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Project Outlines

Electronic Products


Project outlines are given so that you can choose an area in which to begin your project. There are many different exam boards that each have their own project outlines, and some who leave them down to your school.

It is basically an area to develop. I will choose from the list then give the pupil the chance to develop from that list (or project outlines) and choose one area. 

Example (OCR): Many cycles are stolen each year. Consider the problem and design a device that deters a possible thief.  This is a common type of project outline but how you deal with it is up to you. Alarm projects do seem to be common in most syllabus as they can incorporate more than one process or controlling element which allows you to achieve higher grades. (Do not take this as a recommendation to do some form of alarm device) 

Your teacher may also give you a set of requirements that must be included in your coursework folder. This is to enable you to meet all of the requirements of  the course.


  • Provide research that backs up a need for your product.
  • Research of existing products and possible users.
  • Possible preferred container shapes and materials.
  • Costs of materials, components and manufacture and consideration of Batch production.
  • Etc…….

Advice: Ask your family and friends about similar products they have or could use. Different members of your family will have different needs and views. Your parents or guardians may have different needs from your brothers and sisters, they may also have different needs from your grandparents or neighbours (can you really see your granny buying a BMX?).

Analyse the task: Produce a spider diagram listing everything that you may need to consider for the project (see Task Analysis).

Then produce a second spider diagram looking at all areas of your preferred project

Task Analysis 


Please note this project guide and the others available at www.gglover.co.uk should be used in conjunction with your own teacher advice and exam board requirements. If in doubt ask your teacher!