Year 11 Applied Computing Units 1 and 2
Applied Computing is a general introduction to computing.
In Unit 1, you will study data visualisation by taking raw data through a transformation into information with meaning. Topic 2 is programming, where you will explore the fundamentals of using a computer language to achieve a purpose.
In Unit 2 you will invent your own innovations project to create an innovative digital solution to an identified need or opportunity. This project will run for 12 weeks in Semester 2. Also in Semester 2 you will investigate and design different computer networks, including consideration of cybersecurity requirements.
The Applied Computing study design began in 2020.
Data analysis and visualisation
You will learn to use software tools to access, select and manipulate authentic data from large data repositories. In this subject will also learn to present the key aspects of the data in an appropriate visual form. You will isolate the data and check its integrity, then you will create data visualisations. These visualisations aim to reduce the complexity of data by using designs that illustrate patterns, connections and structure. These visualisations should make it easier for readers to interpret complex data, so they need to be clear, usable and relevant.
Presentations can be dynamic and/or interactive. They can take the form of graphs, charts, spatial relationships, maps, histograms and network diagrams (nodes and edges). Some examples of data visualisations include: social networking habits of people of different age groups, the heritage of a class of students to three generations and music preferences by genre and favourite artists. Graphic solutions could include charts, flowcharts, diagrams, images, hierarchies, animations, maps and timelines.
Your will use a programming or scripting language that can support object-oriented programming to create working software modules. You will develop skills in interpreting solution requirements and in designing working modules. Then, you will be able to apply methods and techniques for completing a series of small discrete tasks or working modules that use features of a programming or scripting language, including predefined classes.
This is a new area and you will need to negotiate and collaborate as you explore your research project. Because this topic is open-ended, it can accommodate different interests. However, we do not need to you buy new computer hardware and aim to work with your existing resources.
You will investigate how networks with wireless capability exchange data and information locally and globally. We also examine the hardware and software components and procedures needed to connect and maintain a wireless network. The security of data which is stored or exchanged can be compromised in wireless networks. We look at how this can happen. Then, you will apply this technical knowledge to create the design for a network with wireless capability that meets a need or opportunity. As a result of this knowledge, you will then be able to identify its components and show how data and information are transmitted. You will use a software tool to depict the components of your network and its interactions.
Who is it for?
If you have broad interest in IT and are interested in developing skills across a range of IT areas, then this may be for you.
What do you do?
Activities you will engage in include:
- creating data visualisations
- simple PHP programming
- designing networks
- innovations project to research an aspect of computing or digital technologies.
Data visualisation tells the story of the data. Using software, you will use found datasets to build information graphics to present the meaning behind the data. Tableau is a drag and drop software tool which can transform data into meaning. Excel will be used to prepare the data into information.
Programming theory will be in pseudocode, which can be adapted to any programming language. Specifically PHP will allow dynamic webpages to be created.
Innovations will be open-ended and negotiated. Your choice will determine where this project will go.
Networks will explore the fundamentals of every computing system. The protocols behind the internet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and the NBN will be examined.
What skills do you need?
Some basic computer skills are helpful and the ability to work independently is important.
What skills do you develop?
This subject develops your skills in logic, enhances your math and design skills and gives you a better understanding of the holistic approach to problem-solving. It will help you become an independent learner.
You must have access to the Internet in order to access this course. All weekly work will be viewed through VSV online and then submitted online.
A computer device with Windows 10 or macOS 10.14 or greater is required. A user account with administrator privileges is needed to install software. Note: iOS, Android, and Chromebook devices are not suitable for the variety of applications employed in this course.
The following textbook is recommended: Nelson VCE Computing 1 and 2 (Seventh edition). Note that this is a new edition for the new 2020 course.
Things to think about
Some knowledge of HTML may be beneficial but it is not required.
We will be using spreadsheets (Microsoft EXCEL or Libre Office CALC) so some basic understanding would be beneficial.
Things you can do now
Explore some data visualisation websites such as “Information is beautiful”
Catch up on learning some spreadsheet skills (MS-EXCEL or Libre-Office)
There are plenty of free online courses and How To websites.
The idea is to locate a dataset and to create a meaningful chart to show the story behind the data.
Go to the VCAA website for more information about this subject.