The course content needs to be the focus of the learning program.


The course content is divided into the following content areas:

Design concepts (A units)

When designing quality solutions it is necessary to consider the intended audience and use appropriate principles and elements of design. Students develop strategies for applying digital technologies in creative and original ways for different purposes.


Managing data (B units)

Students acquire an understanding of how to source, organise, process, transform, store and manage a range of digital data types. They apply efficient search strategies for research purposes. An understanding of security and statutory requirements in relation to information processing and management is developed.


Hardware (A units)
Students develop an understanding of common computer hardware system components, compatibility and connectivity. Functions such as processing, input, output, memory/storage and communication are considered. Students use appropriate terminology, technical references/ manuals, help procedures and other support facilities.


Networks (B units)
The components of a network including the communication media used to connect them are examined. Content includes the types, purpose and use of protocols, servers, operating systems in communications and network security.


Impacts of technology (A and B units)
The rights of individuals, groups and communities regarding privacy including responsibility for the access, availability and security of information and their potential misuse are explored. Students examine the role of relevant government and regulatory bodies in protecting these rights.


Applications skills (A and B units)

Students learn, select and apply appropriate software application skills in the development of digital solutions. Students need to be aware of the purpose and desired output in order to integrate the various applications and associated skills.


Project management (A and B units)
Students use problem-solving skills to develop digital solutions that meet client needs. Individuals use project management skills to produce digital solutions according to a design brief.


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