Assessment Specifications

Level 1 Technology 2021

General information

Domain

Generic Technology

Method of assessment

Submitted report

Standards

91048  91049  91050  91053

Information relating to all achievement standards

Candidates are required to send a separate submission for each standard. Specific instructions submission and authenticity requirements will be provided for schools at the end of Term 2 on the Technology subject page.

Schools are encouraged to submit candidate work digitally by upload to the NZQA digital external submission drive. 

In 2021, hard-copy submissions will continue to be accepted. 

Format of the assessment

Each standard requires a separate written report. A report is an organised collection of evidence that clearly demonstrates the candidate's understanding with reference to a specific standard. 

For both hard copy and digital submissions:

  • reports must not exceed the equivalent of eight single-sided A4 pages (e.g. four single-sided A3 pages)
  • font size must be set at the rough equivalent of 12pt Arial
  • margins should be set at roughly 2.5cm all around (top and bottom, left and right).

Material in the report

A report may include:

  • annotated photographic evidence of: a process, or processes, an outcome, or outcomes (including mock-ups and prototypes)
  • annotated illustrations (e.g. graphics, design sketches, drawings, photographs, screenshots)
  • written descriptions, explanations, and discussions
  • material from research sources
  • any combination of the above. 

Where evidence of a candidate's technological practice or outcome helps to demonstrate understanding, then evidence of the outcome or practice can be included. Evidence of the practice or the outcome in itself is not sufficient to demonstrate understanding. Evidence from practice or evidence of an outcome can assist a candidate to demonstrate understanding where it is the basis for a reflection on what was done and why it was done. 

The outcome itself or a mock-up, including toiles, must not be submitted. 

Specific information for individual achievement standards

Standard

91048

Title

Demonstrate understanding of how technological modelling supports decision-making

Version

4

Number of credits

4

It is essential that the candidate produce the report in relation to what the candidate has actually done to consider evidence from real modelling processes used to make actual decisions.

Reports produced without close reference to the individual candidate’s technological experience of modelling are unlikely to succeed.


Standard

91049

Title

Demonstrate understanding of how materials enable technological products to function

Version

4

Number of credits

4

It is essential that the candidate produce the report in relation to what they have actually done to consider specific materials that enable a specific product to function.

Reports produced without close reference to the individual candidate’s technological experience of material(s) in relation to an actual product are unlikely to succeed.


Standard

91050

Title

Demonstrate understanding of the role of subsystems in technological systems

Version

4

Number of credits

4

Although reports based upon the candidate’s experiences within their own technological practice can succeed, reports based on existing systems in general are more likely to succeed.

Reports produced without close reference to the individual candidate’s technological experience of actual subsystems in relation to an actual system are unlikely to succeed.


Standard

91053

Title

Demonstrate understanding of design elements

Version

4

Number of credits

3

It is essential that the candidate produce the report in relation to what they have actually done to consider specific design elements in relation to specific designs.

Reports produced without close reference to the individual candidate’s technological experience of design elements in relation to an actual design are unlikely to succeed.


For standard-specific comments view the Assessment Report for the previous year.

Technology subject page

Examination timetable and submission dates

Find information for...

 
Skip to main page content Accessibility page with list of access keys Home Page Site Map Contact Us newzealand.govt.nz