ICT, Business & Media

The Accounting and Finance ATAR course aims to make students financially literate by creating an understanding of the systems and processes through which financial practices and decision making are carried out, as well as the ethical, social and environmental issues involved. It helps students to analyse and make informed decisions about finances.

Unit 1 Double Entry Accounting for Small Businesses

The focus for this unit is on double entry accounting for small businesses. Students apply their understanding of financial principles, systems and institutions to manage financial information and make decisions in a variety of small businesses. Students develop an understanding of the rationale for the use of particular conventions and principles and the consequences of disregarding them. Students record and process financial information using the double entry system and apply the principles of the Goods and Services Tax (GST). Students learn about the various forms of business organisations adopted by small business.

Unit 2 Accrual Accounting

The focus for this unit is on accrual accounting. Students apply financial systems and principles to the operations of businesses and distinguish between cash and accrual methods of accounting. Students prepare and analyse financial reports for a variety of types of business organisations and become familiar with the main aspects of electronic processing of financial data. Students learn of the role and functions of the professional accounting and financial associations.

Pathway: Units 1 and 2 lead to Year 12 Units 3 and 4 (ATAR)

Prerequisite:  Minimum of a B grade in Year 10 Intermediate B Mathematics course or B grade in Year 10 Introduction to Accounting

This course provides students with the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills of digital technologies. It also encourages students to use digital technologies in order to use them in a responsible and informed manner.

The Applied Information Technology ATAR course provides a sound theoretical and practical foundation, offering pathways to further studies and a wide range of technology based careers.

Unit 1 – Media Information and Communication Technologies

This unit focuses on the use of digital technologies to create and manipulate digital media. Students use a range of applications to create visual and audio communications. They examine trends in digital media transmissions and implications arising from the use of these technologies.

Unit 2 – Digital Technologies in Business

This unit focuses on the skills, principles and practices associated with various types of documents and communications. Students identify the components and configuration of networks to meet the needs of a business. They design digital solutions for clients, being mindful of the various impacts of technologies within legal, ethical and social boundaries.

Pathway: Year 11 Units 1 and 2 lead to Year 12 Units 3 and 4 (ATAR)

Prerequisite:  B Grade in any Year 10 ICT subject.

In this course students develop problem-solving abilities and technical skills as they learn how to diagnose and solve problems in the course of understanding the building blocks of computing.

This course provides students with practical and technical skills that equip them to function effectively in a world where these attributes are vital for employability and daily life in a technological society. It provides a sound understanding of computing to support students pursuing further studies in related fields.

Unit 1 – Developing computer-based systems and producing spreadsheet and database solutions

The focus for this unit is developing computer-based systems and producing spreadsheet and database solutions. Students are introduced to the internal, interrelating components of computer-based systems in an industry context. They examine a variety of systems, build on their spreadsheet and database skills and gain an appreciation of how these concepts and technologies are used in industry.

Unit 2 – Developing computer-based systems solutions and communications

The focus for this unit is developing computer-based systems solutions and communications. Students are introduced to networking concepts, as applied to industry. Through the use of algorithms, students develop programming skills. They create solutions exploring the ethical, legal and societal implications of industry-based applications.

Pathway: Units 1 and 2 Year 11 lead to Year 12 Units 3 and 4 (ATAR)

Prerequisite: B Grade in any Year 10 ICT subject.

The Media Production and Analysis ATAR course aims to prepare all students for a future in a digital and interconnected world by providing the skills, knowledge and understandings to tell their own stories and interpret others’ stories. Students learn the languages of media communication and how a story is constructed using representations.

The production of media work enables students to demonstrate their understanding of the key concepts of media languages, representation, audience, production, skills and processes as well as express their creativity and originality.

Unit 1 – Popular Culture

Students analyse, view, listen to and interact with a range of popular media, develop their own ideas, learn production skills and apply their understandings and skills in creating their own productions.

