10 Digital Information Technology

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr D. Foulds

10 Digital Information Technology

Year 10 Digital Information Technology is a broad generic course preparing students for the Computer Science and Digital Media strands of the senior Digital Technology curriculum. Students extend their Digital Design skills using a range of software including Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. Programming skills are taught using JavaScript and HTML/CSS Coding skills for Websites using Notepad++. A Term is dedicated to learning Computer Science concepts such as the 10 Usability Heuristics for User Interface Design and Programming Concepts using JavaScript. Students also learn how to plan, create and query a flat file database using Microsoft Access. 3D Modeling and Printing will also be available in Term 4.

There are three major projects which are assessed both practically and theoretically.
One assessment is a unit standard with the possibility of gaining 3 credits at Level 2 in total. To meet the technology curriculum strands, students are also assessed on their ability to critically analyze, evaluate and conceptualize their design ideas.

Topic assessments are graded and awarded in line with the new Digital Technologies Progress Outcomes. Students will be assessed on their ability to be Working Towards, Working At or Working Beyond their expected year level in Designing and Developing Digital Outcomes and Computational Thinking. Pre-assessment will be carried out to establish existing student skill levels.

This course leads to further DIT and CSI courses for Level 1 NCEA and develops students Digital skills/knowledge to support other areas of the curriculum.

10DIT scaffolds students so at Year 11 they can select:

  • 11 Design Information Technology which continues to build on Digital Media skills (Designing and Developing Digital Media Outcomes).
  • 11 Computer Science and Information which continues to build on Computer Science skills (Computational thinking). 
  • Important Note: In 2023 students can only take one of the above Year 11 Courses (not both).


Course Overview

Term 1
Computer Science
Week 1 Introduction to Human Computer Interaction using the 10 Usability Heuristics for User Interface Design.
Week 5 Introduction to Computer Science Programming Concepts using JavaScript.
Week 10 JavaScript Programming - JavaScript for Websites.

Term 2
Databases using Microsoft Access
Week 1 Databases using Microsoft Access, Datatypes, Tables, Queries and Form Design
Week 4 Database Exam unit standard 29777 (3 credits).
Week 6 HTML Coding with emphasis on main structural tags (code) used for websites.
Week 7 HTML Advanced Coding Websites (Box Model CSS) with emphasis on iteration (trialing and testing) components.
Week 8 HTML Adding a range of Digital Media, Audio, Video and Animation for Websites.
Week 9 Relevant Implications associated with making a Website; Legal, Ethical, Accessibility and Aesthetics.

Term 3
Advanced Website Design
Week 1 HTML Website Assessment - Designer Profile (online portfolio).
Week 6 Digital Media Software Skills: InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Design Principles/Elements.

Term 4
Digital Media Project - Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator
Week 2 Digital Media Project - Advertising the World of Wearable Arts Show.
Week 6 3D Modeling and Printing

Recommended Prior Learning

The course is open entry to new students. Students from Year 9 DIT or 9 CSI should be Working At or Working Beyond their year level in Designing and Developing Digital Outcomes and Computational Thinking. 

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

A set of headphones (ear plugs).
Also have credit on their Papercut account for printing of some assessments.


Credit Information

Total Credits Available: 3 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 3 credits.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
U.S. 29777 v1
Use the main features and functions of a database application to create and test a database
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 3
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Total Numeracy Credits: 0

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