It is an understatement to say that computers and information technology are rapidly-changing fields.
Our department strives to deliver a program that keeps pace with the industry and the science that makes this area such a challenging and rewarding field to work in. Our students benefit by learning at the leading edge, and they often report back that they discovered they were very well prepared for study at the university level.
Our vision of this area of study is two-fold: first, as an opportunity for all students to learn how to harness the power of the computer as a communication and general problem-solving tool; and second, as a unique discipline of study. To implement the first part of this vision, the department offers an Introduction to Information Technology in Business course at the grade 9 level, which challenges students to learn more about the power of the standard office applications, as well as some cool tools for website development, presentations, and an introduction to programming business applications.
The second aspect of the vision is served by offering Computer and Information Science courses at the grade 10, 11, and 12 levels. These are all what are called programming courses. These three courses are aimed at preparing students for success in further studies in Computer Science at the university level. Programming in grade 10 is done in Visual Basic.Net, and grades 11 and 12 are taught using Java. Advanced Placement (AP) is offered at the grade 12 level.
Director of Information Technology
Head of Computer Science
- Introduction to Computer Studies, Grade 10, Open
SAC Recommended preparation: Introduction to Information Technology in Business, Grade 9, Open
This course introduces students to computer programming. Students will plan and write simple computer programs by applying fundamental programming concepts, and learn to create clear and maintainable internal documentation. They will also learn to manage a computer by studying hardware configurations, software selection, operating system functions, networking, and safe computing practices. Students will also investigate the social impact of computer technologies, and develop an understanding of environmental and ethical issues related to the use of computers.
- Introduction to Computer Science, Grade 11, University Preparation
SAC Recommended preparation: Introduction to Computer Studies, Grade 10, Open
This course introduces students to computer science. Students will design software independently and as part of a team, using industry-standard programming tools and applying the software development life-cycle model. They will also write and use subprograms within computer programs. Students will develop creative solutions for various types of problems as their understanding of the computing environment grows. They will also explore environmental and ergonomic issues, emerging research in computer science, and global career trends in computer-related fields.
While this course has no prerequisite, some programming experience is recommended. This course is intended to prepare students for the ICS4U course. Programming and problem-solving skills will be developed by students using the Java programming language, in both a Structured and Object-Oriented approach.
- AP Computer Science, Grade 12, University Preparation
Prerequisite: Introduction to Computer Science, Grade 11, University Preparation
This course enables students to further develop knowledge and skills in computer science. Students will use modular design principles to create complex and fully documented programs, according to industry standards. Student teams will manage a large software development project, from planning through to project review. Students will also analyse algorithms for effectiveness. They will investigate ethical issues in computing and further explore environmental issues, emerging technologies, areas of research in computer science, and careers in the field.
This course will be taught in conjunction with the College Board’s Advanced Placement curriculum.
- Computer Engineering Technology, Grade 11, University/College Preparation
This course examines computer systems and control of external devices. Students will assemble computers and small networks by installing and configuring appropriate hardware and software. Students will develop knowledge and skills in electronics, robotics, programming, and networks, and will build systems that use computer programs and interfaces to control and/or respond to external devices. Students will develop an awareness of related environmental and societal issues, and will learn about college and university programs leading to careers in computer technology.
*St. Andrew’s College entrance requirement:
Introduction to Computer Studies, Grade 10, Open (ISC2O) or Introduction to Computer Science, Grade 11, University Preparation
- Computer Engineering Technology, Grade 12, University/College Preparation
Prerequisite: Computer Engineering Technology Grade 11 University/College Preparation, TEJ3M
This course extends students’ understanding of computer systems and computer interfacing with external devices. Students will assemble computer systems by installing and configuring appropriate hardware and software, and will learn more about fundamental concepts of electronics, robotics, programming, and networks. Students will examine related environmental and societal issues, and will explore postsecondary pathways leading to careers in computer technology.