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SEMESTER 1 – WEEKS 1, 2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-11, 12-14

SEMESTER 2 – WEEKS 1-2, 3-5, 6, 7, 8-14

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SEMESTER 1

SEMESTER 1 – WEEK 1

 

Introduction
Overview
Assessment requirements

KNOWLEDGE – IMPACTS OF TECHNOLOGY

Appropriate referencing techniques for digital publications
Acknowledgement of the intellectual property (IP) owner

SKILLS – IMPACTS OF TECHNOLOGY

Apply appropriate referencing techniques for digital publications

KNOWLEDGE – HARDWARE

Hardware components of a computer system
Purpose of the central processing unit (CPU)
Purpose of memory/storage
Types of memory/storage

  • primary
  • secondary

Types of peripheral devices

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SEMESTER 1 – WEEK 2

KNOWLEDGE – HARDWARE
Types of computer systems

  • desktop systems
  • mobile devices
  • server

Purpose of an operating system
Types of operating systems

  • Windows
  • Mac OS
  • iOS
  • Android
  • Linux

Functions of an operating system (OS)

  • user interface
  • managing system resources
  • managing security and access rights
  • running applications

Identification of software compatibility issues

  • running older software on current hardware
  • newer software running on older hardware

SKILLS – HARDWARE
Describe criteria when selecting hardware and software for a specified purpose, including the minimum hardware requirements to run software

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SEMESTER 1 – WEEKS 3-5

KNOWLEDGE – APPLICATION SKILLS
Purpose of data organisation
Common file formats for graphics and audio

  • Vector graphics
  • computer graphics metafile (.cgm)
  • scalable vector graphic (.svg)
  • Raster graphics
  • bitmap (.bmp) image file
  • graphical interchange format (.gif) file
  • joint photographic expert group (JPEG) image file (.jpg/.jpeg)
  • tagged image file (.tif)
  • portable network graphics (.png)

Audio files

  • moving pictures experts group (.mp3 )
  • waveform audio file format (.wav)
  • Windows media audio file (.wma)

Considerations for the construction and design of lookup tables in spreadsheets, including:

  • hlookup
  • vlookup

Organisation and management of data, using sort filters in spreadsheets

SKILLS – APPLICATION SKILLS
Apply data organisation techniques for user and/or client needs
Apply appropriate graphic and audio file types

  • vector graphics
  • raster graphics
  • audio files

Use lookup tables in spreadsheets, including:

  • hlookup
  • vlookup

Composition, layout and design considerations for the construction of spreadsheets
Apply sort filters in spreadsheets

KNOWLEDGE – MANAGING DATA
Consideration for the compression of files for the transfer and display of data

  • purpose
  • lossy compression
  • lossless compression
  • file sizes

Techniques for file size minimisation

  • cropping
  • resampling

Optimisation of files for

  • digital or online
  • print

Strategies for efficient online data management
Strategies for efficient document version control

SKILLS – MANAGING DATA
Use compression to optimise transfer and display of data
Apply document version control

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SEMESTER 1 – WEEKS 6-8

KNOWLEDGE – DESIGN CONCEPTS
The elements of design

  • line
  • shape
  • space
  • texture
  • colour
  • 3D form
  • tone

The principles of design

  • balance
  • emphasis (contrast and proportion)
  • dominance
  • unity (proximity and repetition)
  • pattern
  • movement

Relationship between the elements of design and the principles of design
Typography

  • typeface
  • size
  • alignment
  • format
  • spacing

Compositional rules

  • reading gravity
  • rule of thirds
  • form of content
  • grid and alignment

SKILLS – DESIGN CONCEPTS
Identify and explain the elements of design and the principles of design in an existing digital product and/or digital solution
Modify a digital product and/or digital solution to meet a design need/consideration
Apply the elements of design and the principles of design developing a digital product and/or digital solution
create accurate visuals/layouts
Apply principles of layout and composition
Apply the elements of design and the principles of design relevant to a particular design brief
Develop and apply detailed annotations for digital designs relevant to a design brief demonstrating the following considerations:
elements of design and the principles of design
Use of appropriate typography
visual composition
rule of thirds
form of content
grid and alignment

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SEMESTER 1 – WEEKS 9-11

KNOWLEDGE – PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Components of a project design process

  • product purpose and design criteria
  • target audience characteristics
  • project presentation medium
  • situation analysis
  • style guide

Components of a design plan

  • storyboard
  • thumbnails (hand/digital)
  • wireframes/sketches (hand/digital)

