What is a Design Specification?
Try the following task to find out more about Design Specifications.
Listen to the discussion between a student (S) and a lecturer (L) and use the words given to fill in the blanks. You can listen to the recording above as many times as you want and pause it if you need more time to write in the answers.
S: Can you tell me exactly what a design specification is?
L: Yes, it's a kind of technical report where you describe how you design, and you construct, and possibly test, something that could be produced.
S: Oh, do you mean like a car engine?
L: Well, it could be a car engine, but it's more likely to be a smaller part of a car, for example a brake system, or if, in computer science it might be a piece of code that you have created and you've tested to show that you could use it in industry.
S: Oh, I see. So this is really only for the sciences.
L: Well, it's technical. It could be used in graphic design, for example, or occasionally it's used in other areas for website design, for example.
S: Oh, I see.