9CSI

Year 9 TECHNOLOGY - Computer Science and Information

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr G. Hall

9CSI - Computer Science and Information Technology

Computational Thinking is central to the course.
Computational thinking is more than being able to interact with computers in our everyday lives, it’s about having the know-how and the confidence to look beyond the applications we use to the code beneath.

2022 Year 9 Course

Students will learn:

  • What a Computer Scientist does and the abundance of career opportunities
  • To develop a range of problem solving techniques
  • To program using Python code
  • How to build and control robotic controllers (Micro:Bit) (time permitting)
  • How computer hardware works
  • How internet connectivity works
  • Aspects of Cyber-Security
  • How to create infographics using Adobe Photoshop.

Students will not learn how to use software packages with the exceptions of Python IDLE and Adobe Photoshop, please choose Digital Information Technology (DIT) if learning software packages is required. Both courses can be taken at Year 9 and are complementary. 

Students can:

  • Continue with a Computer Science and Information  course in Year 10 which continues to build on Computer Science skills whilst introducing a range of other Digital Information.
  • Continue with a Digital Information Technology course in Year 10 which builds on the use of Digital Media skills.
  • Continue with both the Computer Science and Information and Digital Information Technology courses.

Assessments                                                                                                                         

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 (T.A.B) 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. Self assessment and peer assessment will be encouraged.


Course Overview

Term 1
SEMESTER 1
- The history of Computing - 2 weeks - How have modern day computing evolved, who where the movers and shakers along this path and what where the significant technological and mechanical steps that took place.
- Computational Thinking - 3 weeks - Looks at Computational Thinking which includes:
- How to break a problem into its core components.
- Developing a solution to a problem using Algorithms.
- Either
- Python Programming
- Robotics using Micro:Bits
- Learning to program a controller for chosen task(s)
- Hardware (See term 2)

Term 2
SEMESTER 1
- Either
- Python Programming
- Robotics using Micro:Bits
- Learning to program a controller for chosen task(s)
- Hardware (See below)
- Binary - 1 week looking at:
- What binary is.
- How binary is used in computing to represent a graphic.
- The Internet and Cyber crime
- Hardware
- Investigating the hardware and peripheral components that make up a PC and their physical size, data transfer rates and interactions.
- Looking at the purpose and function of the Operating System and various applications.
- Specifying a modern PC for a specific purpose and user

Term 3
SEMESTER 2
- The history of Computing - 2 weeks - How have modern day computing evolved, who where the movers and shakers along this path and what where the significant technological and mechanical steps that took place.
- Computational Thinking - 3 weeks - Looks at Computational Thinking which includes:
- How to break a problem into its core components.
- Developing a solution to a problem using Algorithms.
- Either
- Python Programming
- Robotics using Micro:Bits
- Learning to program a controller for chosen task(s)
- Hardware (See term 2)

Term 4
SEMESTER 2
- Either
- Python Programming
- Robotics using Micro:Bits
- Learning to program a controller for chosen task(s)
- Hardware (See below)
- Binary - 1 week looking at:
- What binary is.
- How binary is used in computing to represent a graphic.
- The Internet and Cyber crime
- Hardware
- Investigating the hardware and peripheral components that make up a PC and their physical size, data transfer rates and interactions.
- Looking at the purpose and function of the Operating System and various applications.
- Specifying a modern PC for a specific purpose and user

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

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

Pathway

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