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Design Technology

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The IB Diploma Programme Design Technology course aims to develop internationally-minded people whose enhanced understanding of design and the technological world can facilitate our shared guardianship of the planet and create a better world.

Students will focus on analysis, design development, synthesis and evaluation. With inquiry and problem solving at the heart of the subject, students will study the use of the design cycle as a tool, which provides the methodology used to structure the inquiry and analysis of problems, the development of feasible solutions, and the testing and evaluation of the solution.

Design technology achieves a high level of design literacy by enabling students to develop critical-thinking and design skills, which they can apply in a practical context. While designing may take various forms, it will involve the selective application of knowledge within an ethical framework.

The IB Diploma Programme Design Technology course enables learners to experience a progressive learning environment of practical design investigation and innovation to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of Design Technology and its role in designing for humans
  • Develop methods of presenting technological information and subject knowledge
  • Become effective design problem solvers and ethical designers
  • Become more aware of individual, local and global issues linked to design situations
  • Demonstrate personal skills of cooperation, collaboration, perseverance, empathy, integrity and responsibility appropriate for effective designing and problem solving
  • Begin to develop the manipulative skills, processes and techniques necessary to carry out a basic design-and-make activity with precision.

Students will apply and use:

  • Relevant facts and concepts
  • Design strategies, methods and graphical techniques
  • Technological terminology to communicate their ideas effectively
  • Appropriate communication methods to present design information

Students will construct, analyse and evaluate:

  • Design briefs, problems, specifications, research and time plans
  • Basic production methods, techniques and products
  • Data, information and technological explanations

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Last reviewed 13 August 2019
Last updated 13 August 2019