DT resistant materials - Project Advice

This set of revision cards contains advice on how to avoid losing marks. It contains all of the thing that people don't do that the examiners get really annoyed about. Try to read this before starting a project in order to get the best possible grades.

Getting your idea

You can get ideas from many different places - for example, your teacher may:

  • tell you what your task is.
  • give you a range of tasks to choose from.
  • leave the product choice entirely up to you.

Wherever you get your idea from make sure that it is something that you want to do. If you aren't going to enjoy a task then you will not put as much effort in, and the project will not be the best that it can be.

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Choosing a project

Don't choose anything that is too easy or boring. You should choose a project that will:

  • stretch you and let you demonstrate just how good you are. If your project is too easy or doesn't allow much scope for design then you will lose valuable marks.
  • be interesting and challenging enough to keep you motivated. Coursework is a long and tiring process and you need to stay commited
  • give you the oppurtunity to produce a wide range of research, and demonstrate your IT skills.
  • allow for a variety of solutions, resulting in a project which can be completed before the deadline (including time for testing and evaluating).
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Design Brief

In your design brief you should give as much detail as possible. It should include:

  • an outline of the problem and who it affects.
  • the need arising from the problem.
  • what you intend to do about it (e.g. design and make...).
  • how your product will be used.
  • the environment it will be used in.

When you are writing your design brief you should remember:

  • your idea must have real commercial potential.
  • you need to describe exactly what you are trying to do.
  • explain all of the things you need to consider.
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