Computing Science – Higher

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The course consists of two compulsory units and the course assessment unit.

Software Design and Development (9 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

  • develop knowledge and understanding of advanced concepts and practical problem-solving skills in software design and development through appropriate software development environments
  • develop programming and computational thinking skills by designing, implementing, testing and evaluating practical solutions and explaining how these programs work
  • develop an understanding of computer architecture and the concepts that underpin how programs work
  • through investigative work, gain an awareness of the impact of contemporary computing technologies.

Information System Design and Development (9 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

  • develop knowledge and understanding of advanced concepts and practical problem-solving skills in information system design and development through a range of practical and investigative tasks
  • apply your computational thinking skills to implement practical solutions using a range of development tools
  • develop an understanding the technical, legal, environmental, economic and social issues related to one or more information systems.

Assessment:

Course assessment (6 SCQF credit points)

The course assessments has two components:

  • a question paper (worth 90 marks)
  • an assignment (worth 60 marks).

The question paper will assess your breadth of knowledge, understanding and skills accumulated across the course. The question paper will be set and marked by SQA.

The assignment will assess your practical application of knowledge and skills from the units to develop a solution to an appropriately challenging computing science problem.

Your work will be assessed by your teacher on an ongoing basis throughout the course. You must pass all three units and the course assessment to gain the course qualification.

The course assessment is graded A-D. Your grade will depend on the total mark for all the units in your course.

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