N4 Computing Science
The National 4 Computing Science Course builds on the work done in S3 Computing Science. As well as engaging pupils in problem-solving activities and providing them with a wide range of practical IT experiences, it also provides opportunities to enhance their literacy and numeracy skills.
The course consists of two units – Information Systems Design and Development and Software Design and Development.
Teacher-led discussion and cooperative group work are used to give pupils the opportunity to demonstrate and improve their knowledge, understanding and practical skills throughout the course.
Information Systems Design and Development has two outcomes which are assessed at appropriate times during the course. The first outcome involves developing a simple information system, a website, using appropriate development tools. The second outcome is a written report which considers the factors involved in the design and implementation of an information system.
Software Design and Development has two outcomes which are also assessed at appropriate times. The outcomes are combined into tasks which involve developing short programs featuring a range of data types and constructs, using Python, and providing simple explainations of how programs work.
As there is no external examination for the National 4 course, there is no need for pupils to undertake additional end-of-topic tests to re-inforce their knowledge and understanding of the concepts. There is, however, a Value Added Unit that must be satisfactorily completed. This unit encompasses elements of both Information Systems Design and Development and Software Design and Development.
Recording & Reporting
All pupil assessments are routinely graded and recorded by the teacher and the results are stored centrally, these results are used by staff to track the progress of the individuals and ensure that their needs are being met. Pupils also review their own attainment and are encourage to identify ways to improve their learning. Staff report formally to parents as per the school calendar.
National 4 Synopsis booklet will be available on paper by June 2018.