Tawa College Tawa College

Level 1 Design Information Technologies 101

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr D. Foulds.

Recommended Prior Learning

Prerequisite courses or standards                                                                                           

Working at a Level 5 or above for the Progress Outcomes; Designing and Developing Digital Outcomes, Computational Thinking and Technology Process. 

This course is open entry to students however it is an academic course and students should preferably have studied in 10DIT or 10CSI and passed the following criteria. Students who have not should contact the HOD Mr Foulds who will advise of some online courses to complete.

Achieved grade on the WOW Project due to the Digital Media focus and Adobe Software Skills needed in DIT101. To ensure students have the web coding skills necessary for DIT101 they must have passed the Designer Profile Website coding Assessment in Year 10.

Design Information Technologies 101

This Digital Technologies course enables students to extend Digital Media and Information Management skills through practical design tasks mainly using the Adobe Design suite. Students should be competent in using basic Photoshop and Illustrator skills. Coding in HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript will also be taught using applications such as Notepad++ and hosting their Website through projectspace.nz to enable coding from home. Good writing and project management skills are recommended due to the formal documentation requirements and extended length of some projects.

To extend their learning students will also have the opportunity to complete online courses such as JavaScript to use within their own websites.

There will be three main Design Information Technology topics with a project for each. Students will have time to explore the topic concepts and be creative in developing their own Digital Outcomes.

  • Digital Media - Developing a Digital Media Outcome (Website Design)
  • Digital Media - Use basic iterative processes to Develop a Digital Outcome of choice (Game, Database, Website, Infographic, Animation, Video, or 3D Printing).
  • Digital Media - Human Computer Interaction (User Interface Design using the 10 Heuristics of User Interface Design)

One Achievement Standard is offered in:

  • Digital Technologies 1.2 - 92005 (5 credits): Develop a digital technologies outcome

Students can also take the option CSI101 as this course compliments DIT101.

Course Overview

Term 1
Software Skills Photoshop and Illustrator for editing and creating own images and graphics.
HTML / CSS Web Skills for coding the Grid System Layout.
JavaScript for creating Interactive Web Pages.

Term 2
Assessment for Digital Technologies 1.2 - 92005 (5 credits): Develop a digital technologies outcome (Music Genre Website) project.

Term 3
Use basic iterative processes to Develop a Digital Outcome of choice (Game, Database, Website, Infographic, Animation, Video or 3D Printing) project.

Term 4
Human Computer Interaction (User Interface Design) project.

Learning Areas:

Digital Information Technologies


NCEA Level 2 Design Information Technologies 201

If you didn’t already know, there are so many job vacancies out there in the big wide world for people with Digital Technologies qualifications. There just aren’t enough of you! The top 5 skills employers are looking for are; Problem Solving, Team-working, Communication, Critical Thinking and Creativity. So if you enjoy the subject and take it all the way to Uni, you could find yourself fighting off job offers when you graduate. Jobs areas; Web Development, Graphic Design, Marketing/Branding, User Interface Designer and Product Development.

Career Pathways

User Experience Designer, Test Analyst, Network Administrator, Journalist, Graphic Designer, Industrial Designer, Information Technology Manager, Data Entry Operator/Transcriptionist, Copywriter, Software Developer, Information Technology Architect, Architect, Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Game Developer

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

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