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Design Specifications: Structure

The structure of a Design Specification is:



Specifies the purpose of the report and the design. Refers to the design brief, if there is one.


Provides any theoretical background needed for the design.

Development and Specifications

Describes the development of the design. It includes details of any testing of the design that has been carried out to improve the specifications.

Concluding Remarks

Reviews the procedures and confirms that testing has been carried out to ensure the specifications are fit for purpose.

If the assignment describes specifications for a large project, it might include several stages of development and improvement.

Types of Design Specification include:

  • application design
  • building design
  • database design
  • game design
  • label design
  • product design
  • system design
  • website design

Try the following tasks to learn more about the structure of Design Specifications.

Task 1

Drag the stages into the correct order - put the first one at the top.


Task 2

Look at the typical stages of Design Specifications described above and complete the task by adding descriptions.


Task 3

Several kinds of Design Specifications are mentioned: application design, building design, database design, game design, label design, product design, system design and website design. Look at Example 1. What type of Design Specification is it?


Task 4

Look at the sections of Example 1. Are all the components in the description above included? Indicate which sections cover which components.