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How to indentify areas which you can develop

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Level Research Circuit Design CAD Circuit Manufacture 3D Fabrication Programming Test & Evaluate
Yin-Yang Select a variety of appropriate sources of information, Independently design efficiently routed multi-IC PCBs, using both digital and analogue components. Design and, create and refine a self-contained electromechanical system using 2D and 3D CAD where appropriate. Independently diagnose and repair complex PCB issues. Independently construct complex electromechanical systems, modifying designs in response to problems as they occur and with a high level of finish. Create complex PIC programs using advanced components, debugging and working autonomously. Use data from testing to further enhance and refine work.
  Independently identify sub-systems and materials used when analysing pre-existing products, Test circuit designs both in software and on breadboards,     Make and use jigs or formers where appropriate to facilitate high-quality products Use text-based PIC programming language for all programs. Draw conclusions from client feedback to further develop work.
  Interview/Question target audience to inform design, Use a breadboard to troubleshoot and develop any circuit.     Design and implement substantial modifications to enhance the functionality of the product.   Compare finished work to specification and critically evaluate findings.
  Produce a detailed profile of the target market for a product,           Write detailed, critial evaluations and self-evaluations of own performance,
  Produce a comprehensive specification for a product, justifying all points,           Independently identify and implement areas for improvement based on the above.
Violet Independently compare and contrast pre-existing products, identifying their relative strengths and weaknesses. Independently design efficient PIC controlled PCBs, using a variety of input and output components. Independently design and create a functioning mechanism in CAD. Use a variety of tools and techniques to diagnose problems, and suggest solutions. Design and implement modifications to a project to further enhance their aesthetic appeal. Invent and refine appropriate PIC programs independently. Summarise and reflect on the results of testing to suggest improvements where appropriate.
  Describe the target audience for a product, Reverse engineer a PCB designed by a third party back to a circuit diagram. Explain the impact of CAD on modern manufacturing. Write and use test programs for PIC circuits. Discuss ways sustainability can be built into a product. Use a text-based language to write a short PIC program.  
  Use organisational charts to track and evaluate performance throughout a project. Use breadboards where appropriate to model any given circuit.         Evaluate work, identifying areas of strength, weakness and possible improvement.
              Suggest ways in which a project could be mass-produced
Indigo Analyse different pre-existing products, identifying strengths, weaknesses and how they work. Design PIC controlled circuits, and produce PCBs to control them. Independently design and create a static CAD model (e.g. a housing). Produce working boards to a high standard, ensuring wires are correctly dressed and soldering is tidy. Independently produce fully working, high quality products. Use subroutines in programs where appropriate. Write and implement a detailed test plan which covers all aspects of the system.
  Create an organisational (e.g. Gantt) chart to plan progress throughout a project. Follow a PCB created by a third party, and identify some of the outputs and inputs. Modify a pre-existing design to incorporate new mechanisms or linkages. Demonstrate the ability to use a multimeter to measure potential difference, resistance and to test for continuity.     Suggest modifications in light of comments from target market feedback
    Select and justify the use of a range of methods of simulating a circuit when developing ideas. Use CAD to conduction a build an original model, and conduct a motion study on a mechanism. Interpret analogue input data when testing PIC circuits connected to a computer.      
Blue Plan work during a project, so that the deadline is met. Independently design a simple circuit to meet a brief. Create multiple connecting parts using a CAD package. Confidently and consistently solder components to a high standard. Identify problems when making, and suggest possible solutions. Independently write PIC programs which handle both digital and analogue data. Write and implement a basic test plan, stating expected results.
    Use a breadboard to model a circuit containing an IC, with assistance. Modify a pre-existing design to change its aesthetic. Apply basic diagnostic techniques (e.g. visual inspection) to QA and troubleshoot PCBs. Produce challenging, high-quality, working products with very limited teacher assistance. Test programs both in simulations and live, adapting code to compensate for any differences as needed. Obtain feedback from the target market for a project.
    Design stripboard circuits for simple analogue circuits. Use 3D modelling to render a project. Use built-in device control to test digital PIC circuit I/O.      
Green Demonstrate organisational skills during a project. Modify a PCB to make its layout more efficient. Apply CAD techniques to aid in a design brief. Solder more challenging components (e.g. ICs) to a PCB, with assistance. Produce a working model from parts supplied by a teacher, with limited assistance. With assistance, write programs to handle inputs in a PIC circuit Write a list of tests that could be performed on a product.
  Research a project in a variety of ways (e.g. questionnaire, product analysis, investigation). Use a breadboard to model a simple circuit (e.g. LED torch), with assistance. Demontrate the use of a 2D and 3D design package within a project. Describe the purpose of a multimeter.     Obtain feedback on a project from a peer.
    Describe the operation of a given simple circuit, in terms of its components.   Connect a PIC circuit to a computer to test connectivity.      
    Explain the terms voltage, current and resistance.          
Yellow Conduct some relevant research on a project, with assistance. Design a PCB layout for a simple circuit, with assistance. Use a CAD package to draw shapes accurately to specified dimensions. Identify and solder simple components (e.g. resistors) to PCBs, with assistance. Select appropriate tools and equipment to accomplish tasks, justifying the choice. With assistance, write a simple program to manipulate outputs Identify areas for improvement in a project, with assistance.
    Explain the purpose of software simulations and breadboard simulations of a circuit.   Describe the correct technique for soldering a component to a PCB or to stripboard.      
    Name three ways of developing a circuit (e.g. breadboard, PCB, software, stripboard)          
Orange Outline some of the steps to be undertaken as part of research. Draw basic circuit diagrams (e.g. an LED torch) with assistance. Use a CAD package to draw geometric shapes. Identify basic electronic components by sight. Describe the purpose of different tools and machines. Identify the main flowchart shapes. Identify areas of a piece of work which are good and bad.
  Comment on some aspects of an existing product, with assistance.           Test some aspects of a piece of work, with assistance.
Red Define key research terms. E.g. Target Market, Product Analysis, Specification. Identify several electronic components, with assistance. Identify the difference between 2D and 3D CAD packages Identify health and safety rules in a workshop, Identify several tools and machines in the workshop Know that PIC chips use sequences of instructions to manipulate I/O components. Identify the purpose of testing a product.
  Categorise materials as wood, plastic, manmade board, metal and so on.       Work safely in the workshop, selecting appropriate protective clothing.