Technology Topic 1: The Design Process

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Design Quizzes & Trivia

This is a multiple choice question test about the Design Cycle. 20 questions to be answered in 30 minutes.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which statement best defines a product design specification (PDS)?
    • A. 

      A description of a design problem.

    • B. 

      The generation of ideas.

    • C. 

      A target market for the design.

    • D. 

      The precise limits of all performance requirements.

  • 2. 
    In which stage of the design cycle model are detailed costings of a product best made?
    • A. 

      Researching and specifications.

    • B. 

      Generating ideas

    • C. 

      Developing the chosen solution.

    • D. 

      Planning and realising the chosen solution.

  • 3. 
    At which stage of the design cycle model are drawings made without using technical aids most likely to be used?
    • A. 

      Identifying the problem and the brief.

    • B. 

      Generating ideas.

    • C. 

      Drawing the final solution.

    • D. 

      Realizing the final solution.

  • 4. 
    In which technique for solving problems do designers gain most from similar situations to existing solutions?
    • A. 

      Adaptation.

    • B. 

      Animation.

    • C. 

      Analogy

    • D. 

      Algorithm

  • 5. 
    Detailed orthographic drawings are best used to show...
    • A. 

      Early stages of product development.

    • B. 

      3-D views of a finished product.

    • C. 

      The dimensions of a finished product for manufacturing.

    • D. 

      How mechanical components fit together to make a product.

  • 6. 
    Which statement best describes the outcome of incremental design over a short period of time?
    • A. 

      No changes to a product.

    • B. 

      Small changes to a product.

    • C. 

      Large changes to a product by introducing new materials.

    • D. 

      A completely new product.

  • 7. 
    Which is most likely to result in changes to the design of an existing product?
    • A. 

      Adaptation.

    • B. 

      Brainstorming.

    • C. 

      Analogy

    • D. 

      Constructive discontent

  • 8. 
    Which stage of the design cycle model is most likely to involve mathematical models?
    • A. 

      Identifying the problem and the brief.

    • B. 

      Researching and specifications.

    • C. 

      Developing the chosen solution.

    • D. 

      Planning and realising the chosen solution.

  • 9. 
    The design brief does not identify...
    • A. 

      The design problem.

    • B. 

      The major constraints for the design solution.

    • C. 

      The target market.

    • D. 

      The precise limits for the complete range of performance requirements that must be met.

  • 10. 
    Which term describes the inclusion of new material or technology to produce a significant change to design?
    • A. 

      Incremental design

    • B. 

      Radical design

    • C. 

      Green design

    • D. 

      Clean technology

  • 11. 
    It is important to annotate freehand drawings to...
    • A. 

      Explain the thinking behind the visual images.

    • B. 

      Show the proposed solution in 3-D.

    • C. 

      Enable them to be used in production drawings.

    • D. 

      Enable numerical manipulation.

  • 12. 
    What is defined as "analysing the situation which would benefit from re-design and working out a strategy for improving it"?
    • A. 

      Adaptation

    • B. 

      Analogy

    • C. 

      Brainstorming

    • D. 

      Constructive discontent

  • 13. 
    Designers use perspective drawings to...
    • A. 

      Make assumptions about design.

    • B. 

      See how big the final solution will be.

    • C. 

      Realistically represent an object.

    • D. 

      Completely finalise their solution.

  • 14. 
    At which stage in the design cycle would orthographic drawings be most relevant?
    • A. 

      Generating ideas

    • B. 

      Developing the chosen solution

    • C. 

      Planning and realising the chosen solution

    • D. 

      Testing and evaluating the chosen solution

  • 15. 
    In which technique for solving problems are solutions to a problem in one field used to provide a new idea for a solution in another?
    • A. 

      Adaptation

    • B. 

      Animation

    • C. 

      Analogy

    • D. 

      Brainstorming

  • 16. 
    Which model type is a designer most likely to use in discussions with a manufacturer?
    • A. 

      Algorithm

    • B. 

      Perspective drawing

    • C. 

      Orthographic drawing

    • D. 

      Mathematical model

  • 17. 
    What is represented in the design cycle?
    • A. 

      The final design solution is evaluated against the requirements set out in the specification.

    • B. 

      To explore ideas the elements of the design cycle may be visited in different orders.

    • C. 

      Feedback may occur between different elements in the design cycle.

    • D. 

      Some elements of the design cycle are revisited several times before others are started.

  • 18. 
    A performance test provides
    • A. 

      Aesthetics data.

    • B. 

      Quantitative data.

    • C. 

      Qualitative data.

    • D. 

      Data about users’ opinions.

  • 19. 
    What is true of physical models and mathematical models?
    • A. 

      They are easy to understand by clients.

    • B. 

      They are 3D.

    • C. 

      They represent selected features of a design.

    • D. 

      They are realistic representations.

  • 20. 
    Which statement does not describe an advantage of using computer aided design (CAD)?
    • A. 

      Ability to interface with other computerised systems

    • B. 

      Low capital cost

    • C. 

      Ease of storage for designs

    • D. 

      Reduction in time taken to update engineering drawings