The Applied Information Technology ATAR course provides students with the opportunity to develop, investigate and construct digital products using a range of technologies to achieve client-driven digital solutions. It will further develop their knowledge and understanding of project management, hardware, networks, and designing digital products.

The course provides a sound theoretical and practical foundation, offering pathways to further studies and careers in areas like Marketing, Network Management and Multimedia Design.

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 either Year 10 Computer Systems, Media or Photography.

In this course students develop computational thinking and technical skills as they learn how to diagnose and solve problems in the course of understanding the building blocks of computing, information systems and the digital world.

This course provides students with practical and technical skills that equip them to function effectively in their daily life and go onto further study in the areas of Internet of Things, Cyber Security, Software Engineering, Business Analysis, Systems Analysis and Data Mining.

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 Year 10 Computer Systems, Media, Science Mainstream (and above) or Mathematics Intermediate B (and above).

This certificate will be delivered over one year in Year 11.

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.


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