Tawa College Tawa College

Year 9 TECHNOLOGY - Computer Science and Information

9CSI
Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms C. Stevens.

Computer Science and Information Technology 9CSI

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.

2024 Year 9 Course

Students will learn:

  • To develop a range of problem solving techniques
  • To program using Python code
  • How to build and control robotic controllers (Micro:Bit)
  • How internet connectivity works
  • Aspects of Cyber-Security
  • How to create infographics using Adobe Photoshop.

Students will learn how to use the software packages Python IDLE and Adobe Photoshop. Please choose Digital Information Technology (9DIT) if learning other 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 in Year 10.

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
3 weeks - Looks at File Management and networking, Using applications and setting up browsers
2 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)

Term 2
SEMESTER 1
- Either
- Python Programming
- Robotics using Micro:Bits
- Learning to program a controller for chosen task(s)
- Binary - 1 week looking at:
- What binary is.
- How binary is used in computing to represent a graphic.
- The Internet and Cyber crime including the use of Photoshop to present an outcome.
- 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 (2nd half year option starts)
3 weeks - Looks at File Management and networking, Using applications and setting up browsers
2 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)

Term 4
SEMESTER 2
- Either
- Python Programming
- Robotics using Micro:Bits
- Learning to program a controller for chosen task(s)
- Binary - 1 week looking at:
- What binary is.
- How binary is used in computing to represent a graphic.
- The Internet and Cyber crime including the use of Photoshop to present an outcome.
- 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

Semester A
Looks at File Management and networking, Using applilcations and setting up browsers
Looks at Computational Thinking which includes:
- How to break a problem into its core components.
- Developing a solution to a problem using Algorithms.
- Python Programming
- Robotics using Micro:Bits
- Learning to program a controller for chosen task(s)
- Binary - 1 week looking at:
- What binary is.
- How binary is used in computing to represent a graphic.
- The Internet and Cyber crime including the use of Photoshop to present an outcome

Semester B
Looks at File Management and networking, Using applilcations and setting up browsers
Looks at Computational Thinking which includes:
- How to break a problem into its core components.
- Developing a solution to a problem using Algorithms.
- Python Programming
- Robotics using Micro:Bits
- Learning to program a controller for chosen task(s)
- Binary - 1 week looking at:
- What binary is.
- How binary is used in computing to represent a graphic.
- The Internet and Cyber crime including the use of Photoshop to present an outcome

Learning Areas:

Year 9 Courses 2024, Digital Information Technologies


Pathway

10 Computer Science and Information, 10 Digital Information Technology

Career Pathways

Business Analyst, Software Developer, Film and Video Editor, Electronics Engineer, Biomedical Engineer, Information Technology Helpdesk/Support Technician, Information Technology Manager, Data Entry Operator/Transcriptionist, Systems Administrator, Graphic Pre-press Worker, Game Developer, Test Analyst, Network Administrator, Security Analyst, Data Analyst


Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

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