Acting Head of Department: Kerry Smith
Digital Technologies offers students at Craigslea SHS some wonderful options. Courses have been especially designed to develop knowledge and skills for life and for life-long learning. Students are engaged in learning which is preparing them for a changing environment, and lays the foundations for them to successfully manage their personal environment, and to be active in contributing to the management of the broader environment whether it be local, regional, national or global.
Associated Extra-Curricula Activities and Highlights
This Department provides the opportunity and encourages students to participate in the following:
Digital TechnologiesThe Digital Technologies unit of study in Year 8 (One Semester) offers two options:
The area of digital technologies is a dynamic, exciting and challenging one, constantly changing with developing technologies.
Digital systems support new ways of working in our global networks and require a new, essential skill set that includes computational and systems thinking. Supporting students to understand the place and purpose of technology as well as the technical side of how to use it is essential.
The digital technologies course teaches students the knowledge they need today and in the future. Students will learn to use ICT to access, create and communicate information and ideas, solve problems and work collaboratively. This involves students utilising the digital technologies available to them, modifying usage patterns as technologies evolve and limiting the risks in a digital environment.
Digital Technologies will develop students who connect and work together locally, nationally and internationally in our knowledge-based society.
- Computer related technology can enhance your potential to use language and will increase your capacity to think, make decisions and communicate
- It is recognised in the work environment that, unless you possess touch typing skills, you are handicapped in the Information Age.
- People who can touch type, learn other PC applications in 40% less time
- You will submit many assignments before you leave school, college or university. If you can touch type you are far more productive and efficient
Year 8 Digital Technologies - Business Year Level Plan
Digital Projects is an introductory course that will provide students with a skillset which will begin to equip them for their future in a 21st Century society. This subject is an alternative program for students studying the Digital Technologies curriculum.
As all students will inevitably move into careers that involve knowledge and use of different computer-based technologies, this course allows students to be makers and creators of technology, and not just users of technology. Students will use a range of different technologies such as micro-controller, electronics and drones to collaboratively code and solve digital problems.
Year 8 Digital Technologies - Projects Year Level Plan
The Digital Technologies unit of study in Year 9 (One Semester) offers two options:
- Economics and Business
Economics and Business
Students are given the opportunity to develop their understanding of economics and business concepts by exploring interactions within the global economy.
Learning in Digital Technologies focuses on developing understanding and skills in problem solving methods.
This course of study allows students to use digital technologies to examine contemporary issues, events and/or case studies and present solutions.
Students will consider Australia’s position in the global economy, including the implications of decisions made by individuals, businesses and governments. Technology is the tool that strengthens our ability to connect with the rest of the world.
Digital Projects in Year 9 builds on the project based learning foundation where students will undertake a series of tasks to design, build, program and compete in robotic challenges. This is a wide-ranging, creative, technical and hands-on subject that could open the door to many pathways in school, and to many different competitions and career applications. Later, students are introduced to web development which is followed through in future years of study.
Year 10Digital Technologies
The Digital Technologies unit of study in Year 10 offers two options:
- Economics and Business
- Digital Technologies
Economics and Business
The units offered in this area of study help to develop students' understanding of various business procedures and the environments in which business organisations operate. There is an opportunity to develop a range of personal and interpersonal skills with general application to personal and work life, as well as specific knowledge and skills to enhance success within the business services industry. An introduction to personal and business accounting records also provides students with valuable real life skills.
Two areas of study are offered to students as electives:
Economics and Accounting Applications
Running a successful business/household means that you must be constantly monitoring your own financial position. To assess performance, it is important to understand how financial transactions are recorded and reported upon. In this unit, students will be introduced to the basics of record management and accountability.
Enterprise and Innovation
Starting a new enterprise is a risky business. The journey is fraught with hazards and the rate of failure increases for the uneducated. This unit will allow students to analyse the skills need to be a successful entrepreneur. Students will be challenged through the examination of contemporary issues in business and economic activities.
The units offered in this area of study enable students to develop competence in the use of business software including word processing, spreadsheeting, database, power point and publishing and refine their keyboarding skills. Opportunities for students to use their new skills in creative and innovative ways are incorporated in the design process.
Three areas of study are offered to students as electives:
Introduction to Digital Solutions
Introduction to Digital Solutions is a preparatory course for Digital Solutions in Years 11 and 12, but assumes the student has no knowledge at the start of the course. It is focused on web page development and programming. This subject provides a pathway to further studies in areas such as computer science, information systems, business, systems engineering, linguistics, database management and software development, and to careers in digital technology based areas such as information, architecture, web design, business analysis and project management.
Digital Data Management
Learning in this unit focuses on further developing understanding and skills in computational thinking. Multiple opportunities will be provided to have varied learning experiences in computer technologies.
Certificate I - Information, Digital Media and Technology
This is a practical unit that focuses on engaging students with specialised learning in preparation for vocational training or learning in the secondary years.
This course is designed to provide a foundation in the discipline of accounting and to prepare students for further education, training and employment.
Students investigate and explore the business lifecycle from seed to post-maturity stage and develop skills in examining business data and information.
This course offers students the opportunity to more deeply understand and evaluate the role, function and impact of computers in our society. The course has a strong focus on problem solving techniques used to deliver user friendly solutions to target audiences.
Studies in Economics helps students develop knowledge, skills, values and attitudes which enhance competence in decision making about people and their social and economic environment. Economic principles give students a better understanding of the way the real world works. By studying Economics, students are better equipped for participating in society.
This course will help students develop an understanding of our legal system, and how the law operates and affects our society. Legal Studies gives students an insight into the many legal issues which can arise out of community matters and what can be done about them.
This program of study gives students knowledge and understanding of the administrative requirements of the business world and provides them with a range of skills – technical, personal and interpersonal – necessary for efficient operation within an office environment.
Information and Communication Technology
Topics of study are designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to communicate effectively in a business environment, within either the private or public sector.
Certificate II in Skills for Work