COMPUTING SCIENCE - National 4/5

Computation is a fundamental part of our world and computational thinking is changing our view of it. This course is designed for students who have a general interest in Computing/IT or want to learn how websites and apps are made.
There is NO REQUIREMENT to have studied Computing Science in 3rd year.

The National 4/5 course has three units:
Software Design and Development (National 4/5)
You will research methods of designing programs, learn how to write pseudocode and look at the various constructs used to create program code.
Around the world there are millions of people employed as programmers. As the electronics and computing industries continue to expand, many, many more will be needed. You will learn a programming language called LiveCode and use it to solve problems by writing and testing a variety of programs that run on Macs, PCs, Android and iOS phones and tablets.
You will learn about computer architecture (internal computer components) and how computer systems store and process data using binary.

Information Systems Design and Development (National 4/5)
From companies storing customer and stock data to e-commerce websites, databases are used extensively in Computing. Through a series of practical exercises you will learn how to design, create and use databases(MSAccess). You also get creative and learn the skills needed to make attractive websites (HTML,JavaScript).
You will research the use of networks in Computing and examine the security risks posed by networks, including the precautions we can take to protect our data against viruses, etc. You will see how biometrics and software protects our identities against hackers.

Depending on your progress you either do
Added Value Unit (National 4)
You apply the skills and knowledge from the other units to solve a Computing Science problem. This means creating a suitable program or app.
There is no exam at National 4. Most pupils should achieve this level.
Or
Course Assessment (National 5)
You apply the skills and knowledge from the other units to solve a Computing Science problem. This means creating a suitable program or app and keeping a record of progress. This is an internal assignment worth 60 marks.
You also sit a SQA exam worth 90 marks. The course will be graded A-D.

Computing skills are required in hundreds of today’s jobs. Not only will you acquire hardware knowledge and learn software skills, Computing will improve your ability to problem solve – an excellent attribute that all employers look for.