Assessment Specifications

Level 3 Technology 2021

General information

Domain

Generic Technology

Method of assessment

Submitted report

Standards

91612  91613  91614  91617

Standards 91632, 91636 and 91638 were assessed for the last time in 2020.

Assessment specifications for the new Level 3 Digital Technologies standards (91908 and 91909) can be found on the Digital Technologies subject page

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 10 single-sided A4 pages (e.g. 5 single-sided A3 pages)
  • font size must be set at the rough equivalent of 12pt Arial
  • margins should be set at roughly 2.5cm (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

91612

Title

Demonstrate understanding of how technological modelling supports technological development and implementation

Version

3

Number of credits

4


Standard

91613

Title

Demonstrate understanding of material development

Version

3

Number of credits

4


Standard

91614

Title

Demonstrate understanding of operational parameters in complex and highly complex technological systems

Version

3

Number of credits

4


Standard

91617

Title

Undertake a critique of a technological outcome's design

Version

3

Number of credits

4


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

Technology subject page

Examination timetable and submission dates

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