N5 Computing Science
The National 5 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 and coding an information system, using FileMaker Pro, employing appropriate development tools. The second outcome is a written report which considers the factors involved in the design and implementation of an information system, its legal implications and its environmental impact.
Software Design and Development also has two outcomes which are assessed at appropriate times. The first outcome is a written test designed to allow the pupils to draw on their understanding of concepts in software development and basic computer architecture by explaining how programs work and how they relate to low level operations and strucures. The second outcome involves developing and testing programs, using Livecode, featuring a wide range of data types and constructs.
In addition to the unit assessments, pupils also undertake a coursework assignment that encompasses elements of both Information Systems Design and Development and Software Design and Development. This will take place at appropriate times of the year and is worth 40% of the pupil’s final mark.
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 using an S4 pupil MS365 account by June 2017.
Quicktime videos of the presentations used in class will be available using an S4 pupil MS365 account by June 2017