This course has been developed in compliance with the New Zealand Curriculum (2007) and its aim is to equip students with a combination of Internet and Computing skills and knowledge that will prepare them for both achievement standards-based senior Digital Technologies courses or the National Certificate in Computing Level 2.

The course consists of a range of projects which focus on:

  • developing progression in the Digital Technologies and Computer Studies domain knowledge and skills required for the Year 10 Internet and Computing course
  • developing a broad literacy of ICT issues.

In carrying out the projects students will learn about file management, basic computing skills, Internet research, image manipulation in Photoshop, design and presentation skills. There is also an emphasis on developing the five key competencies (thinking, relating to others, participating and contributing, using language, symbols and text and managing self).

1       PowerPoint on an ICT issue:

The students will choose a topical ICT issue to focus a presentation around e.g. cyber-bullying, cyber-stalking, threats to data (viruses) or internet piracy. They will be introduced to the idea of digital citizenship and will learn about how to keep themselves and others safe on applications such as Facebook, Tumblr and email sites. They also consider ethics, copyright and internet privacy.

Assessment:

Students will be assessed on the content of their presentation, the design of their presentation and the file management procedures used as they developed their presentation.

2       Image Manipulation Project:

Students learn image manipulation and editing as they create their own print design in Adobe Photoshop.

Assessment:

Students will be assessed on the quality of their poster in terms of what it communicates, the design of their poster and on the level of Photoshop skills they exhibit.

3       Melbourne Project:

The students comprehensively plan a week-long holiday for themselves and their parents/caregivers in Melbourne. They produce a budget, find flights, create an itinerary and organise logistics.

Assessment:

Students will be assessed on the quality of both the itinerary they produce, and their budget. 

Students may also undertake other projects if time allows, and visit local IT businesses.

This course has been developed in compliance with the New Zealand Curriculum (2007) and its aim is to equip students with a combination of Internet and Computing skills and knowledge that will prepare them for both achievement standards-based senior Digital Technologies courses or the National Certificate in Computing Level 2.

The course consists of three main projects which focus on:

  • developing progression in the Digital Technologies and Computer Studies domain knowledge and skills required for Year 11 Digital Technologies and Computer Studies courses
  • developing a broad literacy of ICT issues. 

In carrying out the projects students will learn image manipulation, web scripting, programming, design, file management, researching skills, editing skills, computer operations, referencing and literacy skills. They will also learn to use a variety of software packages. There is also an emphasis on developing the five key competencies (thinking, relating to others, participating and contributing, using language, symbols and text and managing self). 

Photoshop Montage:

Students will learn to create and manipulate images in Photoshop in order to create a montage. If time allows, they may also then elect to create something that interests them ie a video or animation.

Assessment:

Students will be assessed on the quality and design of their montage. 

Web Site Project:

The focus is on learning how to script websites using HTML and CSS. They become more familiar with Photoshop as they manipulate and prepare graphics for the web; they learn Notepad++ and work with different browsers. During this unit they also learn about privacy, copyright, and the social issues associated with the web.

Assessment:

Students will be assessed on the quality of their scripted website, knowledge and skills when using a variety of software applications and design skills relating to their website. 

Programming Project:

Students learn computer programming in Scratch. After learning the basics of programming, within the environment of Scratch, they will then develop a program of their choice, which might be a game or an educational tool. This also allows them to display design skills in relation to the presentation of their program.

Assessment:

Students will be assessed on the plan they develop for their program, the quality of their program, and the knowledge and skills they exhibit when using ‘Scratch’.

This Computer Studies course consists of learning to: create a simple computer program in Scratch; efficiently browse the web; create web pages both with a mark-up language and using a template; produce still images for a range of digital media; produce design work using templates, create a PowerPoint presentation and investigate digital applications used for leisure.

The Computer Studies course consists of learning to: create spreadsheets; design professional looking print documents; create a media application – a short movie/animation; understand and describe a personal computer system and produce word documents using a range of techniques. 

Pre-requisites for the course:   

Ideally students should be confident users of the Internet and personal computers. There are no formal prerequisites. 

Other qualifications related to this course:  

This course is the first year of the two-year course for National Certificate of Computing Level 2. Students who undertake this course typically go on to study CS300 in Year 13 to complete the Certificate. 

At Level 3, the students will learn document design, and how to produce desktop published documents for organisation use; they will learn how to apply text processing skills to produce business documents; and they will learn how to create a website for a stakeholder using a dedicated web-authoring tool.

Pre-requisites for the course:  

It is helpful if students have completed CS200 course but it is not essential.

The Digital Technologies course consists of gaining an understanding of basic concepts of information management and digital media; implementing basic procedures to produce a specified digital information outcome and a digital media outcome; constructing an algorithmic structure for a basic task, and constructing and testing a computer program for a basic task.

The Digital Technologies Level 2 course consists of demonstrating understanding of advanced concepts of information systems used to manage shared information; implementing advanced procedures to produce both a specified digital information outcome with linked data, and a digital media outcome; constructing a plan for an advanced computer program for a specified task, and constructing and testing an advanced computer program for a specified task.

Pre-requisites for the course: Students need to have successfully completed the Year 11 Digital Technologies Level 1 course. In some instances, if a student is very keen, IT literate, and has achieved Merit or Excellence in Level 1 Mathematics, they will be let into the course (at the discretion of the HOD).

The Digital Technologies Level 3 course consists of demonstrating understanding of complex concepts of information systems used to manage shared information; implementing complex procedures to produce both a specified digital information outcome with linked data, and a digital media outcome; constructing a plan for an advanced computer program for a specified task, and constructing and testing an advanced computer program for a specified task. 

Pre-requisites for the course:  

Students need to have successfully completed the Year 12 Digital Technologies Level 2 course. However, in some instances, if a student is very keen, is IT literate in relation to programming and web scripting, and has achieved Merit or Excellence in Level 2 Mathematics, they will be let into the course (at the discretion of the HOD).