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VCE Art and Design

Product Design and Technology Unit 4: Product Development and Evaluation


Product Design and Technology Unit 3.

Course Description

In this unit students engage with an end-user/s to gain feedback throughout the process of production. Students make comparisons between similar products to help evaluate the success of a product in relation to a range of product design factors. The environmental, economic and social impact of products throughout their life cycle can be analysed and evaluated with reference to the product design factors.

Areas of Study

Product Analysis and Comparison

In this area of study students examine design factors that influence the success of commercially available products. Products are analysed and evaluated in terms of the product design factors. Students develop an understanding of what people value and how they evaluate products using qualitative and quantitative methods, and consider the impacts and consequences of product design success and failure.

Students examine types of comparative tests used to determine how well similar, commercially produced products fulfil their purpose.

Product Manufacture

This area of study focuses on the skills, production techniques and processes employed to make a product to suit the needs of an end-user/s. Students continue to implement their scheduled production plan, apply skills and processes including risk management in the safe use of materials, tools, equipment and machines, and complete the product to specified standards of quality. They monitor and record their progress and make modifications if necessary.

Product Evaluation

This area of study focuses on the student’s application of evaluation criteria, the performance of checks and tests, and gaining end-user/s’ feedback to determine how well a product meets the needs and requirements outlined in the design brief developed in Unit 3. Students produce relevant end-user/s’ instructions or care labels that highlight features of the product they have designed and made. User instructions or care labels may include methods of caring for the product to prolong its life, and operational, assembly and repair instructions.


Outcomes Assessment Tasks Marks Allocated
(school-assessed coursework)
Compare, analyse and evaluate similar commercial products, taking into account a range of factors and using appropriate techniques.       Written report. 8
Safely apply a range of production skills and processes to make the product designed in Unit 3, and manage time and resources effectively and efficiently.
  • SAT.
  • Production.
  • Design Folio.

Evaluate the outcomes of the design, planning and production activities, explain the product’s design features to the client and/or an end-user and outline its care requirements.

Overall Final Assessment

Graded Assessment Title Assessment Exam Duration Contribution to Study Score (%)
1 Units 3 and 4 Coursework School-assessed   20
2 School-assessed Task School-assessed   50
3 Written Examination November 1.5 hours 30


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