Mathematics & Information Technology


MathematicsAt Narrabundah College students are encouraged to study a combination of units which cover a broad range of topics appropriate to their needs and interests. During their studies they will develop an understanding of the scope and value of mathematics, through the use of traditional techniques, project work, discussions and presentations. Assessment in each unit includes factors such as class work, assignments/projects and tests. Students may study mathematics as a double-major (7 standard units), a major-minor (5.5 standard units), a major (3.5 standard units) or a minor (2 standard units).

There are four mathematics courses offered at the college-

Specialist Mathematics (T) is designed to prepare students for university studies which assume a high level of understanding of mathematics and a creativity in its use, such as scientific research, actuarial studies, engineering, computer science and mathematics itself. Topics covered include coordinate geometry, calculus, matrices, trigonometry, statistics, logic, vectors, complex numbers and abstract algebra. Students should have achieved above average grades at the top level of high school mathematics. The course is offered as a major (consisting of the Specialist Core units), or as a major-minor or double- major (consisting or the Specialist Core units and sufficient of the Specialist Option units to form either a major-minor or double-major).

Mathematical Methods (T) is designed to prepare students for university studies in subjects which involve a significant amount of mathematics (including calculus), such as accounting, commerce and applied sciences. Topics covered include coordinate geometry, calculus, matrices and statistics. Students should have achieved above average grades at a reasonably advanced level of high school mathematics. The course is offered as a major or minor.

Mathematical Applications (T) is designed to provide background for students wishing to enter tertiary studies in subjects which involve quantitative elements such as nursing, psychology, sociology, education, administration and laboratory technology. Students should have achieved above average grades at least at a general level of high school mathematics. The course is offered as a major or minor.

General Mathematics (A) is designed for students who do not intend to count mathematics as part of a tertiary entrance score, but wish to continue some mathematics after high school. The course is primarily for people entering the workforce and for the use of mathematics in day to day life. Topics covered include geometry, measurement, trigonometry, personal finance, business mathematics and statistics. The student who achieves a high grade at this level would usually meet the requirements of office and industry. The course is offered as a major or a minor.

Single units may be studied in any of the courses provided prerequisites are met.
For further information contact the Executive Teacher of Mathematics or refer to the Maths section of the Student Directory pdfsmall (55 kb).

Information Technology

Information TechnologyInformation Technology emphasises problem solving and team work skills for a rapidly changing society. A knowledge of information technology is becoming more and more necessary for daily life at home, work and in education. Just one of the units will give you invaluable skills for the workplace, further study or personal use. A full course will give you good preparation for university study.

Within the IT course, there are a number of pathways available, catering for a wide range of student interests. Students may choose to follow a distinct pathway, or they may combine units from different pathways.

The full course gives you strong preparation for further study at university or CIT.  Over the two years you may receive a Certificate 2 in Information Technology, a nationally accredited Vocational Qualification, and work towards a Certificate  3. This provides you with advanced standing or credit towards further studies.

The four streams available cater to student’s interests and aspirations. Download IT unit grid word (35 kb)

  • Applications - IT concepts, Publishing and Databases, Spreadsheets and Presentations;
  • 3D Animation - Digital Graphics and Animation using 3D studio max, Studio MX, and Premiere;

  Student Work

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  • Web Design - HTML, DHTML, Javascript, Dreamweaver; Fireworks, PHP and MYSQL;
  • Programming - Program Design using Java and Flash Actionscript.

Students may also undertake research and projects units.

Computer Operation (A/V)

This accredited course emphasises problem solving and is creatively oriented to provide the opportunity for students to develop computing skills which you will need in future employment or study.

Regardless of your package of study, you will need computer skills to assist in and deliver effective communication.

Units available are:

- Desktop publishing, spreadsheet presentations and databases

- Event Driven Programming

- Animation and Graphics

- Hardware and Network fundamentals

- Workplace learning (work placement)

Business Administration (A/V)

There is increasing pressure on students to be computer competent and in the near future, most jobs will require a high level of computer literacy. This nationally recognised vocational accredited course gives students the opportunity to gain these skills.

In addition to this, students will also gain many skills in office management which will improve their employment prospects. Successful students who complete the course will gain Certificate II, which will give them advance standing for courses at a TAFE or other recognised training organisation.

For further information contact the Executive Teacher of Information Technology or refer to the Information Technology section of the Student Directory pdfsmall (169 kb).

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