Smart Product Design and Manufacture – QAN 601/4558/4
Who is this qualification for?
The purpose of the qualification is to provide opportunities to learn about designing products that have an element of "computer based intelligence" in them using tools that are also computer controlled. There is an emphasis on whole product or systems design and the processes and tools necessary for manufacturing products. This contributes directly to wider issues such as safety and environmental sustainability. There are many opportunities to reinforce learning in other parts of the curriculum by using contexts from those areas that are of particular interest to the learner. Strengthening numeracy, and literacy are particularly supported.
Who might be interested in taking this course?
Anyone that wants to learn how to design and manufacture products in a contemporary technology setting. This qualification will provide a basis for higher level qualifications in engineering and manufacture and is especially designed to include practical skills appropriate for hobbies and enjoyment as well as understanding design and manufacture as a basis for higher level study. For future engineers this qualification combines well with physics, computing, art and mathematics in providing the basis for progression to professional level study. For others it provides an insight into how contemporary designs and products come to market.
What will the student study as part of this qualification?
There are 3 compulsory units making up the qualification
1 : Smart Product Design and visualisation 5 Credits (40 GLH)
2 : Smart Manufacture 5 Credits (40 GLH)
3 : Smart Electronics 5 Credits (40 GLH)
The details of the assessment criteria can be read from the qualifications specification.
What knowledge and skills will the student develop as part of this qualification and how might these be of use and value in further studies?
Students will learn how to design products using a range of traditional and contemporary tools including two and three dimensional software, pliers, screw drivers, soldering irons. They will demonstrate competence in real practical tasks designing and making products that have elements of digital control, sensing and feedback in them. They will learn to communicate their ideas and evaluate their products against rational criteria. The knowledge, understanding and skills developed will be useful in any future career in manufacturing or engineering and will provide a basis for more general DIY competence in day to day living.
Which subjects will complement this course?
The subjects most complementary to this course are mathematics, English, physics, Art and computing. Courses leading to this qualification will draw on and support all aspects of STEM learning but also aesthetics and therefore art and ICT. Meaningful links can be made with all EBacc subjects. For example a design project might model an historical building or geographical location and joint work to collaborate with partners in a different country could involve MFL.
While this qualification provides a progression route to Level 3 qualifications in manufacture, it also provides a general education background that would be suitable complement to the great majority of qualifications, in particular bringing a practical dimension to purely academic study.
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