Computing Science

Computing Science is taught by Mrs Forbes and Mr Brown.  All pupils study Computing Science in S1 and S2 and they can choose to study it from S3 onwards.

S1 Computing Science

In S1 pupils have two periods of ICT each week.  The topics that they work on are:-

  • Presentations using Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Word processing using Microsoft Word
  • Staying safe on-line
  • Databases using Microsoft Access
  • Choosing a computer
  • Programming using Scratch
  • Stop-frame animation using SerifDraw Plus
  • Personal finance using Microsoft Excel

S2 Computing Science

In S2 pupils have one period of Computing Science each week.  The topics that they work on are:-

  • Webpages using Serif WebPlus X6
  • Malware and computer care
  • Programming using Scratch
  • Keyframe animation using SerifDraw Plus
  • Researching emerging technology

S3 Computing Science

In S3 pupils may choose to study Computing Science for three periods each week.  The topics that they work on are:-

  • Programming using Visual Studio
  • Creating Wikis on Wikispaces
  • Computer systems
  • Databases using MicroSoft Access
  • Impact of computers on the environment
  • Websites using Serif WebPlus X6
  • Media types & stop-frame animation using MonkeyJam
  • Programming using Javascript

Senior Phase

Pupils who are in S4, S5 or S6 may choose to study Computing Science for five periods each week.  National 3, 4 ,5 or Higher may be studied depending upon the ability of the pupil.

National 3 Computing Science

Content

  • Building digital solutions, which covers; designing, creating and testing interactive games using Scratch and Trackmania
  • Information Solutions, which covers; designing and creating websites, databases and wikis; internet security and copyright

Assessment

  • Assessment tasks for each unit involves both practical and written tasks.

Progression

  • Pupils who have passed National 3 can progress to study National 4.

National 4 and 5 Computing Science

Content

  • Software Design and Development, covering; designing, writing and testing programs; the use of binary to store numbers, text, instructions and vector and bit-mapped graphics; the translation of programs into machine code; computer architecture i.e. processor, memory, buses, interfaces; contemporary developments in software development languages and environments
  • Information Systems Design and Development covering; databases; websites; media file types; the use of JavaScript and HTML; security risks and ways to protect computers; computer networks; software and hardware requirements, type of storage; the laws that regulate the use of computers; the environmental impact of computers

Assessment

  • Units are assessed using practical and written tasks
  • National 4 includes an Added Value Unit  that uses knowledge and skills from both units
  • National 5 includes a coursework assignment that covers knowledge and skills from both units and contributes towards 40% of the pupils final grade. There is also a final exam that contributes 60% towards the pupils final grade

Progression

  • Pupils who have passed National 4 can progress to study National 5.
  • Pupils who have passed National 5 can progress to study Higher.

Higher Computing Science

Content

  • Software Design and Development, covering; low-level operations and computer architecture; design notations; development methodologies; user-interface; languages and environments; data types and constructs; reference language; standard algorithms including input validation, find minimum, find maximum, count occurrences, linear search; testing and documenting programs; contemporary developments
  • Information Systems Design and Development, covering; database; websites; media types; coding; testing; purpose, features, functionality and users; hardware requirements; software requirements, storage requirements; networking and connectivity; security risks; legal implications; environmental implications; economic and social impact

Assessment

  • Units are assessed using practical and written tasks
  • A coursework assignment that covers knowledge and skills from both units and contributes towards 40% of the pupils final grade
  • A final exam contributes 60% towards the final grade

 

To find out more you can explore the BBC Bitesize website:-

National 4

Natonal 5

Higher