The structure of the N4/5 Computing Science course contains the 3 units detailed below but please click course mind map to see an overview of the course.
Unit 1: Information Systems and Systems Design
The purpose of this Unit, is for the learner to develop knowledge, understanding and practical problem-solving skills related to the design and development of information systems through a range of practical and investigative tasks. Learners will apply computational thinking to implement practical solutions using a range of development tools and to develop an understanding of technical, legal and environmental issues related to one or more information systems.
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Unit 2: Software Design and Development
The purpose of this Unit, is for the learner to develop knowledge, understanding and practical problem-solving skills in software development through appropriate software development environments. Learners will develop their programming and computational thinking skills by developing, implementing and testing practical solutions and explaining how these programs work. They will also develop an understanding of how data and instructions are stored in binary form, the basic architecture of a computer, and an awareness of different contemporary software development languages/environments.
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N4 Unit 3: Added Value Unit
This assignment is a meaningful and appropriately challenging task, which allows candidates to demonstrate application of knowledge and skills, at an appropriate level, from both the Software Design and Development Unit and the Information System Design and Development Unit. This assignment assess candidates’ skills in analysing a problem, designing and implementing a solution using both a database package and programming software, and testing and reporting on the solutions in a two-part assignment
N5 Unit 3: Coursework Task
This assignment is worth 60 marks out of the total of 150 marks. This is 40% of the overall marks for the Course assessment. The Course will be graded A–D.
The coursework task assesses the following skills, knowledge and understanding:
- practical application of knowledge and skills from across the Course to develop a solution to an appropriately challenging, practical computing science problem
- skills in analysing a problem, designing a solution to the problem, implementing a solution to the problem, and testing and reporting on that solution