Task 3.0 – Task Analysis & Specifications

Task Analysis:
This is when ACCESS FM really starts to pay off and saves so much time. Instead of starting from scratch when setting up a task analysis or brain storm use ACCESS FM as a template. It could not be easier; the pupils already understand these sub headings and furthermore know how to apply them in relation to a product. But try describing the Task Analysis as a menu, the McDonalds version works a treat. The McDonalds menu is broken down into sub headings and every sub heading has a list of choices. So Drinks are broken down into cold, juices, shakes, hot etc. We can do the same with our “menu”, the sub heading Size can be broken down into 3 choices, small, medium and large,  the sub heading Cost broken down into three choices high, medium and low and so on. Everything is familiar to the students, ACCESS FM, the application, the McDonalds menu idea. Here are some examples of Task Analysis that my students have produced very quickly and to a very high standard.


The Design Specification:
If the Task Analysis is the “menu” then surely the specification is the process of specifying what you want from the menu? Go to each subheading of ACCESS FM and pick the choice that appeals, copy and paste and state why you chose it.

 

Lay the page out with ACCESS FM running down the left hand side:

A: Copy and paste your choice from task analysis and justify.

C: Copy and paste your choice from task analysis and justify.

C: Copy and paste your choice from task analysis and justify.

E: Copy and paste your choice from task analysis and justify.

S: Copy and paste your choice from task analysis and justify.

S: Copy and paste your choice from task analysis and justify.

F: Copy and paste your choice from task analysis and justify.

M: Copy and paste your choice from task analysis and justify.

The process of writing the design specification will take minutes irrespective of ability. Here are some examples of specifications written by my pupils.

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