Technology

On completion of the course, a student should
• know basic technological principles and facts and the terminology associated with technology, including relevant symbols and units associated with physical quantities
• understand and be able to process and communicate technological information in written, verbal, graphic and mathematical forms
• understand the role of, and be able to apply, design principles in the solution of specific problems using mathematical and scientific concepts where appropriate
• appreciate that technology impacts on our everyday lives and contributes to personal, social and economic development, and that technological solutions are linked with their specific cultural and environmental settings
• know and adhere to the health and safety requirements associated with planning and conducting practical work, and understand how these requirements, together with environmental considerations, affect the design of artefacts or systems
• be able to identify challenges and opportunities that can be met using a technological methodology, select appropriate methods for dealing with these and recognise the limitations and constraints of knowledge, time, resources and other factors that can restrict solutions to technological challenges
• be able to work both independently and cooperatively in evaluating existing solutions and in proposing novel/creative solutions to technological challenges
• recognise that technological developments have resource implications, that resources need to be carefully managed and that developed societies havemoral responsibilities in their appropriation of world resources
• be able to prepare and execute a plan for the realisation of an artefact or system as a solution to a technological problem or challenge, working accurately and safely with materials and equipment
• select and use appropriate materials, tools and equipment in the production of an artefact or system, according to a chosen design, in response to a given brief or an identified problem
• have developed a competence in the processing of materials
• be able to evaluate a completed artefact or system against its original specification, propose alterations and modifications at the design, implementation or completion stages to enhance its appearance or function
• be able to prepare and present a report in a concise, accurate and comprehensive manner.