NCEA Level 3 Digital Technologies - Software Engineering and Computer Science

13DTP
Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr J. Creighton

Students are able to take more than one Digital Technology course. Each course counts as a unique domain for University Entrance. For example students taking Software Engineering and Computer Science and Product Design Technologies would count as 2 separate University Entrance Domains.

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.



Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

$10 Consumables. It is strongly recommended that students purchase a $5 Print Credit from the Student Office.


Recommended Prior Learning

The course can be picked up by anyone with an interest in Computer Science and/or Software Engineering.

Having some programming ability will prove helpful, however the course will start from fundamentals so there is an opportunity for motivated individuals to succeed with little or no prior experience. 

The three internals are linked to one large-scale project spread over two terms, and a certain degree of self-management is required.


Credit Information
Assessment
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91633 v4 Digital Technologies 3.41 - Implement complex procedures to develop a relational database embedded in a specified digital outcome
3
I
6
Y
*
Y
A.S. 91635 v4 Digital Technologies 3.43 - Implement complex procedures to produce a specified digital media outcome
3
I
4
Y
*
A.S. 91637 v4 Digital Technologies 3.46 - Develop a complex computer program for a specified task
3
I
6
Y
*
Y
A.S. 91907 v1 Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko 3.8 - Use complex processes to develop a digital technologies outcome
3
I
6
A.S. 91908 v1 Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko 3.9 - Analyse an area of computer science
3
E
3
Y
3w
Total Credits
Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 16

* Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.

Total Credits Available: 25 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 3 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 22 credits.