Computers

Microsoft IT Academy

Information Communication and Technology (ICT) skills are becoming increasingly important life-skills, as well as desirable employability skills in many areas. Remaining safe while online is also an important concept for our students to understand.

Years Seven and Eight Computer Studies is a core subject designed to develop students’ ICT skills to enable them to work more efficiently in their other subject-areas. This includes basic computer operations, touch typing, word processing, spreadsheets and databases. With each student having access to their own device, these skills will be fundamental to functioning efficiently in the classroom environment.

In addition to this, students will require a solid understanding of and ability to use a number of software packages, including graphics and multimedia applications, to meet the demands of their subjects as they progress through their schooling and beyond.

Computers are a basic operating system of society today so students who engage and have an impact in the world need to gain the knowledge and skills to use computer applications and programs wisely. As Ecclesiastes 7:12 “Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: Wisdom preserves those who have it.” Due to the very individualistic nature of using computers students need to understand the importance of ethics and truth. They need to have the integrity to make the right decisions even if no one is watching. Students also need to learn to be good stewards of the gifts that God has given to them.

Year Nine and Ten Computer Studies seeks to provide students with the necessary skills to live and work in a technological world.

Two strands are offered within Years Nine and Ten Computer Studies – the Microsoft Office strand and the Multimedia strand. These two strands operate independently of each other, even though students study Computers in the same classroom. Therefore movement between the strands is based upon the same conditions as other subject changes.

  • The Microsoft Office strand allows students to further develop their skills and proficiency in using Microsoft Office programs. Toowoomba Christian College is a Microsoft IT Academy. In Year Ten, students are given the opportunity to gain Microsoft Certifications in a number of Office applications.
  • The Multimedia strand offers students the opportunity to further develop their understanding and skills in six key areas: animation, app development, game design, graphic manipulation, programming and webpage design.

Computers are a basic operating system of society today so students who engage and have an impact in the world need to gain the knowledge and skills to use computer applications and programs wisely. As Ecclesiastes 7:12 “Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: Wisdom preserves those who have it.” Due to the very individualistic nature of using computers students need to understand the importance of ethics and truth. They need to have the integrity to make the right decisions even if no one is watching. Additionally, when we look at web pages we need to be like God and look at not only the “outward appearance” but at the “heart”.  Students need to analyse the visual design to determine the finer details in the same way as God looks at us.

All Computer Studies students are expected to spend time each week, in addition to their allocated class time, working on their tasks – either at home, or at school during break times and/or after hours.

Senior High Computers is designed for students who already possess a reasonable level of IT competency and who are interested in developing and extending their skills in this area. Learning will be largely individualised, with courses and tests completed online. A qualified and credentialed College teacher coordinates the program and work-rate schedule. Students will receive certification from the relevant agency upon successful completion of each course. Because students are assessed by external agencies, and not TCC, their assessment in Senior High Computers will not count towards their Grade-Point Average.

In 2014, students electing to undertake Computers in Senior High choose one of five strands. Students who so desire are able to undertake electives from different strands throughout the two-year course.

Adobe Certified Associate (ACA)
Interested students are able to gain certification in five Adobe programs: Visual Communication Using Adobe Photoshop, Web Communication Using Adobe Dreamweaver, Rich Media Communication Using Adobe Flash, Graphic Design and Illustration Using Adobe Illustrator, Visual Communication Using Adobe InDesign. For more information on the Adobe programs, see http://www.adobe.com/ap/products/ For more information on Adobe Certified Associate certification, see http://www.iccentral.com.au/p-12-aca/ and http://www.certiport.com/PORTAL/desktopdefault.aspx?tabid=666&roleid=101 These courses are self-paced, but typically take students one semester per course to complete.

Microsoft IT Academy (MS ITA)
Toowoomba Christian College is a Microsoft IT Academy, offering interested students the opportunity to gain Microsoft Certifications in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Access while still at school. For more information, see http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/itacademy/default.aspx, http://www.iccentral.com.au/p-12-mos/ and http://www.certiport.com/PORTAL/desktopdefault.aspx?tabid=664&roleid=101 These courses are self-paced, but typically take students one semester per course to complete.

Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)
Interested students are able to gain certification in Database, Gaming Development, HTML5 Application Developer, Mobile Development, Networking, Security, Software Development, Web Development, Windows Development, OS (Operating System) or Windows Server Fundamentals. For more information, see http://www.iccentral.com.au/home/p-12/p-12-mta/ and http://www.certiport.com/PORTAL/desktopdefault.aspx?tabid=665&roleid=101 These courses are self-paced, but typically take students one semester per course to complete.

Internet and Core Computing Certification (IC3)
Interested students are able to gain certification in Computing Fundamentals, Key Applications and Living Online. For more information, see http://www.iccentral.com.au/tafe-ic3/ and http://www.certiport.com/PORTAL/desktopdefault.aspx?tabid=669&roleid=101 These courses are self-paced, but typically take students one semester per course to complete.

Autodesk Certified User
Interested students are able to gain certification in Autodesk Inventor, AutoCAD ad Revit. For more information, see http://www.iccentral.com.au/qualifications/Autodesk/ and http://www.certiport.com/Portal/desktopdefault.aspx?tabid=667&roleid=101 These courses are self-paced, but typically take students one semester per course to complete.

Possible careers associated with Senior High Computers include graphic designer, desktop publisher, computer games programmer, web designer, network administrator, computer and video game developer and/or tester, animator and computer programmer. IT skills, however, are needed and desired by employers in all industries.

Senior High Computers runs on a 2-year cycle with a combined class of Year Eleven and Year Twelve students.

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