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S2 - S3 Computing 

Overview

This two-year course is designed to introduce pupils to Computing and Information Science and foster an interest in how the Computer Science technologies which have become integral to their lives actually work. There is an emphasis on problem solving and 'Computational Thinking'.

The course aims to enhance the ICT skills learned in S1 while introducing new Computer Science technologies, concepts and skills which will prepare them for taking the subject forward into S4 and beyond.

Pupils will:
• learn about the way computers, devices and networks operate.
• use applications for information handling, communications, multimedia and web design.
• design, code and test programs using three different programming environments.

Most of the learning is supported through practical computer based activities.


Course Content

The S2 course :

  • Creating morph photo animations with Fanta-Morph software
  • Sound Editing using Audacity
  • Programming with Scratch
  • Introduction to Computer Systems - Hardware and Software
  • Vector Graphics using Serif DrawPlus X6
  • Bit-mapped Graphics / Photo Editing using Serif PhotoPlus X6

The S3 course :

  • Emerging Computing Based Technologies
  • Creating Mobile Apps (for Android) with App Inventor
  • Web Page Creation - learn the basics of good web design using Serif WebPlus X6
  • Databases - creating and working with database files in Microsoft Access
  • Programming - a structured approach to programming using Python
  • Networks - study of network hardware, security and social networking


Duration

One period a week for approximately 80 weeks over two years.


Homework

  • A short homework is issued for most of the topics mentioned above. Our philosophy about homework is 'short and sweet'. Each homework exercise should take only 10 - 15 minutes to complete and is aimed to consolidate the concepts and technical vocabulary learned in class while getting pupils into good home study habits.
  • Pupils will be also be expected to prepare for class tests using our online (or printed) study resources. We also encourage our pupils to refer to these if necessary when completing their homework exercises.

Assessment

Pupils will be assessed in the following ways:

  • Practical work will be recorded using using task checklists. Each pupil will have their own checklist which their teacher will fill in whenever a task is successfully completed.
  • Most units will be formally assessed using a short 20 question multiple choice test - typically lasting about 15 minutes. This will provide information about how well pupils have understood the concepts and terminology underpinning the practical work they have been doing.

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