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6. Course Structure

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An outline of the components and structure of the Preliminary and HSC courses for Information Processes and Technology. The percentages in the table below refer to indicative course time. A significant amount of time should be dedicated to practical work and project work.
The arrangement and relationship between components of the Preliminary course and the HSC course for Information Processes and Technology Stage 6 are outlined below. The percentage values refer to indicative course time. A minimum of 40% course time is to be devoted to the integration of content into project work in both the Preliminary and HSC courses. It is also expected that a significant proportion of time will be devoted to integrated practical activities.
 Preliminary Course  HSC Course

Introduction to information skills and technology


·    Information systems in context

·    Information processes

·    The nature of data and information

·    Reasons for digital data information

·    Social and ethical issues


Tools for Information Processes (50%)


·    Collecting

·    Organising

·    Analysing

·    Storing and Retrieving

·    Processing

·    Transmitting and Receiving

·    Displaying

·    Integration of Processes


Developing Information Systems (20%)


·    Traditional stages in developing a system

·    Complexity of systems

·    Roles of people involved in systems development

·    Social and Ethical Issues

Changes in the HSC course

Changes to the preamble reflect the desire to strengthen the requirements relating to project work.
Other changes reflect structural changes in the course.
More time has been allowed for students to complete 'Tools for Information Processes'.
The topics 'Planning, Designing and Implementation' and 'Personal and Group Systems and Projects' have been replaced by one topic called 'Developing Information Systems'. This has been done to remove duplicated and irrelevant content and concepts, and to provide more time to integrate content into project work.
In the HSC Course, some topic headings and subheadings have been renamed to remove ambiguities that existed in the original Syllabus.

Project Management



·    Techniques for managing a project

·    Understanding the problem

·    Planning

·    Designing solutions

·    Implementing

·    Testing, evaluating and maintaining  


Information Systems and Databases (20%)


·    Information systems

·    Database inforamtion systems

·    Organisation

·    Storage and Retrieval

·    Other information processes

·    Issues related to information systems


Communication Systems (20%)


·    Characteristics of communication systems

·    Examples of communication systems

·    Transmitting and receiving in communication systems

·    Other information processes in communciation systems

·    Managing communication systems

·    Issues related to communication systems


Option Strands (40%)


Students will select TWO of the following options:

·    Transaction Processing Systems

·    Decision Support Systems

·    Automated Manufacturing Systems

·    Multimedia Systems

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