Year 12
Year 12
Boy working with Wood

VCE Product Design and Technology (Metal/Wood) Units 3 & 4

Unit 3: Applying the Product design process

Students are engaged in the design and development of a product that meets the needs and expectations of a client and/or an end-user, developed through a design process and influenced by a range of complex factors. These factors include the purpose, function and context of the product; human-centred design factors; innovation and creativity; visual, tactile and aesthetic factors; sustainability concerns; economic limitations; legal responsibilities; material characteristics and properties; and technology. Design and product development and manufacture occur in a range of settings. This unit examines different settings and takes students through the Product design process as they design for others. In the initial stage of the Product design process, a design brief is prepared. It outlines the context or situation around the design problem and describes the needs and requirements in the form of constraints or considerations. On completion of this unit the student should be able to explian the roles of the designer, client and/or end-user/s, the Product disign process and its initial stages, including investigating and defining a design problem, and explain how the design process leads to product development and manufacture of products within industrial settings. The student should be able to present a folio that documents the Product design process used while working as a designer to meet the needs of a client and/or end-user, and commence production of the designed product.

Areas of Study

  • The designer, client and/or end-user in prouct development
  • Product development in industry
  • Designing for others

Unit 4: Product development and evaluation

In this unit students learn that evaluations are made at various points of product design, development and production. In the role of designer, students judge the suitability and viability of design ideas and options referring to the design brief and evaluation criteria in collaboration with a client and/or an end-user. Comparisons between similar products help to judge the success of a product in relation to a range of Product design factors. The environmental, economic and social impact of products throughout their life cycle can be analysed and evaluated with reference to the Product design factors. On completion of this unit the student should be able to compare, analyse and evaluate similare commerical products, taking into account a range of factors and using appropriate techniques. The student should be able to safely apply a range of skills and processes to make the product designed in Unit 3, and manage time and resources effectively and efficiently. The student should be able to evaluate the outcomes of the design, planning and production activities, explain the product's design features to the client and/or end-user and outline its care requirements.

Areas of Study

  • Product analysis and comparison
  • Product manufacture
  • Product evaluation


Percentage contributions to the study score in VCE Product Design and Technology is as follows:

  • Unit 3 School-Assessed-Coursework (SAC): 12 per cent
  • Unit 4 School-Assessed-Coursework (SAC): 8 per cent
  • School-Assessed-Task (SAT): 50 per cent
  • End of year examination: 30 per cent