3.01 Conduct a critical inquiry to propose a digital technologies outcome (91900 L3, 6cr)


This is a 6 credit internal

This achievement standard involves conducting a critical inquiry to propose a digital technologies outcome[3].

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Achievement

Conduct a critical inquiry to propose a digital technologies outcome

This involves you:You can show this by:
deciding on an inquiry focus and developing specific inquiry question(s)
undertaking research to gather background information and ideas
analysing gathered information
establishing a refined inquiry focus
proposing a digital technologies outcome to the inquiry
explaining relevant risks and ways to mitigate these risks
reporting on the findings of the research in relation to the inquiry question(s) and proposed digital technologies outcome

Examples of risks include:

Risk[4]Example / Explanation
time
financial
estimations and scheduling[1]
incorrect functionality
scope[5] creep
factors outside of one’s control[6]

Achievement with Merit

Conduct an in-depth critical inquiry to propose a digital technologies outcome

This involves you:You can show this by:
comparing and contrasting different perspectives that relate to the inquiry focus
discussing possible future opportunities relating to the inquiry focus and explaining the possible impacts of these opportunities
effectively managing milestones and inquiry progression
evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the proposed digital technologies outcome

Achievement with Excellence

Conduct a comprehensive critical inquiry to propose a digital technologies outcome

This involves you:You can show this by:
critiquing any sources used and evaluating their potential for bias and inaccuracies
considering possible issues relating to the proposed outcomeThese do not have to be directly related to the actual product but can be to do with time and other risks for example.
suggesting areas for improvement, extension, and/or follow-up related to possible issues
critiquing the accuracy, relevance, reliability[2], and/or significance of the findings
Terms definitions
1. scheduling. The planning of actions and events to a timescale. This could be done as a list or flow diagram or other graphic organiser. Scheduling includes such things as planning construction orders or a production sequence.
2. reliability. In technological systems, reliability refers to a system’s ability to perform consistently and maintain its expected functions when operated within a specified manner.
3. outcome. Products and systems developed through Technological Practice for a specific purpose. A technological outcome is evaluated in terms of its fitness for purpose, and can be described by their physical and functional nature.
4. Risk. The chance of an occurrence (an event, action, or lack of action) that will have a negative impact upon objectives. Identified risk is measured in terms of consequences and likelihood.
5. scope. Scope refers to the requirements, goals, conditions and limitations needed to complete a project. Essentially it is what work needs to be carried out. Scope creep is when a project grows beyond what was initially requested.
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