Digital Technology

In addition to the growing integration of Digital Technologies into the broader curriculum, specific Information Technology subjects are offered as electives from Years 9 through to VCE Applied Computing, Data Analytics and Software Development. Through their learning of a broad range of industry standard software, programming languages and emerging online and cloud-based applications, students explore the growing impact of Digital Technologies on the global community.

Year 7 and Year 8

In Year 7 and Year 8 students will learn about wireless, wired and mobile networks and what systems are best to meet a defined need.

In Data and Information students will be able to explain how computers store, display and transmit text, image and sound data. They will analyse and evaluate data from a range of sources to create professional quality visualisations. Students will work with other students to create collaborative online projects while understanding and following cyber safety principles.

In Creating Digital Solutions students learn how to break down complex problems into a list of requirements and constraints. They create visual designs for user experiences and design algorithms to understand how a solution will logically work. Students will learn a text-based programming language and be able to use branching, looping and functions in a program. Finally, students will evaluate their solutions in terms of meeting needs, innovation and sustainability.

Year 9 and Year 10

In Year 9 and Year 10, students explain the control and management of networks and security implications.

In Data and Information students explain data compression and learn ways to change the presentation of data. They take account of privacy and security requirements when selecting and validating data and use digital systems to analyse, visualise and model data. Students share and collaborate online, establishing protocols for the legal and safe use, transmission and maintenance of data and projects.

In Creating Digital Solutions 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.

For more information on the middle years Digital Technologies curriculum, please visit the VCAA Digital Technologies curriculum website:
Victorian Curriculum Digitech Level 7-8

VCE Applied Computing

Lalor Secondary College offers an exciting pathway for those students interested in developing advanced computing skills and knowledge.

Purpose of Applied Computing
VCE Applied Computing facilitates student-centred learning that enables students to build capabilities in critical and creative thinking, and to develop communication and collaboration, and personal, social and information and communications technology (ICT) skills. Students are provided with practical opportunities and choices to create digital solutions for real-world problems in a range of settings.

VCE Applied Computing provides a pathway to further studies in areas such as business analysis, computer science, cybersecurity, data analytics and data science, data management, games development, ICT, networks, robotics, software engineering and telecommunications, and other careers relating to digital technologies.

Unit 1 and Unit 2 Applied Computing

The subject covers 4 areas of study:

  • Data Analysis: using software tools to create advanced data visualisations
  • Programming: using a programming language to develop a working solution
  • Innovative Solutions: working collaboratively to develop an innovative solution
  • Network security: investigate how networks enable data to be exchanged locally and globally
Unit 3 and Unit 4 Data Analytics

The subject covers 4 areas of study:

  • Data Analytics: access, select and extract data from large repositories
  • Analysis and Design: determine and propose a research question then design a solution
  • Development and Evaluation: Develop designs into an infographic or dynamic visualisation
  • Cybersecurity: Focus on data and information security and its importance to an organisation
Unit 3 and Unit 4 Software Development

The subject covers 4 areas of study:

  • Programming: follow selected designs to develop working software modules
  • Analysis and Design: construct a framework for developing a software solution
  • Development and Evaluation: Develop designs into a software solution
  • Cybersecurity: Focus on security risks to software and data during development and use

VCE Applied Computing Study Design

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