Students study the following topics in Year 10 DTC. For each topic, students will plan, design and develop a digital outcome employing the use of a wide range of digital tools. Project work is done as a combination of both team work and individual work. The skills learnt at Year 10 help prepare the students for further study in both the Digital Media and Computer Science & Programming strands of senior level Digital Technologies Computing.
Students will learn a variety of skills and tools needed for planning, designing and developing a digital media outcome. Students will also be learning about databases and their effect on society in order to create a database outcome as evidence of their understanding. Finally, students will be introduced to website design elements as they undergo a critical analysis of existing websites.
The focus of the teaching and learning in Year 11 Programming is development of the knowledge and skills needed to complete the computer program development process. This process involves defining and understanding the problem (brief), planning and designing a solution using logical thinking and problem solving to construct an algorithm, coding the solution, testing and evaluating the code and documenting the code. Students are given the option to enter one external standard that requires the student to independently research and produce a report that demonstrates an understanding of a variety of computer science concepts including algorithms, different programming languages and user interfaces.
The focus of the learning programme in this course is website design and development. Students will learn how to ‘hard’ code a website using HTML and CSS and a text editor app (Notepad++). All of the assessments in this course are encompassed in a website project that requires the students to plan, design, create, develop, test and evaluate web pages for a school community topic of the student’s choice. Students also have the opportunity to undertake an independent learning option that is a theory-only unit of study about advanced concepts of digital media. This option is for students who demonstrate the capacity to complete their website project early in Term 3.
Internal Standards (Website Project)
(*NOTE: Undertaking this standard will require both independent learning and independent production of the required assessment evidence (report). Students should notify the instructor early in Term 2 if they wish to be considered for entry in this standard.)
The Level 2 Programming course focuses on furthering students’ knowledge and skills in computer programming (coding). Students will concentrate on learning a second programming language and expanding their ability to use the program development process to plan, design, code, test and evaluate advanced computer programs for specified tasks. At this level the students are expected to construct modular, well-structured code and demonstrate an ability to use a variety of sequential, conditional and iterative structures effectively to produce flexible and robust computer programs.
Students in Year 13 Digital Technologies Computing are provided with the option of completing either a website or a computer program for a set of stakeholders. Students are able to work to their strengths and interests, thus creating a collaborative and engaging environment for all those involved. Students who have performed in an effective and efficient manner may also be invited to take part in the completion of a separate Scholarship Technology course. Students will be assessed on a combination of the following standards based on their own technological practice and interests.
All students will be expected to complete assessment tasks worth at least 16 credits from the following standards:
(Available via instructor invitation only)
Students who have done well in previous years in Technology courses may be granted an opportunity to participate in the Scholarship Technology course. By looking at their own practice throughout the year, students will need to reflect and engage with how their own technological practice has changed throughout the year and how it could be further improved. There is a group focus with discussions and collaboration, enabling students to work with their peers to obtain the best possible results. Students will need to create a portfolio of work summarising their Year 13 DTC project accompanied by a reflective report.
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