7.2 Key Competencies


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The IPT coures in Stage 6 contains some key competencies required to obtain essential skills for work and life.  These competencies include analysis of information, communication and use of different types of technology.  Others include planning and organising activities, learning to work with peers and the exploration of information systems which contribute to students' development of the key competencies.

Information Processes and Technology Stage 6 provides a context within which to obtain some key competencies which are required for the attainment of effective, higher-order thinking skills essential for further education, work and everyday life.

Key competencies are embedded in the Information Processes and Technology Stage 6 Syllabus to enhance student learning. The key competencies reflect core processes of information systems inquiry and are explicit in the objectives and outcomes of the syllabus. These key competencies include:

  • collecting, analysing and organising information
  • communicating ideas and information
  • using technology

The other key competencies are developed through the methodologies of the syllabus and through classroom pedagogy. Students work as individuals and as members of teams in both Preliminary and HSC projects.  They must conduct investigations on information systems, and through this, the key competencies are developed. They include:

  • planning and organising activities
  • working with others and in teams

When students construct Gantt charts or analyse statistical evidence, they are developing the key competency of using mathematical ideas and techniques.

Finally, the exploration of issues and investigation of the nature of problems associated with information systems contributes towards the students’ development of the key competency of problem solving.

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