L5 – 6: Overview (VCA)

Level 5 - 6: Overview

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Foundation to Level 5-6 Achievement Standard (From VCA Digital Technologies Scope and Sequence website)

  • By the end of Level 6, students explain the functions of digital system components and how digital systems are connected to form networks that transmit data.
  • Students explain how digital systems use whole numbers as a basis for representing a variety of data types.
  • They manage the creation and communication of ideas, information and digital projects collaboratively using validated data and agreed protocols.
  • Students define problems in terms of data and functional requirements and design solutions by developing algorithms to address the problems. They incorporate decision-making, repetition and user interface design into their designs and develop their digital solutions, including a visual program.
  • Students explain how information systems and their developed solutions meet current and future needs taking sustainability into account.

   Referenced from: VCAA Website


Digital Systems (Networks)

  • Examine the main components of common digital systems, and how such digital systems may connect together to form networks to transmit data.
  • Examine how whole numbers are used as the basis for representing all types of data in digital systems.
  • Acquire, store and validate different types of data and use a range of software to interpret and visualise data to create information.

Unit 15: Digital Systems (Networks)

  • History of computing
  • What is inside a computer
  • Understanding input and output devices in the computing process.
  • Understanding how data is transmitted via various networks.
  • How the Internet works
  • More detailed awareness of binary systems
  • Collecting data via a survey
  • Visualizing data (graphs)
  • Sharing collected data for interpretation using a spreadsheet

Solution Flow - Algorithmic Thinking

  • Define problems in terms of data and functional requirements, drawing on previously solved problems to identify similarities.
  • Design a user interface for a digital system, generating and considering alternative design ideas
  • Design, modify and follow simple algorithms represented diagrammatically and in English, involving sequences of steps, branching, and iteration.
  • Develop digital solutions as simple visual programs.
  • Explain how student-developed solutions and existing information systems meet current and future community and sustainability needs.

Unit 16: Digital Solution Flow

  • Systems thinking
  • Abstraction and decomposition
    • Build an App 
    • Design a game
    • Create a Power point button linked solution
    • Build a website {Google sites, Weebly, Wix)

Digital Solutions

  • Coding | Code Dojo
  • Coding | Drones
  • Coding | Lego Mindstorms

Unit 17: Hands On Coding

  • Coding | Drones
  • Code Dojo | eBytes Mini Course
  • Coding | Lego Mindstorms | eBytes Mini Course

Data and Information

  • Recognise different types of data and explore how the same data can be represented in different way.
  • Using a table to re organise information that includes sentences, and/or words, and/or numbers and/or images.

Unit 18: Cyber Academy - Digital Citizenship. >> eBytes Mini Course

  • Online protocols and digital citizenship
  • How does the Interent work
  • Protect your identity
  • Spooks and Bullies
  • Lead by example