Why should I study Digital Technologies?
Digital technologies have changed the ways that people think, work, and live. The application of digital technologies can lead to discoveries, new learning, and innovative approaches to understanding and solving problems.
Digital technologies are driving innovation today and assisting us in many other disciplines such as medicine and business. It is also an area of fast and continuous growth, and there are many employment opportunities available across the globe in the areas of application development, customer support and management.
The study of Digital Technologies provides a platform for deep interdisciplinary learning. Students make connections with innovation in other fields and across other learning areas.
At Stage 1, students are introduced to Programming using languages such as Python. Students use simple programming language to design programs where they develop and apply their skills in computational thinking/programming. They work on various projects and learn programming skills through initiative, collaboration and creativity. Digital Technologies is a 10-credit subject at Stage 1.
At Stage 2, students develop and apply their skills in computational thinking/program design and engage in iterative project development where a product or prototype is designed/tested and/or implemented in stages. They follow agile practices and/or iterative design processes. Learning environments in Digital Technologies includes developing apps for apple mobile devices such as an iPhone or an iPad. Students learn Swift programming language and conduct research on ethics and data security. Students work individually and collaboratively to create practical, innovative solutions to problems of interest. Digital Technologies is a 20-credit subject at Stage 2. Knowledge and experience of any programming language will be beneficial for entry in this subject.
Where does Digital Technologies lead?
Stage 1 Digital Technologies leads to:
- Stage 2 Digital Technology
- Information, Digital Media and Technology certificates
Stage 2 Digital Technology provides knowledge, experience and skills to pursue any course at university in the area of Information Technology/Computer Science. Potential occupations for IT graduates are:
- Application Support Analyst
- Business Intelligence Consultant
- Graduate Developer
- Graduate IT Consultant
- Level 1 Graduate IT Help Desk Analyst
What work will I do in Digital Technologies?
In Stage 1 Digital Technologies, students work through various projects to learn basics of programming concepts using Python Programming Language or Swift. You can see a sample of student work at the top of this page.
In Stage 2 Digital Technology, students work individually as well as collaboratively to work through various projects in the all four focus areas of Computational Thinking, Data Analytics, Design/Programming and Iterative Project Development concepts. In all focus areas, students focus on Swift and iPhone/iOS app development as their software. See the video for an example of iOS development.
What do other students think about Digital Technologies?
An excellent course where students can develop programming skills and understand more about computers.Jian, Stage 1 Student 2020
I learnt: Python grammar, computational thinking, ethical issues around technologies, how to virtualise the program/GUI (Graphical User Interface) design and how to make 2D games using Pygame.
If you are interested in programming, technology or any related topics, please do not hesitate! Try this course to see if it is suitable for you.
I learnt the programming language Python, which teaches you how to write codes in a logical way, which the computer can follow and do the things you want. I also learnt how software can be programmed and made. I learnt to create a simple game for myself by using Python, which was an awesome experience. It feels great to realise how a computer program works and be able to actually create and build your own program, step by step, and then observe it function exactly as you designed it to.Mohammad, Stage 1 Student 2020
Where can I find more information about Digital Technologies?
For more detail about content and assessment, view the course information:
- Stage 1 (Year 11)
- Stage 2 (Year 12)