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Year 10 Art and Design

Product Design and Technology: Design Engineering

Elective Unit


There are no prerequisites for this course. 

Course Description

This subject focusses on developing an understanding of social, economic and environmental consequences of design choices and decision making. 

Design Engineering involves students understanding the operation of new technologies and apparatus to improve the lives of others in product development. Systems used include computer aided drawing (CAD), computer aided manufacture (CAM), Rapid 3D prototyping and Laser Technology.

Students pursue research to understand how they may solve a design dilemma. Students use CAD to plan and communicate their solutions and learn how to manage the production process through strategic planning including the estimation of material quantities and project management systems. Students build prototypes and reflect on the entire project, considering their and the end users perspective to evaluate the journey.

Students examine a range of design factors that influence the development and manufacture of products including: 

  • Human needs.
  • Product purpose and function.
  • Visual and aesthetic factors.
  • Materials and their structures.
  • Production processes and new technologies.
  • Economics related to design and technology.
  • Environmental and ecological impacts.
  • Innovation through product design and technology.

The study of Design Engineering - Product Design and Technology may provide a pathway to a range of related fields including industrial and product design, engineering, furniture, jewellery, architecture and building construction (Management).

Essential Questions

  • How do I operate new technologies to improve the life of others?
  • What current systems can be developed and improved using new and emerging technologies?

Areas of Study

Temporary Accommodation

  • Lean Manufacturing - Nesting, Tessellation and Template Design- orienting the use of materials to optimise space for over population or provide housing for the homeless.
  • Study flexible and responsive manufacturing.
  • A prototype.

Making Body Parts

  • Design and development of Prostheses to improve the lives of the disabled.
  • A prototype.

That Product is Rubbish?

  • Redesigning waste into products.
  • Material testing and tolerances.
  • Sustainable and Environmental systems.
  • Extending the life of products – Sustainability Systems and Models - Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), Design for Disassembly (DfD), Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), Product Stewardship.
  • A prototype.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) -  Communicating and Manufacturing Ideas

  • Pictorial and working drawings in CAD; photographic and physical examples; written and oral explanations; models, 3D printed prototypes and mock-ups.

Product Evaluation

  • Examining the effectiveness and efficiencies of certain design and production routines.
  • Presentation and explanation of product attributes.


Task Description

Research and Development (R&D)

Folio:design brief, evaluation matrix, material testing, models and prototypes

(CAD) Computer Aided Design

Electronic folio:visualisations, concept development drawings


Three prototypes/products based on topics


Class presentation of achievements and improvements

Semester Examination

Students undertake an examination at the conclusion of the course