Design and Technology: Electronic Products Curriculum

Electronic Products runs for Year 11 students who are finishing off their GCSE qualification. Please see Design and Technology for details of the course taught at Year 9 and Year 10.


Year 11

The majority of Year 11 will be focused on the controlled assessment unit. This is a design and make activity where the students will demonstrate their skills, knowledge and understanding of electronic products by designing and making a high quality product.

Half Term 1 (June-July)
Students will be introduced to their coursework unit and start to research and design a product based on a given design brief.
Students carry out an analysis of their chosen design brief. Detailed research and analysis’s undertaken in order to help the students to gather information to help them to design and write a design specification.

Revision Theory
• Input components, circuit symbols & their function; Sensors & Switches
• Output components, circuit symbols & their function; bulbs, LEDs, loudspeakers, motors, solenoids, 7-segment display, LED dot matrix display, LCD
• Power sources; batteries, mains & solar power

Half Term 2 (September - October)
The students will use the information gather in their research and design a range of possible solutions to their chosen design problem. The students present their work in an A3 format using a range of different design and presentation techniques. At the end of the design ideas section the students evaluate each idea to identify the best design to develop into a final design solution.

Revision Theory
• Process components, circuit symbols & their function
• Transistors, Darlington pair, thyristor, FETs, carbon nanotubes as semiconductors, 555 timer, Op-Amps, PICs, Logic Gates

Half Term 3 (November - December)
Students develop their chosen design into a final realised solution. Testing, modelling and experimentation are encouraged in order to achieve a final design. Presentation drawings of the final design are produced detailing materials, processes and sizes. Every detail of the final design must be thoroughly considered and tested. A detailed production plan is produced alongside a cutting list of materials needed for the manufacturing process.

Revision Theory
• Components, circuit symbols & their function; Resistors, Capacitors, Diodes & Relays
• Units & Calculations; Unit of current (amp), Unit of resistance (ohm), Unit of voltage (volt), Unit of capacitance (farad), Ohm’s Law: V = I x R, Time period: T = R x C, Resistors in series: Rtotal = R1+R2+R3 etc., Resistors in parallel: Rtotal = R1xR2/R1+R2
• Circuit Testing; Voltmeter, Ammeter, Multimeter

Half Term 4 (January - February)
This whole term is dedicated to the manufacture of the designed and planned product. Students have approximately 16 hours to produce their final piece of practical work. During this time students are expected to produce a “Diary of manufacture” to evidence the making of their product.

Revision Theory
• Scale of production
• Materials & their properties; Timbers, Plastic & Metals.
• Manufacturing processes & forming techniques

Half Term 5 (March - April)
Final testing and evaluation of the finished products carried out. Work is presented in the final folder for submission for final assessment

Revision Theory
• ICT in the design, development, marketing and sale of products
• Digital media & new technology e.g. Bluetooth, HD etc.
• Sustainability
• Renewable sources of energy
• Climate change
• Moral social and cultural issues

Half term 6 (April - May)
Structured time for revision and past exam paper exercises.

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