Students learn about:
 Students learn to:
  • organising the process by which data is structured into a form appropriate for use by other information processes
  • how different methods of organising affect processing, for example:
    • letters of the alphabet represented as images rather than text
    • numbers represented as text rather than numeric
  • the way in which the hardware used for collection organises data by digitising images, audio, video, numeric and text
  • software for organisation (See Course Specifications Document)
  • non-computer tools for organising
    • hard copy systems such as phone books, card catalogues and
    • pen and paper forms pen and paper methods for organising data
  • social and ethical issues associated with organising, including:
    • current trends in organising data, such as:
      • the increase in hypermedia as a result of the World Wide Web
      • the ability of software to access different types of data
      • a greater variety of ways to organise resulting from advances in display technology
    • the cost of poorly organised data, such as redundant data in a database used for mail-outs
    • a)
  • choose the most appropriate format for a given set of data and identify and describe the most appropriate software and method to organise it
  • describe how different types of data are digitised by the hardware that collects it
  • compare and contrast different methods of organising the same set of data using existing software applications
  • use software to combine data organised in different formats
  • use data dictionaries to describe the organisation of data within a given system
  • assess future implications when making decisions about the way data is organised
 a) Minor changes have been made to original dot points to tighten and clarify definitions of terms and concepts and to remove ambiguities.