My name is Rob, and I’ll be your teacher for Computer Science this year.
Computer Science is on Line 1 on the timetable. Lessons are on Mondays 9:00-10:40, Wednesdays 11:10-12:40 and Fridays 11:10-12:40. Times for additional support will be set up during the year as required.
If you ever need to contact me, there are multiple options:
- Call/text: will be given in class
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Face-to-face: Outside of class time, you’ll either find in my staffroom (A018) or the Robotics lab (I004), but I’m only at Claremont College on Mon, Wed, Fri.
Firstly, the most important thing for you to note (and bookmark) is that this blog is your first point of reference for everything. Any lesson plans, notices, announcement, homework tasks, links etc. can all be found on the blog. The blog is: http://robscompsci.wordpress.com/
The course document is available on the TQA website, and I recommend you read it. http://www.tqa.tas.gov.au/4DCGI/_WWW_doc/166827/RND01/ITC315113.pdf
The course is a 150 hour course, made up of four interrelated components:
- Programming and Problem Solving (approx 70 hours)
- Computer Fundamentals & Computer Limitations (approx 40 hours)
- Social/Ethical Issues and Professional Responsibility (approx 10 hours)
- Major Project (approx 30 hours)
There are nine assessment criteria for Computer Science. All criteria are assessed through a range of assessment tasks, the first 5 criteria will be also be examined internally with a mid-year exam and externally with a final exam.
Assessment tasks may include class activities, worksheets, practical tasks, tests and examinations.
Tasks that are completed in class with assistance, or done collaboratively have a weight of 1, tasks completed individually or without assistance generally have a weight of 2, tests and examinations have a weight of 3.
I will keep track of your attendance and results. You do not have access to these details, but you may ask to see your own record at any point in time. For any subject, it’s a good idea to regularly check your results and discuss them with your teacher.
Your assessment in Computer Science is based on the degree to which you can:
- *Design and evaluate algorithmic solutions to a range of problems
- *Demonstrate knowledge of a high level programming language
- *Use appropriate objects in the design of programs
- *Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of computer architecture
- *Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of data representation and storage
- Understand and apply the software development life cycle to a variety of problems
- Demonstrate understanding of the societal and professional responsibilities in the area of technology
- Plan, organise and complete activities
- Communicate technological information.
Computer Science is a pre-tertiary subject and it does have a great deal of work associated with it. To have the best opportunity to do well in this class and be a valuable member of the class, you are expected to:
- Attend every lesson (provide a note when you are unable to attend – when you do miss a lesson, it is your responsibility to check the blog and catch up on any missed work)
- BE ON TIME
- Bring paper and pens to every lesson
- Check the blog every lesson so that you are prepared for class
- Complete all set homework tasks on time
- Ask questions when you do not understand the concept and/or need assistance
- Be polite in class – to the teacher and fellow students
Claremont College has loan laptops available for students enrolled in pre-tertiary subjects, or you can use your own laptop if you have one.
The software that you require for the class includes Eclipse, Word, PowerPoint and an Internet Browser.
You may only install legal software on the laptop. Any software you install must not affect the functioning of the computer (ie. slow it down or change network setting etc.). Any other software you install may not be used in class time.
You must regularly backup your work, the school is not responsible for your data.
In the event your computer requires repairs, ensure that your backups are up to date as repairs may involve re-formatting the computer.