. It combines design creativity and innovation with technological rigour. It is this interface between technology and creativity that makes the course so full of options, possibilities and of great educational benefit. Creativity is at its heart and with its use of technology it makes it an exciting course.
In the course pupils are encouraged to use imagination, creativity and logical thinking, and to apply practical skills. The course thus provides a broad scope for personalisation and choice.
The aims of the course are to enable learners to develop:
- skills in the design and manufacturing of models, prototypes and products
- knowledge and understanding of manufacturing processes and materials
- an understanding of the impact of design and manufacturing technologies on our environment and society
Although National 4 Courses are not graded pupils will be assessment on a broad skills set, as well as required knowledge and understanding of the course, these include:
- evaluating existing products
- using a selected range of research techniques
- applying a range of basic idea generation techniques
- writing a simple specification
- selecting and using a range of tools, equipment, software and materials in designing, making and testing models, prototypes and products
- applying creative design skills, when refining and resolving simple product design tasks
- using graphic techniques to visually represent design solutions in simple and straightforward contexts
- using simple modelling and manufacturing techniques to represent design ideas in three dimensions
- contributing to the evaluation of their own design proposals and associated manufacturing practicalities, and make suggestions for improvement
- basic knowledge of the impact of design and manufacturing technologies on our environment and society
- basic knowledge of the factors that influence the design and manufacture of artifacts and products
- basic knowledge of manufacturing processes and the properties and uses of materials
All of this is achieved in the process of carrying out and completing a series of Design assignments which will be presented in the form of both folio work and the Manufacture of artifacts and products.