Tawa College Tawa College

10 Digital Information Technology

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr D. Foulds.

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. 

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 skills using a range of software including Microsoft Access, SculptGL, Tinkercad, Notepad++, Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. Programming skills are taught using JavaScript and HTML/CSS Coding skills for Websites. Students also learn how to plan, create and query a flat file Database using Microsoft Access. 3D Modeling using SculptGL and Tinkercad (3D Printing) will also be available in Term 1.

2024 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 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 - Te Taiao - Our Natural World
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.

Learning Areas:

Digital Information Technologies


Level 1 Computer Science Information 101, Level 1 Design Information Technologies 101

Career Pathways

Advertising Specialist, Information Technology Architect, Media Producer, Photographer, Test Analyst, Marketing Specialist, Animator/Digital Artist, Software Developer, Graphic Designer, Communications Professional, Graphic Pre-press Worker, Game Developer, Signmaker, User Experience Designer, Security Analyst, Security Consultant

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

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