Applied Computing Unit 3: Data Analytics
There are no prerequisites for this unit.
In the Data Analytics sequence of VCE Applied Computing (Units 3 and 4), students focus on data, information and information systems, learning how to follow the problem-solving methodology to produce quality information from collected data and answer a research question.
In Unit 3, students apply the problem-solving methodology to identify and extract data through the use of software tools such as database, spreadsheet and data visualisation software to create data visualisations or infographics. Students develop an understanding of the analysis, design and development stages of the problem-solving methodology.
A major feature of the course is a school-assessed task, in addition to one school-assessed coursework assessment in each unit, which is a project that is divided into two parts. In Unit 3, students propose a research question, formulate a project plan, collect and analyse data, generate alternative design ideas and represent the preferred design for creating infographics or dynamic data visualisations. In Unit 4, students develop and evaluate infographics or dynamic data visualisations that present findings in response to their research questions, and assess the effectiveness of the project plan in monitoring progress.
Areas of Study
In this area of study, students access, select and extract authentic data from large repositories. They manipulate the data to present findings as data visualisations in response to teacher-provided solution requirements and designs. Students develop software solutions using database, spreadsheet and data visualisation software tools to undertake the problem-solving activities in the development stages of manipulation, validation and testing.
Data Analytics: Analysis and Design
In this area of study, students individually determine and propose a research question and collect and analyse data. This is the first part of the School-Assessed Task (SAT), involving analysis and design, with the second part undertaken in Unit 4, Area of Study 1.
Students study the following tools in this unit:
- Data Analytics: A spreadsheet application and/or a relational database management system and drawing or graphics software.
- Data Analytics: Analysis and Design: Appropriate tool for documenting project plans and software tools to capture, store, prepare and manipulate data such as spreadsheet and database software.
|SAC - Respond to teacher-provided solution requirements and designs to extract data from large repositories, manipulate and cleanse data and apply a range of functions to develop software solutions to present findings.
In response to teacher-provided solution requirements and designs, create software solutions.
|SAT - Propose a research question, formulate a project plan, collect and analyse data, generate alternative design ideas and represent the preferred design for creating infographics or dynamic data visualisations.
||A project plan (Gantt chart) indicating tasks, times, milestones, dependencies and critical path.
|A collection of complex data sets that has been referenced.
|An analysis that defines the requirements, constraints and scope of infographics or dynamic data visualisations.
|An analysis that defines the requiremenst, constraints and scope of infographics or dynamic data visualisations.
Overall Final Assessment
||Contribution to Study Score (%)
||Unit 3 Coursework
||Unit 3 Task (Part 1)
||Unit 4 Coursework
||Unit 4 Task (Part 2)
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