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Design and Technology

Staff

Mr C Kelly

Miss K Rankin

Mr E Scott (Technician)

 

Courses

Design & Technology is an 'umbrella title' for a range of subjects which cover all aspects of technical education. Throughout their Broad General Education (BGE) pupils will complete a series of projects that have a direct link to one of the core courses that are offered as part of the Senior Phase in the Design & Technology department. These include Design and Manufacture, Graphic Communication and Practical Woodworking. All our Design and Technology courses are challenging and engaging and require a high level of commitment from the pupils who undertake them.

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Broad General Education 

First and Second Year

Robot: Interpreting working drawings, measurement and accuracy in the workshop

Christmas Decoration: Interpreting working drawings, measurement and accuracy in the workshop
Christmas Stocking: Electronics

Rolling Pin & Cookie Cutter: Designing and manufacturing products using CAD/CAM Techniques.

Squidgy: 3D Modelling

Wooden Child’s Toy: Design process, 3D Modelling, Laser cutting and woodworking

Advent Calendar: Commercial manufacturing process and illustration and presentation techniques

Camping Cutlery: Design process, Computer Aided Design, Computer Aided Manufacture and plastic work

Hydraulics: Engineering Science

Clock: End of S2 project that incorporates aspects from Design and Manufacture, Graphic Communication and Practical Woodworking.

                                         

Third Year

In third year pupils visit our subject three times a week. As learners reach the end of the BGE phase and prepare for the Senior Phase our S3 course is designed to promote further progression into Nationals. Pupils can choose from the following courses:

Design & Manufacture (BGE with a Design and Manufacture focus)

Graphic Communication (BGE with a Graphic Communication focus)

Practical Woodworking (BGE with a Practical Woodworking focus)

 

Senior Phase 

Fourth Year

As part of the Senior Phase pupils will visit the department five times a week. Pupils can choose from the following courses:

Design and Manufacture (National 4/5)

Graphic Communication (National 4/5)

Practical Woodworking (National 4/5)

 

Fifth and Sixth Year

As part of the Senior Phase pupils will visit the department five times a week. Pupils can choose from the following courses:

Design and Manufacture (National 4/5 and Higher)

Graphic Communication (National 4/5 and Higher)

Practical Woodworking (National 4/5)

 

Graphic Communication

Graphic Communication is a distinctive course that will help you to develop both your creative and technical skills. In particular the courses offered will provide you with essential CAD skills and allow you to develop your own design process to tackle creative design challenges.

Everywhere you look you will see aspects of Graphic Communication. This will include advertising, architecture, engineering, web design and even in computer games! As this is an every evolving area of design, our courses adapt and change to reflect new techniques and technologies that are available. Most recently this has included the 3D Printer and Laser Cutter - both of these technologies allow our young designers to test and evaluate their ideas!

Within the department we have a number of new technologies available to enhance our Graphic Communication courses and ensure that there is something for everyone. The nature of the courses allows all learners to follow their strengths but also provide challenge through increased creativity and challenging design briefs.

Graphic Communication is an important tool used widely in the construction, engineering and consumer industries. Career pathways from Graphic Communication include Graphic Design, Architecture, Advertising, Animation, Multimedia Design, Engineering and Publishing to name a few.

Within the Technologies Faculty Graphic Communication is delivered throughout both the Junior and Senior Phases of our school curriculum. In the Junior Phase Graphic Communication is delivered as part of S1-S2 Broad General Experiences and as a course choice for S3 BGE with a Graphic Communication focus. As part of the Senior Phase, Graphic Communication is available as a course choice for levels National 4, National 5 and Higher.

 

Practical Woodworking

Practical Woodworking is an exciting and diverse course which allows students to make quality projects out of wood. Practical woodworking differs to the other courses offered within the Design and Technology department as pupils are not required to design any items, but make items in response to sketches and drawings provided throughout the course.

Throughout the subject pupils learn a variety of woodworking skills and have responsibility for using a range of tools and machines. As part of the course pupils also develop responsibility, problem solving, coordination and planning skills along with safe working practices.

Practical Woodworking has no end of year written exam. Instead there is a range of assessment strategies used within the course with regular feedback being provided to pupils. Evidence is largely produced through practical project work, and records which pupils maintain, which are internally assessed throughout the year.

Career pathways from Practical Woodworking include Joinery, Furniture & Cabinet Making, Shop Fitting, Wood Machining, Engineering and various other trades.  The course also provides a number of transferable skills suited to many more careers of a practical nature.

Within the Technologies Faculty Practical Woodworking is delivered throughout both the Junior and Senior Phases of our school curriculum. In the Junior Phase Practical Woodworking is delivered as part of S1-S2 Broad General Experiences and as a course choice for S3 BGE with a Practical Woodworking focus. As part of the Senior Phase, Practical Woodworking is available as a course choice for levels National 4 and National 5.

 

Design and Manufacture

Design and Manufacture is a relatively new course in our national curriculum. There are similarities to its predecessor Craft and Design whereby pupils are learning traditional designing and crafting skills through an array of materials and workshop techniques. However the Design and Manufacture course has been modernised to provide our pupils with not only with traditional workshop skills but also the manufacturing knowledge, skills and processes that are now fundamental in the commercially manufactured world in which we live in.

Design and manufacture will develop pupils creative and technological abilities by helping them to view the world like a designer and engineer. The course provides pupils with an opportunity to design and manufacture products that have a purpose and can be used within the environment in which they surround themselves. As a result of this course pupils are able to look in depth at the products surrounding them and consider factors that have influenced how the products where designed, manufactured and used and how they will be disposed of in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner.

The Design and Manufacture course will allow pupils to develop their skills in creating functional prototypes using a huge range of hand and machine tools. It will also give pupils an insight to the world around us.

Currently there is a huge demand for people with skills in designing, manufacturing and fixing products. Career pathways from Design and Manufacture include many types of Engineering, Product Design, Furniture Design, Industrial Design, Computer Aided Design & Manufacture, Architecture and many others.

Within the Technologies Faculty Design and Manufacture is delivered throughout both the Junior and Senior Phases of our school curriculum. In the Junior Phase Design and Manufacture is delivered as part of S1-S2 Broad General Experiences and as a course choice for S3 BGE with a Design and Manufacturing focus. As part of the Senior Phase, Design and Manufacture is available as a course choice for levels National 4, National 5 and Higher.

 

 

 

 

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