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Examination questions

 

Technology 1                       

1

  • What are positive and negative effects that technology has on society?
  • Name some important technological innovations of the past 60 years. Which do you consider the most important and why?

2

  • Name the faculties at VSB-Technical University of Ostrava. Explain what is studied at each faculty.
  • Describe your course (subjects, timetable, career choice after you graduate).

3

  • What are the stages of the design process?
  • Give a few facts about a well-known designer.

4

  • What materials are used for making modern sports equipment and clothing? What properties do the materials have?
  • Describe a piece of sports equipment that you use. What materials is it made of?

5

  • What does the term appropriate technology mean? Give a few examples of an appropriate technology device.
  • Explain how the wind pump and the clockwork radio work.

6

  • What equipment do the policemen use? What is its function?
  • Describe some modern crime-fighting devices and home security systems.

7

  • What manufacturing processes are used in making drinks cans, bikes, and CD cases?
  • What stages are involved in manufacturing bread on a large scale?

8

  • How can cars of the future be safer?
  • Give examples of cars which do not have conventional petrol or diesel engines.

9

  • Explain how skyscrapers are built.
  • Give a few facts about a famous skyscraper.

 

10

  • Give a few examples of Electronic Assistive Technology.
  • How can medical technology help blind people or elderly people who live alone?

11

  • What entertainment devices can you use to listen to music or watch a film?
  • What are the latest developments in the video games industry?

12

  • How are computers involved in car manufacturing?
  • What kind of work does an IT Support Technician do? What is a help desk?

13

  • What are the devices used in telecommunications? What do they do?
  • How do VoIP phone systems work?

14

  • Which two jobs in technology would you like to do? Which two jobs would you not like to do? Explain your choices.
  • What parts does a CV consist of? What personal statement would you give when applying for a job?

15

  • What is the possible future of technology in transport, health, IT, telecommunications, and domestic appliances?
  • How can the future technology influence crime?

 

 

Technology 2   

1

  • Characterize three most common ways of studying technology in Great Britain.
  • Name the faculties at VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava. Explain what is studied at each faculty.
  • Describe your course (subjects, career choice after you graduate)

2

  • How did some famous agricultural inventions improve farmers’ work?
  • How is modern technology used in gathering information about soil and in fruit production?
  • What is a treadle pump and how does it work?

3

  • Describe four important bridge types.
  • What methods do Construction Engineers use to make tunnels? How does a tunnel-boring machine work?
  • Describe a famous bridge or a tunnel (type, function, location, designer, year completed).

4

  • What properties of plastics make them suitable materials for a wide range of products?
  • What is the history of plastics? What were the first plastics made from? What are plastics produced from today?
  • How do modern packaging technologies use plastics?

5

  • What are the different sources of alternative energy and how do they work?
  • Describe the operation of a wind turbine.
  • How could a community be self-sufficient in energy?

6

  • What are the different parts of a plane and what are their functions?
  • What does an Air Traffic Controller do? What skills does a person need to do the job? What responsibilities does the job involve?
  • How does a helicopter/glider work?

7

  • How have homes in your country changed within the last 100 years?
  • Try to make predictions about future homes (size, building materials, power generation, labour-saving devices, smart technology).
  • What are earth homes? Explain their advantages and technical issues in building them.

8

  • What different methods of transport are used to transport parts of the aircraft in the European Airbus A380 project?
  • Why do people choose to travel by train in this country? How does train travel compare with other forms of transport? What are Maglev and Bullet trains?
  • What does a Marine Engineer do? What risks are there in the job?

9

  • What are the different jobs on an oil rig in order of seniority? What are their responsibilities?
  • How is crude oil converted into a wide range of products? Describe the refining process.
  • What are the different types of oil platforms? Describe one of them in detail.

10

  • What are the causes of environmental pollution? How does environmental technology try to reduce and overcome the effects of pollution?
  • How can a fully-sustainable eco-city work?
  • Where does the fresh water in your area come from? How is it treated?

11

  • What different environments can robots be found in? What tasks can they be used for?
  • Explain how robots work (movement, motor, power source, sensory system, processor).
  • What is the difference between mechanization and automation? What knowledge and qualities must an engineer working on the design of robots have?

12

  • What components do the kitchen units comprise? How are they made? What materials are used?
  • What high-tech appliances can you find in a smart kitchen?
  • Describe some energy saving devices for the home.

13

  • How is Visby, a Swedish stealth warship, designed to minimize detection?
  • What is the possible future of defence technology?
  • In which ways could military technology be used in civilian life?

14

  • What are the most common electronic components and what is their function?
  • What subjects are included in an Electronics course? What sort of work can an Electronics Technician do?
  • What makes a good presentation (preparation, content organization, delivery, visual aids)?

15

  • What is your career path so far? What are your hopes for the future?
  • What information does a job advertisement usually comprise?
  • How should you prepare for a job interview? How do you write a CV and a covering letter?

 

The Business Intermediate

1          U 1

  • What issues does corporate culture refer to?
  • What are common unwritten rules in many businesses?

2          U 1

  • How can companies help interns to adapt to their work culture? How can an organigram be useful?
  • What parts does a placement report consist of? 

3          U 2

  • What are the positive and negative aspects of working in a call centre?
  • What are the reasons for and against outsourcing call centres from industrialized countries to the developing world? 

4          U 2

  • How does a helpline operator deal efficiently with a customer’s problem?
  • What are the ‘golden rules’ of customer service? 

5          U 3

  • Why is the packaging of products important?
  • What is wrap rage and what triggers it?

6          U 3

  • How do you organize and deliver an effective product presentation?
  • What are the features and benefits of a product?

7          U 4

  • What is the difference between careers ten or fifteen years ago and careers today?
  • What are some useful tips for creating a successful career?

8          U 4

  • How should you prepare for a job interview? What questions can you expect?
  • What parts does a CV consist of? How can the resume styles be different?

9          U 5

  • How can e-tailers increase sales through specific marketing techniques?
  • What are some positive and negative aspects to shopping in an e-store and shopping in a high street store? 

10        U 5

  • How can you negotiate successfully? What issues might be subject to negotiation in business?
  • What is the content of a business proposal?

11        U 6

  • What is corporate social responsibility? What groups of people does a company have responsibility towards? What conflicts of interest are there between the groups?
  • How is corporate America changing for the better?

12        U 6

  • Why should companies invest time and money in community projects?
  • What are the essentials of a successful meeting?

13        U 7

  • What are the risks and opportunities in mergers and acquisitions?
  • How can you describe a business performance? Give an example of a business you know well.

14        U 7

  • What different visual tools can you use in a presentation?
  • What are the guidelines for preparing PowerPoint slides 

15        U 8

  • How can selling your product in other countries be more difficult than at home? What lessons do exporters have to learn?
  • What are the different methods of payment in international trade?

16        U 8

  • What is the difference between low-context and high-context cultures and what does it mean for international negotiators?
  • What is your philosophy on credit? What different types of correspondence may a company use regarding payments?