Learning
Computing

Subject Description

Computing is about creating information products using different software tools. It is also about understanding the technology process in order to come up with appropriate solutions to information problems. The technology process involves four steps, Analysis, Design, Development & Evaluation. Students will learn how these four steps come together to create solutions.

Theory topics covered range from hardware, software, networking and the History of the Internet. This unit briefly covers ICT issues which affect society and computer networks. Students will be required to submit a research task on an ICT issue of their choice. Another major assessment is an assignment where students will create a logo for a business using Adobe Illustrator. Using their logo design, students will then create a website for the business. Further assessment tasks include theory worksheets and the end of semester examination.

Areas of Study

  • The Technology process to solve information problems
  • Image manipulation
  • Types & purpose of digital images
  • Effective Web design
  • History of the internet
  • Effective searching techniques
  • Computer hardware & software theory
  • Computer Networking & internet theory
  • Issues related to networking and living in an online world.
     

The Technology Process

The Analysis Stage

In analysis stage the problem statement needs to be defined. As well the solution requirements need to be determined.

Determining the solution requirements.

  • What information does the solution have to provide?
  • What data is needed to produce the information?
  • What functions does the solution have to provide?

The Design Stage

Design involves planning how the solution will function, and the appearance of the resulting information. The solution design typically involves identifying what specific data is required and how the data will be named, structured, validated and manipulated.The typical design tools that will be used for web design are:

  • storyboards, layout diagrams, annotated diagrams/mock ups.
  • site maps,
  • Students will learn how to use these design tools and the importance of design before creating an information product using the relevant software tools.
  • Planning the solution also involves determining the appearance of information generated from a solution. This typically involves identifying the position of text, images and graphics, font sizes, colours and text enhancements.


The Development Stage

Development involves: Electronically manipulating (or coding) data to 'build' or create the solution following initial designs. Validation is required to check for the reasonableness of data being inputted. Validation can be both manual and electronic. Proofreading is a manual technique and it occurs when data is entered directly into the solution and remains fixed, such as in a web page. Testing whether the solution does what it was intended to do. This activity typically involves:

  • establishing what tests will be conducted
  • determining what test data, if any, will be used
  • determining expected results
  • conducting the testrecording the actual results
  • correcting any identified errors.
     

The Evaluation Stage

Evaluation finds out how well the solutions meets the demands expected of it during analysis.

  • It is not the same as testing which determines whether the solution works or not.
  • Determining a strategy for finding out the extent to which the solution meets the required needs.
  • Evaluation happens after the solution has been put into regular use.

Although students will not put their solution into regular use, they will be required to evaluate their solution by asking others their views.

Software Used

  • Adobe Illustrator: Students will learn the skills to create images and logos.
  • Adobe Dreamweaver: Students will learn how to create websites
  • Adobe Flash: Students will learn how this program can be incorporated into web design.
  • Adobe Photoshop: creating images and buttons for web pages.

Assessment

Series of Illustrator Tasks
Logo Assignment
Theory questions & activities
Web site Assignment
Research task on an ICT issue
Semester Examination