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Development and Realisation

This section is worth the most in the folio. You need to use cognitive organisers such as flow charts, concept maps, sketches, photographs, digital images, written procedures, a log book or diary, letters and interveiws. This part of the folio includes the following headings: (click the star to go to that section).

Evidence of creativity and innovation

Consideration of design factors

Documentation of research

Evidence of testing

Application of conclusions

Use of communication and presentation techniques

Evidence of Practical skills

Industrial and commercial practices

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Evidence of creativity

Evidence of creativity

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The information from each of these Folio Components is taken from the Excel HSC and Preliminary Design and Technology Study Guide by Suzanne Strazzari and Deborah Trevallion (2003)

Consideration of design factors

You must analyse a range of design factors and explain how they are used in your folio. These factors may include:

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The information from each of these Folio Components is taken from the Excel HSC and Preliminary Design and Technology Study Guide by Suzanne Strazzari and Deborah Trevallion (2003)

Research

Evidence of both primary and secondary research is required here and a range of research techniques should be employed to support the project. Gathering information is only a small part of the marks allotted to the research question.


You can gather information from a wide range of sources but you must be sure not to plagiarise, this means that you should reference all of your material you get from books, journals and from the internet.


Better students will not just print off the research, they will explain how the research was used in the making of the MDP. To increase marks it is expected that you would reference the article, highlight major points and explain how, where and why this technique was used.

 

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Primary and secondary research

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The information from each of these Folio Components is taken from the Excel HSC and Preliminary Design and Technology Study Guide by Suzanne Strazzari and Deborah Trevallion (2003)

Testing

Experimentation and testing can be carried out in many ways but be sure to have a reason to test. Testing must be done on the same types of materials you will use in the project.


Reasons for testing and expeimentation can be to improve your skills, to assist creativity and innovation and to see if ideas will work.

Documentation of these procedures is required.
Many students include samples and prototypes showing innovative problem solving and design solutions. Consideration needs to be given to how the conclusions from your testing will be presented in your folio.

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The information from each of these Folio Components is taken from the Excel HSC and Preliminary Design and Technology Study Guide by Suzanne Strazzari and Deborah Trevallion (2003)

Conclusions

In this section you need to document how you used the information

you gathered during your research and testing. More successful

students will explain how they changed sections of their MDP

because of the conclusions drawn from the experimenting processes, if applicable.

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The information from each of these Folio Components is taken from the Excel HSC and Preliminary Design and Technology Study Guide by Suzanne Strazzari and Deborah Trevallion (2003)

Techniques

The use of good communication and presentation techniques will help you get your message across to the markers. Remember that the quality is more importanat than the quantity.


Communication needs to be clear and concise and utilise higher order thinking skills.


The relevant use of a range of technological skills will be highly regarded and the inclusion of models and prototypes is encouraged.

 

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The information from each of these Folio Components is taken from the Excel HSC and Preliminary Design and Technology Study Guide by Suzanne Strazzari and Deborah Trevallion (2003)

Skills

Evidence of ongoing application must be included in your folio. You must prove to the markers that this was your project and that you completed all the work yourself.


You may use logs, diaries, photographs, work reports and storyboards to prove your work.


The inclusion of a clear and detailed procedural text is strongly recommended as is the use of a log which is regularly signed and dated by your teacher, and supported with photographic evidence of the steps in the development of your project.


Be careful with photographs! They can often tell the marker more than the folio does. If you claim you did all the work at school, do not include a photo of your dad helping you at home.

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The information from each of these Folio Components is taken from the Excel HSC and Preliminary Design and Technology Study Guide by Suzanne Strazzari and Deborah Trevallion (2003)

Indsutry and Commercial

An industrial setting involves a manufacturing workshop environment whilst a

commercial setting is any other business. In this section you need to clearly

explain the similarities and difference of the materials, tools and techniques that you

have used in comparison with those used in a commerical or industrial setting.

Remember to discuss OH&S regulations, Australian Standards and the

protection of intellectual property.

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The information from each of these Folio Components is taken from the Excel HSC and Preliminary Design and Technology Study Guide by Suzanne Strazzari and Deborah Trevallion (2003)

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