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Design, Technology and Engineering Stage 1
Subject outline

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For teaching in 2024. Accredited in November 2018 for teaching at Stage 1 from 2020. 

Stage 1 | Subject outline | School assessment | Assessment Type 1

Assessment Type 1: Specialised Skills Task

For a 10-credit subject, students undertake two specialised skills tasks. For a 20-credit subject, students undertake at least two specialised skills tasks.

Students develop knowledge and skills through completing these specialised skills tasks. They apply the skills, processes, and techniques in the related context. This informs the design development for a solution in Assessment Type 2. Students evaluate and assess the development of their own skills in this assessment task. They review how these processes and techniques may influence their solution.

Students and teachers negotiate whether it would be appropriate to demonstrate these processes and techniques in a single session, or over a more extended period of time. This assessment could consist of one activity or a series of activities.

The combined evidence for the specialised skills task should be a maximum of 500 words if written, a maximum of 3 minutes if oral, or the equivalent in multimodal form.

Specialised skills may include:

  • construction and machine techniques for stretch or fine fabrics
  • experimenting with a green screen
  • experimenting with different materials for stress testing
  • experimenting with machine applications for decoration on fabric products
  • experimenting with shutter speed and aperture
  • preserving techniques for native foods
  • using a laser cutter to make a variety of joints for testing
  • using a wood lathe to turn table legs
  • using yeast as a leavening agent.

For this assessment type, students provide evidence of their learning primarily in relation to the following assessment design criteria:

  • Production
  • Evaluation.