Pupils sometimes make the
mistake of obtaining research that has no relationship or relevance to
their project. To be successful in this area you need to make all research
relevant, is there any point knowing the amount of times the musical group
goes on tour with the instruments. Would it not be better to find out if
they would only use the device while practicing rather than for shows.. On
the other hand collecting information on similar products to the one you
will produce is valuable if used correctly.
There are many sources available for research and you will be expected to
use a range of these. Research can be found:
internet (such as this site)
On CD ROMs
In libraries (Text books, journals etc)
In shops, also their catalogues and brochures.
Users of similar products I.e. market research.
By producing models.
These are just a few, remember to identify all sources of research, if it
is a book state the Author, Year of the book, Title and the page
numbers where information was gained. If a website the website address
When analysing your research make sure you write down what you have
learned from the research, even if it is just stating something you
already knew. From your research you will be able to produce an Initial
Some of the research that will be required for successful project
completion is listed:
what does the user want? What will the best colours be for promoting my
product? Use graphs and summarise your findings. Extra help can be found
using the Text Design and Make it Electronic Products p.
Existing products, look at existing to help inspire you
Materials & Components, availability, characteristics and
Manufacturing techniques, how would you make it (one off
prototype), batch produce and mass produce your product?
Safety and others research items that you should have
identified in your ISR.