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Level A (Towards Foundation)

Level A Description

In Level A, student experiences are designed to move students from a pre-intentional level of responding to a level where the response indicates beginning intention. Students will have had opportunities...

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Level A Content Descriptions

Digital Systems

  1. React to the use of some common digital systems, (hardware and software components), as they experience their purpose (VCDTDS001)

Data and Information

  1. React to patterns and different types of data and experience how data is sorted and represented as images using digital systems (VCDTDI002)

Creating Digital Solutions

  1. Experience steps involved in completing a routine task (VCDTCD003)

Level A Achievement Standard

By the end of Level A, students recognise common digital systems that are used to meet specific everyday purposes.

Students react to different types of data and how digital systems can be used to represent data as images.

Students recognise that routine tasks involve completing a set of steps.

Level B (Towards Foundation)

Level B Description

In Level B, students become less reliant on high levels of co-active support and become more reliant on verbal prompts and gestures to facilitate learning. Students will have opportunities to create...

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Level B Content Descriptions

Digital Systems

  1. Explore the purpose and use of some common digital systems (hardware and software components) (VCDTDS004)

Data and Information

  1. Collect and sort familiar data, and with assistance use digital systems to represent the findings as images (VCDTDI005)

Creating Digital Solutions

  1. Follow a sequence of steps and decisions needed to solve simple problems (VCDTCD006)

Level B Achievement Standard

By the end of Level B, students explore some common digital systems for a purpose.

Students collect data, sort them based on given characteristics and with assistance use digital systems to display findings as images.

Students follow a sequence of steps and decisions needed to solve simple problems.

Level C (Towards Foundation)

Level C Description

In Level C, students intentionally participate in learning experiences and respond more consistently to prompts and simple clear directions from the teacher to support them to learn. They will have...

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Level C Content Descriptions

Digital Systems

  1. Initiate some basic functions on common digital systems (hardware and software components) to meet a purpose (VCDTDS007)

Data and Information

  1. Collect, sort and recognise simple patterns in data, and assist with the use of digital systems to represent data as pictures and symbols (VCDTDI008)

Creating Digital Solutions

  1. Follow, and with assistance, represent a sequence of steps and decisions (algorithms) needed to solve simple problems (VCDTCD009)

Level C Achievement Standard

By the end of Level C, students explore alternative digital systems to meet a purpose.

Students collect and sort different data and identify patterns in data through matching. With assistance, they use digital systems to display findings with pictures and symbols.

Students represent a sequence of steps that could be followed to solve a simple problem.

Level D (Towards Foundation)

Level D Description

In Level D, students are building their independence and participating cooperatively in group learning activities. They combine and sequence key words and images to communicate personal interest...

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Level D Content Descriptions

Digital Systems

  1. Carry out some key functions on digital systems (hardware and software components) to meet a purpose (VCDTDS010)

Data and Information

  1. Collect, sort, and recognise, with assistance, different types of patterns in data, and use digital systems to represent data as pictures, symbols and diagrams (VCDTDI011)

Creating Digital Solutions

  1. Follow and represent a sequence of steps and decisions (algorithms) needed to solve simple problems (VCDTCD012)

Level D Achievement Standard

By the end of Level D, students use key functions of digital systems and indicate their purpose.

Students collect, sort and recognise, with assistance different types of patterns in data. They use digital systems to display results using pictures, symbols and diagrams.

Students use a sequence of steps and decision making processes to solve a simple problem.

Foundation to Level 2

Foundation to Level 2 Description

In Foundation to Level 2, students are introduced to common digital systems and patterns that exist within data they collect. Students organise, manipulate and present this data, including numerical...

