In this unit, university students participate in product design processes and develop critical insights about design. The process of developing a product design requires a range of skills, abilities and resources. The provision of opportunities related to product design and technology is based on several understandings about:
  • systematic approaches - the conceptualisation and evaluation of ideas and how their subsequent production can be organised in logical ways;
  • multifaceted and multidiscipline perspectives - the production of two and three-dimensional products requires understandings of art, science and technology; and
  • principles of sustainability and innovation - as a response to social and cultural imperatives and with a history (past and current) that informs the near future.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Brainstorm ways to conceptualise and evaluate innovation, concept development and production;  
  2. Analyse how design and product development is influenced by context;  
  3. Investigate a range of approaches to two and three-dimensional products;  
  4. Articulate the connection between design and product development and the fields of art, science and technology;  
  5. Evaluate design and product development for cogence with sustainability principles;  
  6. Critique innovations within their social and cultural contexts; and  
  7. Assess the timelines of innovations to inform their developmental possibilities.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Project Present examples of curriculum support materials Years 7 -10. 30%
Report Evaluation of systemic approaches for innovation and product development. 25%
Creative Works Plan, prepare and publish teaching materials using a range of technologies 45%
Minimum effective word limit of 3000 words in total, or equivalent.

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