10 Digital Information Technology

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: D. Foulds

10 Digital Information Technology

Year 10 Digital Information Technology is a broad generic course preparing students for the Computer Science, Digital Information 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 Python and coding skills for Websites using Notepad++. A Term is also dedicated to learning Computer Science concepts such as Algorithms, Programming Concepts and Binary. Students also learn how to plan, create and query a flat file database using Microsoft Access. 

Important note: The topics above will be slightly updated for 2021 to include JavaScript for Websites, In-depth Human Computer Interaction and 3D Printing.

There are three major projects which are assessed both practically and theoretically.
Three assessment are unit standards 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 analyse, 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. 

Course Overview

Term 1
Computer Science
Week 1 Introduction to Computer Science Binary.
Week 4 Introduction to Computer Science Algorithm and Programming Concepts.
Week 10 Python Programming - basic Python Game.

Term 2
Databases using Microsoft Access
Week 4 Database Exam unit standard 29777 (3 credits).
Week 5 Human Computer Interaction.
Week 7 Digital Media Software Skills: InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Design Principles/Elements.

Term 3
Week 1 Digital Media Assessment - WOW project Components of Technology Practice.
Week 6 HTML Coding with emphasis on main structural tags (code) used for websites.
Week 8 HTML Advanced Coding Websites with emphasis on iteration (trialing and testing).

Term 4
Week 3 HTML Website Assessment - Designer Profile (online portfolio) hosting using trinket.io or neocities.org.


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

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

1E4 - 7mm Quad Book 28 pages, pen, pencil, eraser, ruler and a set of headphones (ear plugs). Students
are expected to file all work in a well-organised clear-file folder. Also have credit on their Papercut
account for printing of some assessments.

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. 

Credit Information
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
Total Credits

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

Pathway Tags

11 Design Information Technologies 11 Computer Science Information