Criteria required to evaluate a digital product and/or digital solution

SKILLS – PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Apply the elements of design and the principles of design relevant to a particular design brief
Apply a design process to create a digital product and/or digital solution
Apply techniques for representing the design of a digital product and/or digital solution

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SEMESTER 1 – WEEKS 12-14

KNOWLEDGE – IMPACTS OF TECHNOLOGY
Concept of digital citizenship

  • responsible use of social networking
  • forms of cyber bullying
  • strategies to manage/limit cyber bullying

The impact of digital technologies on work-life balance
Concept of social networking
Types of social networking and their features
Types of virtual communities, including:

  • online chat rooms
  • virtual worlds

Concept of the 'digital divide' and associated issues, including:

  • availability of digital resources
  • use of digital technologies
  • availability of web-based applications

Concept of electronic commerce, including:

  • implications of improved digital communications
  • 24/7 communications
  • online retail opportunities

Issues related to the dependency of society upon electronic and visual communication in business

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SEMESTER 2

SEMESTER 2 - WEEKS 1-2

Introduction and overview
Assessment requirements

KNOWLEDGE – MANAGING DATA
Concept of cloud computing
System utility tools and accessories for the efficient operation and maintenance of data, including:

  • disk clean-up tools
  • deletion of temporary files/internet cache
  • disk fragmentation
  • anti-malware, virus, SPAM and spyware

SKILLS – MANAGING DATA
Use system utility tools and accessories to ensure efficient operation and maintenance of data

KNOWLEDGE – IMPACTS OF TECHNOLOGY
Impact of the Privacy Act 1988 (Australia) on:

  • the collection of personal information
  • how personal information is used
  • access to personal information
  • implications of identity theft
  • safe disposal of data

Intent and purpose of the Copyright Act 1968 (Australia), including:

  • fair dealing
  • private use
  • moral rights

Appropriate referencing techniques for digital publications
Acknowledgement of the intellectual property (IP) owner

SKILLS – IMPACTS OF TECHNOLOGY
Apply appropriate referencing techniques for digital publications 

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SEMESTER 2 - WEEKS 3-5

KNOWLEDGE – APPLICATION SKILLS
Management of software

  • installation of software
  • update of software

Types of software licences

  • open and closed source
  • proprietary
  • shareware
  • freeware

Features of animation software

  • frame by frame
  • tweens
  • buttons
  • simple actions
  • stop
  • start
  • move object

Features of audio software

  • editing
  • converting
  • exporting

SKILLS – APPLICATION SKILLS
Use animation software
Edit audio files
Create a navigation map
Use multimedia applications to edit and create a digital product and/or digital solution

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SEMESTER 2 - WEEK 6

KNOWLEDGE – NETWORKS
Concept of computer networking

  • purpose
  • advantages
  • disadvantages

Types of transmission media

  • optic fibre
  • wired
  • wireless

The concept of transmission rates
Network topologies for local area network (LAN)

  • wired star
  • wireless
  • client server
  • peer-to-peer

Network components for internet connection for a small business

  • server
  • router
  • network interface card (NIC)
  • switch
  • modem

SKILLS – NETWORKS
Design a suitable LAN topology

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SEMESTER 2 - WEEK 7

KNOWLEDGE – PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Project management techniques

  • user/client requirements
  • plan of action
  • time management strategies
  • resources requirements
  • evaluation

Revision of design concepts
The elements of design
The principles of design
Relationship between the elements of design and the principles of design
Typography
Compositional rules

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SEMESTER 2 - WEEKS 8-14

KNOWLEDGE – APPLICATION SKILLS
Features of web authoring

  • hyper-links
  • graphics
  • templates
  • types of files
    • cascading style sheet (.css)
    • hypertext markup language file (.htm/.html)

Types of online collaboration
Concept of responsive design

SKILLS – APPLICATION SKILLS
Create a navigation map
Use web-authoring software
Use multimedia applications to edit and create a digital product and/or digital solution

SKILLS – PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Apply project management techniques to meet client requirements or a design brief

SKILLS – DESIGN CONCEPTS
Apply a design process to create a digital product and/or digital solution
Identify and explain the elements of design and the principles of design in an existing digital product and/or digital solution
Modify a digital product and/or digital solution to meet a design need/consideration
Apply the elements of design and the principles of design developing a digital product and/or digital solution
create accurate visuals/layouts
apply principles of layout and composition
Apply the elements of design and the principles of design relevant to a particular design brief
Develop and apply detailed annotations for digital designs relevant to a design brief demonstrating the following considerations:
elements of design and the principles of design
use of appropriate typography
visual composition
rule of thirds
form of content
grid and alignment 

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