Electronic Products - Year 10 - Introduction to Course
Lesson 1 – Course Overview
The course is split as follows:
60% - Controlled Assessment:
In late year 10, early year 11 you will design and produce an electronic
product to your own design from a list of themes and submit a design folder
to go with it. (worth a ‘C’ on its own!) – Submitted February of year 11.
40% - Written Examination:
In June of year 11, you will sit a 2 hours written examination that tests you
using a mixture of ‘design a product’ type questions and tests your
knowledge of electronic and manufacturing theory.
How to construct circuits that work from individual electronic components
How to design, draw and test PCB’s using a computer and software, virtually.
How to manufacture a circuit board in real life from your design
How to model and prototype a circuit board using bread board
How to prepare and attach components to a circuit board using soldering.
How to test a circuit board and FAULT FIND using test equipment.
How to draw designs for products and cases in 3D using advanced computer
modelling software (CAD)
How computers can be used to manufacture cases and circuit boards using
How to design a case for an electronic product using a variety of materials –
what features a QUALITY electronic product must possess and how to add
How to generate amazing design ideas for products through research, analysis,
design development and evaluation – The DESIGN PROCESS .... As used in
How to manufacture appropriate cases for your electronic circuits using plastics,
woods, metals and various other materials.
How to use equipment and workshop machinery that allows you to work and
form the above materials.
How to produce ‘programmable’ electronic circuits using PIC chips and how to
write a program using flow charts and logic.
How to design products for the future world which are sustainable, recyclable
and environmentally friendly.
How to be awesome...... You will learn this from me.
This course will pave the way for careers in:
- Electronic product design...... Well, Duhh!
- As an electrician
- In MANY different engineering industries – i.e aeronautic /
motorsport courses, civil engineering, electrical engineering,
- In the manufacturing industry.
- As a product designer, including CAD industry.
- Also it is considered by most colleges and universities as a
relevant qualification for accepetemce to study a course related
to any of the above.
- Finally, you will learn skills that will might allow you to fix and
repair things at home and save you money – Bonus
Little bit of an ice breaker this one.... Working in
groups of 3, you are to use ALL the items in the
bag on your table to make a circuit that works! -
I’m not even going to tell you what it should do.
You have 5 minutes. - If you can’t do it, you will be
considered not awesome (this is part 1 of the
The only piece of help I will give you is as
As a group…..
Identify the pictures of the components that are on
your table and match them with the correct name,
and description on the smart board.
Assemble and test the circuit you built today in virtual
reality using a piece of software called circuit wizard.
Click the ‘Applications’ folder on the desktop, then the
folder ‘Technology’ then CIRCUIT WIZARD.
Find the CIRCUIT SYMBOLS for the components you
have learned about today in ‘the gallery’ and try and
assemble them into a working circuit.
Answer the following questions…
How is this GCSE course assessed?
What knowledge will you learn on the course?
What Careers or further education might this help
What is Breadboard?
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED TODAY?
What does a resistor do?
What does L.E.D stand for?
What is the difference between a component and
a component symbol?
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED TODAY?
Sum up what each of the 3 terms below mean in
no more than 20 words for each, and without
copying from wikipedia.
Current, Potential Difference, Resistance
Extra awesomness bonus if you can tell me what
their ‘unit of measurement’ is.
Note: - Home learning DOES count towards your
report grade….. But its you choice if you do it.
Home Learning Task: