Junior Preparatory |
Information Technology opens doors to many degrees, including B Sc Engineering IT, BSc Applied Computing, BSc Computer Science, B IT and a BComm with Information Systems. A new gaming degree - a BSc Engineering Science in Digital Arts - has been added at the University of Witwatersrand.
As society moves to a heavier reliance on computers, so more and more careers will involve the use and production of computer programmes and devices. We live in a society where the top jobs of the era did not exist 5 years ago. How can we educate our boys so that they will be prepared for the future? Focus on skills such as problem solving, working with people, critically evaluating information and presenting such information in a way that can effectively communicate with others.
According to careers24 there are currently over 11 000 IT jobs that are unfilled in South Africa. There is a desperate need for qualified, skilled IT workers who will be able to develop the software and hardware to fill our future daily requirements.
IT can only be taken on Grade 10. Boys must achieve at least 60% for Core Maths and must have attended the Grade 9 IT Workshop held in July. Boys who wish to take IT must write a programming exam in the July exam session. Admission to IT will be limited to the number of computers available per class.
Please follow the link below to peruse the subject policy within the website’s policy library:
St Benedict's College Policy Library
All lessons will take place in a computer centre where boys will learn how to use Microsoft Word, Excel and create web pages in HTML. We will concentrate on the following outcomes and link these to the use of the software listed previously:
Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively.
Collect, analyse, organize and critically evaluate information.
Communicate effectively using visual, symbolic and/or language skills in various modes.
Use Science and Technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and the health of others.
Boys will learn Computer Aided Design using AutoCAD. The will learn how to use a computer aided design programme which teaches them to draw and design objects. This enables them to work with and understand mechanical drawings.
Grade 10 is the first year of Information technology which is one of the choice subjects. Boys will learn the beginning of programming using Java and an introduction to SQL statements using MySQL. IT Theory will cover hardware, system software, basics of networking, e-communications with the WWW and social and ethical issues relating to the use of ICT’s. The boys will produce a large project which will count as 25% of the year mark. The PAT will use the BOEBOT robot and boys will write code to navigate the robot through a maze.
Boys will begin to code their own objects in Java and study many different data structures and ways to model real world data. The will learn more advanced SQL relating to accessing information from a single table in a database. IT Theory will cover the same topics as Grade 10 but in more detail. The Grade 11 PAT will be a computer game usually in two dimensions.
Boys will learn a few more advanced data structures and some more theoretical concepts. SQL will include statements to access information from more than one table. Most of the year is dedicated to completing the PAT (25%) and the School Based Assessment (SBA) (25%). The PAT can be a game similar to Grade 11 or a complex project using databases with many tables. The PAT needs to have a sophisticated GUI as a user interface.
Please select the adjacent tabs to read about our IT Showcases
Exploring IT: Java Programming Grade 10
Exploring IT: Theory Grade 10
Java Docs: http://docs.oracle.com/javase/7/docs/api/
It.jar File: http://www.funworks.co.za/FileDownloads/JavaFiles.aspx
From left: Daniel Teles, Eric Heathcote, Dr Rennie Naidoo, Dr Ken Nixon, Marieke Coetzee, Tristan Bowman, David Stubbs, Charles Du.
"All three top award winners delivered impressive presentations - they were confident, enthusiastic, lucid and well-structured." (Judge Dr Ken Nixon)
The competition was judged in three rounds with competitors being eliminated at each round. At the final prize giving external hard drives were awarded to the following category winners:
Judges together with the category and all the winners
The top three winners each gave a presentation describing their project’s features and highlights. Matthew Fulton and Fabio Lorreggian both coded networked games and Tashiv Sewpersad coded a programme to plan the layout of a space given certain criteria.The final placement was:
In addition, the University of Johannesburg awarded R5 000 bursary to the competitors in 20 to 11th place and R10 000 bursary to competitors in the top 10th positions.
Matthew Fulton (first place), Delia Kench(Competition Organiser), Tashiv Sewpersad (second place), Fabio Loreggian (third place)
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