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Foundation to Level 2 Content Descriptions

Digital Systems

  1. Identify and explore digital systems (hardware and software components) for a purpose (VCDTDS013)

Data and Information

  1. Recognise and explore patterns in data and represent data as pictures, symbols and diagrams (VCDTDI014)
  2. Collect, explore and sort data, and use digital systems to present the data creatively (VCDTDI015)
  3. Independently and with others create and organise ideas and information using information systems, and share these with known people in safe online environments (VCDTDI016)

Creating Digital Solutions

  1. Follow, describe and represent a sequence of steps and decisions (algorithms) needed to solve simple problems (VCDTCD017)
  2. Explore how people safely use common information systems to meet information, communication and recreation needs (VCDTCD018)

Foundation to Level 2 Achievement Standard

By the end of Level 2, students identify how common digital systems are used to meet specific purposes.

Students use digital systems to represent simple patterns in data in different ways and collect familiar data and display them to convey meaning.

Students design solutions to simple problems using a sequence of steps and decisions. They create and organise ideas and information using information systems and share these in safe online environments.

Levels 3 and 4

Levels 3 and 4 Description

In Levels 3 and 4, students explore digital systems in terms of their components and peripheral devices such as digital microscopes, cameras and interactive whiteboards. They collect, manipulate...

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Levels 3 and 4 Content Descriptions

Digital Systems

  1. Explore a range of digital systems with peripheral devices for different purposes, and transmit different types of data (VCDTDS019)

Data and Information

  1. Recognise different types of data and explore how the same data can be represented in different ways (VCDTDI020)
  2. Collect, access and present different types of data using simple software to create information and solve problems (VCDTDI021)
  3. Individually and with others, plan, create and communicate ideas and information safely, applying agreed ethical and social protocols (VCDTDI022)

Creating Digital Solutions

  1. Define simple problems, and describe and follow a sequence of steps and decisions involving branching and user input (algorithms) needed to solve them (VCDTCD023)
  2. Develop simple solutions as visual programs (VCDTCD024)
  3. Explain how student-developed solutions and existing information systems meet common personal, school or community needs (VCDTCD025)

Levels 3 and 4 Achievement Standard

By the end of Level 4, students describe how a range of digital systems and their peripheral devices can be used for different purposes.

Students explain how the same data sets can be represented in different ways. They collect and manipulate different data when creating information and digital solutions. They plan and safely use information systems when creating and communicating ideas and information, applying agreed protocols.

Students define simple problems, and design and develop digital solutions using algorithms that involve decision-making and user input. They explain how their developed solutions and existing information systems meet their purposes.

Levels 5 and 6

Levels 5 and 6 Description

In Levels 5 and 6, students develop an understanding of the role individual components of digital systems play in the processing and representation of data. They acquire, validate, interpret, track...

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Levels 5 and 6 Content Descriptions

Digital Systems

  1. Examine the main components of common digital systems, and how such digital systems may connect together to form networks to transmit data (VCDTDS026)

Data and Information

  1. Examine how whole numbers are used as the basis for representing all types of data in digital systems (VCDTDI027)
  2. Acquire, store and validate different types of data and use a range of software to interpret and visualise data to create information (VCDTDI028)
  3. Plan, create and communicate ideas, information and online collaborative projects, applying agreed ethical, social and technical protocols (VCDTDI029)

Creating Digital Solutions

  1. Define problems in terms of data and functional requirements, drawing on previously solved problems to identify similarities (VCDTCD030)
  2. Design a user interface for a digital system, generating and considering alternative design ideas (VCDTCD031)
  3. Design, modify and follow simple algorithms represented diagrammatically and in English, involving sequences of steps, branching, and iteration (VCDTCD032)
  4. Develop digital solutions as simple visual programs (VCDTCD033)
  5. Explain how student-developed solutions and existing information systems meet current and future community and sustainability needs (VCDTCD034)

Levels 5 and 6 Achievement Standard

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.

Levels 7 and 8

Levels 7 and 8 Description

In Levels 7 and 8, students analyse the properties of networked systems and their suitability and use for the transmission of data types. They acquire, analyse, validate and evaluate various types...

