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Mr McGivern
Mr McGivern

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Mrs Moffat
Mrs Moffat

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Mr Carey
Mr Carey

 

Mrs McVey
Mrs McVey

 

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Broad General Education

The course is essentially a game of two halves.

The first is more business focused, learning how to use information computing technology (ICT) within a business context.

The second is more technologically focused with the emphasis on learning about computer systems and using software to create digital solutions. [more ...]

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National 4

The use of computers is becoming increasingly important, affecting how we access information, communicate with others and entertain ourselves.

This course teaches pupils how information can be structured together with the practical skills to search, sort and edit information. Pupils will also learn how program's are designed and created. [more ...]

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National 5

Computing as we all know is central to modern life, ranging from how we communicate to finding out about the world.

This mainly practical course aims to to develop logical thinking skills and an understanding of the key concepts and processes in computer science. [more ...]

Cyber Security
Cyber Security

The course consists of four units, each looking at a different aspect of cyber-security.

The first examines some of the risks faced by individuals, businesses and countries in today's fast moving digital world. The second, on Data Security, looks at how digital data is shared and stored. During the unit, some famous breaches of security will be examined together with the consequences for the companies and individuals involved.

The unit on Digital Forensics aims to provide an understanding of how to trace and discover those responsible for breaches in security by gathering and interpreting digital data. The unit on Ethical Hacking highlights the difference between 'white-hat' and 'black-hat' hackers and looks at some of the methods used by hackers to test data security methods used to protect data. [more ...]

PC Passport
PC Passport

Summary blurb required. [more ...]

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Higher

Summary blurb required. [more ...]

Extra Curricular Activities

Section here on any kind of extra curricular activity provided by members of the department, if any. Otherwise this section can be dropped.

Extra Curricular activities
Activities?

  1. Computer Club
  2. Website design & development
  3. Football
  4. World Challenge Expedition to Borneo
Activities
Location

  • IT4 Monday lunchtime
  • IT2 ?
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Additional Information
Other info?

  • Organised by Mr McGivern
  • Organised by Mr Carey
  • For S3 and S4 pupils. Managed by Mr McGivern
  • For S5 & S6 pupils. Organised by pupils in conjunction with Mr McGivern.

Broad General Education in CBE S1 - S2

Subjects
S1

Within the context of establishing a small business pupils, will:-

  • Work with others to successfully develop a small business.
  • Develop the practical skills to search, sort, calculate and interpret business information.
  • Choose and use suitable software to present and communicate business information.
Aims
S2

Pupils should by the end, be able to:-

  • Be able to select and use different technologies to communicate and collaborate with others.
  • Develop digital multimedia solutions to communicate information to others.
  • Be able to make informed choices about selecting appropriate computing systems according to a specific purpose.
  • Can choose and use appropriate software to create animations and games.
Progression
Progression

Towards the end of S2 pupils can choose to study Computer Science in S3 and then later in S4 and S5.

Guidance and Subject staff will provide advice on the best way to proceed. [... more]

Level 4 @ S3

Pupils have to make a choice at the end of S2 about the subjects they want to study further in S3 and perhaps take it to the next level.

Extra Curricular activities
Web Design

We all use the inter-web and its difficult to imagine how we could get by without it: from social media through music sites, on-line shopping to news and reference sites.

This unit shows how to build interactive web sites with a view to sharing and presenting information through the internet and web design.

Android Programming
Android Programming

Got an 'app' for that?

We are all familiar with iStore, Google Play and others with the 1000's of apps available for download to cover all our needs from games to star charts

This unit shows how to develop mobile app's that you can use on your phone and who knows, perhaps you can develop the successor to 'Angry Bird'

Activities
Animation

Movement always make things more interesting which is why we go to movies and watch TV. Animation is also a key part of games play.

This unit shows how to build animated sequences that can be used within web pages or used within multimedia presentations.

Additional Activities
Progression

Level 4 Computing Science is a natural progression from experiences and skills learned in levels 1-3.

In S3 you will explore and learn more new skills to help you develop your ideas further leading to certification at National 4 or 5 at the end of S4.

National 4

Equivalent to General level at Standard Grade, the National 4 course consists of two units with an added value practical activity project.

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Information System Design & Development

Searching, sorting, and editing information is key to effective use of computers and interactive use of the internet. Just think of all those web searches you've done, the use of dedicated music sites like Spotify or on-line shopping and travel sites.

This unit shows how information can be structured and stored using appropriate development tools. Pupils will also be introduced to basic factors involved in the design and implementation of an information system

software design
Software Design & Development

Programming lies at the heart of computer science. Without programs, computers can do nothing.

This unit introduces pupils to the essentials of computational thinking and the basic methodology of designing programs.

Pupils will also learn basic programming structures and how to develop programs to tackle real world problems.

assessment
Assessment

The practical units will be assessed in school on a continuous basis throughout the course and will be subject to external verification by a moderator from the SQA.

Added Value

Pupils have to use their knowledge and skills acquired in the two units to design and implement a solution to a real world problem and present their finding within a structured report.

National 5

Very similar to National 4 but taken to a more advanced level, developing ideas in greater depth and detail

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Information Systems Design & Development

Information systems lie at the heart of any organization, whether it's a school, business or charity. And of course any kind of interactive site on the web.

This unit looks at how different database tables can be designed and linked together to enable optimum use of the information they contain. Attention is given to the design considerations to make these systems as easy, efficient and user friendly as possible.

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Software Design & Development

Successful programs are well written, easy to use and designed to solve real problems.

The focus of this unit is on developing logical computational thinking and problem solving skills to create efficient, user friendly programs.

Pupils will acquire knowledge of key programming constructs, experience of software development environments using popular programming languages, system architectures and operating systems.

assessment
Assessment

Practical units and critical activity will be assessed in school on a continuous basis throughout the course and will be subject to external verification by a moderator from the SQA.

Exam

The Critical part of the course will be assessed by an externally assessed question paper, which will be considered along with the internally assessed units to produce the final pass.

Progress to Higher in S5, Advanced Higher in S6 FE Colleges and University Degree Courses.

National 5 - Cyber-Security

A brand new course, created to meet the growing demand for cyber-security experts

Fundimentals
Fundamentals

Introduces the concepts of 'cyber hygiene' and 'cyber resilience'. It is practical course that looks at threats to on-line users and how users can protect themselves from cyber-attacks, either through their phones or personal computers.

Data Security
Data Security

Discusses legal and ethical obligations surrounding the storage of personal and business data. It looks at real breaches of security, their consequences and practical ways of protecting personal and business data.

Digital Forensics
Digital Forensics

This is a practical course aimed at introducing the forensics process; from how to tell whether an attack has taken place, through the interpretation of the data and who might have been responsible to the reporting process.

Ethical Hacking
Ethical Hacking

Mostly a practical course, this unit introduces the idea of ethical hacking and how it helps increase data security. Participants will also gain experience of using some common hacking tools and methods to break into computer systems.

Higher

Details to be announced ....

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