Computing: Applied Computing Units 1 and 2


Applied Computing is a general introduction to computing.
This is a new course for 2020.
Areas of Study (AoS) are:
Unit 1: Data visualisation and programming
Unit 2: Innovations project and networks, including cyber security.

Data analysis and visualisation

You will learn to use software tools to access, select and, where appropriate, manipulate authentic data from large data repositories, and to present the key aspects of the data in an appropriate visual form. Once the data has been isolated and checked for its integrity, you will create data visualisations that assist in reducing the complexity of data by using designs that illustrate patterns, connections and structure. These visualisations should minimise the effort required by readers to interpret complex data and they need to be clear, usable and relevant. Some data visualisation tools allow presentations to be dynamic and/or interactive. Appropriate visualisation forms include graphs, charts, spatial relationships, maps, histograms and network diagrams (nodes and edges). Examples of visualisations include the social networking habits of people of different age groups, the heritage of a class of students to three generations and music preferences by genre and favourite artists within each. Graphic solutions could include charts, flowcharts, diagrams, images, hierarchies, animations, maps and timelines.

Your focus will be on using a programming or scripting language that can support object-oriented programming to create working software modules. You will develop skills in interpreting teacher-provided solution requirements and in designing working modules. You can apply methods and techniques for completing a series of small discrete tasks or working modules that use features of a programming or scripting language, including predefined classes.

This is a new area, and will require negotiation and collaboration to assist with exploring the research project. This topic is open-ended and can accommodate student interests. VSV will not require expenditure for hardware, and intend to operate within found resources.

You will investigate how networks with wireless capability allow data and information to be exchanged locally and within the global environment. We also examine the hardware and software components and procedures required to connect and maintain a wireless network. We focus on ways in which the security of exchanged and stored data and information can be compromised in wireless networks, in order to understand ways of controlling the networked devices they use. You will apply this technical knowledge to create the design for a network with wireless capability that meets a need or opportunity, identifying its components and how data and information are transmitted. You will use a software tool to depict the components of your network and its interactions.

Who is it for?

If you have broad interest in IT and are interested in developing skills across a range of IT areas, then this may be for you.

What do you do?

Activities you will engage in include:

  • creating data visualisations
  • simple PHP programming
  • designing networks
  • innovations project to research an aspect of computing or digital technologies.

Data visualisation is about ‘the data story’. Using software, you will use found datasets to build information graphics to present the meaning behind the data. Tableau is a ‘drag and drop’ software tool which can transform data into meaning. Excel will be used to prepare the data into information.

Programming theory will be in pseudocode, which can be adapted to any (and every) programming language. Specifically PHP will allow dynamic webpages to be created.

Innovations will be open ended and negotiated. Your choice will determine where this project will go.

Networks will explore the fundamentals of every computing system. The protocols behind the internet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and the NBN will be examined.

What skills do you need?

Some basic computer skills are helpful and the ability to work independently is important.

What skills do you develop?

This subject develops your skills in logic, enhances your math and design skills, gives you a better understanding of the holistic approach to problem solving and it will assist you to become an independent learner.



You must have access to the internet in order to access this course. A computer device with winOS 10 or macOS X (administrator privileges are needed to install the software). Note: iOS and Android devices are not suitable for the variety of applications employed in this course. All weekly work will be viewed through VSV online and then submitted online.

The following textbook is required: Nelson VCE Computing 1 and 2 (7th edition)

*note this is a new edition for the new 2020 course*

Things to think about

Some knowledge of HTML may be beneficial but it is not required.

Things you can do now

Go to the VCAA website for more information about this subject.



Things to have a look at

PHP 7 tutorial

W3schools resource

HTML tutorial

W3schools resource