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Computing Technology

 

Information and Software Technology

The study of Information and Software Technology Years 9–10 assists students to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to solve problems in real life contexts. Through experiential and collaborative tasks, students engage in processes of analysing, designing, producing, testing, documenting, implementing and evaluating information and software technology-based solutions. Creative, critical and meta-cognitive thinking skills are developed through students' practical involvement in projects.

 

"Core content of the Information and Software Technology Years 7–10 Syllabus provides students with specialised knowledge of past, current and emerging technologies, data, hardware, software and people involved in the field of information and software technology. The core also includes legal, ethical, social and industrial issues. Students develop information and software technology solutions through project work, individually and collaboratively. Options provide opportunities for the contextualisation of the core and allow choices of areas of interest to be made. Options include artificial intelligence, simulation and modelling, authoring and multimedia, database design, digital media, the Internet and website development, networking systems, robotics and automated systems, and software development and programming." 

Extract from SC Syllabus - BOS

 

In the course all students complete two pairs of electives will be studied: The first elective is Software Development and Programming and students get to choose the second elective from one of the following.

Artificial Intelligence

Simulation and modelling

Internet and Website Development

Database Design

Authoring and Multimedia

Digital Media

Program Life Cycle


 

Software Design and Development

This is a 2 unit course that teaches students about computer programming. The course discusses programming on different platforms with the primary focus on learning basic programming skills using Microsoft Visual Basic. During this two-year course students learn to use the 5 basic building blocks of programming and gradually, through working firstly with the teacher and then working in groups, they develop the skills and confidence to design and create their own computer programs.

 

Software design and development refers to the creativity, knowledge, values and communication skills required to develop computer programs. The subject provides students with a systematic approach to problem-solving, an opportunity to be creative, excellent career prospects and interesting content. Software development is a distinctive field within the Computing discipline. Stage 6 students who wish to move into this field are at an advantage if they understand the field.

 

In the preliminary course students complete a Prime Number Generator Program. In the HSC course students complete a Base Conversation Program, Sorting Program and a program of their own choosing.

 

There are many different approaches that can be taken to develop software. An understanding of these and the situations in which they are applied is essential in software development. So too is an understanding of how hardware and software are interrelated and need each other to function. In order to develop solutions that meet the needs of those who will use them, communication, personal and team skills are required by the developers. Together, these considerations provide the basis for the course.

 

Computing is an area of rapid growth and change. While a variety of computer applications are used in this subject, they are not the primary focus. The focus of this subject is the development of computer-based solutions that require the design of computer software.

 

Students interested in the fields of software development and computer science will find this subject of value. The subject is not only for those who seek further study or careers in this field, but also for those who wish to understand the underlying principles of software design and development. Students with software development skills wishing to acquire team and communication skills will find this subject useful.

 

The computing field, particularly in the area of software design and development, offers opportunities for creativity and problem-solving and a collaborative work environment where working with people and exploring issues is an integral part of the job. It is critical that students of both genders have the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to pursue the many new, exciting and highly paid employment opportunities that exist in the field.

 

Software Design and Development promotes intellectual, social and ethical growth in students. The subject has been developed from an area of identified student interest. It provides them with the flexibility to be able to adapt in a field that is constantly changing, yet vital to the Australian economy. On completion, the subject provides students with options in the workforce, TAFE and university study. Study of this subject will enable students to take part in debates on software development in society.

 

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