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VCE Computing

Computing Unit 1


There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Course Description

VCE Computing provides students with opportunities to acquire and apply knowledge and skills to use a wide range of software and hardware efficiently and effectively and to develop solutions for information problems.

VCE Computing focusses on the application of a problem-solving methodology, and strategies and techniques for managing information systems in a range of real-life contexts, to create digital solutions that meet specific needs of the users. The study examines the attributes of each component of an information system including people, processes, data and digital systems (hardware, software, networks), and how their interrelationships affect the types and quality of digital solutions.

In Unit 1 students focus on how data, information and networked digital systems can be used to meet a range of users’ current and future needs.

Areas of Study

Data and Graphic Solutions

Students conduct an investigation into an issue or event and through the systematic collection, interpretation and manipulation of primary data they create a graphic solution that represents their findings. Examples of investigations 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. 

Software: software that can create a graphic solution from data e.g. spreadsheet. Graphic solutions could include charts, flowcharts, diagrams, images, hierarchies, animations, maps and timelines.


Students investigate how networks with wireless capability allow data and information to be exchanged locally and within the global environment. Students apply this technical knowledge to create the design for a network with wireless capability that meets a need in a business or other organisation.

Software: Students use software to produce a diagram of the components of their network and its interactions.

Collaboration and Communication

Students work in teams to produce a website designed for viewing on a mobile device, which presents an overview of an issue/problem concerning the use of information systems. 

Software: Students use:

  • project planning software is used to support and record an organised approach to produce the website about the issue;
  • visualising thinking software to analyse content;
  • online collaborative tools to support sharing of ideas when discussing team opinions;
  • software to manipulate acquired data such as image, numeric, text and sound editing tools;
  • web authoring tools to build the website.


Assessment Tasks
(school-assessed coursework)
Acquire, secure and interpret data. Design and develop a graphic solution that communicates the findings of an investigation. Collect primary data about an issue or event and create a digital solution that graphically presents the findings of the investigation.
Design a network with wireless capability that meets an identified need. Explain its configuration and predict risks and benefits for intended users. Design a network solution, including a diagram, that meets an identified need.
Design and develop a website collaboratively with others that presents an analysis of a contemporary ICT issue and the team’s point of view on the issue. Create a website to present different viewpoints on a contemporary ICT issue, including their own.

Overall Final Assessment

End of Semester Examination – 1.5 hours.

Information can be obtained from the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, Victoria, Australia: