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Design, Technology and Engineering Stage 2
Subject outline

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For teaching in 2024. Accredited in November 2018 for teaching at Stage 2 from 2020. 

Stage 2 | Subject outline | School assessment | Assessment Type 1

Assessment Type 1: Specialised Skills Task (20%)

Students complete two specialised skills tasks. They demonstrate skills and knowledge that will be required for the realisation of their solution. Tasks may be scaffolded to provide explicit guidance for students or may be student-developed. Students and teachers may negotiate whether it would be appropriate to demonstrate these skills in a single session, or over a more extended period of time. 

Students develop knowledge and skills through completing these specialised skills tasks. They apply the skills, processes, and techniques in the chosen 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. 

Evidence for this assessment type should be provided in multimodal form to a maximum of 6 minutes if an oral, 1000 words in written form or a combination of these.  

Specialised skills may include: 

  • a simple circuit, such as an Arduino with a single input and output 
  • conducting a finite element analysis test using a CAD program 
  • programming a profile cut for a plasma cutter 
  • programming a hit-test collision for a game application 
  • using specialised equipment to decorate products through embellishment 
  • creating food products using molecular science strategies. 

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

  • Production 
  • Evaluation.