For PD&T, VCAA now states, all nine criteria from the Revised ‘VCE Product Design and Technology: Administrative information for School-based Assessment in 2020’ will be used to assess student work for the School-assessed Task. However, not all indicators listed for each criterion may be used. Therefore, teachers can use some or all indicators listed for each criterion to form a judgement about student work, which may not necessarily be completion of a product. Products must not be completed at home without appropriate supervision and competency tests for use of tools and machines (refer to the Department of Education and Training’s Use of Machinery in Technology Teaching webpage).
Revisions to the Product Design and Technology Adjusted Study Design for 2020
Unit 3 Applying the product design process
Please note that School-assessed Coursework for Unit 3 has not changed.
Unit 4 Product analysis and comparison
Please note that there have been minor changes to Area of Study 1 Product analysis and comparison.
Please refer to the adjusted study design for 2020 for specific changes to Unit 4, but in short;
- A sentence of the Descriptor for Area of Study 1 has been altered and a sentence has been removed.
- The last two bullets point in key knowledge for outcome 1 have been removed.
- The first and last bullet point in Key skills for outcome 1 have been removed.
Using Cambridge VCE Product Design and Technology, Units 3 and 4.
These changes will impact on your teaching of chapter 8 of Cambridge VCE Product Design and Technology, Units 3 and 4. The following content is NOT required to be taught in 2020:
- Chapter 8 sections 8.3 and 8.4
Contribution to final assessment has not changed
School-assessed Coursework for Unit 3 will contribute 12 percent to the study score. (Total marks 60)
School-assessed Coursework for Unit 4 will contribute 8 percent to the study score. (Total marks 40)
External assessment – End of year examination will contribute 30 percent to the study score.
Please note that any information regarding the examination is still to be advised by VCAA.