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Cambridge Senior Design and Technology 2nd Edition


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Cambridge Senior Design and Technology 2nd Edition is a complete resource package for the Preliminary and HSC course, integrating theory and practice in a class setting to address the requirements of the NSW Stage 6 syllabus.

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If you are activating a student text access code provided in the front of the print textbook, a sealed pocket, or supplied via email or by your school, you will have access to the following resources:

  • PDF Textbook
  • Toolkit solutions
  • Weblinks
  • WebQuests
  • Case studies

Teachers with a Cambridge GO teacher account will have access to the following free resources:

  • Teacher support

To view a sample chapter, please click on the chapter below in blue.

PDF Textbook chapters

  • Preliminary pages

  • Chapter 1: Design theory and practice

  • Chapter 2: Design and production processes in domestic, community, industrial and commercial settings

  • Chapter 3: The impact of design and technology activities on the individual, society and the environment

  • Chapter 4: Investigating and experimenting with techniques

  • Chapter 5: Using design processes

  • Chapter 6: Using resources effectively and safely

  • Chapter 7: Evaluating the processes and outcomes of designing and producing

  • Chapter 8: Management techniques and tools

  • Chapter 9: Communicating ideas and solutions

  • Chapter 10: Research methods in the development and modification of design ideas

  • Chapter 11: Investigating manufacturing and production processes

  • Chapter 12: Computer-based technologies in designing and producing

  • Chapter 13: The factors affecting design and the development and success of design projects

  • Chapter 14: Relating the practices and processes of designers and producers to the major design project

  • Chapter 15: The influence of trends in society on design and production

  • Chapter 16: The impact of design and innovation on society and the environment

  • Chapter 17: The factors that influence innovation and the success of innovation

  • Chapter 18: Using creative and innovative approaches in designing and producing

  • Chapter 19: Identifying a need or opportunity and exploring ideas for design development

  • Chapter 20: Selecting and using resources responsibly to realise a quality major design project

  • Chapter 21: Evaluating the processes undertaken and the impact of the major design project

  • Chapter 22: Managing the development of a quality major design project

  • Chapter 23: Selecting and using appropriate research methods and communication techniques

  • Chapter 24: Justifying activities undertaken in the major design project through the study of industrial and commercial practices

  • Chapter 25: The emergence and impact of new technologies, and the factors affecting their development

  • Glossary

You are entitled to download and store these PDFs. However they may not be transferred to another party, including other students, as electronic or print versions.

To use the enhanced PDF functions, such as note taking, you must download these PDFs to your computer and open them with Adobe Reader 9 or later.

The PDF Textbook is designed for full functionality using the latest version of Adobe Reader. The markup function is available in selected PDF readers for the iPad and other devices using iOS. Check your PDF reader specifications. At the time of publication, Adobe Reader, Good Reader and PDF Expert were viable options.

Note that some PDF file names may comprise the ISBN and chapter number.


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    Now available

    Toolkit answers [Word]

    Toolkit exam marking criteria [Word]

    These WebQuests were created by pre-service teachers studying Technology Curriculum and Teaching at the Australian Catholic University.

    Joanna Isip

    Paolo Yu

    Sally Webb

    Emanuel Comino

    Catherine James

    Now available

    Case study 1: Dyson vacuum cleaner [Word]

    Case study 2: Green Bag [Word]

    Case study 3: Smart cars [Word]

    Case study 4: The Triton workcentre [Word]

    Case study 5: The wine cask [Word]

    Now available

    Now available

    November 2010

    The Board of Studies has announced changes to the requirements for the Major Design Project in the Design and Technology course.

    The key changes are to the parameters for the student folio:

    The folio will be limited to 80 written A4 pages OR 40 written A3 pages printed on ONE side only. Note that the page limit includes the title page, index, bibliography, design ideas, concept sketches and detailed drawings, as well as information presented on displays or noticeboards. Students who need to use a combination of A3 and A4 pages in their folios to display their work to best effect must keep to the overall page limit, using 1 × A3 page = 2 × A4 pages as a guide. Other media-based or multimedia-based materials in a student’s folio should not exceed six minutes viewing time in total.

    Full details of the changes can be found here:


    Arna Wesley, Kerry Adamthwaite, Paul Lowe, Mike Worth, Romalina Rocca, Dave Ellis, Sandra McKee