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Year 10 Art and Design

Product Design and Technology: Metal

Semester Elective Unit


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Description

Students study product design principles and sustainable practice, through the use of various tools and metal materials. The students learn how to safely operate welding equipment and undertake and evaluate a number of design activities, to produce functional products.

Students are required to produce a design folio which includes a number of components; the product made is determined by the staff in consultation with the student.

  • A design brief and evaluation criteria.
  • Understand Life Cycle Assessment in product design.
  • A plan of the product, including pictorial and working drawings.
  • A sequence of operations and estimated schedule for production.
  • A list of materials and costing.
  • An evaluation of the students own product development process.

Essential Questions

  • What is and how do I apply the product development process?
  • Why do I need to consider ergonomic consequences in design and manufacture?
  • Is it possible to make a sustainable product?

Areas of Study

Characteristics, Selection and Use of Materials

  • Distinctive qualities: strength, hardness, appearance.
  • Factors influencing choice: purpose, cost, availability, suitability, workability.
  • Related and compatible materials.
  • Common characteristics of a material to be used in conjunction with another.
  • Tolerance of a material for another in combination.
  • Appearance of combined materials.

Materials and Processes

  • The development of skill and dexterity in using appropriate hand and power tools of varying complexity.

Materials, Health and Safety

  • The safe use of hand and power tools and machines.
  • The safe handling, working and storage of particular materials.

Design Consideration and Constraints

  • The design brief: specifies the problem.
  • Design considerations: purpose, for whom.
  • Constraints: cost, time available, materials available, facilities, know-how.

Means of Communicating Ideas

  • Pictorial and working drawings, photographic and physical examples, written and oral explanations, models and mock-ups.

Product Evaluation

  • Value judgements about positive and negative aspects of the product.
  • Presentation and explanation of product attributes.


Task Description
Investigation Folio: research the characteristics and properties of materials.
Design Folio: design activities and product development.
Production Product: one finished product in wood based on a plan established in the folio.
Evaluation Written report on design and production activities throughout the course.
Semester Examination Students undertake an examination at the conclusion of the course.