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Brief development

A brief is a concise document that explains what is wanted and why (the conceptual statement) and lists the characteristics that an outcome must demonstrate to be acceptable (the specifications).

Brief development is a dynamic process – an initial brief is progressively refined to describe and justify the outcome that has been developed. 

Related resources


Brief development in years 7–10

In these two videos students share their ideas on specifications for two famous outcomes and creating an initial brief for their own practice.

Teaching snapshots

Primary playground redesign – a rich local curriculum opportunity

A years 7–8 project on primary playground redesign was an authentic context to look at brief development.

Local curriculum in technology using a light festival

Students from years 6–9 developed outcomes for an annual community light festival. To create successful outcomes they worked through brief development.

Student showcase

Outstanding scholarship in technology: STEELBRO Bluetooth application

MacKenzie Parker developed a Bluetooth application to retain and share information on container weight for the company STEELBRO. MacKenzie invested time in developing the brief before going ahead with the application.

Technology in the news

Brief development

Find curated news articles that provide examples with discussion starters that can be used to talk about brief development. 

Technology in the School Journal and Connected

"Wētā", School Journal, Level 2, August 2019

This article provides information on wētā. Use the article for students to participate in brief development for constructing a wētā motel.

Brief development: Key ideas (Word 2007, 132 KB)

Acknowledgment: This paper is derived from an earlier version by Dr Vicki Compton and Cliff Harwood.

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