Students learn about
 Students learn to:
  • collecting the process by which data is captured or entered into a computer system, including:
    • deciding what data is required
    • how it is sourced
    • how it is encoded for entry into the system
  • hardware used for collection (See Course Specifications Document)
  • software used for collection (See Course Specifications Document)
  • non-computer procedures in collecting
    • literature searches
    • surveys and interviews
    • form design for data collection
    • manual recording of events
    • existing non-computer data
  • social and ethical issues in collecting
    • bias in the choice of what and where to collect data accuracy of the collected data
    • copyright and acknowledgment of source data when collecting
    • the rights to privacy of individuals on whom data is collected
    • ergonomic issues for participants entering large volumes of data into an information system

a), b)

  • for a given scenario, identify alternatives for data collection and choose the most appropriate one
  • use a range of hardware collection devices to collect different data types
  • describe the operation of a range of hardware collection devices
  • make predictions about new and emerging trends in data collection based on past practices
  • choose the most appropriate combination of hardware, software and/or non-computer tools to collect data from a given source
  • use the Internet to locate data for a given scenario
  • design forms that allow data to be accurately recorded and easily input into software applications
  • select and use appropriate communication skills to conduct interviews and surveys so that data can be accurately collected
  • identify existing data that can be collected for an information system for a given scenario
  • recognise personal bias and explain its impact on data collection
  • identify the privacy implications of particular situations and propose strategies to ensure they are respected
  • predict errors that might flow from data inaccurately collected predict issues when collecting data that might arise when it is subsequently analysed and processed
a) Some dot points have been moved to the Course Specifications Document in an attempt to maintain syllabus currency. Wherever this happens throughout the syllabus you will see the message: (See Course Specifications Document)
b) Minor changes have been made to original dot points to tighten and clarify definitions of terms and concepts and to remove ambiguities.