Unit 2 – Journalism

In this unit students will further their understanding of journalistic media. Students will analyse, view, listen to and interact with a range of journalistic genres and they undertake more extensive research into the representation and reporting of groups and issues within media work.

Pathway: Year 11 Units 1 and 2 lead to Year 12 Units 3 and 4 (ATAR)

Prerequisite: C Grade in Year 10 Media or Year 10 English

The goals of the Design General course are to facilitate a deeper understanding of how design works; and how ideas, beliefs, values, attitudes, messages and information are effectively communicated to specific audiences.

This course includes elements of digital media, interactive media, graphics technology, technical graphics and visual communication. Whilst these fields share a common link through digital technology, graphics also includes traditional two dimensional design media. This course includes graphic game design.

In this course, students develop a competitive edge for current and future industry and employment markets. This course also emphasises the scope of design in professional and trade based industries allowing students to maximise vocational and/or university pathways.

Unit 1 – Design Fundamentals

The focus of this unit is to introduce design process and practice. Students learn that design can be used to provide solutions to design problems and communication needs. They are introduced to basic design skills and a range of techniques within a defined context to demonstrate control over the elements and principles of design.

Unit 2 – Personal Design

The focus of this unit is personal design. Students learn that they visually communicate aspects of their personality, values and beliefs through their affiliations and their manipulation of personal surroundings and environments. Students explore design elements and principles and the design process in a project communicating something of themselves. Students increase familiarity with basic production skills and processes, materials and technologies.

Pathway:  Units 1 and 2 lead to Year 12 Units 3 and 4

Prerequisite: Nil

The goals of the Design General course are to facilitate a deeper understanding of how design works; and how ideas, beliefs, values, attitudes, messages and information are effectively communicated to specific audiences.

This course includes analogue, and/or digital photographic systems and/or digital media.  Students can create calendar designs, photography magazine designs, poster designs, tourism brochures, photography masters book covers etc.

In this course, students develop a competitive edge for current and future industry and employment markets. This course also emphasises the scope of design in professional and trade based industries allowing students to maximise vocational and/or university pathways.

Unit 1 – Design Fundamentals

The focus of this unit is to introduce design process and practice. Students learn that design can be used to provide solutions to design problems and communication needs. They are introduced to basic design skills and a range of techniques within a defined context to demonstrate control over the elements and principles of design.

Unit 2 – Personal Design

The focus of this unit is personal design. Students learn that they visually communicate aspects of their personality, values and beliefs through their affiliations and their manipulation of personal surroundings and environments. Students explore design elements and principles and the design process in a project communicating something of themselves. Students increase familiarity with basic production skills and processes, materials and technologies.

Pathway:  Units 1 and 2 lead to Year 12 Units 3 and 4

Prerequisite: None

This Certificate will be delivered over one year (Year 11), with the option of continuing and completing Certificate III in Year 12. Students who choose this pathway will gain a Certificate II and III competency prior to completing school.

Students completing the Certificate II in Information, Digital Media and Technology, will gain the skills needed to work effectively in an ICT environment.

During the course, students learn how to use Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint in a business context. They will also gain skills in website development, multimedia, social media and computer maintenance.

The Certificate II in Information, Digital Media and Technology will focus upon:

  • Operating and maintaining computer hardware and software
  • Word processing and presentations
  • Communication skills and techniques
  • Digital Literacy Skills

Career Prospects:  This qualification provides foundation general computing and employment skills that enable participation in an information technology environment in any industry. Completion of the Certificate II in Information, Digital Media and Technology will enable an individual to undertake roles such Junior Office Support, Help Desk Officer/Technician, Records Assistant, Software Applications Support or Data Entry Administrator.

Prerequisites: None

Cost: A student choosing to complete this qualification at Prendiville Catholic College will be charged a subject levy which absorbs the delivery costs of completing the qualification from the RTO (Registered Training Organisation). An AICT auspicing arrangement is in place for this qualification.  Students will be enrolled with this RTO and will be inducted into RTO requirements at the beginning of the year. An approximate levy of $150 per student will be incurred in 2017.

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