Length: Single Semester or Full Year (10 credits each semester)
Contact: Technologies Leader
Advantage: Completion of Year 10 Digital Technology.
Digital technologies have changed the ways that people think, work, and live. The application of digital technologies can lead to discoveries, new learning, and innovative approaches to understanding and solving problems. The study of Digital Technologies provides a platform for deep interdisciplinary learning. Students make connections with innovation in other fields and across other learning areas.
In Digital Technologies students create practical, innovative solutions to problems of interest. By extracting, interpreting, and modelling real-world data sets, students identify trends and examine sustainable solutions to problems in, for example, business, industry, the environment, and the community. They investigate how potential solutions are influenced by current and projected social, economic, environmental, scientific, and ethical considerations, including relevance, originality, appropriateness, and sustainability.
The subject consists of the following focus areas:
- Advanced programming
- Data analytics
- Exploring innovations.
For a 10-credit subject, students study at least two focus areas. For a 20 credit subject, students study at least three focus areas. Computational thinking skills are integral to each focus area, together with applying program-design skills and exploring innovation. Students analyse patterns and relationships in data sets and/or algorithms and draw conclusions about their usefulness in defining the problem.
In developing and applying their program-design skills, students develop and extend their understanding of programdesign methodology. They take a structured approach to designing an algorithm or digital solution (product, prototype, and/or proof of concept) that is appropriate to the context of the problem and meets the needs of the intended user. They code, test, and evaluate their solutions.
The following assessment types enable students to demonstrate their learning in Digital Technology:
- Project Skills
- Digital Solution.