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Design and Technology Stage 6 Second Edition


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Design and Technology: Stage 6 Second Edition has been fully revised and updated to offer the most current content available for the NSW Syllabus. It also includes a new Teacher Resource Package to offer even more valuable classroom support for teachers.

  • Fully revised and updated content encourages students to explore the latest production processes, engage with both popular and emerging technologies, and examine the impact of technological activity as they produce creative design solutions. 
  • New case studies – including innovations in sustainability such as non-animal meat and the Seabin project for cleaner oceans – help students place design in context, understand the design process, and explore emerging technologies. 
  • Practical and theoretical activities develop students’ analytical skills in evaluation, planning and decision-making, and provide additional guidance as they prepare for their major design project. 
  • Valuable time-saving planning, classroom and assessment support for teachers in the Teacher Resource Package include suggested responses to textbook activities and workbook tasks, PowerPoints and teaching plans. 


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Complete PDF Textbook

  • Full PDF Textbook [PDF 27.7 Mb]

PDF Textbook chapters

  • Preliminary pages [PDF 1.2 Mb]

  • Chapter 1: Design theory and practice [PDF 2.7Mb]

  • Chapter 2: Design and production processes in domestic, community, industrial and commercial settings [PDF 2.0Mb]

  • Chapter 3: The impact of design and technology activities on the individual, society and the environment [PDF 1.5Mb]

  • Chapter 4: Investigating and experimenting with techniques [PDF 2.0Mb]

  • Chapter 5: Using design process [PDF 1.2Mb]

  • Chapter 6: Using resource effectively and safely [PDF 1.5Mb]

  • Chapter 7: Evaluating the processes and outcomes of designing and producing [PDF 1.5Mb]

  • Chapter 8: Management techniques and tools [PDF 1.6Mb]

  • Chapter 9: Communicating ideas and solutions [PDF 1.7Mb]

  • Chapter 10: Research methods in the development and modification of design ideas [PDF 1.4Mb]

  • Chapter 11: Investigating manufacturing and production processes [PDF 3.4Mb]

  • Chapter 12: Computer-based technologies in designing and producing [PDF 1.1Mb]

  • Chapter 13: The factors affecting design and the development and success of design projects [PDF 1.8Mb]

  • Chapter 14: Relating the practices and processes of designers and producers to the major design project [PDF 1.8Mb]

  • Chapter 15: The influence of trends in society on design and production [PD 1.4Mb]

  • Chapter 16: The impact of design and innovation on society and the environment [PDF 1.0Mb]

  • Chapter 17: The factors that influence innovation and the success of innovation [PDF 0.9Mb]

  • Chapter 18: Using creative and innovative approaches in designing and producing [PDF 1.4Mb]

  • Chapter 19: Identifying a need or opportunity and exploring ideas for design development [PDF 1.0Mb]

  • Chapter 20: Selecting and using resources responsibly to realise a quality major design project [PDF 1.4Mb]

  • Chapter 21: Evaluating the processes undertaken and the impact of the major design project [PDF 1.6Mb]

  • Chapter 22: Managing the development of a quality major design project [PDF 1.3Mb]

  • Chapter 23: Selecting and using appropriate research methods and communication techniques [PDF 1.5Mb]

  • Chapter 24: Justifying activities undertaken in the major design project through the study of industrial and commercial practices [PDF 1.5Mb]

  • Chapter 25: The emergence and impact of new technologies, and the factors affecting their development [PDF 0.1Mb]

  • Glossay and Index [PDF 0.2Mb]

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