So essentially i'm just looking for some guidance on what kinds of things I need to be doing to ensure I get a good grade on my coursework. Due to the nature of the assessment we have been given little to no guidance on what we should be doing...which has left me practically guessing. I have had a look at some exemplar work, although most are not relevant to my current project.
Any tips from people who have previously done, or are currently doing, this coursework would be much appreciated. In case it helps, the task is "task lighting inspired by a 20th century design movement", so I have made a minimalist task light intended for use by a student or in an office.
I have made a CAD model of my final design idea on Google Sketch-up, I have also drawn some initial design ideas (6 total) with my preferred one being developed further, these were annotated. I have done some research of existing products, using ACCESSFM, research into suitable materials (wood and metal), as well as standard joining methods (wing nuts, tongue and groove, etc). My diary of making (AO3) consists of a small introductory paragraph for each step followed by a picture of each stage with a small description of what it shows, I have tried to put in where I used quality control measures (sanding, marking out, jigs, clamps, etc). I have done this for each part of the lamp: base, arms, head, fixings, assembly.
I have not yet done any evaluation, as the lamp is still not fully finished (wiring to be done still), so tips on this part especially would be greatly helpful.
So in summary, I'm just asking whether I've been on the right tracks, what sort of things I need to add in and any other advice that you think would help.
(sorry for long post :P)
I am currently doing this course. I did a storage product and did it Biology themed. Don't ask.
It honestly sounds like you've got it down 100%. But without seeing the details, I can't be dead certain. I'm doing my evaluation now, but my teacher gave us tips on what to write. I'll put them down here.
Feedback from other people
Ask a minimum of 3 people, including the client. For their thoughts on your project, write the thoughts down/summerise it.
After the feedback, how do you feel about your project now? Possibly in the evaluation.
Try and include a photo of a person looking at your product to prove it was real feedback.
Evaluation – Half a Page, written prose?
Has the Project been successful?
Have you hit the main criteria?
Write some new criteria? - 4 or 5 In the design ideas stage
How well, to what extent, have you met the criteria?
How do you know that the project is successful?
How have you performed in the project? Independently
What do you wish you could have done differently?
What kind of support did you get from Mr R and Mr T? (Your teachers)
How did that help you learn more and become more independent?
Looking at the project objectively, do you think it is a worthwhile product? Something that could be a marketable product? Where do you think it could be sold? What kind of people/users would be the typical users now you’ve made it? Where the manufacturing methods you used in the end appropriate? Did they give you the finish that you needed? Maybe too full on? Would you maybe in the future use CAD/CAM effectively?
Hopefully, that helps. My whole Powerpoint is due in on Monday so I'm finishing it off this weekend. Feel free to PM me if you want me to read through it, one student to another.
1. Project Timeplan/ Gantt Chart
2. Design Situation & Brief
3. Task Analysis
4. Joints & Fixings
5. Product Analysis of Existing Products
6. Industrial Practices / Systems & Control
7. Materials & Finishing
8. Client Profile & Interview
9. Questionnaire & Results
10. Ergonomics & Anthropometrics
11. Project Environment/ Setting
12. Environmental Issues
13. Research Analysis
This is a way that projects are planned over a set period of time in industry. It will gain you marks in your coursework for both the planning and industrial practices marks.
You need to use Microsoft Excel (or another spreadsheet software) to produce the plan.
Column A should contain all of the tasks that you need to complete for your coursework. You can get these tasks from your project tracking list (click below to download the sheet if you have lost yours!)
Row 1 should include the hours available to you to complete the tasks. This is 40hours for your coursework. Do this in 2 hour blocks.
Think carefully about how long each task will take; remember some pages will only take 1 hour and so you will be able to fit more than 1 task into each 2 hour block.
Also remember that the development section includes your practical work, which needs to take up a lot of time as it is awarded 60% of your overall coursework marks!
This takes up the LEFT HAND side of an A3 design sheet.
is a description of the problem that you are attempting to solve.
It is a paragraph of text (writing) that describes the problem. You don't say how you are going to solve the problem, only what it is.
The first sentence should explain the problem briefly. The following sentences should explain the problems in more detail.
A friend enjoys playing computer games on his Playstation 3 console and listening to music, but has a storage problem in his bedroom. The friend lives with his parents and so all of his belongings are confined to his bedroom. He often has friends round to visit and play computer games with. There is no existing storage in his bedroom for his Playstation Console & games, Ipod dock, stereo or CDs. All of his CDs and games get left on the floor and broken due to this lack of storage.
This is a piece of text (writing) that explains what you are going to design and make to solve the problem.
Start the Design Brief with “I am going to design and make…” then a general description of what it is you think will solve the design problem.
Don’t be too specific! It should be flexible enough to allow your research and design work to develop over the course of the project.
Don’t be too specific when mentioning things like materials, instead state the properties the materials will need to have.
Mention points such as safety, general size, functions (what it will need to do) target market (who will buy it?).
This takes up the RIGHT HAND side of an A3 design sheet (the one that has your Design Brief & Situation on the left hand side!)
It is a spider diagram containing all of the areas you need to think about when designing your product.
The centre of the diagram should have the words “Task Analysis” in it. Then you will need a leg for each important area you will need to look into.
Include areas such as Aesthetics/Design, Cost, Customer/Target Market, Ergonomics, Environment, Safety, Size, Function, Materials.
Then expand each leg with detail about that area, for example;
You need to carry out research into types of wood joints and constructional fixings you could use in your project. It is best to divide the page into two, covering wood joints on one side and the other side on consructional fixings.
Either gather examples of joints and fixings from your technology room and photograph these using a digital camera, or gather research images from the internet or product catalogues. A suitable layout for the page is given below:
Evaluating against ACCESS FM Criteria; for higher grade candidates
You need to complete a table to evaluate against criteria for each product. This is as well as completing the analysis through annotation shown above.
Example of an incomplete gannt chart
suggested layout for each section of Materials Research
Example of CLOSED questions
Example of OPEN questions