An example of A2 assessment

The following are extracts from an SDA student folder taken from the pilot phase. Each extract relates to one of the assessment criteria and shows how the student has fulfilled the criteria.

F2 “All products have an effect on the environment from the moment the raw material is extracted to the final disposal at the end of its life. ”

  “Health and safety is one of the major social concerns when designing a new product. For example, really sharp parts, and the risk of suffocation. ”

F3 “The production and use of a product could have an effect on local people and their culture. I will need to look at ways in which the effect can be positive and to ensure that no person’s life is disadvantaged from making a new product. ”

A1 “This product is tough enough for use off-road as well as using a water-repellent material. ”

D2 “The source from which the material comes could have major environmental impact. For example, synthetic fibres derived from oil, which is a finite source. Cotton fibres are derived from plants but have major concerns in the growth, due to the use of fertilisers and pesticides, which cause problems, especially when they run into nearby streams and rivers. ”

T1 “I avoided using components that would wear out or break before the bag had lost its usefulness. ”

  “I tried to ensure that different parts of the bag were not sewn in such a way that it would be hard to repair or replace parts. ”

T2 “I realised that it is not easy to carry the bag by hand, and so it would be a good idea to add a handle to the top of the bag. ”

If you would like any further help with assessment of students’ work, SDA partners would be happy to give advice. Contact either Ian Capewell or Ann Macgarry, whose contacts are given in the “Contacts” section.

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