NCEA Level 2 Digital Technologies - Software Engineering and Computer Science
This is a Digital Technologies Course for students who wish to specialise in Software Engineering and Computer Science in areas such as programming, database, or web technologies. During the course of the year, students will design and develop a software engineering project through to a finished data driven web application.
Student learning will generally revolve around advanced skills in the following areas:
- Functional programming (primarily using Python)
- Problem solving using Python
- Web development including web apps
- Database design and implementation
- Software Engineering skills including version control and testing
This course combines Digital Technologies disciplines and prepares students for an increasingly wide range of tertiary or employment pathways.
Students will be encouraged to compete in the range of programming competitions available throughout the year.
When people think of Computer Science they often just think of programming, but there are many more aspects to the field including interaction design, communications and networks, software design, computer security, information systems, big data, machine learning, graphics, operating systems, educational systems, artificial intelligence, and embedded systems (processors that are embedded in everything from mobile phones to cars). All of these areas are experiencing rapid growth both in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally, and there is a strong demand for Computer Science.
Recommended Prior Learning
There is a strong preference for students to have successfully completed a Level 1 Digital Technologies course. Alternatively students will be considered who can demonstrate their ability to code.
Contributions and Equipment/Stationery
$10 Consumables. It is strongly recommended that students purchase a $5 Print Credit from the Student Office.Students may opt into the COSC 121 course run through the University of Canterbury in July
This course is eligible for subject endorsement.
Total Credits Available: 23 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 3 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 20 credits.
Burnside High School may change any costs, courses or standards offered without notice.