S5/S6 Higher Computing Science
The new Higher Computing Science course builds on the work done in N5 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 a complex information system 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 by describing in detail its functionality, technical implementation, security risks and precautions and its legal, economic, environmental and social implications.
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 advanced concepts in software development and computer architecture by explaining code, describing the purpose of a range of programming constructs and how they relate to low level operations and strucures, and describing how a range of algorithms work. The second outcome involves developing and testing advanced modular programs using Livecode.
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.
The remaining 60% is achievable in the final external SQA exam. In order to fully prepare pupils for success in the exam, they will undertake additional end-of-topic tests to re-inforce their knowledge and understanding of the concepts.
The remaining 70% is achievable in the final external SQA exam. In order to fully prepare pupils for success in the exam, they will undertake additional end-of-topic tests to re-inforce their knowledge and understanding of the concepts.
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.
Higher Synopsis booklet will be available using an S5/6 pupil MS365 account by August 2016.
Quicktime videos of the presentations used in class will be available using an S5/6 pupil MS365 account by August 2016.