Engineering Science – National 5

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The course has three main component areas.

Engineering Contexts and Challenges.

In this component you will:

  • develop an understanding of engineering concepts by exploring a range of engineered objects, engineering problems and solutions
  • explore some existing and emerging technologies and challenges
  • looking at environment, sustainable development, and economic and social issues.

Electronics and Control.

In this component you will:

  • explore key concepts and devices used in electronic control systems, including analogue, digital and programmable systems
  • learn how to problem solve and evaluate through simulation, practical projects and investigative tasks in a range of contexts.

Mechanisms and Structures.

In this component you will:

  • learn the basics of mechanisms and structures
  • learn how to problem solve and evaluate through simulation, practical projects and investigative tasks in a range of contexts.

Assessment:

Course Assessment.

Your work will be assessed on an ongoing basis throughout the course to support your learning and evaluate your progress.

Items of work might include:

  • practical work – such as producing hand drawn or electronic diagrams or drawings
  • project work – such as answering design briefs or solving engineering problems
  • report work – such as producing oral or written reports.

The course assessment for this course consists of two components:

  • question paper (110 marks)
  • assignment (50 marks).

For the assignment component, you will be asked to analyse and design a solution to an engineering problem and produce a report with your findings. The assignment component will be set by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and marked by a visiting SQA assessor.

The question paper will be set and marked externally by the SQA.

The course assessment is graded A-D.

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