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Design and Technology Stage 5


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A complete resource package that addresses all Stage 5 outcomes for the NSW Design and Technology syllabus.

Developed specifically for Year 9 and 10 students, Design and Technology: Stage 5 encourages students to analyse the activity of designers and apply design processes as they develop and produce creative design solutions.

  • Detailed case studies, accompanied by analysis questions, place design in context and encourage students to explore the processes of designing, producing and evaluating the work of designers.
  • A mix of theoretical and practical activities support students in developing knowledge, understanding and skills in designing, producing and evaluating their own work.
  • The student-friendly language, easy-to-navigate design, and clear and engaging visual support recognise and cater to the variety of learning styles that can be found in the design and technology classroom.
  • The included Interactive Textbook offers additional interactive activities, rich media resources such as video, image galleries and links to key websites to bring the study of design and technology to life.

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Full PDF Textbook

  • Design and Technology: Stage 5 [PDF 27.4mb]

PDF Textbook chapters

  • Preliminary material [PDF 6.4mb]

  • Chapter 1: Design concepts and processes [PDF 2.5mb]

  • Chapter 2: Developing design ideas and solutions [PDF 3.0mb]

  • Chapter 3: The impact of past, current and emerging technologies [PDF 2.8mb]

  • Chapter 4: The work and responsibility of designers [PDF 2.5mb]

  • Chapter 5: Appropriate technology and ethical and responsible design [PDF 6.8mb]

  • Chapter 6: Innovative, enterprising and creative design ideas and solutions [PDF 3.1mb]

  • Chapter 7: Appropriate techniques [PDF 2.4mb]

  • Chapter 8: Management strategies [PDF 2.7mb]

  • Chapter 9: Risk-management practices [PDF 2.9mb]

  • Chapter 10: Selecting and using a range of technologies [PDF 6.1mb]

  • Glossary and index [PDF 1.4mb]

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    Chapter 1

    Instructables 'Turn signal biking jacket'

    Chapter 2

    Chapter 3

    ABC, The House That Mike and Heather Built
    Powerhouse Museum, Australia Innovates

    Chapter 4

    YouTube, BMW Car Design Process

    Chapter 5

    3D Print Systems '10 Trends To Come In 3D Printing'
    Gizmag 'WaterWear backpack eases the strain of water transport'
    YouTube, A Day Made of Glass 2: Unpacked

    Chapter 6

    Eco Splash 'Natural pools'

    Chapter 7

    emaze: Amazing presentations

    Chapter 8

    Fast Co.Design 'Intel And Chromat Engineer A Breathable, Shape-Shifting Sports Bra'

    Chapter 9

    Chapter 10

    James Dyson Award 2015 winner: Voltera V-One
    Part 1: Architectural Model Making: Tools & Materials
    Part 2: Architectural Model Making: Scaling & Cutting


    Romalina Rocca, Matthew Scott, Sally Filtness, Jennifer Holt