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Computing Science

 

 

                  Welcome to the

                      Computing Science Department

 

STAFF:

Mr A Bratton, BSc  (Principal Teacher)

Mr D Thomson, BA (St John’s Radio Project Co-ordinator)

Mrs M Feldman, BA (Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Co-ordinator & Lead Teacher - PLAN C - Dundee HUB)

 

WHY STUDY COMPUTING SCIENCE?

Computing Science is vitally important to Scotland’s educational and economic development. It has become crucial to the advancement of science, engineering and technology in the 21st century.

 Computing Science touches virtually every aspect of our lives, from healthcare to research in particle physics to mapping the human genome to e-commerce and cyber security. That is why at school everyone should learn how digital technology works and be given the opportunity to become tomorrow’s technology inventors and entrepreneurs.

 Being at the forefront of technological developments and driving digital innovation will ensure that Scotland remains a technology leader in the ongoing digital revolution. Ensuring our young people have an opportunity to be a part of this revolution is therefore vital. Specialist Computing Science teachers are central to making this happen.

The government recognises the importance of Computing Science which is now on a par with other priority subjects such as maths, physics and chemistry.

 In short, Computing Science education is of paramount importance to ensuring Scotland continues to be one of the lead nations in the digital revolution.

Every university in Scotland, except St Andrews, now expects prospective undergraduates for any Computing related degree to have studied Higher Computing Science.  Higher Computing Science is also advantageous when applying for admission to study Medicine, Dentistry, Engineering, Physics and Maths.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEPARTMENT AIMS AND OBJEJECTIVES

The Computing Science department aim to create a positive ethos of achievement, attainment and success, while reflecting the aims of the whole school, as well as national and local initiatives:  A Curriculum for Excellence, Determined to Succeed and the National Priorities in Education.

These aims will reflect the objectives of the Computing Science department and are designed to complement the above initiatives:

  • We aim to provide an education appropriate to each pupil in accordance with Successful Learners and Inclusion and Equality.
  • We aim to encourage the moral, social and intellectual well-being and development of the child as part of Confident Individuals, Values and Citizenship and Learning for Life.
  • We aim to work in partnership with other teaching staff, school management, guidance, parents and other agencies such as the SQA, EDS and the Education Department relating to Successful Learners and a Framework for Learning.
  • We aim to promote the ideals of responsibility and achievement for all pupils through Responsible Citizens, Inclusion and Equality and Learning for Life.
  • We expect high standards of behaviour, responsibility and achievement from our pupils associated with Responsible Citizens and Values and Citizenship.
  • We have high standards in our own teaching and expect similar commitment from all pupils relating to Effective Contributors and a Framework for Learning.
  • We use learning strategies which are designed to meet pupils needs and ability levels for Achievement and Attainment.
  • We aim to prepare pupils for the challenge and responsibilities of life in both practical and academic skills as cited in Successful Learners.
  • We aim to encourage pupils to reach their full potential while adhering to school guidelines and course arrangements in relation to Successful Learners and Achievement and Attainment.
  • We aim to develop self-confidence, self-reliance and ambition to help pupils achieve their goals in work and life through enterprise in education as in Confident Learners and Learning for Life.
  • We aim to support the Education Department’s policy on equal opportunities and promote the aims and values of a catholic school with all staff taking part in school events and services in accordance with Responsible Citizens and a Framework for Learning.
  • We aim to maintain a positive ethos in the department thus setting high expectations for behaviour which is encourage by all members of staff as in Responsible Citizens and Values and Citizenship.
  • We aim to take a personal interest in all pupils to ensure their wellbeing as part of Inclusion and Equality and Values and Citizenship.
  • We monitor the use of ICT equipment and implement the acceptable use policy as specified by Dundee City Council.