Information Technology & Computer Applications Technology
Information Technology focuses on activities that deal with the solution of problems through logical thinking, information management and communication. It also focuses on the development of computer applications using current development tools. The subject develops awareness and an understanding of the social, economic and other implications of using computers.
EDUCATIONAL AND CAREER LINKS
In the General Education and Training band, the Technology Learning Area is an integrated study covering a wide range of technological areas organised around the following foci:
■technology and society;
■technological capability, knowledge and understanding; and
■information and communication technology.
The Technology Learning Area encourages learners to engage in investigating, designing, evaluating and communicating solutions. Learners are prepared to be competent and confident in accessing and working with various forms of information and data. The knowledge and skills acquired in information gathering, storing, processing, management and communication form the underlying basis for Information Technology in Further Education and Training.
Information Technology specifically forms the underpinning basis for studies in computer science, information systems, engineering and the business sciences. In general, it lays a foundation for programmes such as the following offered in Higher Education and Training:
■business information systems;
■computer science education;
■financial information systems;
■geographical information systems;
■information systems; and
The subject Information Technology involves the integration of theory and practice as well as structured experiential learning which affords learners the opportunity to exercise and reinforce the computer skills and knowledge acquired in the school and to provide orientation to further study in this field. It provides computing skills across the entire spectrum of careers and opens pathways for careers such as:
■computer or software architect;
■data communication and network specialist;
■financial and actuarial specialist;
■hardware and software support technician;
■information systems and technology manager;
■information technology educator or trainer;
■information technology sales executive;
■systems developer; and