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ICTSubjectSelectionPathways

The foundations built from courses followed in Junior-School leads students directly into ICT based pathways in Year 11 and 12. The two pathways available in the Junior School are continued into Year 11 and Year 12:

  1. The Graphic Design and Photomedia pathway
  • ATAR/General Applied Information Technology
  • ATAR/General Design Photography
  • General Design Graphics
  • Certificate III in Screen and media
  1. The Computer Science pathway
  • ATAR Computer Science
  • Certificate II Information, Digital Media and Technology
  • Cisco Networking Academy IT essentials (Year 12 only in 2018)

The Applied Information Technology ATAR course provides students with the knowledge and skills to use a range of computer hardware and software to create, manipulate and communicate information in an effective, responsible and informed manner. Students develop an understanding of computer systems; the management of data; and the use a variety of software applications to investigate, design, construct and evaluate digital products and digital solutions. Students investigate client-driven issues and challenges, devise solutions, produce models or prototypes and then evaluate and refine the developed digital product and solution. The course offers pathways to further studies and a range of technology-based careers, and a set of skills that equip students for the 21st century and give them an appreciation of the impact of information technology on society.

The Applied Information Technology General course provides students with the knowledge and skills to use a range of computer hardware and software to create, manipulate and communicate information in an effective, responsible and informed manner. Students develop an understanding of computer systems; the management of data; and the use a variety of software applications to investigate, design, construct and evaluate digital products and digital solutions. The course offers pathways to further studies and a range of technology-based careers and a set of skills that equip students for the 21st century and give them an appreciation of the impact of information technology on society.

In the Design Photography ATAR course students develop skills and processes for current and future industry and employment markets. Students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to understand design principles and processes, analyse problems and possibilities, and devise innovative strategies within design the context of photography. The Design Photography ATAR course also emphasises the scope of design in professional industries allowing students to maximise university pathways.

In the Design Photography General course students develop skills and processes for current and future industry and employment markets. Students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to understand design principles and processes, analyse problems and devise innovative strategies through projects. At ASC students are able to focus on particular contexts from a choice of photography and graphics. The Design Photography General course also emphasises the scope of design in trade based industries allowing students to maximise vocational pathways.

In the Design Graphics General course students develop skills and processes for current and future industry and employment markets. This course is particularly suitable for Year 10 students who have successfully completed the Advanced Multimedia Design course. Students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to understand design principles and processes, analyse problems and devise innovative strategies through projects. The Design General course also emphasises the scope of design in trade based industries allowing students to maximise vocational pathways.

In the Computer Science ATAR Course students explore the fundamental principles, concepts and skills within the field of computing. They learn how to diagnose and solve problems in the course of understanding the building blocks of computing. Students explore the principles related to the analysis and creation of computer and information systems; software development; the connectivity between computers; the management of data; the development of database systems; and the moral and ethical considerations for the development and use of computer systems. This course provides students with the practical and technical skills that equip them to function effectively in a world where these attributes are vital for employability and daily life in a technological society.

ICT 20115 Certificate II in Information, Digital Media and Technology

This entry level qualification provides the foundation skills and knowledge to use information and communications technology (ICT) in any industry.

Students study 7 core units of competency including:

  • Contribute to health and safety of self and others
  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Use computer operating systems and hardware
  • Work and communicate effectively in an IT environment
  • Operate application software packages
  • Operate a digital media technology package
  • Use social media tools for collaboration and engagement

Students also study 7 elective units of competency. This qualification provides basic digital literacy skills to support a wide range of occupations in varying industries. Job roles include: office assistant, records assistant, junior office technology support.

Cisco Networking Academy IT Essentials Course (Year 12 only)

The IT Essentials course is aimed at those students intending to enter a career involving hardware and network management. It covers fundamental computer and career skills for entry-level IT jobs. The IT Essentials course includes hands-on labs that provide practical experience to prepare you for enterprise networking. Simulation tools help you hone your troubleshooting skills and practice what you learn.

  • Develop working knowledge of how computers and mobile devices operate.
  • Identify common security threats and vulnerabilities like malware, phishing, spoofing and social engineering.
  • Apply skills and procedures to install, configure, and troubleshoot computers, mobile devices, and software.
  • Develop critical thinking and problem solving skills using both real equipment and Cisco Packet Tracer, a network configuration simulation tool.
  • Get immediate feedback on your work through built-in quizzes and tests.
  • Connect with the global Cisco Networking Academy community.