The purpose of a Design Specification is to demonstrate or develop the ability to design a product or procedure that could be manufactured or implemented. A typical structure of a Design Specification is:

 

Introduction

Background

Development and Specifications

Concluding Remarks

In the concluding remarks, it is common to review the procedures and confirm that testing has been carried out to ensure the specifications are fit for purpose. This can be seen as an evaluation of the project. It is usually good to discuss problems and difficulties, and you may get higher marks from recognising and discussing a problem than for pretending that it does not exist!

Tasks 1–4 show you examples of evaluations of different Design Specifications.

Task 1

Evaluating outcomes of design projects.

Organising your evaluation is important. Look at the following section of a design specification and put the sentences in order. Listen to the text afterwards to check your answer.

Program Design Evaluation

Exercise

Task 2

Evaluating outcomes of design projects.

Listen to the evaluation of a design project and decide whether the phrases given are positive or negative with regard to the project being discussed.

Image Compression Evaluation

Exercise

Task 3

Evaluating outcomes of design projects.

Listen to the evaluation of a design project and type in the missing words.  You can pause the text if you need more time, and listen to it more than once if necessary.

Evaluation of a Software Development Project

Exercise

Task 4

Evaluating outcomes of design projects.

Listen to the evaluation of a Design Specification and drag the phrases into the correct positions in the text.

Evaluation of Design of a Website

Exercise

Task 5

You have listened to and done tasks on four design projects:

  • A program design evaluation: Task 1
  • An evaluation of image compression: Task 2
  • Evaluation of a large software development project: Task 3
  • Evaluation of the design of a website: Task 4

Some of these are more successful than others. Place the projects in order according to how successful the writers say they are. Put the most successful at the top.

Exercise