Design 6 standards

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When we ask "what should a student know and be able to do?" related to design, these standards answer the question.

Essential Understandings[edit]

  1. enjoy the design process, develop an appreciation of its elegance and power
  2. develop knowledge, understanding and skills from different disciplines to design and create solutions to problems using the design cycle
  3. use and apply technology effectively as a means to access, process and communicate information, model and create solutions, and to solve problems
  4. develop an appreciation of the impact of design innovations for life, global society and environments
  5. appreciate past, present and emerging design within cultural, political, social, historical and environmental contexts
  6. develop respect for others’ viewpoints and appreciate alternative solutions to problems
  7. act with integrity and honesty, and take responsibility for their own actions developing effective working practices.[1]
Assessment Statement Big Idea
Inquiring and Analyzing
Explain and justify the need for a solution to a problem for a specified client/target audience Design
Identify and prioritize the primary and secondary research needed to develop a solution to the problem Design
Analyse a range of existing products that inspire a solution to the problem Design
Develop a detailed design brief which summarizes the analysis of relevant research Design
Developing Ideas
Develop a design specification which clearly states the success criteria for the design of a solution Design
Develop a range of feasible design ideas which can be correctly interpreted by others Design
Present the final chosen design and justify its selection Design
Develop accurate and detailed planning drawings/diagrams and outline the requirements for the creation of the chosen solution. Design
Creating the Solution
Outline a plan, which considers the use of resources and time, sufficient for peers to be able to follow to create the solution Design
Demonstrate excellent technical skills when making the solution Design
Follow the plan to create the solution, which functions as intended Design
List the changes made to the chosen design and plan when making the solution Design
Present the solution as a whole Design
Outline simple, relevant testing methods, which generate data, to measure the success of the solution Design
Outline the success of the solution against the design specification Design
Outline how the solution could be improved Design
Outline the impact of the solution on the client/target audience Design


Produce a plan, simulation or model.

Use an idea, equation, principle, theory or law in relation to a given problem or issue.

Offer for display, observation, examination or consideration.

Give a detailed account including reasons or causes.

Give valid reasons or evidence to support an answer or conclusion.

Provide an answer from a number of possibilities. Recognize and state briefly a distinguishing fact or feature.

Break down in order to bring out the essential elements or structure. To identify parts and relationships, and to interpret information to reach conclusions.

Offer for display, observation, examination or consideration.

Give a brief account.

Give a brief account.

Prove or make clear by reasoning or evidence, illustrating with examples or practical application.

Give a sequence of brief answers with no explanation.