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The Design Project Undertaken as a Team

Internal Assessment: The Design Project Undertaken as a Team The compulsory design project aspect of the Design Technology Practical Programme can be undertaken by individual students or by teams of students. The assessment criteria are the same for each strategy i.e. all the assessment criteria will be applied to each student whether completing the project as an individual or as a member of a team. This means that it is not possible for members of  a team to concentrate on only ...

Assessing the Design Project Using the IB Design Technology IA Criteria:Planning (Aspect Three)

Assessing the Design Project Using  the IB Design Technology IA Criteria: Planning  (Aspect Three)   A common problem with many students’ design projects is the inclusion of a generic list of specifications rather than a set of specifications relating to the context identified in Aspect One and the Design Brief explained in Aspect Two. Such a generic list usually covers categories of specifications given by the teacher to all students as a starting point and encompasses areas such as safety, ease-of-use, aesthetics ...

Understanding The Internal Assessment Criteria:Planning (Aspect 2) – The Design Brief

  Based on experience moderating IA practical work over the past 15 years there seems to be a fair amount of confusion as to what constitutes a good design brief. The Subject Guide attempts to clarify the issue via Assessment Statement 1.1.3 but students sometimes view these statements as “theory” and do not relate them to the practical work which probably takes place some time later. In many schools/colleges students only use the design cycle once in their practical programme i.e. ...

Design Technology: Understanding the Internal Assessment Criteria (Planning) – Defining the Problem (Aspect 1)

Many students fail to gain a “complete” mark for Aspect One of the planning IA criteria due to lack of objective evidence to justify “the need or opportunity”. Often students merely state their own opinion based on assumptions or they choose a design context because they want to make a particular product. It is important that students explain their reasons for focusing on a particular context. This may be prompted by constructive discontent . For example, concern for the environment and ...

Design for the Environment

Design For The Environment   There are numerous strategies that may be employed by designers, manufacturers, organizations and governments to deal with the issue of sustainable development.   Clean Technology focuses on improving the environmental impact of a specific technology. This may entail an end-of-pipe approach to reduce the amount of waste and pollution from a manufacturing system such as chemicals discharged from a textiles dyeing process into a river system, or it could be a more sophisticated approach such as that involved with ...

Innovation Case Study: The Sewing Machine

IB Design Technology: Innovation Case Study -The Sewing Machine A sewing machine is a device which joins fabric using thread usually by creating stitches with two threads though some machines use more threads. Sewing machines can also create patterned stitches and button holes. The first sewing machine was patented in 1830 by Barthelemy Thimonnier. By 1841 Thimmonier had 80 machines in his Paris factory producing French Army uniforms (a pioneering system of volume production using mechanisation). The use of the sewing machine produced ...

Invention, Innovation & Design

The definition of invention in the IB Design Technology Diploma Guide Glossary is the process of discovering a principle - a technical advance in a particular field often resulting in a novel product. So an inventor may have an idea for a new product but these ideas themselves do not constitute an invention until they are transformed into something more tangible such as a model or a prototype. The general conditions applying to a patent for an invention are that ...

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