13DIG

Level 3 Digital Technologies

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs S. Gray

The focus for digital technologies at year 13 is on programming. Through programming students will learn problem-solving skills, project management skills, thinking skills, and relating to others; all key competency requirements of the New Zealand curriculum. Some students will be able to undertake COMP 101 Waikato University first-year paper. 

Nature of Technology - students look at an area of technology considering the impact technology has had on our lives. Currently, we research and evaluate the area of automation (robotics), the impact it has on society. Looking at ethical and social issues that come from robotic automation. A report is written for an internal assessment term 1.

Programming - Students will be working with text-based programming languages such as python and javascript. Students develop a working prototype using project management tools to ensure that project is delivered on time and is "fit for purpose". Students create a program for a given problem. A portfolio of work is developed during terms 2 and 3

External Exam - students will focus on an area of computer science> NZQA will give the school the specific area of computer science to be covered 

Course Overview

Term 1
Students look at the nature of technology considering the consequences and challenges faced by us in an ever technological changing world. compulsory unit for all students. This is a paper in which students research, discuss and write a paper on digital technology considering the future and how it will impact on our society. We question how technology makes us question what it means to be human.

Students then move onto developing their programming skills with some starting the university programming paper. During the term, students will identify an idea which they can build during term two.

Term 2
Students undertake a programming task in a text-based language. Students will use project management tools to ensure that the outcome is developed on time and is fit for purpose. Students will build, debug and test their program to ensure that it is fit for purpose.

Term 3
Students complete their projects, midway through the term student move onto external exam preparation.

Term 4
Level 3 digital technology external exam on computer science.

Recommended Prior Learning

Level 2 Digital Technology or discretion of Teacher in Charge.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

$10 for software licenses.

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

This course is approved for University Entrance.

Total Credits Available: 19 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 3 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 16 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91615 v3
NZQA Info
Generic Technology 3.8 - Demonstrate understanding of consequences, responsibilities and challenges involved in technology
4
4
4
4
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0 *
Numeracy Credits: 0

Assessments:
Term: 1, Week: 7

A.S. 91897 v1
NZQA Info
Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko 2.8 - Use advanced processes to develop a digital technologies outcome
6
6
6
6
6
6
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 6
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0

Assessments:
Term: 3, Week: 2

A.S. 91906 v1
NZQA Info
Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko 3.7 - Use complex programming techniques to develop a computer program
6
6
6
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 6
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0

Assessments:
Term: 3, Week: 2

A.S. 91908 v1
NZQA Info
Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko 3.9 - Analyse an area of computer science
3
3
3
Level: 3
Internal or External: External
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 3w
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 19
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 7
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 3
Total Numeracy Credits: 0