HSC Information Processing and Technology/The Course

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Aim[edit]

Information Processes and Technology Stage 6 is designed to enable students to become confident, competent, discriminating and ethical users of information technologies, to possess an understanding of information processes and to appreciate the effect of information systems on society.

Objectives[edit]

Students will develop:

  1. knowledge and understanding of the nature and function of information systems
  2. knowledge and understanding of interrelationships among information processes
  3. an understanding and appreciation of social and ethical issues pertaining to information systems, technologies and processes
  4. an understanding and appreciation of the emerging nature of information systems, technologies and processes within a historical context
  5. skills in the discriminatory selection and ethical use of appropriate resources and tools to support information systems
  6. skills and techniques to creatively and methodically plan, design and implement information systems to address needs
  7. skills in management, communication and teamwork in relation to individual and group activities.

Course Structure[edit]

The arrangement and relationship between components of the Preliminary course and the HSC course for Information Processes and Technology Stage 6 are outlined below. The percentage values refer to indicative course time.

Preliminary Course HSC Course
Introduction to Information Skills and Systems (20%)
  • Information Systems in Context
  • Information Processes
  • Digital Representation of Data
  • Classification of Information Systems
  • Social and Ethical Issues

Tools for Information Processes (40%)

  • Collecting
  • Organising
  • Analysing
  • Storing and Retrieving
  • Processing
  • Transmitting and Receiving
  • Displaying

Planning, Design and Implementation (20%)

  • Understanding the Problem to be Solved
  • Making Decisions
  • Designing Solutions
  • Implementing
  • Testing, Evaluating and Maintaining
  • Social and Ethical Issues

Personal and Group System Projects (20%)

  • Personal Information Systems
  • Group Information Systems
Project Work (20%)
  • Understanding the Problem
  • Making Decisions
  • Desiging Solutions
  • Project Management
  • Social and Ethical Design
  • Implementing
  • Testing, Evaluating and Maintaining

Information Systems and Databases (20%)

  • Information Systems
  • Examples of Database Information Systems
  • Organisation Methods
  • Storage and Retrieval
  • Other Information Processes
  • Issues Related to Information Systems

Communication Systems (20%)

  • Characteristics of Communication Systems
  • Examples of Communication Systems
  • Transmitting and Receiving in Communication Systems
  • Other Information Processes in Communication Systems
  • Issues Related to Communication Systems

Option Strands (40%)


Students will select TWO of the following options:

  • Transaction Processing Systems
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Automated Manufacturing Systems
  • Multimedia Systems

Objectives and Outcomes[edit]

Objectives

Students will develop:

Preliminary Outcomes

A student:

HSC Outcomes

A student:

1. Knowledge and understanding of the nature and function of information systems. P1.1 Describes the nature of information processes and information technology

P1.2 classfies the functions and operations of information processes and information technology

H1.1 applies an understanding of the nature and function of information technologies to a specific practical situation

H1.2 explains and justifies the way in which information systems relate to information processes in a specific context

2. knowledge and understanding of interrelationships among information processes P2.1 identifies the information processes within an information system

P2.2 recognises the interdependence between each of the information processes

H2.1 analyses and describes a system in terms of the information processes involved

H2.2 develops solutions for an identified need which address all of the information processes

3. an understanding and appreciation of social and ethical issues pertaining to information systems, technologies and processes P3.1 identifies social and ethical issues H3.1 evaluates the effect of information systems on the individual, society and the environment

H3.2 demonstrates ethical practice in the use of information systems, technologies and processes

4. an understanding and appreciation of the emerging nature of information systems, technologies and processes within a historical context P4.1 describes the historical development of information systems and relates these to current and emerging technologies H4.1 proposes ways in which information systems will meet emerging needs
5. skills in the

discriminatory selection and ethical use of appropriate resources and tools to support information systems

P5.1 selects and ethically

uses computer based and non-computer based resources and tools to process information

H5.1 justifies the selection

and use of appropriate resources and tools to effectively develop and manage projects

H5.2 assesses the ethical implications of selecting and using specific resources and tools

6. skills and techniques to

creatively and methodically plan, design and implement information systems to address needs

P6.1 analyses and

describes an identified need

P6.2 generates ideas, considers alternatives and develops solutions for a defined need

H6.1 analyses situations,

identifies a need and develops solutions

H6.2 selects and applies a methodical approach to planning, designing or implementing a solution

7. skills in management,

communication and teamwork in relation to individual and group activities

P7.1 recognises and

applies management and communication techniques to project work

P7.2 uses technology to support group work

H7.1 implements effective

management techniques

H7.2 uses methods to thoroughly document the development of individual and/or group projects

References[edit]

http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/syllabus_hsc/pdf_doc/infoprotech_syl.pdf