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Levels 7 and 8 Content Descriptions

Digital Systems

  1. Investigate how data are transmitted and secured in wired, wireless and mobile networks (VCDTDS035)

Data and Information

  1. Investigate how digital systems represent text, image and sound data in binary (VCDTDI036)
  2. Acquire data from a range of sources and evaluate their authenticity, accuracy and timeliness (VCDTDI037)
  3. Analyse and visualise data using a range of software to create information, and use structured data to model objects or events (VCDTDI038)
  4. Manage, create and communicate interactive ideas, information and projects collaboratively online, taking safety and social contexts into account (VCDTDI039)

Creating Digital Solutions

  1. Define and decompose real-world problems taking into account functional requirements and sustainability (economic, environmental, social), technical and usability constraints (VCDTCD040)
  2. Design the user experience of a digital system, generating, evaluating and communicating alternative designs (VCDTCD041)
  3. Design algorithms represented diagrammatically and in English, and trace algorithms to predict output for a given input and to identify errors (VCDTCD042)
  4. Develop and modify programs with user interfaces involving branching, iteration and functions using a general-purpose programming language (VCDTCD043)
  5. Evaluate how well student-developed solutions and existing information systems meet needs, are innovative and take account of future risks and sustainability (VCDTCD044)

Levels 7 and 8 Achievement Standard

By the end of Level 8, students distinguish between different types of networks and their suitability in meeting defined purposes.

Students explain how text, image and sound data can be represented and secured in digital systems and presented using digital systems. They analyse and evaluate data from a range of sources to model solutions and create information. They manage the collaborative creation of interactive ideas, information and projects and use appropriate codes of conduct when communicating online.

Students define and decompose problems in terms of functional requirements and constraints. They design user experiences and algorithms incorporating branching and iterations, and develop, test, and modify digital solutions. Students evaluate information systems and their solutions in terms of meeting needs, innovation and sustainability.

Levels 9 and 10

Levels 9 and 10 Description

In Levels 9 and 10, students apply systems thinking skills when considering how human interaction with networked systems introduces complexities surrounding access to, and the security and privacy...

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Levels 9 and 10 Content Descriptions

Digital Systems

  1. Investigate the role of hardware and software in managing, controlling and securing the movement of and access to data in networked digital systems (VCDTDS045)

Data and Information

  1. Analyse simple compression of data and how content data are separated from presentation (VCDTDI046)
  2. Develop techniques for acquiring, storing and validating quantitative and qualitative data from a range of sources, considering privacy and security requirements (VCDTDI047)
  3. Analyse and visualise data to create information and address complex problems, and model processes, entities and their relationships using structured data (VCDTDI048)
  4. Manage and collaboratively create interactive solutions for sharing ideas and information online, taking into account social contexts and legal responsibilities (VCDTDI049)

Creating Digital Solutions

  1. Define and decompose real-world problems precisely, taking into account functional and non-functional requirements and including interviewing stakeholders to identify needs (VCDTCD050)
  2. Design the user experience of a digital system, evaluating alternative designs against criteria including functionality, accessibility, usability and aesthetics (VCDTCD051)
  3. Design algorithms represented diagrammatically and in structured English and validate algorithms and programs through tracing and test cases (VCDTCD052)
  4. Develop modular programs, applying selected algorithms and data structures including using an object-oriented programming language (VCDTCD053)
  5. Evaluate critically how well student-developed solutions and existing information systems and policies take account of future risks and sustainability and provide opportunities for innovation (VCDTCD054)

Levels 9 and 10 Achievement Standard

By the end of Level 10, students explain the control and management of networked digital systems and the data security implications of the interaction between hardware, software and users.

Students explain simple data compression, and why content data are separated from presentation. They take account of privacy and security requirements when selecting and validating data and use digital systems to analyse, visualise and model salient aspects of data. Students share and collaborate online, establishing protocols for the legal and safe use, transmission and maintenance of data and projects.

Students define and decompose complex problems in terms of functional and non-functional requirements. They design and evaluate user experiences and algorithms, and develop and test modular programs, including an object-oriented program. Students evaluate their solutions and information systems in terms of risk, sustainability and potential for innovation.

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