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Product Design and Technology VCE Units 1-4


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Putting design theory into practice

Written by experienced and practising teachers who understand what works in the classroom, Product Design and Technology VCE Units 14 has been developed specifically to offer a complete and flexible resource package for the new VCE study design.

  • Student-friendly content, easy-to-navigate design, and clear and engaging visual support recognises and caters to the variety of learning styles in the Product Design and Technology classroom.
  • Exceptional assessment support prepares students fully for folio assessment and their VCE examinations with examples of strong student folios, tips and advice for creating a folio, sample marking criteria, a folio checklist, and an assessment chapter focusing on SACs and exam support.
  • A strong focus on the design process ensures students are able to understand and apply the principles of design theory to folio practice within a classroom setting.
  • The included Interactive Textbook brings the study of Product Design and Technology to life with rich, interactive media including video walthroughs and tutorials, image galleries, interactive activities and links to external websites.
  • Workbook activities focus on blending theory and practice by applying design processes and elements. The workbook focuses on resistant (wood, metals and plastics) and non-resistant (textiles) materials, and is available in a print or digital format to complement use of the textbook.


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Full PDF Textbook

  • Product Design and Technology VCE Units 1-4 [PDF 47.8mb]

PDF Textbook chapters

  • Preliminary material and Getting started [PDF 4.2mb]

  • Chapter 1: Sustainable redevelopment of a product [PDF 6.9mb]

  • Chapter 2: Producing and evaluating a redeveloped product [PDF 2.3mb]

  • Chapter 3: Designing within a team [PDF 3.8mb]

  • Chapter 4: Producing and evaluating within a team [PDF 2.6mb]

  • Chapter 5: Designing for end-user/s [PDF 4.2mb]

  • Chapter 6: Product development in industry [PDF 5.0mb]

  • Chapter 7: Designing for others [PDF 13.6mb]

  • Chapter 8: Product analysis and comparison [PDF 1.7mb]

  • Chapter 9: Product manufacture [PDF 2.6mb]

  • Chapter 10: Product evaluation [PDF 2.6mb]

  • Chapter 11: Assessment guide for Units 3 and 4 [PDF 1.2mb]

  • Endmatter: Glossary and index [PDF 0.5mb]

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    Workbook activities

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    Interactive Weblinks

    Cradle to cradle design
    Australian Life Cycle Assessment Authority
    Impact of unsustainable products and resources


    Joanne Heide, Zowie Moselen, Eloise Warburton, Luke Dicker (Interactive Textbook)