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Course: Information Processes and Technology

Course No: 15210

2 units for each of Preliminary and HSC Board Developed Course Exclusions: Nil
Course Description
Information Processes and Technology is the study of computer-based information systems. It focuses on information processes performed by these systems and the information technology that allows them to take place. Social, ethical and non-computer procedures resulting from the processes are considered. Different types of information systems are studied. Through project work, students will create their own information system to meet an identified need.
Topics Covered


Preliminary Course

For the Preliminary Course students will study three topics that relate to: an Introduction to Information Skills and Systems; Tools for Information Processes; and Developing Information Systems, where students are involved in both individual and team projects.


All topics and their related projects are based on the information processes and skills of collecting, organising, analysing, storing and retrieving, processing, transmitting/receiving and displaying.


Significant time is spent studying the tools for Information Processes as it provides the foundation of knowledge and understanding


HSC Course

The HSC Course is organised around three core topics: Project Work; Information Systems and Databases; and Communication Systems, together with four optional strands of which two must be studied.


Project work is undertaken for 40% of time and is integrated with the course content. This project work is internally assessed and provides students with an opportunity to display their knowledge and understanding using Information and Communication Technologies.

Particular Course Requirements
There is no prerequisite study for the 2 unit Preliminary course. Completion of the 2 unit Preliminary course is a prerequisite to the study of the 2 unit HSC course.


Course: Information Technology
(240 indicative hours)

Course No:

A total of 4 units of credit – Preliminary and/or HSC Board Developed Course Particular Course Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 70 hours work placement.

Course Description

This course is for students who wish to develop knowledge and skills to enable them to be an effective ICT user and/or employee.


This course comprises 16 units of competency.

Main Topics Covered

The units of competency cover a range of underpinning skills required to work effectively in an environment where information and communications technology is used including:

  • Occupational health and safety
  • Operating computer hardware
  • Installing and optimising operating system software
  • Efficient use of computing packages
  • Creating user documentation
  • Providing advice to clients
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Building basic websites
  • Working and communicating in an IT environment.
Assessment – Competency-based Assessment

  • This is a competency-based course. This means that students work to develop the competencies, skills and knowledge described by each unit of competency. To be assessed as competent a student must demonstrate to a qualified assessor that they can effectively carry out the various tasks and combinations of tasks listed to the standard required in the appropriate industry environment.
  • There is no mark awarded in competency-based assessment; Students are assessed as either ‘competent’ or ‘not yet competent’.
  • Students will be progressively assessed as ‘competent’ or ‘not yet competent’ in individual units of competency.
  • When a student achieves a unit of competency it is signed off and recorded by the assessor.
  • Competency-based assessment determines the vocational qualification that a student will receive.
  • External Assessment (optional HSC exam)
  • The Higher School Certificate examination for Information Technology (240 indicative hours) will involve a written examination consisting of multiple-choice items, short answers and extended response items.
  • The examination is independent of the competency-based assessment undertaken during the course and has no impact on the eligibility of a student to receive a vocational qualification.
Depending on the selection and achievement of units of competency, the possible qualification outcomes are:

  • Certificate II in Information Technology (ICA20115)
  • Statement of Attainment towards Certificate III in Information Technology (ICA30105).


Course: Software Design and Development

Course No: 15360

2 units for each of Preliminary and HSC

Board Developed Course

Exclusions: Computing Applications CEC
Course Description

The Preliminary course introduces students to the basic concepts of computer software design and development. It does this by looking at the different ways in which software can be developed, the tools that can be used to assist in this process and by considering the interaction between software and the other components of the computer system.


The HSC course builds on the Preliminary course and involves the development and documentation of software using a variety of data structures and language facilities. Students learn to solve a number of interesting and relevant software problems.

Topics Covered


Preliminary Course

  • Concepts and Issues in the Design and Development of Software
  • Social and ethical issues
    • Hardware and software
    • Software development approaches
  • Introduction to Software Development
    • Defining the problem and planning software solutions
    • Building software solutions
    • Checking software solutions
    • Modifying software solutions
  • Developing software solutions

HSC Course

  • Development and Impact of Software Solutions
  • Social and ethical issues
    • Application of software development approaches
  • Software Development Cycle
    • Defining and understanding the problem
    • Planning and design of software solutions
    • Implementation of software solutions
    • Testing and evaluation of software solutions
    • Maintenance of software solutions
  • Developing a Solution Package


  • Evolution of programming languages


  • Software developer’s view of the hardware
Particular Course Requirements
Practical experience should occupy a minimum of 20% of the Preliminary course, and a minimum of 25% of the HSC course time.