Learning

Digital Technologies

Digital Technologies provides students with the opportunity to acquire and apply specific ways of thinking about problem-solving to create innovative, purpose-designed digital solutions.

Computational thinking is at the core of this curriculum. It is a way of analysing problems and precisely and logically designing solutions that can be understood and carried out through the use of programming languages. Design and systems thinking also contribute to the problem-solving approach in this curriculum.

Digital Technologies empowers students to move from being confident users and consumers of digital systems − ICT as a general capability − to being discerning and creative problem solvers, equipped for an increasingly knowledge-based economy and society.

When creating digital solutions students use data, information, processes and digital systems. Digital systems are often referred to as either digital technologies or ICT. These are the digital resources, such as tablets, notebooks, cameras, phones and data probes that allow data and information to be manipulated, stored and communicated.

Subjects Offered at Lavalla Catholic College

Year 7

Digital Technology

In this unit, students expand their understanding of the essential role that data plays in their lives. They use programs to develop increasingly complex algorithms allowing data to be manipulated.  They broaden their programming experience incorporating general purpose programming language, in particular Python.  Students consider ways for managing the exchange of ideas, tasks and files. Students will have the opportunity to create digital explanations through programmable multimedia resources or simulations.

Year 8

Digital Technology

Students explain how text, image and sound data can be represented and secured in digital systems and presented using digital systems. They analyse and evaluate data from a range of sources to model solutions and create information. They manage the collaborative creation of interactive ideas, information and projects and use appropriate codes of conduct when communicating online.

Students define and decompose problems in terms of functional requirements and constraints. They design user experiences and algorithms incorporating branching and iterations, and develop, test, and modify digital solutions. Students evaluate information systems and their solutions in terms of meeting needs, innovation and sustainability.

Year 9

Digital Technology

In this course of study students will be required to understand their hardware and, to a certain degree, the software in which they must explore the possibilities presented to them from current technologies. This combination of hardware and more specifically, software, will allow students to discover a variety of software that, to this point, they may not have experienced in the past. Students will explore and respond to both hardware and software in this course, as they progress through a series of tasks in which they must complete in order to achieve specific task related, learning outcomes.

Year 10

Digital Technologies – Digital Designs

The year 10 Digital Designs course focuses on the digital design process with a strong emphasis on practical skills involving image manipulation, animation, and website development. Students who are keen to develop skills for the digital media industry or are looking at the VET Certificate III in Interactive Digital Media would find this course beneficial.

Digital Technologies – Information Technology

The Information Technology course enables students to become confident and creative developers of digital solutions through the application of information systems and specific ways of thinking about problem solving. Students acquire a deep knowledge and understanding of digital systems, data and information and the processes associated with creating digital solutions so they can take up an active role in meeting current and future needs.

Year 11

VCE Computing Unit 1

In this Unit students focus on how data, information and networked digital systems can be used to meet a range of users’ current and future needs. When creating solutions students need to apply relevant stages of the problem-solving methodology as well as computational, design and systems thinking skills.

VCE Computing Unit 2  

In this Unit students focus on data and how the application of computational, design and systems thinking skills support the creation of solutions that automate the processing of data.

Year 12

VCE Software Development Units 3 & 4               

In Software development Units 3 and 4 students focus on the application of a problem-solving methodology and underlying skills to create purpose-designed solutions using a programming language. In Unit 3 students develop a detailed understanding of the analysis, design and development stages of the problem-solving methodology and use a programming language to create working software modules. In Unit 4 students focus on how the information needs of individuals and organisations are met through the creation of software solutions used in a networked environment.

VCE Informatics Units 3 & 4       

In Informatics Unit 3 and 4 students focus on data, information and information systems.

In Unit 3 students consider data and how it is acquired, managed, manipulated and interpreted to meet a range of needs. In Unit 4 students focus on strategies and techniques for manipulating, managing and securing data and information to meet a range of needs.

VET

CUA31015 - Certificate III in Screen and Media (Creative Digital Media)               

(2 Year course offered at years 10-12)

The course is designed to provide an introduction to interactive digital media (multimedia), graphic design, audio and video and the digital media industry. You will obtain skills in a variety of digital media software and gain knowledge of the digital media industry.  The type of work that will be completed during the course includes animation, a client based website design and a video based task.