Information 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 college is offering new BSSS IT courses. These courses are in line with how IT is shaping in the industry and will prepare our learners for future jobs in IT.
Students studying technologies will learn about the design process and its application. Students will develop research skills, computational thinking and a range of communication skills. They will refine their interpersonal and intrapersonal skills including collaboration, project management and be able to reflect on their own learning. Students will have opportunities to use design thinking and apply creativity through structured, collaborative and project-based learning, solve problems, develop practical skills and apply critical thinking in the development of new ideas.
The college will be offering IT units from within these courses
1. Data Science (T/A)
This course focuses on developing a greater understanding our world and society through data analysis, statistical inference and related methods in order to understand and analyse phenomena. Students explore and develop solutions to interesting problems in a range of contexts, forming opinions and challenging attitudes using data as evidence to form compelling and persuasive arguments for change and innovation.
2. Networking and Security (T/A)
This course focuses on network technologies and architecture, and the devices, media and services and operations in different types of networks.
The rise of mobile computing and ubiquitous internet access has led to modern computing systems and platforms that are designed for access anywhere, anytime. These platforms all rely on networks that are not only stable and reliable but interconnected and increasingly distributed. Understanding networks and the security implications of data transmission through networks is a critical part of developing digital solutions for a wide audience.
Students learn how networks facilitate device to device communication through an exploration of core networking technologies and their configuration. This could include the study of embedded systems (Internet of Things devices) alongside core networking devices such as routers and switches and the software that manages them.
The security of data and the implications of networked systems for data privacy are considered from many perspectives, including the technical implementation of secure protocols and the ethical challenges associated with providing encrypted communications and storage for all users.
3. Robotics and Mechatronics (T/A)
This course explores automation and physical computing through the engineering disciplines of robotics and mechatronics. The course introduces fundamental principles of both electronics and mechatronics before investigating microcontrollers that can be programmed to drive electrical circuits and mechanical systems.
Students apply their knowledge to the design and construction of real systems, examining how these solutions address problems, needs and challenges faced by individuals and societies. They design and program control software for autonomous and manual interfaces, correcting for noise and unexpected variations in data inputs and processing.
Robotics and Mechatronics aims to build theoretical and practical knowledge to prepare students for technical pathways such as engineering, IT, electronics and science.
4. Digital Technologies (T/A)
This course focuses on computational thinking and the application of the design process to create and develop digital solutions using a variety of digital technologies.
Digital Technologies involves students creating new ways of doing things, generating their own ideas and creating digital solutions to problems of individual, community and global interest.
They model, analyse and evaluate data, test hypotheses, make decisions based on evidence, and create solutions. Innovative solutions may take the form of a product, prototype, and/or proof of concept that allows for improvement or disruption of existing processes or products. Students may explore a single technology deeply or may consider many different technologies in pursuit of a solution.
Through the study of Digital Technologies, students present, validate, and evaluate their solutions. In doing so, they develop and extend their understanding of designing and programming, including fundamental computer science principles such as algorithm selection and complexity, structuring data for processing and problem-solving.
Throughout the course, students are exposed to a range of strategies for managing projects and communicating their ideas from ideation to development and launch. Understanding the value of collaboration with others and the importance of stakeholder input in the design of a product is a critical part of developing any solution, including the selection of appropriate technologies and platforms.
For further information contact the Executive Teacher of Humanities/Media/Information Technology.