This course has three main units. The first unit, Digital Systems, focuses on the hardware, software and network components of digital systems. Students understand how data are transmitted between components within a system and how the hardware and software interact to form networks. The assessment for this area is a written test.
The second unit, Data and Information focuses on the techniques for collecting, managing and organising data that is used to solve problems and create and communicate ideas and information. Students will learn intermediate skills in Word and Excel. The assessment for this unit is a series of short tasks.
The third unit, Creating Digital Solutions, explores the interrelated processes and associated skills by which students create digital solutions. Students engage in the four processes of analysing, designing, developing and evaluating when working on a project invilviong digital media. The assessment for this unit is a project.
This subject is designed to provide students with skills in a range of software applications including Photoshop, Word, Google and Excel. This subject is designed to give students skills to enhance and complement their work across the curriculum.
Working in real and virtual teams, students collaboratively create information products and solve problems set in real-world contexts in all areas of the curriculum. Students, individually and in teams, use ICT to make detailed project plans that sequence tasks to be done, resources needed and timelines for completion. They annotate these plans to explain changes made during the execution of tasks. Students develop criteria to evaluate their own and others’ work and use them to assess quality and the extent to which the purpose is fulfilled.
Students build on skills developed in previous levels to share ideas with the teacher and others through a range of electronic communication means such as email and contributing to forums. They refine their searching techniques to get more precise results by using within suitable search engines, proximity operators, which specify where one term in a document must appear in relation to another term. They develop knowledge and understanding about the ethical use of ICT through practical experience, observation of their own and others’ behaviour, and by researching strategies for protecting vulnerable users from accessing or receiving unwanted information from the Internet.
Assessment will be based on the ability of the student to apply IT skills learnt in an effective and meaningful way as well as a practical demonstration of the skills learnt in their chosen software types.
These units all incorporate elements from a variety of areas, including Communication, Humanities, Science, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Interpersonal Development and Thinking