Design Technology focuses on analysis, design development, synthesis and evaluation. The creative tension between theory and practice is what characterizes design technology within the IB Diploma Programme.
Inquiry and problem-solving are at the heart of the subject and students will study the use of the IB Diploma Programme 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. In Diploma Programme design technology, a solution can be defined as a model, prototype, product or system that students have developed independently.
DP 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.
Design Technology has a High Level (HL) and a Standard Level (SL) option for students and the difference is the number of topics that are studied. HL students study 12 topics plus an option topic, and SL students study 7 topics plus an option topic. All Design Technology students will be required to do Internal Assessment (IA) projects, class tests and final exams in November of their Year 12 study.
Design students at QACI will study:
- Human factors and ergonomics
- Resource management and sustainable production
- Raw material to final product
- Innovation and design
- Classic design
Students will apply and use:
- relevant facts and concepts
- design methods and technological techniques
- technological terminology to communicate effectively
- appropriate communication methods to present information.
Students will construct, analyse and evaluate:
- design briefs, problems, specifications and plans
- methods, techniques and products
- data, information and technological explanations.
Students will demonstrate the personal skills of cooperation, perseverance, integrity and responsibility appropriate for effective design.
They will also demonstrate the manipulative skills, processes and techniques necessary to carry out technological activity with precision and safety.
Case Study – QACI and Epilog Laser
Epilog Laser is a company manufacturing the world’s leading laser engraving and cutting systems and has previously featured QACI in their online magazine. This is an excellent case study about how QACI is using laser engraving technology in a learning environment.
In an environment like the Academy where the students are keen and dedicated to their field of study, an industry-standard piece of hardware like the laser is something everyone wants to try out, especially in Visual Arts and Design Technology,” Benjamin said. “Our Epilog system is highly valuable towards study and has been very well-received by students looking to achieve high-quality outcomes. Benjamin Hovav, QACI Alumnus
You can read the full article here: www.epiloglaser.com.au