N5 Computing Science
The National 5 Computing Science course builds on the work done in S3 Computing Science. As well as engaging pupils in problem-solving activities and providing them with a wide range of practical IT experiences, it also provides opportunities to enhance their literacy and numeracy skills.
The course consists of two units - Information Systems Design and Development and Software Design and Development.
Teacher-led discussion and cooperative group work are used to give pupils the opportunity to demonstrate and improve their knowledge, understanding and practical skills throughout the course.
Information Systems Design and Development has two outcomes which are assessed at appropriate times during the course. The first outcome involves developing and coding an information system using appropriate development tools. The second outcome is a written report which considers the factors involved in the design and implementation of an information system, its legal implications and its environmental impact.
Software Design and Development also has two outcomes which are assessed at appropriate times. The first outcome is a written test designed to allow the pupils to draw on their understanding of concepts in software development and basic computer architecture by explaining how programs work and how they relate to low level operations and strucures. The second outcome involves developing and testing programs featuring a wide range of data types and constructs.
In addition to the unit assessments, pupils also undertake a coursework assignment that encompasses elements of both Information Systems Design and Development and Software Design and Development. This generally takes place after the prelims in February and is worth 40% of the pupil's final mark.
The remaining 60% is achievable in the final external SQA exam. In order to fully prepare pupils for success in the exam, they will undertake additional end-of-topic tests to re-inforce their knowledge and understanding of the concepts.
Homework is set when appropriate to support and consolidate classroom experiences. Some homework assignments will require pupils to carry out research in their own time.
Recording and Reporting
The unit assessment outcomes and end-of-topic tests form the basis for the information in the pupil tracking reports issued to parents in September, November, February and March while the S4 parents night in late November provides an opportunity to discuss successes and/or concerns.
Wednesday 22nd & Thursday 23rd February
Thursday 9th February
Web Development Test to be completed.
Thursday 26th January
Databases & Legal Implications - past paper questions (42 marks) to be completed.
Wed 18th January
Databases & Programming - ensure corrections/omissions are completed.
Mon/Tues 15th December
Databases & Programming - past paper questions (40 marks) to be completed.
Mon/Tues 21st November
Databases - Task 6: complete questions 1-6.
Thursday 10th November
Databases - Task 3: ensure the tables for Examples 1 and 2 are completed.
Friday 23rd September
Complete Binary Number Conversion sheet.