The marking criteria for the Making & Evaluating section is split up into two different areas. Section 1 is planning and making and section 2 is testing and evaluation.
Below I have listed each of these sections and translated them into 'pupil-speak' for your convenience.

The emphasis for this section, obviously, is on the manufacture of your product. However, you will need to do written work in support of the making and, crucially, an evaluation at the end. A poor or incomplete evaluation will cost you a grade for your project. Please do not think of it as the bit at the end.

1. Planning and Making

* Production of a plan; [9]

This should be a time plan in which you break down the making of your project into clearly defined chunks. You should start with ordering/obtaining the materials, progress through the techniques you will use to shape and assemble them and don't forget to allow time for finishing them ~ sanding down, undercoating and painting etc. Do not bother with illustrated step-by-step guides.
Give full details of the materials and processes to be used, health and safety issues, a risk assessment for materials and processes (see below) and quality control measures.
The risk assessment is your analysis of the likelihood of something going wrong and the seriousness posed by it and the detectability of a problem. For instance, the likelihood of a hammer being dropped on the floor is relatively high, the seriousness posed is relatively low and you could fairly easily detect a precariously placed hammer. The likelihood of your hair coming into contact with the chuck of a pillar drill is thankfully small but the danger posed is considerable and you are unlikely to detect that it might be about to happen. Give each of these factors a score (out of 5) and then multiply each factor together to produce a final score. I don't want you to become neurotic about it, but there are clearly times in the project where you will need to be extra careful.
I will bully you into sticking to a time plan. I will fall out with most of you at some stage over it. It's my way of ensuring that you complete your project to a sufficiently high standard without doing 80% of it in the last week.

 

* Production of high quality outcome; [51]

Perversely, this is one of the easiest sections for me to mark. I need to make a judgement of the skill that you have demonstrated in making your project and the degree of innovation present. This will fall into one of three categories; high, moderate or low.

* Record of progress; [9]

You must get into the habit of taking regular digital photographs of your construction work and presenting them in a manufacturing diary. Any quality control measures (using a template or a jig) or health and safety measures that you have adopted should be recorded. The chances of your project being constructed exactly as planned without the need for modification are slim. This is an opportunity for you to explain why you might have had to make changes. Use diagrams to show and explain any modifications.

 

2. Testing and Evaluating

* Evidence of user testing against the specification; [6]

You will need to show photographic evidence of your testing and you will need to ensure that you have tested your project against the original specification. In some cases your project will have exceeded specification criteria, eg. if your specification for a clockwork mobile phone charger stated a charge of 9 volts for 15 minutes and your final project produces 9.3 volts for 25 minutes. Sometimes your project might have failed to meet the specification criteria, eg. if you wanted the clockwork mobile phone charger to fit into a space no larger than 150mm x 100mm x 20mm on your original specification and your final design requires its own trolley to cart it around, you've got a problem.
Your analysis needs to be more than a simple yes/no check, you will also need to identify the extent to which it exceeds or fails to meet the specification.

 

* Response to external evaluation; [3]

How good are you at taking criticism, in other words. It is crucial that your project is assessed by someone who will give you an objective evaluation so that means someone other than your best mate.

 

* Modifications to one-off prototype; [3]

It is likely that your final product will have some weaknesses. This is your chance to say what modifications you would make to the product. Use as little written material as possible here; sketch it.

 

* Preparation and comparison of cost analysis; [3]

Produce an accurate cost analysis of your project. Include all the materials that you have used, all the components and finishes. In your market research you should have identified a range of prices for similar products. You can now make a reasoned guess at the likely commercial cost to produce your product bearing in mind the opportunities available to the commercial manufacturer to reduce manufacturing costs.

 

* Potential and modifications for commercial manufacture; [6]

Think how long it has taken you to make your one-off product and now think how a manufacturer might try to produce your product in quantity. You need to give clear thought as to the likely potential market before saying how it might be commercially manufactured, eg. if you have designed a hand-held device that alerts partially sighted people to obstacles then the volume is not going to be very high and keeping costs down will be important. This in turn will determine whether it is worth making the tooling for injection moulding tools or more economical to buy in components.
Consider how your design might need to be modified to make it easier/cheaper to manufacture commercially. This may include details of how aspects of the design might need to change if a different material is used.

That concludes section 2523.


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