10 Digital Information Technology

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr D. Foulds

Digital Information Technology 10DIT

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 1.

2023 Year 10 Course

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 strand of Technology Practice, students are assessed on their ability to critically analyze existing outcomes, evaluate components for use and conceptualize their design ideas through a concept sketch.


  • Topic assessments are graded and awarded in line with the 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 Computational thinking and/or Designing and Developing Digital Outcomes. 
  • Self assessment and peer assessment will be encouraged.

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).


Course Overview

Term 1
Databases using Microsoft Access
Week 1 Databases using Microsoft Access, Datatypes, Tables, Queries and Form Design
Week 7 Database Exam unit standard 29777 (3 credits).
Week 8 3D Modeling and Printing

Term 2
Computer Science and Advanced Website Design
Week 1 Introduction to Computer Science Programming Concepts using JavaScript for Websites.
Week 5 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 9 HTML Adding a range of Digital Media, Audio, Video and Animation for Websites.
Week 10 Relevant Implications associated with making a Website; Legal, Ethical, Accessibility and Aesthetics.

Term 3
Advanced Website Design and Digital Media Software Skills, Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator
Week 1 HTML Website Assessment - Designer Profile (online portfolio).
Week 7 Digital Media Software Skills: InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Design Principles/Elements.

Term 4
Digital Media Software Skills and Project - Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator
Week 2 Digital Media Project - Advertising the World of Wearable Arts Show.

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