NCEA Level 1 Digital Technologies

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs C. Sunnex

Digital Technologies is the term used to describe the subjects of learning which fall under the categories of Digital Information, Information Management, ICT and Computer Skills, Computer Studies and Computer Science.

Digital Technologies enables students to access, manage, integrate, critically evaluate, communicate, and create diverse information in an innovative and ethical way, and to meaningfully engage with a range of wider community stakeholders to solve problems and produce outcomes. Students will develop the skills, knowledge and ability to adapt themselves to an ever-changing global environment.

Students choosing digital technologies pathways for NCEA Level 1 will develop more specialised skills that industry partners say are in high demand. The new content covers two key areas: computational thinking and digital outcomes.
Computational thinking is about understanding the computer science principles that underlie all digital technologies and learning how to develop instructions, such as programming to control these technologies.
Designing and developing digital outcomes is about understanding that digital systems and applications created for humans by humans. Students will develop knowledge and skills by using different digital technologies to create digital content across a range of digital media.

Digital technologies programme will:

A student will be withdrawn from a standard if the teacher is not confident that the achievement of the standard is within the reach of the student or there is no evidence of the student attempting the assessment.

Course Overview

Term 1
AS91879 - Develop a digital outcome to manage data. (4 credits)
Databases are everywhere, but you never see them. They are hidden behind the tools and services you use everyday - Facebook, Google Searches, Contacts in your address books; in fact, databases do most of the work in the information systems used everyday in businesses.

Students learn how to create a simple database structure - "Flatfile" , and how to manipulate the data stored by creating queries and sorting data.

AS91878 - Develop a design for a digital outcome (3 credits) & AS91880 - Develop a digital media outcome (4 credits)
Students will plan, develop and refine a media outcome (print or website).

Term 2
Complete AS91878 & AS91880 - Develop a digital media outcome.

AS91886 - Demonstrate understanding of human computer interaction (HCI) (External). (3 credits)
How do users interact with different applications. Students learn how humans interact with computers and how good design of applications allow the user to have a stress-free experience. The fundamentals of HCI should be followed in the development of any program.
This standard is assessed externally in Term 3 and vital for any subject endorsement.

Term 3
AS91883 - Develop a Computer Program

AS91886 - Demonstrate understanding of human computer interaction (HCI) (External). Examination.

Term 4
Develop a Computer Program
Completed this term.

Recommended Prior Learning

It is preferable for a student to have taken this subject in Year 10, or with teacher recommendation.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

8GB USB Memory Stick



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