Computing

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Computing Science

CfE broad general education covers the following topics at Level 3 & 4.

  • Computer Systems (Hardware & Software)
  • Database Design
  • Software Development using Scratch & Python Programming Language
  • Web Design using Notepad++ & HTML

National 5

The course has four areas of study:

Software design and development

Candidates develop knowledge, understanding and practical problem-solving skills in software design and development, through a range of practical and investigative tasks using appropriate software development environments. This develops their programming and computational-thinking skills by implementing practical solutions and explaining how these programs work. They are expected to analyse problems, and design, implement, test and evaluate their solutions.

Computer systems

Candidates develop an understanding of how data and instructions are stored in binary form and basic computer architecture. They gain an awareness of the environmental impact of the energy use of computing systems and security precautions that can be taken to protect computer systems.

Database design and development

Candidates develop knowledge, understanding and practical problem-solving skills in database design and development, through a range of practical and investigative tasks. This allows candidates to apply computational-thinking skills to analyse, design, implement, test, and evaluate practical solutions, using a range of development tools such as SQL.

Web design and development

Candidates develop knowledge, understanding and practical problem-solving skills in web design and development, through a range of practical and investigative tasks. This allows candidates to apply computational-thinking skills to analyse, design, implement, test and evaluate practical solutions to web-based problems, using a range of development tools such as HTML, CSS and Javascript. Tasks involve some complex features (in both familiar and new contexts), that require some interpretation by candidates.

 

Assessment
Each study area will be assessed using a series of short tests and practical activities.
If you are sitting National 4 then the course will be assessed by the Added value unit which takes the form of an extended project.
If you are sitting National 5 then the course will be assessed by an exam (110 marks) and an assignment (50 marks).

Homework
Regular homework excercises will be set, based on the theory part of the course.

Supported Study

The department has an open door policy at lunchtimes - see your teacher for this.